Ten writers from Cageside Press put together their pound-for-pound rankings and the results are below.
Involved in the rankings are the following writers: Jay Anderson, Dan Doherty, Mike McClory, Heath Harshman, Jason Payne, Keith Shillan, Josh Evanoff, Ryan Fortune, Blaine Henry, and Eddie Law.
Topping the rankings is the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is known as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Following him in the top three are UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and double-champion Henry Cejudo.
In fourth place, we have our highest non-UFC representative in Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. He is 1-1 against third-ranked fighter Henry Cejudo, but Cejudo has been inarguably the more impressive fighter since their split decision last August.
In fifth, we have one of two women to make the top 15, and that is the greatest female fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes. Nunes is both the UFC’s bantamweight and featherweight champion and has defeated essentially all the big names in women’s MMA (at bantamweight and above).
Stipe Miocic’s huge win against Daniel Cormier to win the UFC heavyweight title earned him a sixth-place spot. Following him in seventh in Max Holloway, who has not lost at featherweight since falling to Conor McGregor in 2013.
Despite all the injuries and lack of activity, Robert Whittaker’s two wins over Yoel Romero make enough of a statement to slot him in at eighth. Behind him is Daniel Cormier, who lost his heavyweight title, but is one of the four fighters in UFC history to hold two titles at once.
Coming in at 10th is UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, who has lost just once since 2015, and holds two wins over Max Holloway.
In 11th is welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who will defend his title for the first time at UFC 244. He is ever so slightly above Tony Ferguson, who is on a historic 12-fight win streak, but has yet to fight for the title.
At 13th is Valentina Shevchenko, who is miles ahead of her competition in the UFC flyweight division. Bellator’s own double-champion, Ryan Bader, lands at 13th. He’s defended his light heavyweight title once, won the heavyweight grand prix, and is set to defend his title next month against Cheick Kongo. Rounding out the list is kickboxing expert and UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.