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Kamaru Usman retains No 1 spot – VELOXNEWS


Nigeriaborn Kamaru Usman continues his dominance as the topmost ranked UFC Pound for Pound fighter in the latest ranking.

The men’s UFC pound for pound ranking is the cream of the crop when it comes to MMA top-10 lists.

It is a group of the very best fighters on planet earth. It features the competitors who best mix power, speed, athleticism, and fight IQ into an absolutely destructive cage fighting force. It’s also a list that is heavily debated and as subjective a topic as there is in the MMA community.

For a long time, many doubted the greatness of Kamaru Usman. But after winning 18 straight fights and defending his welterweight thrown against elite talents in Jorge Masvidal (twice), Colby Covington (twice), and Gilbert Burns, there is no question “The Nigerian Nightmare” is the best MMA fighter in the world. Once he heals up from hand surgery he will face a deserving foe in Leon Edwards in August.

Featherweight king, Alexander Volkanovski has won 20 straight fights, defeated the best 145-pounder ever, Max Holloway three times, and hasn’t tasted defeat in eight years. At this point, all he can do is maintain the excellence and work his way to the top spot on our list. The only thing holding him back from overcoming Usman for the top spot is his lack of finishes in the UFC.

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 MMA fights and that came in a closely contested fight against a champion at a higher weight class. Adesanya is so good at middleweight that he is heading towards lapping the division a third time.

While missing weight led to Charles Oliveira having to vacate his title at UFC 274, he proved on fight night that he is still the uncrowned king of the weight class with a destructive submission victory over Justin Gaethje. There is no doubt he is the undisputed best lightweight in the world, but the win also proved he is a legitimate pound-for-pound superstar.

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 organization.

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