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MMA pound-for-pound leaderboard – Alexander Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling appear in the top 10

A big win leads to a small (but significant) move for Alexander Volkanovski.

The UFC men’s featherweight champion took on Chan Sung Jung on Saturday in their UFC 273 title fight, trailing the Koreans 152-51 on their way to a fourth one-sided one-sided TKO. The win, Volkanovski’s 21st in a row and his third title defense, catapulted him to a spot in the top three of ESPN’s latest pound-for-pound rankings.

UFC 273 co-main event winner, men’s bantamain champion Aljamain Sterling, broke into the top 10 for the first time, while the former champ he defeated, Petr Yan, was eliminated.

The women’s ranking remains unchanged, but with several of the women in the top 10 now scheduled for their next bouts, we could see some movement soon.

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

Men’s pound-for-pound rankings

1. Kamaru Usman blank

UFC Welterweight Champion
Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Colby Covington, November 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Israel Adesanya blank

UFC middleweight champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (UD) Robert Whittaker, February 12, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Alexander Volkanovski blank

UFC featherweight champion
Prior ratings: 4
Record: 24-1
Last: W (TKO4) Chan Sung Jung, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Francis Ngannou blank

UFC Heavyweight Champion
Prior ratings: 3
Record: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, January 22, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Charles Oliveira blank

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


6. Max Holloway blank

UFC featherweight
Prior ratings: 7
Record: 23-6
Last: W (UD) Yair Rodriguez, November 13, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Dustin Poirier blank

Lightweight UFC
Prior ratings: 8
Record: July 28, 1 NC
Last: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, December 11, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Glover Teixeira blank

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Prior ratings: 9
Record: 33-7
Last:W (Sub2) Jan Blachowicz, October 30, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Jiri Prochazka


T-9. Deiveson Figueedlyoblank

UFC flyweight champion
Prior ratings:T-10
Record:21-2-1
Last:W (UD) Brandon Moreno, January 22, 2022
Next: TBD


T-9. Aljamain Sterling blank

UFC bantamweight champion
Prior ratings: Not rated
Record: 21-3
Last: W (SD) Petr Yan, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


Other boxers who received votes: Justin Gaethje, Khamzat Chimaev and Colby Covington.


How our panel votes

Brett Okamoto : 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovski; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Max Holloway; 5. Charles Oliveira; 6. Francis Ngannou; 7. Deiveson Figueosystemo; 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 Figueosystemo; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Robert Whittaker.

Eddie Maisonet 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 Figueosystemo; 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 blank

UFC flyweight champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (TKO4) Lauren Murphy, September 25, 2021
Next: June 11 vs Taila Santos


2. Amanda Nunes blank

UFC featherweight champion
Record: 21-5
Last: L (Sub2) Julianna Peña, December 11, 2021
Next: TBD vs Julianna Peña


3. Namajunas . Rose blank

UFC Straw Champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (SD) Zhang Weili, November 6, 2021
Next: May 7 with Carla Esparza


4. Cris Cyborg blank

Bellator featherweight champion
Record: 25-2, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Sinead Kavanagh, November 12, 2021
Next: April 23 vs Arlene Blencowe


5. Julianna Peña blank

UFC bantamweight champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (Sub2) Amanda Nunes, December 11, 2021
Next: TBD and Amanda Nunes


6. Zhang Weiliblank

UFC Straw Weight Class
Record:21-3
Last:L (SD) Rose Namajunas, November 6, 2021
Next:June 11 with Joanna Jedrzejczyk


T-7. Jessica Andradeblank

UFC fly class
Record:22-9
Last:W (TKO1) Cynthia Calvillo, September 25, 2021
Next:TBD


T-7. Kayla Harrisonblank

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


9. Carla Esparzablank

UFC Straw Weight Class
Record:18-6
Last:W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next:May 7 vs Rose Namajunas


10. Holly Holmblank

UFC bantamweight division
Record:14-5
Last:W (UD) Irene Aldana, October 3, 2020
Next:TBD


Other boxers who received votes: Katlyn Chookagian, Raquel Pennington and Marina Rodriguez.


How our panel votes

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

Marc Raimondi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Namajunas Roses; 5. Julianna Peña; 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. Namajunas Roses; 4. Julianna Peña; 5. Cris Cyborg; 6. Holly Holm; 7. Kayla Harrison; 8. Jessica Andrade; 9. Zhang Weili; 10. Carla Esparza.

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

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

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John Walker

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