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UFC pound for pound rankings: Where does Charles Oliveira land after UFC 274 win?

Jason Burgos
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The men’s UFC pound for pound rankings is the cream of the crop when it comes to MMA top-10 lists. It is a group of the very best fighters on planet earth. It features the competitors who best mix power, speed, athleticism, and fight IQ into an absolutely destructive cage fighting force. It’s also a list that is heavily debated and as subjective a topic as there is in the MMA community.

With that said, here are the official Sportsnaut.com men’s UFC pound for pound rankings.

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UFC pound for pound rankings

10. Dustin Poirier (28-7)

Dustin Poirier is one of the most beloved UFC talents of the last five years. His back-to-back victories over Conor McGregor solidified his place as one of the greatest lightweights of all time and turned him into the preeminent Conor-killer. His setback to Charles Oliveira to end his 2021 run now has him at a career crossroads. Retire, or transition to being a welterweight? We should get that answer in the near future.

  • Next Fight: TBD

9. Petr Yan (16-3)

Petr Yan was a sizable favorite heading into his rematch against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273, and at points, he looked every bit of it. In the end, a few key takedowns at pivotal moments was the decider in the Russian’s becoming a two-time bantamweight champion and sans a title. What is next for the former 135-pound king is unclear, but he is still one of the best in the world.

  • Next Fight: TBD

8. Max Holloway (22-6)

To some, Max Holloway is the uncrowned featherweight king after two razor-thin losses to the second-ranked man on our list, Alexander Volkanovski. Those performances, and his dominant wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez in 2021, have solidified his place as one of the 10 best in the world. Following another successful title defense by the Aussie champion, a third title fight seems inevitable.

7. Aljamain Sterling (21-3)

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Many doubted the validity of Aljamain Sterling as the bantamweight champion, but at UFC 273 he proved his merit as a titlist and one of the best fighters in the world. It wasn’t a performance for the ages but Sterling won fair and square and beat an elite talent using his world-class wrestling. The New Yorker is the top bantamweight on Earth and fans need to get used to it.

  • Next fight: TBD

6. Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1)

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Deiveson Figueiredo quieted many doubters in regaining his flyweight championship at UFC 270. Many felt that former champion Brandon Moreno had his number and he entered their trilogy bout as a pretty notable underdog despite his reputation before the Moreno fights. However, by switching camps to train with former two-division king and coach Henry Cejudo at Fight Ready, he made enough key tweaks to his game to win a razor-thin — and maybe controversial — victory. An immediate fourth fight between the two has yet to be agreed on as he now pushes instead for a bout with Kai Kara-France.

  • Next fight: TBD

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5. Francis Ngannou (16-3)

When you are the UFC heavyweight champion, you are viewed as the baddest man on the planet. Francis Ngannou looks the part and has proven deserving of the moniker with an absolutely destructive run in the organization. After beating Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 he proved to not only be a monster but a tactician as well. However, his return to action is unclear as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

  • Next fight: TBD

4. Charles Oliveira (33-8)

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While missing weight led to Charles Oliveira having to vacate his title at UFC 274, he proved on fight night that he is still the uncrowned king of the weight class with a destructive submission victory over Justin Gaethje. There is no doubt he is the undisputed best lightweight in the world, but the win also proved he is a legitimate pound-for-pound superstar.

  • Next fight: TBD

3. Israel Adesanya (21-1)

Despite a loss to Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya’s tapestry of MMA work makes his place in the top three of this list an easy decision. He’s lost just once in 22 MMA fights and that came in a closely contested fight against a champion at a higher weight class. He is as elite as it gets and beating an outstanding fighter in Robert Whittaker in February, for a second time, once again solidified that fact.

2. Alexander Volkanovski (23-1)

Featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski has won 20 straight fights, defeated the best 145-pounder ever, Max Holloway, twice, and hasn’t tasted defeat in eight years. At this point, all he can do is maintain the excellence and work his way to the top spot on our list. After his dismantling of Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273, a third fight with Holloway seems a matter of when and not if.

  • Next Fight: vs. Max Holloway on July 2 at UFC 276

1. Kamaru Usman (19-1)

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For a long time, many doubted the greatness of Kamaru Usman. But after winning 18 straight fights and defending his welterweight thrown against elite talents in Jorge Masvidal (twice), Colby Covington (twice), and Gilbert Burns, there is no question “The Nigerian Nightmare” is the best MMA fighter in the world. Once he heals up from hand surgery he is expected to faceoff in another rematch, this time with English star Leon Edwards.

  • Next Fight: TBD