Since mixed martial arts has eight distinct weight classes, pound-for-pound rankings are the only way to truly compare the best fighters in the world. Since they can’t fight outside of your weight class, evaluating a fighter’s talent and competition is the only way to make accurate MMA rankings. These are the 10 best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world in July 2016.
- Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping was able to win the UFC Middleweight Championship in his last fight against Luke Rockhold. He may be 37 years old, but Bisping showed that he still has a lot left in the tank with the early knockout of Rockhold. Those two fighters may be virtually even in talent, but the advantage in the rankings has to be given to the champion.
- Eddie Alvarez
Eddie Alvarez won the UFC Lightweight Championship in the beginning of July with a quick TKO of Rafael Dos Santos. Alavarez has been extremely impressive in his last three fights after losing his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone in September 2014. Alvarez may have fought weaker competition for years in Bellator, but he has quickly shown an ability to beat anyone in the UFC.
- Stripe Miocic
Stripe Miocic gained everyone’s attention when he won the UFC Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Fabricio Werdum with one punch at UFC 198. The heavyweight division might not be very strong right now in the UFC, but it is hard to ignore the 15-2 record and quick knockout power of Stripe Miocic.
- Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo’s 26-2 record proves he has had a long and successful career in the UFC. He held the Featherweight Championship belt for more than six years before losing to Connor McGregor in 13 seconds at UFC 194. If McGregor stays out of the featherweight division, then it will probably be years before Jose Aldo loses another fight.
- Robbie Lawler
After a tough few years in Strikeforce, Robbie Lawler has turned around his career since returning to the UFC in 2013. He’s lost only one of his last nine fights to improve his career record to 27-10. His inability to end matches with talented fighters keeps the UFC Welterweight Champion for getting a higher ranking.
- Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor would probably be at the top of these rankings if he would have stayed in the featherweight division. His move up to welterweight was a failure after getting dominated by Nick Diaz. If he can get past his rematch with Diaz at UFC 202, then it won’t be surprising to see McGregor go on another impressive winning streak.
- Jon Jones
Jon Jones has enough talent to be on the top of the MMA rankings, but he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Jones could have been the face of the UFC, but his legacy will forever be tarnished thanks to several failed drug tests.
- Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier never got his rematch with Jon Jones, but nobody can hold that against him. The UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion has reeled off a string of impressive victories since his lost to Jones to improve his career record to 18-1.
- Dominick Cruz
The UFC Bantamweight Champion owns a 22-1 career record. His only loss came against Uriah Faber in 2007. If it was not for several injuries, Dominick Cruz would probably be at the top of this list. Injuries have only allowed Cruz to fight three times since 2011, but he does own two impressive victories this year.
- Demetrius Johnson
Demetrius Johnson has dominated his weight class so much that he is the only person to ever hold the UFC Flyweight Championship belt. Johnson’s two career losses both came as a bantamweight. While he lost to Dominick Cruz in 2011, most betting sites would have Demetrious Johnson has the favorite if a rematch happened right now.
While there are several big MMA promotions throughout the world, the UFC clearly has a monopoly on the best fighters. All of these fighters have dominated their respective weight classes on the way to being one of the 10 best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world.