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: 10/17/2021 (Official Release: #782)
Rank Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1 {natFlag} Kamaru Usman   (WW) 19-1-0
401
2 {natFlag} Alexander Volkanovski   (FW) 23-1-0
331
3 {natFlag} Francis Ngannou   (HW) 16-3-0
242
4 {natFlag} Jan Blachowicz   (LHW) 28-8-0
206
5 {natFlag} Brandon Moreno   (FLW) 19-5-2
196
6 {natFlag} Israel Adesanya   (MW) 21-1-0
173
7 {natFlag} Robert Whittaker   (MW) 23-5-0
150
8 {natFlag} Gegard Mousasi   (MW) 48-7-2
150
9 {natFlag} Aljamain Sterling   (BW) 20-3-0
148
10 {natFlag} Dustin Poirier   (LW) 28-6-0
137
11 {natFlag} Charles Oliveira   (LW) 31-8-0
127
12 {natFlag} Stipe Miocic   (HW) 20-4-0
114
13 {natFlag} Ciryl Gane   (HW) 10-0-0
114
14 {natFlag} Gilbert Burns   (WW) 20-4-0
105
15 {natFlag} Colby Covington   (WW) 16-2-0
105