Note: I'm a mouthbreathing fan who should have his takes considered with a big fucking grain of salt.
1. Mighty Mouse - Yes I know Cejudo just beat him but I think that's just because Cejudo is absolute fucking kryptonite. Mighty Mouse is the most well-rounded fighter in the UFC and arguably of all time. Technical wizard who knows how to get out of pretty much any situation in a flash. Cejudo rematch will be FUN.
2. Daniel Cormier - Maybe not the most talented guy around but his wrestling is near unstoppable and the power translates at heavyweight. Wish Bones didn't have the PED questions because clean DC vs clean Jon is biggest matchup ever in terms of talent vs. talent.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov - The most dominant guy in MMA on the ground. I think he's honestly going to walk through Conor just because Conor's ground game is simply not there. RIP to Mystic Mac.
4. Henry Cejudo - Like Ngata said, he's evolving and evolving fast. The win of Mighty Mouse was huge, but watching his Reis fight you could tell he's becoming something special in all areas. I would not be shocked if he finishes his career in the GOAT discussion if he can pull off the second win against Mighty Mouse. He's truly a special talent.
5. Tyron Woodley - Explosiveness meets timing meets fight IQ. Woodley has taken on specialists in Wonderboy and Maia, so he's had to fight super careful over his time as champ. But I'm convinced the Till fight and potential Colby fight will bring out the best in him. Few people have the physical gifts that he has.
6. Max Holloway - Blessed era, assuming he can stay healthy from here on out. Dude is old school as hell and game to scrap at all times. Very precise with combos and has the cardio that won't ever quit. I think Ortega has a good shot because of the ground game, but Holloway's resume speaks volume.
7. T.J. Dillashaw - I was really tempted to put Dillashaw higher because of his dissection of Lineker and Assuncao, but he was way too quick to brawl with Cody, and his chin isn't anything remarkable. When he's in the zone Dillashaw is probably a top three guy, but he takes too many risks IMO. Also, I'd love to see him against a really special ground fighter, which isn't present at 135.
8. Robert Whittaker - Know how Rogan says "Air of greatness" when talking about Bobby Knuckles? I love it. He's hittable but his takedown defense is bulletproof and his striking is at a very high level. Go watch him knock out Brunson in Aussieland and try to contain yourself.
9. Stipe Miocic - I think Stipe's resume is enough to draw debate on his placement here, but I don't love any part of his game. He did a great job of outwrestling Ngannou but he KOed a charging Werdum, glass chin Overeem (after being knocked down), and JDS. He's been eating up veterans in a period at HW when nobody presents a real challenge. Beat Blaydes and Volkov and regain your title, then we're talking.
10. Amanda Nunes - She's cleared her division so badly that Cyborg is the only fight to make. I'd love to see her face Holm because of the striking prowess Holm possesses. But Tate, Rousey, Shevchenko (I had VS winning BTW), and Pennington? That's a resume for women's bantamweight.