Each week, I’ll post my 10 choices for the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist (including women) in the world. To understand this, it helps to understand what pound-for-pound means. To me, and the way I’ll be voting, it’s who would win a fight if everyone weighed the same and all of their skills and physically attributes were proportional. For example, if I’m considering a flyweight who is a murderous puncher in his or her division, I will assume he or she would be a murderous puncher in every division, punching proportionally as hard at heavyweight as he/she did at flyweight.
I will value activity and quality of opposition over inactivity and lighter opposition. That said, I’m not arbitrarily remove a fighter from my Top 10 if there is a logical and rational reason why he hasn’t fought. But I will not vote for someone who has been inactive for a lengthy period for no apparent reason. Fighters who are under doping suspensions will not be included.
MMA pound-for-pound rankings as of April 25
Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion, 24-1.
Daniel Cormier, UFC heavyweight champion, 22-1.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC lightweight champion, 27-0.
Stipe Miocic, UFC heavyweight contender, 18-3.
Amanda Nunes, UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, 17-4.
Kamaru Usman, UFC welterweight champion, 15-1.
Henry Cejudo, UFC flyweight champion, 14-2.
Dustin Poirier, UFC interim lightweight champion, 24-5.
Max Holloway, UFC featherweight champion, 20-3.
Valentina Shevchenko, UFC women’s flyweight champion, 16-3.