MMA Rankings

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Jan. 12: Business about to pick up

The holiday season through the start of the New Year is traditionally the closest thing MMA has to an offseason. And now that these three weeks or so has come and gone, business is about to pick up again in a big way. The UFC is back in Abu...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 29: Khabib closes year on top of pound-for-pound list

The final USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings update of 2020 is in, and retired UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov closes the year in the No. 1 spot on our pound-for-pound list. Sure, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) technically retired following his October win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, but...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 15: Big moves for Juliana Velasquez, Charles Oliveira

A pair of events this past week saw some key movement in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. In a fight between a pair of unbeaten standouts, Juliana Velasquez unseated champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to ascend to the women’s flyweight throne at Bellator 254. Naturally, that was enough to overtake...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 8: Marvin Vettori makes big move

Marvin Vettori made the most of his big opportunity at UFC on ESPN 19. The Italian middleweight accepted a main event against one of the division’s toughest customers in Jack Hermansson. And not only did Vettori (16-4-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) earn the biggest victory of his career with a...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 20: Jessica Andrade makes her statement

Few fighters have made their way around the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings over the years like Jessica Andrade. The Brazilian competitor first made her mark as a way undersized bantamweight, where she compiled a 5-3 record. Then she went down to classes to strawweight, and became champion in...

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

Sometimes, putting together the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings is like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle. Other times, though, the moves are obvious. Such was the case in the men’s bantamweight division after this past Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 37. Consensus seemed to be that Aljamain Sterling...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 22: Colby Covington’s big night

Colby Covington answered some big questions Saturday night. The biggest one: How would he rebound from his UFC 245 loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman? Regardless what you think of Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) outside the cage, he let the world know that inside it, he’s still a tremendous...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 15: Shakeout from a big fight weekend

A big weekend of fight events had implications for the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. Bellator 245 on Friday night was followed by Bellator 246 the following evening. The latter event went head-to-head with UFC on ESPN+ 36 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas....

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