USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 13: Corey Sandhagen win makes things clear

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.

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Figueiredo debuts on the list after claiming the UFC flyweight title with an incredibly one-sided victory over perennial contender Joseph Benavidez.

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.

Reyes had hoped to unseat Jon Jones and came incredibly close to doing it but will still get another crack at the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 253.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 6: Germaine de Randamie cements top status

While she’s a former UFC champion, Germaine de Randamie often seems to be overlooked when it comes to talking about the sport’s best fighters. “The Iron Lady” doesn’t plan on going away anytime soon.

This past weekend, de Randamie (10-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) admitted she wasn’t exactly happy with her position on the main card of UFC on ESPN 16, where she and Julianna Pena (9-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) met underneath a heavyweight co-main event of Carlos Felipe vs. Yorgan De Castro. While she expressed her frustration ahead of time, de Randamie didn’t let it affect her performance, scoring the first submission win of her career by choking Pena unconscious in the third round of their clash.

With the result, de Randamie kept her slot as the No. 2 fighter at women’s bantamweight in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, just behind reigning UFC champion Amanda Nunes. The Dutch striking specialist also moved up a spot in the women’s pound-for-pound list, settling at No. 10.

Of course, de Randamie wasn’t the only one in the division picking up a big win over the weekend, with another former UFC champ, Holly Holm (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC), scoring a dominant decision win over Irene Aldana Irene Aldana (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC). With the win, Holm moves up to No. 4 at 135 pounds and re-enters the pound-for-pound list as an honorable mention.

Check out the new look of the women’s rankings in this week’s updated list.

Ranking Criteria

The rankings take into account a fighter’s wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.

Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they’ve been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.

Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they’re not inactive for more than 24 months.

To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won’t be ranked in a new weight class until they’ve had their first fight at that weight.

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