The ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings you see below differ only slightly from the top 10 men’s and women’s we released on August 24th, when our voting panel last weighed in.
This shouldn’t come as a shock. In the three weeks since our last update, there have only been two UFC fight maps and few other major events across the sport. No fighter in our P4P leaderboards was in action.
But that doesn’t mean our constituents aren’t taking action.
UFC men’s bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling climbs up a spot in the men’s rankings, largely because the fighter in front of him, men’s flyweight titlist Deiveson Figueiredo, was replaced on a ballot . Sterling will need to defend his top-10 position at the next major UFC event, UFC 280 on October 22, when he defends his belt against former champion TJ Dillashaw.
Beyond the Sterling Boost, three ESPN voters made moves in their top 10, with two of them adding fighters who weren’t in our last update. Marc Raimondi added Ciryl Gane after the heavyweight defeated Tai Tuivasa at UFC Paris on September 3. Jeff Wagenheim reinstated the once-ranked Demetrious Johnson, who won the One Championship flyweight title on August 27 by a KO of Adriano Moraes.
Additional support came from former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who rose to Brett Okamoto’s ballot after defeating Marvin Vettori on the Gane-Tuivasa undercard.
But none of these fighters garnered enough votes to crack the men’s top 10. And the women’s ranking remains the same.
Note: Results are current; Rankings as of September 13th.
Men’s pound-for-pound rankings
1. Alexander Volkanovsky
UFC Featherweight Champion
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, July 2nd
2. Karl Oliveira
Recording: 33-8, 1NC
Last: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, May 7th
Next: October 22 against Islam Makhachev
3. Israel Adesanya
UFC Middleweight Champion
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, July 2nd
Next: November 12 against Alex Pereira
4. Kamaru Usman
Last: L (KO5) Leon Edwards, 20 August
5. Francis Ngannou
UFC Heavyweight Champion
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, Jan. 22
UFC Welterweight Champion
Recording: 20-3, 1NC
Last: W (KO5) Kamaru Usman, 20 Aug
7. Jiri Prochazka
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Last: W (Sub5) Glover Teixeira, June 11
8. Aljamain Sterling
UFC Bantamweight Champion
Previous placement: T-9
Last:W (SD) Petr Jan, April 9
Next:September 10 against TJ Dillashaw
T-9 Deiveson Figueiredo
UFC Flyweight Champion
Last:W (UD) Brandon Moreno, Jan. 22
T-9 Dustin Poirier
Recording: 28-7, 1NC
Last: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, December 11, 2021
Next: November 12 against Michael Chandler
Other fighters receiving votes: Robert Whittaker, Max Holloway, Ciryl Gane, Brandon Moreno and Demetrious Johnson.
That’s what our board voted for
Brett Okamoto : 1. Alexander Volkanovsky; 2. Israel Adesanya; 3. Charles Oliveira; 4.Kamaru Usman; 5. Robert Whittaker; 6.Francis Ngannou; 7. Deiveson Figueiredo; 8.Dustin Poirier; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Brandon Moreno.
Marc Raimondi : 1. Volkanovsky; 2. Adesanya; 3.Oliveira; 4. Usmann; 5.Ngannou; 6. Edward’s; 7. sterling; 8. Jiri Prochazka; 9. Ciryl Gane; 10. Poirier.
Carlos Contreras Legaspi : 1. Volkanovsky; 2.Oliveira; 3. Usman; 4. Adesanya; 5.Ngannou; 6. Edward’s; 7. Prochazka; 8. Figueiredo; 9. sterling; 10. Moreno.
Megan Anderson : 1. Volkanovsky; 2.Oliveira; 3. Adesanya; 4. Usmann; 5.Ngannou; 6. Edward’s; 7. Prochazka; 8.Max Holloway; 9. Whittaker; 10. Figueiredo.
Eddie Maisonet III : 1.Oliveira; 2. Adesanya; 3.Volkanovsky; 4. Usmann; 5.Ngannou; 6. Poirier; 7. Figueiredo; 8. sterling; 9. Prochazka; 10. Edwards.
Jeff Wagenheim : 1. Volkanovsky; 2.Ngannou; 3.Oliveira; 4. Adesanya; 5. Usman; 6. Edward’s; 7. Prochazka; 8. Poirier; 9. sterling; 10. Demetrious Johnson.
1. Amanda Nunes
UFC Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion
Last: W (UD) Julianna Peña, July 30
2. Valentina Shevchenko
UFC Flyweight Champion
Last: W (SD) Taila Santos, June 11
3. Cris Cyborg
Bellator World Featherweight Champion
Recording: 26-2, 1NC
Last: W (UD) Arlene Blencowe, April 23
T-4. Julianna Pena
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, July 30
T-4. Zhang Weili
Last: W (KO2) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, June 11
Next: November 12 against Carla Esparza
UFC Strawweight Champion
Last:W (SD) Rose Namajunas, May 7th
Next:November 12 against Zhang Weili
7. Rose Namajunas
Last:L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 7th
PFL Lightweight Champion
Last:W (Sub1) Martina Jindrova, August 20
Next:November 25 against Larissa Pacheco
Last:W (Sub1) Amanda Lemos, April 23
10. Marina Rodriguez
Last:W (SD) Yan Xiaonan, March 5
Other fighters receiving votes: Katlyn Chookagian, Holly Holm, and Seika Izawa.
That’s what our board voted for
Brett Okamoto: 1.Amanda Nunes; 2. Valentina Shevchenko; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Rose Namajuna; 5. Zhang Weili; 6. Julianna Pena; 7.Kayla Harrison; 8.Carla Esparza; 9.Jessica Andrade; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.
Marc Raimondi: 1. Nunes; 2. Shevchenko; 3. Cyborg; 4. Pena; 5. Esparza; 6.Harrison; 7. Namajunas; 8. Weil; 9. Andrade; 10.Seika Izawa.
Carlos Contreras Legaspi: 1. Nunes; 2. Shevchenko; 3. Pena; 4. Harrison; 5. Cyborg; 6. Esparza; 7. because; 8. Namajunas; 9. Andrade; 10. Holly Holm.
Megan Anderson: 1. Nunes; 2. Shevchenko; 3. Cyborg; 4. because; 5. Namajunas; 6. Esparza; 7. Andrade; 8. Marina Rodriguez; 9. Harrison; 10. Pena.
Eddie Maisonet III: 1. Nunes; 2. Shevchenko; 3. Pena; 4. because; 5. Cyborg; 6. Esparza; 7. Andrade; 8. Namajunas; 9. Harrison; 10. Rodriguez.
Jeff Wagenheim: 1. Nunes; 2. Shevchenko; 3. Cyborg; 4. because; 5. Andrade; 6. Pena; 7. Esparza; 8. Namajunas; 9. Harrison; 10. Chookian.
https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/24067525/mma-pound-pound-rankings-just-one-small-move-men-top-10-voters-add-new-names MMA pound-for-pound rankings – Just one small move in men’s top 10, but voters add new names