ESPN MMA pound-for-pound rankings Max Holloway can’t rise past Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov


Which MMA fighter is the best, regardless of weight division or fight promotion?

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ariel Helwani and Jeff Wagenheim provide their picks, and their votes produce our consensus list.

You can find Okamoto’s division-by-division rankings here.

Note: Rankings were updated Dec. 12.

ESPN men’s pound-for-pound rankings

Fighter Fights
1. Daniel Cormier  
Record: 22-1, 1 NC Weight class: Heavy/light heavy
Last: W (SUB2) Derrick Lewis, Nov. 3
Next: TBD
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov  
Record: 27-0 Weight class: Lightweight
Last: W (SUB4) Conor McGregor, Oct. 6
Next: TBD
3. Max Holloway  
Record: 20-3 Weight class: Featherweight
Last: W (TKO4) Brian Ortega, Dec.8
Next: TBD
4. Jon Jones  
Record: 22-1, 1 NC Weight class: Light heavy
Last: NC Daniel Cormier, July 29, 2017
Next: Dec. 29 vs. Alexander Gustafsson
5. Tyron Woodley  
Record: 19-3-1 Weight class: Welterweight
Last: W (SUB2) Darren Till, Sept. 8
Next: TBD
6. TJ Dillashaw  
Record: 15-3 Weight class: Bantamweight
Last: W (TKO1) Cody Garbrandt, Aug. 4
Next: Jan. 19 vs. Henry Cejudo
7. Demetrious Johnson  
Record: 27-3-1 Weight class: Flyweight
Last: L (SD) Henry Cejudo, Aug. 4
Next: TBD
8. Robert Whittaker  
Record: 20-4 Weight class: Middleweight
Last: W (SD) Yoel Romero, June 9
Next: Feb. 9 vs. Kelvin Gastelum
9. Henry Cejudo  
Record: 13-2 Weight class: Flyweight
Last: W (SD) Demetrious Johnson, Aug. 4
Next: Jan. 19 vs. TJ Dillashaw
10. Tony Ferguson  
Record: 24-3 Weight class: Lightweight
Last: W (TKO2) Anthony Pettis, Oct. 6
Next: TBD

Other fighters receiving votes: Conor McGregor and Yoel Romero.

How our writers voted

Rank Okamoto Helwani Wagenheim
1. Daniel Cormier Daniel Cormier Jon Jones
2. Jon Jones Khabib Nurmagomedov Daniel Cormier
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov Max Holloway Khabib Nurmagomedov
4. TJ Dillashaw Tyron Woodley Max Holloway
5. Max Holloway Henry Cejudo Tyron Woodley
6. Tyron Woodley TJ Dillashaw TJ Dillashaw
7. Demetrious Johnson Demetrious Johnson Demetrious Johnson
8. Robert Whittaker Robert Whittaker Robert Whittaker
9. Tony Ferguson Conor McGregor Henry Cejudo
10. Yoel Romero Tony Ferguson Tony Ferguson

Other fighter receiving a vote: Julia Budd.



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