By: Garrett Evert

Standings

Pound for Pound

  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Connor McGregor
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Stipe Miocic
  • Max Holloway

Flyweight (Champion: Demetrious Johnson)

  • Joseph Benavidez
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Ray Borg

Bantamweight (Champion: TJ Dillashaw)

  • Cody Garbarandt
  • Dominick Cruz
  • Raphael Assuncao

Featherweight (Champion: Max Holloway)

  • Jose Aldo
  • Frankie Edgar
  • Brian Ortega

Lightweight (Champion: Connor McGregor)

  • Tony Ferguson (Interim Champion)
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Eddie Alvarez

Welterweight (Champion: Tyron Woodley)

  • Stephen Thompson
  • Raphael Dos Anjos
  • Colby Covington

Middleweight (Champion: Robert Whittaker)

  • Yoel Romero
  • Luke Rockhold
  • Jacare Souza

Light Heavyweight (Champion: Daniel Cormier)

  • Alexander Gustafsson
  • Glover Teixeira
  • Volkan Oezdemir

Heavyweight (Champion: Stipe Miocic)

  • Francis Ngannou
  • Alistair Overeem
  • Fabricio Werdum

 

Rookies to Watch

The following are my favorite fighters (underdogs) from each weight class that I personally believe have a good chance at making it to the top some day.

 

Men:

Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo

Bantamweight: John Lineker

Featherweight: Darren Elkins

Lightweight: Dustin Porier

Welterweight: Darren Till (I believe he will be the Welterweight champ by the end of 2018)

Middleweight: Derek Brunson

Light heavyweight: Gadzhimurad Antigulov

Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov

 

Women:

Straw weight: Jessica Andrade

Flyweight: Nicco Montano

Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes (Cyborgs next opponent)

Featherweight: Cris Cyborg (nobody can compete with her at the moment)

 

News

  • Max Holloway suffered a leg injury and had to be pulled from the UFC 222 card
  • CM Punk may fight this summer when the UFC comes to Chicago (his hometown)
  • T.J Dillashaw refuses to fight Cody Garbrandt at UFC 222 as a replacement main event
  • Connor McGregor wants to get Floyd Mayweather in the octagon
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Tony Ferguson for the Lightweight title at UFC 223
  • Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier this coming summer