Fightful MMA Weekly Rankings (9/22/21)

Welcome to Fightful MMA's weekly fighter rankings (as of 9/22/21).

With UFC 266 on the horizon, there's sure to be a shakeup in the upper echelon of many of the UFC's premier divisions.

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Now let's get into the rankings.

Men's Pound-For-Pound

  1. Kamaru Usman (19-1) — UFC Welterweight Champion
  2. Jon Jones (26-1) — UFC
  3. Francis Ngannou (16-3) — UFC Heavyweight Champion

  4. Jan Blachowicz (28-8) — UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

  5. Israel Adesanya (21-1) — UFC Middleweight Champion

  6. Alex Volkanovski (22-1) — UFC Featherweight Champion

  7. Charles Oliveira (31-8) — UFC Lightweight Champion

  8. Ciryl Gane (10-0) — UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion

  9. Stipe Miocic (20-4) — UFC

  10. Dustin Poirier (28-6) — UFC

  11. Max Holloway (22-6) — UFC

  12. Robert Whittaker (23-5) — UFC

  13. Brandon Moreno (19-5) — UFC Flyweight Champion

  14. Colby Covington (16-2) — UFC

  15. Aljamain Sterling (20-3) — UFC Bantamweight Champion


Women's Pound-For-Pound

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Women's Featherweight & Bantamweight Champion

  2. Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) — UFC Women's Flyweight Champion

  3. Cris Cyborg (24-2) — Bellator Featherweight Champion

  4. Rose Namajunas (10-4) — UFC Strawweight Champion

  5. Kayla Harrison (11-0) — PFL Lightweight Champion

  6. Germaine De Randamie (10-4) — UFC

  7. Weili Zhang (21-2) — UFC

  8. Holly Holm (14-5) — UFC

  9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) — UFC

  10. Juliana Velasquez (12-0) — Bellator Women's Bantamweight Champion

  11. Carla Esparza (18-6) — UFC

  12. Jessica Andrade (21-9) — UFC

  13. Julianna Peña (10-4) — UFC

  14. Julia Budd (15-3) — Bellator

  15. Norma Dumont (6-1) — UFC


Heavyweight

  1. Francis Ngannou (16-3) — UFC Champion

  2. Ciryl Gane (10-0) — UFC Interim Champion

  3. Stipe Miocic (20-4) — UFC

  4. Derrick Lewis (25-8) — UFC

  5. Curtis Blaydes (14-3) — UFC

  6. Alexander Volkov (33-9) — UFC

  7. Valentin Moldavsky (11-1) — Bellator Champion

  8. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2) — UFC

  9. Tom Aspinall (11-2) - UFC

  10. Marcin Tybura (22-6) — UFC

  11. Timothy Johnson (15-7) — Bellator

  12. Cheick Kongo (31-11) — Bellator

  13. Augusto Sakai (15-3-1) — UFC

  14. Fabricio Werdum (24-9) — PFL

  15. Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) — UFC


Light Heavyweight

  1. Jan Blachowicz (28-8) — UFC Champion

  2. Vadim Nemkov (13-2) — Bellator Champion

  3. Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1) — UFC

  4. Glover Teixeira (32-7) — UFC

  5. Ryan Bader (28-6) — Bellator

  6. Phil Davis (22-6) — Bellator

  7. Aleksandar Rakic (14-2) — UFC

  8. Dominick Reyes (12-3) — UFC

  9. Corey Anderson (15-5) — Bellator

  10. Thiago Santos (21-9) — UFC

  11. Anthony Smith (35-16) — UFC

  12. Anthony Johnson (23-6) — Bellator

  13. Magomed Ankalaev (15-1) — UFC

  14. Nikita Krylov (27-8) — UFC

  15. Volkan Oezdemir (17-5) — UFC


Middleweight

  1. Israel Adesanya (21-1) — UFC Champion

  2. Robert Whittaker (23-5) — UFC

  3. Gegard Mousasi (48-7) — Bellator Champion

  4. Jared Cannonier (14-5) — UFC

  5. Derek Brunson (23-7) — UFC

  6. Paulo Costa (13-1) — UFC

  7. Marvin Vettori (17-5-1) — UFC

  8. Sean Strickland (24-3) — UFC

  9. Jack Hermansson (22-6) — UFC

  10. Darren Till (18-4-1) — UFC

  11. Kelvin Gastelum (16-8) — UFC

  12. Uriah Hall (17-10) — UFC

  13. Brendan Allen (17-4) — UFC

  14. Kevin Holland (21-7) — UFC

  15. Edmen Shahbazyan (11-2) — UFC


Welterweight

  1. Kamaru Usman (19-1) — UFC Champion

  2. Colby Covington (16-2) — UFC

  3. Gilbert Burns (20-4) — UFC

  4. Leon Edwards (19-3) - UFC

  5. Vicente Luque (21-7-1) — UFC

  6. Stephen Thompson (16-5-1) — UFC

  7. Yaroslav Amosov (26-0) — Bellator Champion

  8. Michael Chiesa (18-5) — UFC

  9. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) — UFC

  10. Douglas Lima (32-9) — Bellator

  11. Belal Muhammad (19-3) — UFC

  12. Ray Cooper III (23-7-1) — PFL Champion

  13. Li Jingliang (18-6) — UFC

  14. Neil Magny (25-8) — UFC

  15. Daniel Rodriguez (16-2) — UFC


Lightweight

  1. Charles Oliveira (31-8) — UFC Champion

  2. Dustin Poirier (28-6) — UFC

  3. Beneil Dariush (21-4-1) — UFC

  4. Justin Gaethje (22-3) — UFC

  5. Islam Makhachev (20-1) — UFC

  6. Conor McGregor (22-6) — UFC

  7. Michael Chandler (22-6) — UFC

  8. Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13) — UFC

  9. Tony Ferguson (25-6) — UFC

  10. Gregor Gillespie (14-1) — UFC

  11. Dan Hooker (20-10) — UFC

  12. Brad Riddell (10-1) — UFC

  13. Diego Ferreira (14-3) — UFC

  14. Rafael Fiziev (10-1) — UFC

  15. Arman Tsarukyan (17-2) — UFC


Featherweight

  1. Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) — UFC Champion

  2. Max Holloway (22-6) — UFC

  3. AJ McKee (18-0) — Bellator Champion

  4. Brian Ortega (15-1) — UFC

  5. Patricio Pitbull (32-5) — Bellator

  6. Giga Chikadze (14-2) — UFC

  7. Calvin Kattar (22-5) — UFC

  8. Yair Rodriguez (13-2) — UFC

  9. Korean Zombie (17-6) — UFC

  10. Arnold Allen (17-1) — UFC

  11. Josh Emmett (16-2) — UFC

  12. Movsar Evloev (14-0) — UFC

  13. Dan Ige (15-4) — UFC

  14. Edson Barboza (22-10) — UFC

  15. Movlid Khaybulaev (18-0-1) — PFL Champion


Bantamweight

  1. Aljamain Sterling (20-3) — UFC Champion

  2. Petr Yan (15-2) — UFC

  3. TJ Dillashaw (17-4) — UFC

  4. Cory Sandhagen (14-3) — UFC

  5. Rob Font (19-4) — UFC

  6. Jose Aldo (30-7) — UFC

  7. Marlon Moraes (23-8-1) — UFC

  8. Cody Garbrandt (12-4) — UFC

  9. Dominick Cruz (23-3) — UFC

  10. Sergio Pettis (21-5) — Bellator Champion

  11. Pedro Munhoz (19-6) — UFC

  12. Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3) — Bellator

  13. Merab Dvalishviili (13-4) — UFC

  14. John Lineker (33-9) — ONE Champion

  15. Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) — UFC


Flyweight

  1. Brandon Moreno (19-5-2) — UFC Champion

  2. Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) — UFC

  3. Adriano Moraes (19-3) — ONE Champion

  4. Askar Askarov (13-0) — UFC

  5. Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1) — ONE

  6. Alexandre Pantoja (24-5) — UFC

  7. Matheus Nicolau (16-2-1) — UFC

  8. Alex Perez (24-6) — UFC

  9. Brandon Royval (12-6) — UFC

  10. Kai Kara-France (22-9) — UFC

  11. Rogerio Bontorin (17-3) — UFC

  12. Manel Kape (16-6) — UFC

  13. David Dvorak (20-3) — UFC

  14. Jose Torres (10-1-1) — Brave CF Champion

  15. Matt Schnell (15-6) — UFC


Women's Featherweight

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Champion

  2. Cris Cyborg (24-2) — Bellator Champion

  3. Kayla Harrison (11-0) — PFL Champion

  4. Norma Dumont (6-1) — UFC

  5. Julia Budd (15-3) — Bellator

  6. Felicia Spencer (8-3) — UFC

  7. Megan Anderson (11-5) — UFC

  8. Pam Sorensen (9-3) — Invicta FC Champion

  9. Larissa Pacheco (15-4) — PFL

  10. Cat Zingano (12-4) — Bellator

  11. Arlene Blancowe (14-8) — Bellator

  12. Leslie Smith (12-9-1) — Bellator

  13. Leah McCourt (4-1) — Bellator

  14. Leah Letson (5-1) — UFC

  15. Janay Harding (6-5) — Bellator


Women's Bantamweight

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Champion

  2. Germaine De Randamie (10-4) — UFC

  3. Holly Holm (14-5) — UFC

  4. Julianna Peña (10-4) — UFC

  5. Irene Aldana (13-6) — UFC

  6. Aspen Ladd (9-1) — UFC

  7. Yana Kunitskaya (14-6) — UFC

  8. Ketlen Vieira (11-2) — UFC

  9. Raquel Pennington (12-8) — UFC

  10. Meisha Tate (19-7) — UFC

  11. Macy Chiasson (7-1) — UFC

  12. Sara McMann (12-6) — UFC

  13. Josiane Nunes (8-2) — UFC

  14. Pannie Kianzad (15-6) — UFC

  15. Karol Rosa (14-3) — UFC


Women's Flyweight

  1. Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) — UFC Champion

  2. Jessica Andrade (21-9) — UFC

  3. Juliana Velasquez (12-0) — Bellator Champion

  4. Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) — UFC

  5. Lauren Murphy (14-4) — UFC

  6. Liz Carmouche (16-7) — UFC

  7. Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1) — UFC

  8. Jennifer Maia (19-7-1) — UFC

  9. Joanne Calderwood (15-6) — UFC

  10. Ilima Lei-MacFarlane (11-1) — Bellator

  11. Alexa Grasso (13-3) — UFC

  12. Viviane Araujo (9-3) — UFC

  13. Roxanne Modaferri (25-18) — UFC

  14. Maycee Barber (9-2) — UFC

  15. Miranda Maverick (9-3) — UFC


Women's Strawweight

  1. Rose Namajunas (10-4) — UFC Champion

  2. Weili Zhang (21-2) — UFC

  3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) — UFC

  4. Carla Esparza (18-6) — UFC

  5. Marina Rodriguez (14-1) — UFC

  6. MacKenzie Dern (11-1) — UFC

  7. Yan Xionan (13-2) — UFC

  8. Tecia Torres (13-5) — UFC

  9. Claudia Gadelha (18-5) — UFC

  10. Amanda Lemos (10-1-1) — UFC

  11. Amanda Ribas (10-2) — UFC

  12. Michelle Waterson (18-9) — UFC

  13. Angela Hill (13-10) — UFC

  14. Nina Nunes (10-7) — UFC

  15. Virna Jandiroba (17-2) — UFC


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