After Saturday night and probably once the news broke about Jon Jones failed USADA test everyone had Demetrious Johnson a top of their pound for pound list. The real debate is who is in the two through five slots of the pound for pound. There are many different ways you could lean depending on each individual win, but I will give ya my pound for pound top five. (Note: I did not include Jon Jones because of his current status, GSP because he has not actually returned yet, and it was only males)
There is absolutely no denying that Demetrious Johnson is the pound for pound king. The strength of his wins have not been as strong as some of the rest of this list, but his continued title reign has been remarkable. He has not only had 11 straight title defenses (most in UFC history) but has also been utterly dominant in most of those 11 title defenses. The scary part, he only seems to get better and better everytime in the octagon.
With only one loss in his career and to probably the most talented gifted athlete to ever grace the octagon, as well as all the speculation that surrounds Jon’s career right now, I have Daniel Cormier #2 on my pound for pound list. Cormier has two wins over Anthony Johnson and wins over Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, and Josh Barnett. With a Light Heavyweight title, currently being the Light Heavyweight champ and winning a Strikeforce Heavyweight title Cormier sits at #2 on my pound for pound list.
Sometimes his flashy bravo persona happens to overshadow his fighting skills, but make no mistake about it McGregor is amongst the best in UFC in all weight divisions. McGregor has wins over Max Holloway early in his career, Dustin Poirer, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, and Eddie Alvarez. His only loss in the UFC is against Nate Diaz in which he was able to avenge five months later. He was also able to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously. Conor has brought new eyes to the sport and has done things that no one could have predicted. I believe if the title is to be unified a win over Tony Ferguson could propel him over Daniel Cormier on my pound for pound list.
In Stipe’s career, he has beaten some of the best heavyweights of all time. Stipe may come as a surprise to some here at #4, but his wins speak for themselves. Miocic has first-round knockouts over Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, and Alistair Overeem. His only blemishes are two losses, one of them to Stefan Struve early in his career, and the other to Junior Dos Santos, in which he just got redemption via first round KO/TKO back in May 2017. Another huge fight will be next for Stipe whether it is the Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem winner or even a Cain Velasquez title fight that could help propel him even higher on this list.
The featherweight champion of the world Max Holloway sits at #5 on my pound for pound list. On his way to the top of the featherweight division, Holloway is currently riding an 11 fight winning streak. Running a rampage through the featherweight division Holloway has defeated Cole Miller, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis, and Jose Aldo. Holloway has defeated all of the title contenders in this division besides Frankie Edgar; he will get the chance to do that come December. The scary part about Holloway is that he is just entering the prime of his career as he turns 26 right before his fight with Edgar. The potential for Holloway’s career is through the roof as I would expect him to be a mainstay on these pound for pound lists for years to come.
Honorable Mention: Cody Garbrandt, Tony Ferguson, Tyron Woodley