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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer 1220d

Men's MMA pound-for-pound rankings

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Who is the world's best men's mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below.

In addition, here are my women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through June 11, 2018.

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Demetrious Johnson

1. Demetrious Johnson 
Record: 27-2-1
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017
Next: TBD

Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in UFC, having surpassed the great Anderson Silva's mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. How many of these defenses will Johnson have when it's all said and done? As many as he wants, seems to be the answer.


Jon Jones

2. Jon Jones
Record: 22-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: NC Daniel Cormier, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

Jones returned from two tumultuous years to regain his place as the No. 1 fighter in the world, only for it to come out he failed a drug test one day before his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He has maintained his innocence and will appeal.


TJ Dillashaw

3. TJ Dillashaw 
Record: 15-3
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO2) Cody Garbrandt, Nov. 4, 2017
Next: UFC 227 on Aug. 4, vs. Cody Garbrandt

Dillashaw is a couple different scorecards away from an unbeaten record since 2012. His only two losses during that time were split decisions to Raphael Assuncao and Dominick Cruz -- both of which could have gone the other way. And now he's coming off a sensational finish over Cody Garbrandt.


Tyron Woodley

4. Tyron Woodley 
Record:
18-3-1
Div.: Welterweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Demian Maia, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

Woodley's title reign has been widely criticized, as his defenses over Stephen Thompson and Maia were incredibly slow five-round fights. He is, nevertheless, the undisputed champion and he did defend every single one of Maia's takedowns at UFC 214. You may not enjoy the way Woodley is fighting, but there's no denying he's one of the best in the world.


Max Holloway

5. Max Holloway  
Record: 19-3
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Jose Aldo, Dec. 2, 2017
Next: UFC 226 on July 7 vs. Brian Ortega

We're only one title defense in to the 'Blessed Era,' and it's already been a fun ride. Holloway took the title from Jose Aldo, the most dominant champion in featherweight history, and then proved it was no fluke in an immediate rematch.


Khabib Nurmagomedov

6. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Record: 26-0
Div.: Lightweight (UFC)
Last: Fight: W (UD) Al Iaquinta, April 7, 2018
Next: TBD

Nurmagomedov is the UFC's sole lightweight champion, following a five-round drubbing of Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. He's had trouble staying active in the past, but as long as that problem doesn't resurface, Nurmagomedov may be the champ this division needs. He says he's looking forward to regular title defenses.


Stipe Miocic

7. Stipe Miocic 
Record: 18-2
Div.: Heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Francis Ngannou, Jan. 20, 2018
Next: UFC 226 on July 7, vs. Daniel Cormier

Miocic is the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history, and he's taken one of the most difficult roads ever to get there. It's quite safe to call him the best heavyweight of all time.


Daniel Cormier

8. Daniel Cormier 
Record: 20-1
Div.: Light heavyweight
Last: W (TKO2) Volkan Oezdemir, Jan. 20, 2018
Next: UFC 226 on July 7, vs. Stipe Miocic

Cormier did what he does best at UFC 220, as he easily took Volkan Oezdemir to the floor en route to another UFC title defense. He doesn't have a ton of fights left, so appreciate him while you can.


Conor McGregor

9. Conor McGregor 
Record: 21-3
Div.: Lightweight/Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (KO2) Eddie Alvarez, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

McGregor is coming off a spectacularly lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. When it comes to his next move, one thing's for sure: He has options.


Tony Ferguson

10. Tony Ferguson  
Record: 23-3
Div.: Lightweight(UFC)
Last: W (Sub3) Kevin Lee, Oct. 7, 2017
Next: TBD

All Ferguson has done is won 10 consecutive fights, including a submission finish over Kevin Lee for the interim championship. He's all pace, all action -- and lately, all wins.

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