Anthony Smith and Israel Adesanya make their first appearances in the rankings, and ‘Jacare’ Souza moves up a spot, putting himself in position for a possible UFC middleweight title shot.
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
|1. Daniel Cormier
Record: 22-1, 1 NC Weight class: Heavy/light heavy
|Last: W (SUB2) Derrick Lewis, Nov. 3
|2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Record: 27-0 Weight class: Lightweight
|Last: W (SUB4) Conor McGregor, Oct. 6
|3. Max Holloway
Record: 20-3 Weight class: Featherweight
|Last: W (TKO4) Brian Ortega, Dec.8
|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
|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
|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
Other fighters receiving votes: Conor McGregor and Yoel Romero.
How our writers voted
|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.