Pound For Pound Rankings

Cejudo is now just the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold ‘champ-champ’ status, though he’s happy to remind you he’s the only one who also won a gold medal.

Cormier admits he shied from the gameplan at UFC 241, and it cost him dearly in a loss to Stipe Miocic. Now, at age 40, Cormier has decided to give it one more go against Miocic before calling it a career.

Mighty Mouse’ fulfilled his dream of adding a global belt to his collection of championships, earning three straight wins to claim victory in ONE’s flyweight grand prix.

Bader’s heavyweight title defense with Cheick Kongo ended in rather odd fashion, but it seems no one is thinking rematch right now.

Miocic had to wait more than a year to get his rematch with Daniel Cormier, but he made the opportunity count, gutting through some tough rounds early to score a late knockout and reclaim the UFC title.

Undefeated and undisputed, Adesanya is the UFC’s newest superstar following one of the most complete performances in UFC history, from walkout to post-fight press conference and everything in between.

Whittaker’s recent journey has been full of challenges, but at just 28, he promises there are still plenty of good days ahead.

Woodley saw his title taken from Kamaru Usman in what was an admittedly bad performance but hopes to work his way back to another shot at the belt.

Poirier was emotional following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov but remains among the most respected athletes in the sport, both in and out of the cage.

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Dillashaw handed over his UFC title and has since been suspended for two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, keeping him on the sidelines until 2021.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Nov. 26: Is Michael Page ready?

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Michael Page picked up another win this past Saturday – but it came with some controversy.

There wasn’t controversy over how Page (16-1 MMA, 12-1 BMMA) beat Giovanni Melillo (13-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) – by first-round knockout. But instead, the Bellator welterweight continued to take criticism for the level of opponents he’s been in the cage with so far in his career.

Page has been in the cage with some standouts like Paul Daley and David Rickels, and has wins over them. But his resume also includes names like Melillo, Richard Kiely and Jeremie Holloway who are unheralded, to put it mildly.

Page’s lone loss came by knockout against Douglas Lima in Bellator’s welterweight tournament. Lima went on to win the tournament and the title. And before that, his win over Daley was a unanimous decision, and some had Daley winning.

So with his latest win at Bellator Europe 6 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London, has Page done enough to break into our USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie welterweight rankings?

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Ranking Criteria

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

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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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