Heavyweights are always considered as the greatest boxers in the world as a 6-foot-9 athlete weighing 250 pounds would easily flatten a 5-foot-8 athlete weighing 140 pounds in a 12-round fistfight. Regardless of weight class, pound-for-pound rankings rate boxers based on one or more factors, which typically include quality of victories, successes, and skill. A heavyweight could easily beat a flyweight, but in pound-for-pound rankings, a flyweight may rank better than the heavyweights.
1. Jon Jones
Jonathan Dwight Jones, also known as Jon Jones, is an American MMA fighter who competes in the Light Heavyweight class for the UFC. He is the current and two-time heavyweight king of his division, also recognized as Bones. He also claimed the position as an interim champion once, bringing his total to thrice. Jon Jones has many UFC records as a Light Heavyweight fighter, including the most consecutive and successive championship defences, the longest undefeated streak, the most wins, and the most victories by submission. Jon Jones debuted in the fighting tournament in August 2008 against Andre Gusmao as a replacement for Tomasz Drwal. In March 2011, he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the Light Heavyweight title. He became the UFC’s oldest winner and then beat Quinton Jackson for the belt.
In 2016, he won an interim title, but it was removed from him when he failed a drug screen before his UFC 200 battle with Daniel Cormier. He defeated Cormier after returning to the ring in July of 2017. Due to a lack of evidence, his possible four-year punishment was reduced to a one-year suspension.
When he returned, he beat Alexander Gustafson at UFC 232 to retain his title. The Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He currently has a 25-1 record.
He went on to win his second Light Heavyweight Championship, but he failed another drug test, losing the championship once more.
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2. Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman is a rising star in the fighting world who has the potential to become one of the best fighters in the world.
If his career progresses well, he will have plenty of time. Usman is a tremendous talent in the MMA world, and his abilities in the Octagon are undeniable.
He won both of his big battles on The Ultimate Fighter before defeating Haydar Hassan in the Ultimate Fighter 21 Welterweight Tournament. Usman began fighting anyone put in front of him after that, as each bout he participated in, seemed to improve. Before facing Rafael Dos Anjos, he had defeated Alexander Yakovlev, Sean Strickland, and Demian Maia. He drew a lot of attention here with his best performance of the night. He is presently the top two welterweights in the tournament, having won all of his fights and is about to face Colby Covington.
Usman isn’t the best striker while he’s on his feet. When he adds in his knockdowns, however, his attacking becomes dangerous. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ may not have a popular style, but his tremendous wrestling allows him to crush his opponents. He’s got a great clinch game.
He’s indeed one of the world’s most powerful welterweights. Aside from that, only just a few people can beat his combat speed. Usman’s chain wrestling technique is nearly impossible to stop.
Usman was a bronze medalist in the NCAA DII in 2008, silver in 2009, and gold in 2010. In 2015, he won TUF: 21 and in 2019, he won the UFC welterweight title.
Against Colby Covington, Usman won one battle of the evening’s bonus.
Covington is vying for both the Welterweight Title in UFC. A victory here will undoubtedly solidify his place in the game’s history. Nigerian Nightmare now has a 19-1 MMA record as of September 2021.
3. Israel Adesanya
Israel Owolabi is a Nigerian-born competitive MM artist, kickboxer, and former boxer, living in New Zealand and was born July 22, 1989.
Israel Adesanya, also known as The Stylebender, is listed among the top Nigerians in MMA who are the reasons for a proud nation.
Adesanya’s MMA exploits have propelled them to a place reserved for the sport’s elite. Israel Adesanya worked in China for a long period before becoming famous. He subsequently became pro and relocated to China to train.
Adesanya survived his first bout and went on an unbeaten run that took him towards the Kunlun Fight 80kg competition in 2014, where he was knocked out in the semifinals.
The middleweight class is currently ruled by Israel Adesanya. Since joining the UFC in 2018, he has been unbeatable. He won the UFC middleweight title at UFC 243 in 2019 and has since successfully defended it three times. He is now anticipating a rematch with Robert Whittaker.
Adesanya has competed in several combat sports, including MMA and boxing. In addition, he is a skilled kickboxer. With a 21-1 record and only a single loss, Adesanya is well on his way to becoming an MMA legend. His fearless demeanor is the main feature that has attracted him to various MMA fans, as evidenced by his oppressive fighting style and enthusiasm in fighting rivals, as evidenced by his escapades in the octagon and interviews. Israel’s persona is scary, but his track record gives opponents the creeps. In 15 of his 21 victories, Israel has beaten his rival by knockout.
His boxing and kickboxing careers are likely to have aided him in solidifying his record; one thing is certain: Adesanya is not your normal MMA fighter.
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4. Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski has competed in a variety of weight classes throughout his career. He’s had a fantastic career thus far, ranging from middleweights to featherweight. In addition, ‘The Great’ is the current UFC featherweight king.
Volkanovski began his Greco-Roman wrestling training at an early age. At the age of 12, he won his first national title. At the age of 14, he gave up wrestling and began competing in rugby. He had a successful rugby career. During his off-seasons, he began training in MMA and wrestling. It’s worth noting that throughout the off seasons, Alexander Volkanovski weighed around 214 lbs. Volkanovski is a skilled fighter who has developed a passion for striking. Volkanovski has perfected several techniques with the help of a world-class gym. He has a deadly right overhand and crippling leg kicks.
Aside from that, he can wrestle both offensively and defensively. Also, if he’s brought down, his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt skills should help him resist submission attempts. Alexander Volkanovski has won a title in each of the weight classes he has competed in during his professional career (lightweight, welterweight, and featherweight).
5. Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou is a professional mixed martial artist from Canada and France. In the ring, Ngannou is known as The Predator, and he presently holds the record for the most powerful punch ever recorded by UFC. He surpassed kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong’s previous record of 114,000 units with a total of 123,161 units.
Ngannou grew up in Cameroon but had a difficult background, spending much of his childhood in poverty. He began boxing at the age of 22 but had to quit after that year owing to illness.
After relocating to Paris, Francis finally had the opportunity to train properly, and you could see how determined he was to become a fighter, even though he had no income or shelter, to begin with. In 2013, he finally got his chance in the ring when he was allowed to train for free alongside Didier Carmont. He was drawn to boxing because of his admiration for Mike Tyson, but his coach brought him to MMA, and his rise to fame.
He never has forgotten his upbringing and founded The Francis Ngannou Foundation to help others. This is the first of a kind combat sports gym in his native Cameroon, and he established this organization to provide young people with the kind of facilities he never had, as well as to assist them in pursuing their dreams. He is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion and now competes in the heavyweight division for the UFC. He is regarded for becoming the toughest puncher ever recorded. He is currently ranked #5 in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of June 14, 2021.
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6. Dustin Poirier
Dustin (from the United States) born January 19, 1989, is a mixed martial artist and philanthropist. He is a former UFC Lightweight Interim Champion. He is currently ranked #1 in the lightweight rankings and #6 in the tournament male’s pound-for-pound rankings of June 2021.
He has previously fought both in the lightweight and featherweight categories and now fights in the lightweight division of the (UFC), the world’s top MMA organization (UFC). In his early professional career, he largely fought in divisional promotions in the eastern US, in which he was born. His martial arts (mixed) record currently stands at 21 victories out of 28 fights, with 10 knockouts, 6 submissions, and 5 decisions. As of August 3, 2017, he has effectively designated himself at #8 in UFC lightweight rankings.
He won the ‘Night’s Fight’ bonus award three times against Akira Corassani and Jung Chan-Sung as well as ‘Night’s performance” 2-times against Carlos Ferreira and Medeiros throughout his UFC career. Several media named his bout against Chan-Sung in May-June 2012 as the “Battle of the Year.” In 2011, he appeared in the martial arts biopic “Fightville.”
7. Jan Blachowicz
Jan Maciej Bachowicz was born on February 24, 1983 and is a skilled and professional mixed martial artist from Poland. He is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and competes in the Light Heavyweight category for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He’s been a professional since 2007, and he’s also a past KSW Light Heavyweight Champion. He is the first male Polish champion and the second Polish champion in UFC history, following Joanna Jdrzejczyk. He is currently ranked #7 in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of May 17, 2021.
On September 27, 2020, at UFC 253, Bachowicz faced Dominick Reyes for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. He was declared the new UFC Light Heavyweight champion after winning the bout by TKO in the second round. This victory won him the award for Best Performance of the Night.
On March 6, 2021, at UFC 259, Bachowicz defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. He won the bout by unanimous vote and became the first fighter in MMA history to defeat Adesanya.
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8. Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States and was born on August 19, 1982. He is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and currently competes in the heavyweight category for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Critics, journalists, and the media all view him as the best UFC heavyweight fighter of all time. He is currently ranked #2 in the heavyweight rankings as of August 2021, and #8 in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of May 17, 2021.
He holds the record for most wins in heavyweight title fights, as well as the longest title defending run in the heavyweight category, with three straight defenses, after successfully defending his title four times over his two reigns. With nine fight-night bonus awards, Miocic owns the record for most in the heavyweight division’s history.
Miocic’s strengths include his increased boxing talent and superior wrestling abilities as a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State University. Stipe Miocic is an MMA fighter from the United States who is currently signed to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Nonetheless, talent finds a way, and in 2011, Stipe found himself participating in MMA with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest MMA platform. He began his career with a tiny Ohio promotion, where he won all five of his matches via knockout. Things went smoothly, and he was crowned NAAFS World Heavyweight King. He won by unanimous decision in his first UFC fight against Joey Beltran, and that was only the beginning. Stipe goes on to have a highly successful career in the fighting, winning numerous awards including “Performance of the Night.”
9. Max Holloway
Jerome Max Keli’i Holloway was born December 4, 1991. He is an American pro mixed martial-artist who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division (UFC). Holloway has been a professional since 2010, and on June 3, 2017, he fought José Aldo to win the Featherweight Championship, which he defended three times. He is currently ranked #1 in the featherweight rankings and #9 in the male’s pound-for-pound rankings as of March 29, 2021.
Max Holloway is a top striker with an endless supply of gas. Without gassing out, the Hawaiian can go five rounds. Aside from that, he has a hard time keeping up with him. Holloway unleashed an incredible number of strikes on Brian Ortega throughout their bout. Max is a master at avoiding takedowns. Even for seasoned wrestlers like Frankie Edgar, the American boxer is incredibly difficult to take down. Holloway bounces back quickly after being knocked down.
In his MMA career, ‘Blessed’ has a fantastic 22-6-0 record. In MMA, he has received four Fight of the Night awards, four Performance of the Night awards, and one Knockout of the Night award.
He was also named the 2017 RealSport Fighter of the Year.
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10. Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira da Silva is a Brazilian profi MMA fighter who was born on October 17, 1989. He is presently a member of the so-called Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Lightweight division (UFC). He is the current Lightweight Champion of the UFC. Oliveira has been a professional fighter since 2008, competing primarily in tiny Brazilian organizations until joining the UFC in 2010. He has many UFC records, including the most takedown wins (14), and the most finishes (17) in the organization’s history. He is currently ranked #10 in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of June 14, 2021.
Following the retirement of former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oliveira faced former three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021. Oliveira won the UFC Lightweight Championship by technical knockout early in the second round, despite being felled by Chandler in the first round. With the knockout victory, he set even another record, becoming the UFC’s all-time leader in finishes. Oliveira also received the Performer of the evening’s bonus award for this victory.
11. Brandon Moreno
Brandon Moreno was born on December 7, 1993. He is an international MMA fighter from Mexico who fights in the UFC flyweight category. He is also the current Flyweight Champion here. He has been fighting in the UFC since 2011, and he previously competed in the Legacy Fighting Alliance. Here, he held the title of LFA. He is currently ranked #11 in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of July 12, 2021. Moreno was brought up in Mexico, in a low-class family who had a Piata business. He needed to lose weight when he was twelve, so his mother registered him in the local Entram Gym, where he began training in MMA.
Moreno was reported to be a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions in July 2016. Moreno was chosen to be a part of The Team Benavidez. In the first round, he fought Alexandre Pantoja and lost by decision. Moreno made his UFC debut while his season of The Ultimate Fighter still was airing, which is an uncommon move. On October 1, 2016, he fought Louis Smolka at UFC Battle Night: Lineker vs. Dodson. Moreno won the bout in the first round by submission. Moreno also received his first Act of the Night award as a result of his victory. On August 5, 2017, Moreno fought Sergio Pettis at UFC BattleNight 114. He was defeated by a unanimous vote. Moreno failed a drug test for clenbuterol in an in-competition urine sample taken the day after his fight with Pettis on August 6, 2017. Since the detection of clenbuterol in Moreno’s system was determined to be the product of clenbuterol-contaminated meat consumed in Mexico, Moreno was not sanctioned by USADA.
On June 12, 2021, Moreno fought Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship in a co-headlining event at UFC 263. Moreno controlled the attacking and grappling battles, and in the third round, he submitted Figueiredo with a rear-naked choke. This victory earned him the award for Best Performance of the Night.
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12. Robert Whittaker
Whittaker is a welterweight boxer from Australia who is presently contracted to the UFC. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he holds a purple belt, while in Hapkido and Karate, he holds a black belt. PMA Advanced Martial Arts at Menai, New South Wales, Australia, and Tristar in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are where he trains. He defeated Benny Alloway among others. He was the welterweight category winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, and the victor of “Knockout of the Season.” Ten of his eleven career victories have been finishes, with an equal number of T/KOs and submissions.
Whittaker was born and raised in New Zealand but migrated to Australia with his family soon after, describing himself as “Australian raised.” His father was a strong believer in martial arts and trained him in Karate at a young age. Whittaker studied this discipline for several years before switching to Hapkido with Henry Perez. Perez, a lifelong martial-arts student, saw the potential of MMA and added MMA training to his program in 2003, where Whittaker quickly took to the sport.
With an intense boxing style that finds him always searching for – and typically getting – a quick finish, he has swiftly made his name on the Australian MMA scene. Robert’s professional career began in 2009 with a TKO in the first round. He had a perfect 7-0 record in his first two years, with all of his victories coming in the first round. When he arrived at Cotai, Macau for Legend Fighting Championships 6, he lost his first fight on October 30, 2011. Whittaker met Hoon Kim but was defeated in the first round by submission. He came back with two more first-round TKOs to win the Super Fight Australia welterweight championship. When he faced Jesse Juarez at Care Fighting Championships 21, he would make it out of the first round for the first bout in his career, and he would lose by decision.
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