Conor McGregor seems like he has claim of G.O.A.T. in UFC, but he’s actually further from the top of the list than you think. ESPN’s 2017 published pound for pound rankings place McGregor third from top, which is higher than previous years. His record of 21 wins and 3 loses still makes him a tremendous fighter and future contender for the #1 spot.
However, the real battle for best in the league goes back and forth between Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones and Flyweight Champion, Demetrious Johnson. Over the past few years, Conor has jumped quite a few places in the list, but the top spots always have Jones or Johnson’s name on it.
Johnson has an amazing record of 26 wins and 2 losses, but last year was Jon’s turn for the top spot. After Jones recent victory over Cormier this year he was jolted back to the top with his new record of 23 wins and 1 loss.
Aside from their difference in number of fights, there is about and 80 pound difference between Jones and Johnson, so some people might find it hard to figure out how the two are ranked so close, especially considering how rare it is to fight across the set weight classes.
Rankings are composed with a pound for pound determination, which excludes the fighters weight and takes into account their individual skill, record, endurance, number of fights, and other relevant factors to compare the fighters on equal terms.
Fight record seems to have the most weight on how high a fighter is ranked. Generally fighters who have more fights, higher wins, and lower losses are ranked higher on the list than others. The top 3 were already revealed, but here is the rest of the best pound for pound ranked fighters below:
- Jon Jones
- Demetrious Johnson
- Conor McGregor
- Stipe Miocic
- Max Holloway
- Cody Garbrandt
- Daniel Cormier
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Tyron Woodley
- Dominick Cruz
Maybe after boxing McGregor will start working on climbing back up to #1…or maybe Jones and Johnson will continue to battle back and forth for the spot. We’ll have to see how thing play out in the unpredictable world of UFC.