Pound for Pound

The rankings below represent our efforts to generate a conventional “pound-for-pound” ranking using only past fight data and the ranking software.  Different than the Divisional Dominance list, which is almost entirely mathematical and based proportionally on the default rating system results, this list consists of ratings that are computed separately, side-by-side with the divisional ratings using a heavily modified formula.  As a result, they will not be affected by factors such as a divisional change and cater to the “pound-for-pound” mindset that highlight momentum and tenured dominance.

With only a loose correlation with the divisional ratings, these can be considered our most subjective ratings to date. However, they use divisional normalization routines nearly identical to the Divisional Dominance list for the utmost fairness.  In addition, these ratings will be computed and updated with our weekly releases of the rankings.

Issue Date: 10/25/2020 (Official Release: #729)
Rank Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1 {natFlag} Jon Jones   (LHW) 26-1-0
469
2 {natFlag} Stipe Miocic   (HW) 20-3-0
334
3 {natFlag} Khabib Nurmagomedov   (LW) 29-0-0
334
4 {natFlag} Kamaru Usman   (WW) 17-1-0
302
5 {natFlag} Alexander Volkanovski   (FW) 22-1-0
301
6 {natFlag} Israel Adesanya   (MW) 20-0-0
274
7 {natFlag} Deiveson Figueiredo   (FLW) 19-1-0
179
8 {natFlag} Petr Yan   (BW) 15-1-0
131
9 {natFlag} Robert Whittaker   (MW) 22-5-0
125
10 {natFlag} Francis Ngannou   (HW) 15-3-0
119
11 {natFlag} Colby Covington   (WW) 16-2-0
115
12 {natFlag} Jan Blachowicz   (LHW) 27-8-0
107
13 {natFlag} Justin Gaethje   (LW) 22-3-0
100
14 {natFlag} Dustin Poirier   (LW) 26-6-0
100
15 {natFlag} Curtis Blaydes   (HW) 14-2-0
92