Pound-for-pound MMA rankings – Alexander Volkanovski and Aljamain Sterling make strides into the top 10


A big win resulted in a small (but significant) move for Alexander Volkanovski.

The UFC men’s bantamweight champion made his way with Chan Sung Jung on Saturday in their UFC 273 title fight, edging the South Korean 152-51 on his way to a one-sided fourth-round TKO . The win, Volkanovski’s 21st straight and third title defense, moved him up one spot in the top three of the latest ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.

The winner of the UFC 273 co-main event, men’s bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, entered the top 10 for the first time, and the former champion he defeated, Petr Yan, dropped out.

The women’s rankings remain unchanged, but with several top 10 women now scheduled for their next fights, we could see some movement soon.

Note: Results are current; ranking as of April 12.

Male Pound for Pound Ranking

1. Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion
Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Colby Covington, Nov. 6, 2021
Following: To be determined


2. Israel Adesanya

UFC Middleweight Champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (UD) Robert Whittaker, February 12, 2022
Following: To be determined


3. Alexander Volkanovski

UFC Featherweight Champion
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 24-1
Last: W (TKO4) Chan Sung Jung, April 9, 2022
Following: To be determined


4. Francis Ngannou

UFC Heavyweight Champion
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, Jan 22, 2022
Following: To be determined


5.Charles Oliveira

UFC lightweight champion
Record: 32-8, 1 NC
Last: W (Sub3) Dustin Poirier, December 11, 2021
Following: May 7 vs Justin Gaethje


6. Max Holloway

UFC Featherweight
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 23-6
Last: W (UD) Yair Rodriguez, November 13, 2021
Following: To be determined


7. Dustin Poirier

UFC lightweight
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 28-7, 1 NC
Last: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, December 11, 2021
Following: To be determined


8. Glover Teixeira

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 33-7
Last:In (Sub2) Jan Blachowicz, Oct 30, 2021
Following: June 11 against Jiri Prochazka


T-9. Deiveson Figueiredo

UFC Flyweight Champion
Previous ranking:T-10
Record:21-2-1
Last:W (UD) Brandon Moreno, Jan 22, 2022
Following: To be determined


T-9. Aljamain Sterling

UFC Bantamweight Champion
Previous ranking: Unclassified
Record: 21-3
Last: W (SD) Petr Yan, April 9, 2022
Following: To be determined


Other fighters receiving votes: Justin Gaethje, Khamzat Chimaev and Colby Covington.


How our panel voted

Brett Okamoto : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovski; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4.Max Holloway; 5.Charles Oliveira; 6. Francis Ngannou; 7. Deiveson Figueiredo; 8.Robert Whittaker; 9. Dustin Poirier; 10. Khamzat Chimaev.

Marc Raimondi : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Israel Adesanya; 3. Francis Ngannou; 4. Alexander Volkanovski; 5.Charles Oliveira; 6. Aljamain Sterling; 7. Dustin Poirier; 8. Glover Teixeira; 9.Max Holloway; 10. Colby Covington.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2.Charles Oliveira; 3. Alexander Volkanovski; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5. Francis Ngannou; 6.Max Holloway; 7. Glover Teixeira; 8. Deiveson Figueiredo; 9.Aljamain Sterling; 10.Robert Whittaker.

Eddie Maisonnet III : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Francis Ngannou; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Alexander Volkanovski; 5.Charles Oliveira; 6. Dustin Poirier; 7.Max Holloway; 8. Justin Gaethje; 9. Deiveson Figueiredo; 10. Aljamain Sterling.

Jeff Wagenheim : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Francis Ngannou; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Alexander Volkanovski; 5.Charles Oliveira; 6. Glover Teixeira; 7. Dustin Poirier; 8. Justin Gaethje; 9.Max Holloway; 10. Aljamain Sterling.


1. Valentina Shevchenko

UFC Flyweight Champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (TKO4) Lauren Murphy, September 25, 2021
Following: June 11 against Taila Santos


2. Amanda Nunes

UFC Featherweight Champion
Record: 21-5
Last: L (Sub2) Julianna Peña, December 11, 2021
Following: TBD vs. Julianna Pena


3. Rose Namajunas

UFC Strawweight Champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (SD) Zhang Weili, Nov 6, 2021
Following: May 7 vs. Carla Esparza


4. Cris Cyborg

Bellator Featherweight Champion
Record: 25-2, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Sinead Kavanagh, Nov 12, 2021
Following: April 23 vs. Arlene Blencowe


5. Julianna Pena

UFC Bantamweight Champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (Sub2) Amanda Nunes, December 11, 2021
Following: TBD vs. Amanda Nunes


6. Zhang Weili

UFC strawweight
Record:21-3
Last:L (SD) Rose Namajunas, Nov 6, 2021
Following:June 11 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk


T-7. Jessica Andrade

UFC Flyweight
Record:22-9
Last:W (TKO1) Cynthia Calvillo, September 25, 2021
Following:To be determined


T-7. Kayla Harrison

PFL Lightweight Champion
Record:12-0
Last:W (Sub2) Taylor Guardado, October 27, 2021
Following:May 6 c. Marina Mokhnatkina


9. Carla Esparza

UFC strawweight
Record:18-6
Last:W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Following:May 7 vs. Rose Namajunas


10. Holly Holm

UFC bantamweight
Record:14-5
Last:W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct 3, 2020
Following:To be determined


Other fighters receiving votes: Katlyn Chookagian, Raquel Pennington and Marina Rodriguez.


How our panel voted

Brett Okamoto: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Rose Namajunas; 4. Cris Cyborg; 5. Kayla Harrison; 6.Zhang Weili; 7. Jessica Andrade; 8. Julianna Pena; 9.Carla Esparza; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

Marc Raimondi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Rose Namajunas; 5. Julianna Pena; 6. Kayla Harrison; 7. Zhang Weili; 8. Jessica Andrade; 9. Holly Holm; 10.Raquel Pennington.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Rose Namajunas; 4. Julianna Pena; 5. Cris Cyborg; 6. Holly Holm; 7. Kayla Harrison; 8. Jessica Andrade; 9. Zhang Weili; 10. Carla Esparza.

Eddie Maisonnet III: 1. Julianna Pena; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Valentina Shevchenko; 4. Rose Namajunas; 5. Zhang Weili; 6. Cris Cyborg; 7. Jessica Andrade; 8.Carla Esparza; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Marine Rodriguez.

Jeff Wagenheim: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Rose Namajunas; 5. Zhang Weili; 6. Jessica Andrade; 7. Julianna Pena; 8.Carla Esparza; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.


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