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: 7/15/2018 (Official Release: #603)
Rank Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1 {natFlag} Jon Jones   (LHW) 22-1-0
2 {natFlag} Daniel Cormier   (HW) 21-1-0
3 {natFlag} Demetrious Johnson   (FLW) 27-2-1
4 {natFlag} Max Holloway   (FW) 19-3-0
5 {natFlag} T.J. Dillashaw   (BW) 15-3-0
6 {natFlag} Tyron Woodley   (WW) 18-3-1
7 {natFlag} Robert Whittaker   (MW) 20-4-0
8 {natFlag} Stipe Miocic   (HW) 18-3-0
9 {natFlag} Georges St. Pierre   (MW) 26-2-0
10 {natFlag} Brian Ortega   (FW) 14-0-0
11 {natFlag} Colby Covington   (WW) 14-1-0
12 {natFlag} Marlon Moraes   (BW) 21-5-1
13 {natFlag} Eddie Alvarez   (LW) 29-5-0
14 {natFlag} Tony Ferguson   (LW) 23-3-0
15 {natFlag} Khabib Nurmagomedov   (LW) 26-0-0


  1. Mark Robinson October 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Not so unusual, as the Conor/Max fight was back in 2013, and Max has won 11 consecutive matches of which 0 were “money fights”.
    Conor has fought and won 6 matches that were not “money fights” in the same time.
    Conor has fought 3 money fights of which he has lost 2. (one was a boxing match) The fights against Nate were basically meaningless spectacles that have no bearing upon true rankings in MMA.

    Max deserves his spot. He has not subverted, ducked, or manipulated anything in his matches. He is a working man fighter who fights whomever the UFC will put in front of him, and he has prevailed in his last 11 fights.

  2. jcs July 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm Reply

    How long ago was that fight?

  3. Jo July 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Hilarious that Max Max Holloway is ranked higher than McGregor (for anyone that watched their fight).

  4. oleg December 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Not sure if Page is UFC level just yet, he looks promising and will likely end up in UFC eventually but I certainly won’t go as far cleaning out the division at this point in his career… He hasn’t even cleaned out the Bellator WW division yet, and that’s not a very deep pool

  5. oleg October 13, 2016 at 11:52 am Reply

    He was always a flawed fighter. Came to UFC at his peak (arguably) and got ruined by Gonzaga. Fighting in cage + elbows seems to have affected him in a big way.

  6. oleg October 7, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply

    Henderson still has a good chance of knocking Bisping out again. Retiring with a UFC title would be an amazing way to end a career.

  7. Stephen McDonald September 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Can we get a longer list than 15? How about 100?

  8. oleg September 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply

    The actor? Does he have any real combat sports/martial arts background, or any other athletic experience?

  9. oleg September 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Few people in this sport are more deserving of respect than Condit. Dude always been a class act, he personifies what MMA should be all about.

  10. oleg September 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply

    I picked him against Larkin too. That was a tough loss.

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