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Men's MMA pound-for-pound rankings

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Garbrandt beats Cruz to capture bantamweight title (0:33)

Cody Garbrandt defeats Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision to snap Cruz's 13-fight win streak and win the UFC bantamweight title. (0:33)

Who is the world's best men's mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below, and three featherweights are on the list.

In addition, here are my women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through Feb. 14.

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Demetrious Johnson

1. Demetrious Johnson
Record: 25-2-1
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Tim Elliott, Dec. 3, 2016
Next: TBD

"Mighty Mouse" is up to nine straight title defenses, one away from tying Anderson's Silva's all-time UFC mark of 10. He avoided a first-round scare against Tim Elliott in December, which might have been the closest thing to drama in Johnson's entire flyweight reign. He is the best.


Conor McGregor

2. Conor McGregor
Record: 21-3
Div.: Lightweight/Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (KO2) Eddie Alvarez, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

McGregor made history in a historic venue at UFC 205, and he did it by channeling a legendary performance -- with plenty of showmanship. This sport has never seen anything equal to McGregor.


TJ Dillashaw

3. TJ Dillashaw
Record:
14-3
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD3) John Lineker, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

As far as Dillashaw is concerned, he should still be the UFC's bantamweight champion. He felt he was robbed in a decision loss to Dominick Cruz in 2016, but at least he's now in a terrific position to challenge for that title again.


Jon Jones

4. Jon Jones
Record: 22-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD5) Ovince Saint Preux, April 23, 2016
Next: TBD

Jones falls on this list, despite the fact that he has never been legitimately defeated in his career. He's now suspended until July 2017. The talent is there, but part of being a pound-for-pound best is reserving the ability to compete.


Jose Aldo

5. Jose Aldo
Record:
26-2
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD5) Frankie Edgar, July 9, 2016
Next: UFC 212 on June 3, vs. Max Holloway

Once again, Aldo was in the driver's seat of a 145-pound fight with the great Frankie Edgar. Aldo is now 2-0 against Edgar, but he has yet to beat Conor McGregor ...


Daniel Cormier

6. Daniel Cormier
Record:
18-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Anderson Silva, July 9, 2017
Next: UFC 210 on April 8, vs. Anthony Johnson

Cormier added a legend to his résumé, defeating Anderson Silva in a three-round fight at UFC 200. It wasn't the fight he expected, but life moves on for Cormier with or without Jon Jones.


Stipe Miocic

7. Stipe Miocic
Record: 16-2
Div.: Heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (KO1) Alistair Overeem, Sept. 10, 2016
Next: UFC 211 on May 13, vs. Junior dos Santos

Miocic enjoyed a highlight moment in his hometown of Cleveland, knocking out Overeem in the first round of UFC 203 for his first title defense. The top of the UFC's heavyweight division has been a revolving door in terms of the No. 1 spot. Has it finally found its first long-reigning champ?


Tyron Woodley

8. Tyron Woodley
Record:
16-3-1
Div.: Welterweight (UFC)
Last: Draw (MD) Stephen Thompson, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: UFC 209 on March 4, vs. Stephen Thompson

Always an underdog, Woodley went into UFC 205 with a belt around his waist, but there remained plenty of doubters on the sidelines. He came extremely close to finishing Thompson in the fourth round of their title fight and ended up retaining the title in a majority draw. Technically, he didn't win his last fight, but it's time to stop doubting Woodley.


Khabib Nurmagomedov

9. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Record:
24-0
Div.: Lightweight (UFC)
Last: W (SUB3) Michael Johnson, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: UFC 209 on March 4, vs. Tony Ferguson

Nurmagomedov has had some difficulty staying healthy, but when active, he has done nothing but win. His style appears to be kryptonite for any fighter out there, and he's fast closing in on a UFC title.


Cody Garbrandt

10. Cody Garbrandt
Record: 11-0
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD5) Dominick Cruz, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

Garbrandt's rise has been nothing if not meteoric. And he's out-performing high expectations. A prospect versus prospect bout with Thomas Almeida? Garbrandt finishes it in the first round. A UFC title fight against the best bantamweight of all time in Cruz? Garbrandt schools him. This keeps up, we'll have a crossover star on our hands.