MMA pound-for-pound rankings – High-level performance elevates Alexander Volkanovski in ESPN top 10

Alexander Volkanovski has won 22 fights in a row, the last 12 of them in the UFC. Last Saturday at UFC 276, the featherweight champion defeated former champion Max Holloway for a third time. It was a shockingly dominant performance from the Aussie fighter, worthy of a boost in the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings.

Volkanovski has even thwarted the supremacy of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who spent several months garnering all the votes for first place in the men’s top 10. One voter, Brett Okamoto, is now giving Volkanovski the nod for the top spot.

“If I had to bet my life on one fighter in the world to give me a win now, it’s easy Alex,” said Okamoto.

Another voter, Jeff Wagenheim, was so impressed with Volkanovski’s beating of Holloway that he moved him from a tie from 4th to 2nd. “What people did over the weekend,” Wagenheim said, “no one does Max.”

The voting panel also welcomes a new member, former UFC featherweight champion and ex-Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson, now a fight analyst for ESPN.

Note: Results are current; Ranking as of July 6th.

Men’s pound-for-pound rankings

1. Kamaru Usman blank

UFC Welterweight Champion
Recording: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Colby Covington, November 6, 2021
Next: August 20 against Leon Edwards


2. Alexander Volkanovsky blank

UFC Featherweight Champion
Previous placement: Tie for 4
Recording: 25-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, July 2, 2022
Next: open


T-3. Israel Adesanya blank

UFC Middleweight Champion
Recording: 23-1
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, July 2, 2022
Next: open


T-3. Karl Oliveira blank

UFC lightweight
Previous placement: 2
Recording: 33-8, 1NC
Last: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, May 7, 2022
Next: open


5. Francis Ngannou blank

UFC Heavyweight Champion
Previous placement: Tie for 4
Recording: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, January 22, 2022
Next: open


6. Jiri Prochazka blank

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Previous placement: Tie for 7th
Recording: 29-3-1
Last: W (Sub5) Glover Teixeira, June 11, 2022
Next: open


7. Deiveson Figueiredo blank

UFC Flyweight Champion
Previous placement: Tie for 9
Recording: 21-2-1
Last: W (UD) Brandon Moreno, January 22, 2022
Next: open


8.Dustin Poirier blank

UFC lightweight
Previous placement: Tie for 7th
Recording: 28-7, 1NC
Last:L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, December 11, 2021
Next: open


9. Aljamain Sterlingblank

UFC Bantamweight Champion
Recording:21-3
Last:W (SD) Petr Yan, April 9, 2022
Next:September 10 against TJ Dillashaw


10. Max Hollowayblank

UFC featherweight
Previous placement: 6
Recording: 23-7
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, July 2, 2022
Next: open


Other fighters receiving votes: Robert Whittaker, Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington and Glover Teixeira.


That’s what our board voted for

Brett Okamoto : 1. Alexander Volkanovsky; 2. Kamaru Usman; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Charles Oliveira; 5.Francis Ngannou; 6. Deiveson Figueiredo; 7.Robert Whittaker; 8.Dustin Poirier; 9. Khamzat Chimaev; 10. Aljamain Sterling.

Marc Raimondi : 1.Kamaru Usman; 2. Israel Adesanya; 3. Alexander Volkanovsky; 4.Francis Ngannou; 5. Charles Oliveira; 6. Aljamain Sterling; 7. Jiri Prochazka; 8.Dustin Poirier; 9. Colby Covington; 10. Deiveson Figueiredo.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi : 1.Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovsky; 3. Charles Oliveira; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5.Francis Ngannou; 6.Jiri Prochazka; 7.Max Holloway; 8. Deiveson Figueiredo; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Glover Teixeira.

Megan Anderson : 1.Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovsky; 3. Charles Oliveira; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5.Francis Ngannou; 6.Max Holloway; 7. Jiri Prochazka; 8.Robert Whittaker; 9. Deiveson Figueiredo; 10. Glover Teixeira.

Eddie Maisonet III : 1.Kamaru Usman; 2. Charles Oliveira; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Alexander Volkanovsky; 5.Francis Ngannou; 6.Dustin Poirier; 7. Deiveson Figueiredo; 8. Aljamain Sterling; 9.Jiri Prochazka; 10. Khamzat Chimaev.

Jeff Wagenheim : 1.Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovsky; 3.Francis Ngannou; 4. Charles Oliveira; 5. Israel Adesanya; 6.Jiri Prochazka; 7.Dustin Poirier; 8. Aljamain Sterling; 9. Deiveson Figueiredo; 10.Robert Whittaker.


1. Valentina Shevchenko blank

UFC Flyweight Champion
Recording: 22-3
Last: W (SD) Taila Santos, June 11, 2022
Next: open


2. Amanda Nunes blank

UFC Featherweight Champion
Recording: 21-5
Last: L (Sub2) Julianna Pena, December 11, 2021
Next: July 30 against Julianna Peña


3. Cris Cyborg blank

Bellator World Featherweight Champion
Recording: 26-2, 1NC
Last: W (UD) Arlene Blencowe, April 23, 2022
Next: open


4. Julianna Pena blank

UFC Bantamweight Champion
Recording: 11-4
Last: W (Sub2) Amanda Nunes, December 11, 2021
Next: July 30 against Amanda Nunes


5. Zhang Weili blank

UFC Strawweight
Previous placement: 7
Recording: 22-3
Last: W (KO2) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, June 11, 2022
Next: open


6.Carla Esparza blank

UFC Strawweight Champion
Previous placement: 9
Recording: 19-6
Last: W (SD) Rose Namajunas, May 7, 2022
Next: open


7. Rose Namajunasblank

UFC Strawweight
Previous placement:6
Recording:11-5
Last:L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 7, 2022
Next:open


8.Jessica Andradeblank

UFC flyweight
Previous placement:9
Recording:23-9
Last:W (Sub1) Amanda Lemos, April 23, 2022
Next:open


9.Kayla Harrisonblank

PFL Lightweight Champion
Previous placement:8th
Recording:14-0
Last:W (TKO1) Kaitlin Young, July 1, 2022
Next:August 20 against Martina Jindrova


10. Marina Rodriguezblank

UFC Strawweight
Previous placement:Unrated
Recording:16-1-2
Last:W (SD) Yan Xiaonan, March 5, 2022
Next:open


Other fighters receiving votes: Katlyn Chookagian, Holly Holm and Keteln Vieira.


That’s what our board voted for

Brett Okamoto: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Rose Namajuna; 5. Zhang Weili; 6. Julianna Pena; 7.Carla Esparza; 8.Jessica Andrade; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

Marc Raimondi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Julianna Pena; 5.Carla Esparza; 6. Kayla Harrison; 7. Rose Namajunas; 8. Zhang Weili; 9.Jessica Andrade; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Julianna Pena; 4. Cris Cyborg; 5. Kayla Harrison; 6.Carla Esparza; 7. Zhang Weili; 8. Rose Namajuna; 9.Jessica Andrade; 10. Holly Holm.

Megan Anderson: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Zhang Weili; 5. Rose Namajuna; 6.Carla Esparza; 7.Jessica Andrade; 8. Marina Rodriguez; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. KetleVieira.

Eddie Maisonet III: 1. Julianna Pena; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Valentina Shevchenko; 4. Zhang Weili; 5. Cris Cyborg; 6.Carla Esparza; 7.Jessica Andrade; 8. Rose Namajuna; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Marina Rodriguez.

Jeff Wagenheim: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Zhang Weili; 5. Julianna Pena; 6.Jessica Andrade; 7.Carla Esparza; 8. Rose Namajuna; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

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Emma Bowman

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