Division Point Dominance

Division Point Dominance List

The division point dominance list debuted on 3/16/08, and is comparable, but not identical to a pound-for-pound list.  While a pound-for-pound list factors in divisional tenure and the ability to transcend weight divisions while remaining successful, this list does not.  This list ranks fighters based on their point level superiority over those in the division in which they are currently ranked.

This is done by averaging the point level of divisional contenders, then comparing this average to the fighter’s current point level. The higher a fighter’s division dominance points, the more “dominant” they are over their divisional peers.

One important thing to note is that there are two important factors that comprise a fighter’s division dominance rating. The strength of the division’s top fighters and the fighter’s own current rating. A fluctuation in the fighter’s rating, division strength, and/or division assignment can all result in changes to a fighter’s division dominance rating.  In addition, neighboring divisional strength has a very small effect on these ratings due to division jumpers.

As of 8/28/2011, we have added further requirements, which were modified on 6/24/2012 and again on 3/3/2015:

  • Fighter must have a win, draw, recognized title fight, or quality performance in the previous 360 days (450 if currently in “inactive decay”).
  • Fighter must have at least two wins in their listed division within the past 900 days OR be ranked #1 in their division. If only the latter part of this requirement, a penalty will be assessed up to 50%.
Issue Date: 6/17/2018 (Official Release: #599)
Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1   US Max Holloway   (FW)
Listed Since: 12/11/2016
2   US Daniel Cormier   (LHW)
Listed Since: 4/09/2017
3   US Demetrious Johnson   (FLW)
Listed Since: 9/23/2012
4   US Stipe Miocic   (HW)
Listed Since: 5/15/2016
5   US T.J. Dillashaw   (BW)
Listed Since: 11/05/2017
6   US Tyron Woodley   (WW)
Listed Since: 3/05/2017
7 1 US Brian Ortega   (FW)
Listed Since: 3/04/2018
8 1 AU Robert Whittaker   (MW)
Listed Since: 6/10/2018
9   US Eddie Alvarez   (LW)
Listed Since: 12/03/2017
10   US Tony Ferguson   (LW)
Listed Since: 10/08/2017

Issue Date: 6/17/2018 (Official Release: #599)

Previous Official Release: 6/10/2018

Fighters who have dropped out: None

Drop out symbols: * = Inactive (450d), + = Moved Divisions (Up), - = Moved Divisions (Down), % = Forced, ! = Results/Other


  1. oleg November 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm Reply

    GSP is not as high on this list as he once was, because the top of the welterweight division is very strong.

  2. jcs November 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm Reply

    That key is a ROUGH description.. it by no means is set in stone. I 100% expect all hell to break loose with this list when the UFC adds Flyweights.

  3. Matt November 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Great site, I check it all the time. Just noticed this though:

    “>200 – A fighter who has cleaned out the division. A true superstar. One of the era’s best.”

    And GSP has 165 points. IMO GSP has cleaned out his division, is a true superstar, and definitly one of the era’s best. Just thought I’d bring it up to get you’re reasoning on that.

    Minor dispute aside, keep up the great work!

  4. ThonolansGhost October 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Hard to believe that Aldo is seventh on this list. I suppose he’ll move up a bit after he beats Florian and even moreso assuming he can beat Mendes early next year.

  5. Brent September 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Rashad Evans over Rua at LHW for starters.

    I think this would be much more easy to discuss if this list was granted a 50-100 spot ratio and could at least a better scope within to work some more complex comparisons.

    I will end off by backing up meathead from s10 tuf in saying, “You are like a Dominic Cruz at HW so far, keep up the good work.”
    PS Matt the term you slip to Chieck is “bon nuit”

  6. John N. September 16, 2011 at 11:31 am Reply

    I like the new qualifiers. They seem to be working so far

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  8. Shut the Fitch up June 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm Reply

    Really? Kenny?…..

    Kenny and Brock do not belong there while JrDos and Fitch have their current records.

    Benavidez is a tough call…..I have alot of respect for him, but I’d still put Shields above him.

  9. John June 16, 2011 at 2:37 am Reply

    The fact that Kenny Florian makes the top 10 of this list suggests that divisional dominance is perhaps a more misleading ranking method than pound-for-pound. There’s a plethora of welterweights, light heavyweights, and Gray Maynard who clearly belong ahead of Kenny Florian p4p.

  10. jcs June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply

    It SEEMS premature, but this list is concerned with point dominance within the division. Kenny Florian is the 2nd highest rated fighter in the Featherweight division w/ a very comfortable lead over the rest of the pack, outside of Aldo, of course.

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