January UFC Pound-For-Pound Power Rankings
It’s more than halfway through the first month of 2018, and we’ve already had some solid fights and some interesting storylines. The year started off with Jeremy Stephens making a strong case to be the next featherweight title contender after his knockout of Doo Hoi Choi. Then, Stipe Miocic made a case for himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time after defending his title for the record fourth time and his dismantling of rising star, Francis Ngannou.
A lot of fights were announced for 2018 and before any more of them happen, let’s dive into the first pound-for-pound power rankings of 2018. Two names that will not be featured on this list are Georges St. Pierre and… Conor McGregor. Georges was stripped of his title because he will not be fighting for a long time while he recovers from a disease, so he will not be featured. McGregor will not be featured because there is a lot of talks that he is stripped of his title, but nothing is confirmed. However, I will keep him off of this list just to be on the safe side. Also, “The Notorious One” hasn’t fought since November of 2016 and there’s no sort of inclination that he will return before the end of 2018. So, that’s why Conor McGregor will not be on the list. Without further ado, let’s see who makes the first UFC pound-for-pound power rankings of 2018!
11. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Honorable Mention)
- Ask, and thou shall receive, Joanna. It was announced before UFC 220 that Joanna is getting her rematch with now champion, Rose Namajunas, at UFC 223 in April. Joanna is going to have her hands full with “Thug” Rose. She has serious power, but Joanna is a fantastic striker. I believe that the buildup to this fight will be, almost, as good as the fight itself.
10. Tony Ferguson
- The interim lightweight champion is going to take on one of the most vicious lightweights in Khabib Nurmagomedov this April. There have been talks that this is for the undisputed title, while others say that this is just Tony defending his interim belt while McGregor gets back to the octagon. Either way, “El Cucuy” has been a major showman in the cage, both with his fighting style and his trash talk. Make sure you stay for the post-fight interview after the two lightweights throw down on April 7th.
9. Amanda Nunes
- All signs point to Nunes taking a super fight with featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, sometime this summer. “The Lioness” has defended her bantamweight title three times and is continuing to make headway in the company. This super fight should be something to behold.
8. Rose Namajunas
- Rose is going to be fighting against the woman she took the title from, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in April. Rose has shown that she is not someone to be taken lightly. The power in her hands is incredible, and she has a strong ground game in her arsenal. Look out for some fireworks in their lead up to the fight and the fight itself.
7. TJ Dillashaw
- TJ is another fighter that’s getting the super fight treatment. TJ has been pleading with Dana White for a fight with longtime, pound-for-pound king, Demetrious Johnson and it looks like he’s getting his wish. Once the flyweight champion recovers from recent surgery, the fight will be on. Looks like contenders Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt are going to have to wait and see what happens.
6. Cris Cyborg
- This is, absolutely, one of the scariest female fighters of all time. The featherweight champ has completely dominated every opponent she has faced inside the octagon. She’s now set for a champion vs. champion fight with bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. These two Brazilians are sure to have a good fight inside the octagon.
5. Tyron Woodley
- It’s hard to say who’s next for the welterweight kingpin. Is it Colby Covington, Rafael dos Anjos, or Kamaru Usman? All of these fighters pose threats to the champ and vice-versa. Tyron Woodley is not one to be taken lightly. Powerful punches, strong wrestling, and an iron chin make the champ dangerous for any opponent.
4. Max Holloway
- “Blessed” is like a fine wine. He just gets better with age. He dominated Jose Aldo for the second time and knocked him out with a third-round TKO. The champ is going to face former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, this March. If Max can get past Edgar, he will show everyone in the MMA community that he is, indeed, for real.
3. Daniel Cormier
- Daniel Cormier defended his title, once again, against power-puncher, Volkan Ozedmir, at UFC 220. Cormier is starting to clean out the light heavyweight division. Not much is left for the former Olympic medalist. Jimi Manuwa may be the last true test for the champ. After that, maybe he will move back up to heavyweight and take on Stipe Miocic.
2. Stipe Miocic
- “The Baddest Man on the Planet” showed everyone why he is the champion. He took apart one of the scariest heavyweights in history in Francis Ngannou. Not only that, but the win gave the Cleveland-native the record for most title defenses for a heavyweight. Like Cormier, he’s starting to run out of opponents. Maybe these two should go ahead and fight in a super fight like so many others in the UFC are doing.
1. Demetrious Johnson
- He’s got the power, the speed, the grappling, and 12 title defenses. He is Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. DJ has reached super fight level now that he’s, essentially, cleaned out the flyweight division. He will take on bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, in a massive altercation sometime later this year. DJ is recovering from surgery, but once he’s healthy, time for a great champion vs. champion fight. We’ll see if TJ will be able to dethrone the pound-for-pound king. Until then, “Mighty Mouse” remains atop the UFC pound-for-pound power rankings.
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