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Men's UFC Pound-for-pound rankings: Where does the featherweight GOAT rank in the top-10?

UFC pound-for-pound rankings

Jul 27, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Max Holloway (red gloves) during his fight against Frankie Edgar (blue gloves) during UFC 240 at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC pound-for-pound rankings define the very best fighters in the promotion -- and the world. It's a list built around fighters who consistently prove they have technique and physical gifts second to none, and resumes deserving of admiration. 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 men's UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

Men's UFC pound-for-pound rankings

10. Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1)

Deiveson Figueiredo quieted many doubters in regaining his flyweight championship at UFC 270. Many felt former champion Brandon Moreno had his number and he entered their trilogy bout as a notable underdog. However, by switching camps to train with the likes of Henry Cejudo at Fight Ready, he made enough key tweaks to his game to win a razor-thin -- and maybe controversial -- victory.

  • Next fight: Waiting for next booking

9. Petr Yan (16-2)

Although he may not be the official bantamweight champion, his performance in winning division gold for the second time at UFC 267 proved Petr Yan is an elite talent in the UFC. In a show of his outstanding fight IQ, he was able to solve the puzzle that is Cory Sandhagen and actually score with a bunch of power shots on an elusive and dangerous target. He will next face current champion, Aljamain Sterling, in a unification fight the entire MMA world wants to see.

  • Next fight: vs. Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273

8. Max Holloway (22-6)

To some, Max Holloway is the uncrowned UFC featherweight king after two razor-thin losses to the second-ranked man on our list, Alexander Volkanovski. Those impressive performances, along with an absolute drubbing of Calvin Kattar in January, and there is no doubt he is a pound-for-pound talent. In November, he showed that once again when he beat top-five 145-pounder, Yair Rodriguez in a fight of the year contender.

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7. Dustin Poirier (28-7)

Dustin Poirier, a former interim titleholder, recently put together a definitive series of wins over Conor McGregor [twice], Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, and Dan Hooker. He's one of the few superstar talents left in the sport built in the mold of a Georges St-Pierre. Where his talk comes in the Octagon, not so much outside of it. Unfortunately, in his second attempt to become the lightweight champion, he was again unable to reach the mountain top and lost to Charles Oliveira by submission at UFC 269. Where he goes next is anyone's guess.

  • Next fight: Waiting for next booking

6. Jon Jones (26-1)

Up until 2020, Jon Jones would be at the very top of any pound-for-pound rankings list. His place as arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time is hard to dispute. However, after more than a year and a half away from the sport bulking up to eventually compete for gold in the heavyweight division, he has fallen on the list due to inactivity. Now, with his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence, and being expelled from his long-time training home of Jackson-Wink MMA, who knows when we will see "Bones" compete in the Octagon next.

  • Next fight: Waiting for next booking

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 promotion. He has smashed his way to the top and defeated a division legend to become heavyweight king. He elevated his stock to new heights when he showed a complete attack and used wrestling -- shockingly -- to defend his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

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4. Charles Oliveira (32-8)

Charles Oliveira had big-time potential when he came to the organization in 2010. However, the Brazilian needed to have his ups and downs to force his evolution into one of the most dangerous talents in the lightweight division. He capped off a nine-fight win streak with a definitive victory over Michael Chandler in the biggest fight of his career at UFC 262. He then added to that and defended his title for the first time with an impressive all-around showing in submitting Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.

  • Next fight:vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 274

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 fights, and it took an excellent performance against a much larger opponent, in a new division, to barely beat him over five rounds. His hit list at middleweight is a who's-who of the division's top-10. He is expected to next face former 185-pound champ Robert Whittaker in a monumental rematch of the best two middleweights of the last five years.

  • Next fight: vs. Robert Whittaker UFC 271

2. Alexander Volkanovski (23-1)

UFC 145-pound king Alexander Volkanovski has won 20 straight fights, beat the greatest featherweights of all time in Max Holloway [twice] and Jose Aldo, and hasn't tasted defeat in eight years. What else do you need to do to land a spot in the top two of the pound-for-pound rankings? The Aussie can do it all and has shown an elite-level fight IQ that truly makes him a special talent in the sport. Next up is the one and only "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung as the legendary brawler steps in to replace the injured Max Holloway.

  • Next fight: vs. Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273

1. Kamaru Usman (19-1)

For a long time, many doubted the greatness of Kamaru Usman. But winning 18 straight and having four impressive welterweight title defenses against world-class talent in Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Gilbert Burns proved "The Nigerian Nightmare" is the best thing going in MMA today. His gas tank is endless, his wrestling can control fights and now he has evolved from a high-output striker to a thumping power puncher. There is little Usman can't do in the Octagon and that is why UFC boss Dana White said he is getting into the GOAT conversation after another title defense at UFC 268.

  • Next fight: Waiting for next booking