Pound For Pound Rankings
Already considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones said he wants to turn his attention to heavyweight in hopes of building an even more impressive legacy – though he seems awfully caught up in Israel Adesanya at the moment.
Adesanya looked phenomenal in a one-sided win over a previously undefeated Paulo Costa and believes Jared Cannonier is likely his next challenge.
After fulfilling his dream of adding a global belt to his collection of championships, ‘Mighty Mouse’ now looks to add ONE’s flyweight belt to the grand prix title he already earned.
Usman may not be the most popular figure on the UFC roster, but he’s certainly effective and is starting to put his name in the history books with his dominant run.
With his trilogy win over Daniel Cormier secured, Miocic is widely considered the greatest heavyweight in UFC history – and perhaps even all of MMA.
Bader was certainly disappointed to lose his Bellator champ-champ status, but he does still have one belt and promises to return in top form.
It wasn’t as convincing as the first time around, but Volkanovski picked up a second win over Max Holloway and says he wants to continue taking out top contenders.
Poirier continues to be one of the most exciting fighters in the game, and his grit is immeasurable – qualities he hopes will net him another UFC title shot in the near future.
Holloway was all-class following a razor-thin loss to Alexander Volkanoski and now must decide what to do next.
Costa has made clear his disdain for UFC champ Israel Adesanya, and the two are set to meet at UFC 254 to work out their differences.
USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 20: Jessica Andrade makes her statement
Few fighters have made their way around the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings over the years like Jessica Andrade.
The Brazilian competitor first made her mark as a way undersized bantamweight, where she compiled a 5-3 record. Then she went down two classes to strawweight, and became champion in one of the sport’s deepest divisions, regardless of gender.
Now? Andrade (21-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has decided to split the different and go to flyweight. And boy, did she make an impressive debut last Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 38 in Abu Dhabi. Andrade earned a first-round TKO victory over former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian, then hopped on the mic to call out current champion Valentina Shevchenko.
In addition to her big splash in the cage, Andrade makes equally big waves in this week’s rankings, where she debuts at No. 3 in the women’s 125-pound weight class. And given she’s the epitome of a pound-for-pound competitor, she places No. 6 in women’s P4P rankings as well.
We had a busy fight slate last week between UFC on ESPN+ 38 and Bellator 249, so to find out where your favorite — or least favorite — fighters place this week, click on the drop-down menu above.
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