Alright lets see whats up 5 years later. Here is who I got.
1.) "The Notorious" Conor McGregor
At first I was hesitant to put him here because there are so many great fighters in the UFC at the moment. I was also weary because I was not sure if I put him here because of my fanboy card for him or for his actual talent. That said when I went through it in my head he wiped out an entire division in 2 years, that was supposed to be the most stacked division in the UFC, and beat the current featherweight champ on a torn ACL. He then goes up and fights the champ of the lightweight division, and cleans him out in a contest that is not even close.
He has also evolved as a fighter from someone who was standup only to being able to defend takedowns from a great wrestler in Eddie Alvarez. I can only imagine his standup has gotten better because of the MAyweather fight. There are a lot of contenders out there for this number one spot you can argue, mainly Khabib, but he hast to make weight 3 or so more times with no drama before I Could give him the spot.
2.) Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov
The man is just a devastating force of nature. He really is the pound for pound king when he is on and making weight. He just destroyed Barboza and his resume is a who's who list in the UFC With guys like Barboza, Horcher, Dos Anjos, Johnson, and Tibau. The most impressive thing is that he has absolutely demolished these people.
There are only 2 things that worry me about him. Is that he has not fought anyone who is a super talented wrestler. He has fought Jiu-jitsu guys like RDA, but no real badass dudes. Now I have mentioned his reume, but outside of those guys they are all nobody's, his signature win was RDA imo, and I would love to see him against a Kevin Lee, Ferguson, or dare I say McGregor. Which brings me to the second, he is very hittable as evidenced by the Michale Johnson (Who admittedly he beat like a drum), but if a guy like Conor can land that left it might derail his momentu.
3.) Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley
I was weary of putting him here because people think he tends to have boring fights, but to me when you think abot champions who rule their weight divisions, there might not be a more dominant person than Woodley. He has everything you could want in a fighter. he is explosive, massive knockout power in both hands, has devastating leg kicks, insane wrestling, and is explosive....oike really exxplosive lol
The only thing about him that we dont know is, how is his jiu-jitsu game. To me it really is not a valid point though, as you cant get him there anyway. Damian Meia is a wizard at getting people on the ground and submitting him and he could not NOTHING against him. You want to see power, see him knockout LAwler who has an iron chin. The wonderboy fight's were his big test especially the first one. And while I think Wonderboy won the decision, I think Woodley did the most damage. I think if there were an infinite number of rounds eventually Woodley would put wonderboy to sleep.
4.) Stipe Miocic
In my mind he could be listed as any of the above. The reason he is not is simple. Cain Velasquez. He has beaten literally everyone else. I mentioned resume's earlier, and none in the UFC read better than his. HE has beaten literally everyone but one guy. If he beats Velasquez he is undeniably, unequivocally, and admittedly the greatest heavyweight of all time, even over Fedor, and Werdum. He has beaten WErdum, Dos santos, Arlovski, Hunt, Overreem, Nelson, Gonzaga and the guy who everyone thought was the baddest man alive in Ngannou. If by some chance of pure luck he could fall 3 to 5 spots for me. That said I think he hands DC the worst beating of his life.
He has all-american wrestling, he was a golden glove boxer, he has outstanding cardio, a great clinch, a granite chin, tough as hell, an extremely high fight IQ, and he has solid Jiu-Jitsu.
5.) Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson
This is where the free fall ends for the consensus number 1 by everyone else's rankings. I think he is the most talented person in his division adn the most dominant champion in the UFC history, and the numbers bear that out. Here is the problem. He has had not great competition other than Borg, Cejudo, and Benavidez. Borg is not on that level yet, Cejudo very well could be because he is evolving and fast, and Benavidez just cant seem to get there.
6.) Max "Blessed" Holloway
This guy has everything and has cleaned out the division sans two guys. McGregor and Edgar. One he was going to face but pulled out yesterday because of an injury, and he lost to McGregor. Since then he has gone on to win 12 straight including 2 wins over Jose Aldo.
His pace is phenomenal, his striking is good, and he has good takedown defense.
7.)Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker
To me this guy is the best young prospect in the UFC. The reaper has excellent takedown defense, a great ability to scramble, solid as a rock against the cage, and oh yeah quite possibly the most devastating puncher in Middleweight division. Michael Bisping is lucky he fought the cupcake GSP instead of this killer. He is 27 and has wins over guys like Jacare Souza, Yoel Romero, Uriah Hall, Brad Tavares, Rafael NAtal, and Derek Brunson.
His only notable loss was to Wonderboy when he used to cut 40 pounds to make welterweight.
8.) Cris "Cyborg" Justino
(Yep, I would let her fuck me, so what? And yes I realize this is coming off sexist, because it is)
AS to her fighting, if you disregard who she has fought and just look at how dominant a fighter she has been against her opponents there is no doubt she is the greatest of all time. Nobody has ever dominated competition like Cyborg. When Rousey was blowing herself, this was the ACTUAL baddest woman on the planet. She has sick boxing, muy thai, jiu jitsu and takedowns. There are literally no holes in her game.
Side Note: I met her once and she is an absolute sweetheart. One of the nicest people I have ever met.
9.) Daniel "DC" Cormier
One of the great dickheads of our time. AT least to his opponents. In person and on TV he seems like the nicest dude in the world, and from the people I listen to they all say he is a super nice guy outside the ring. That being said all fo the build up to the fight there is no UFC fighter I dislike more. That said he is also super skilled. I did not put him this low because I hate him, but I put him here because I think everyone above him is better and will be for longer.
He has good stand-up skills, he might be the most talented wrestler in the UFC other than Cejudo, Romero, and a handful of others, he has a good gas tank, and decent submission skills. The only person to beat him is the biggest waste of talent the UFC has ever known in Jon Jones.
10.) Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson
He is a guy who probably does not get the respect he deserves because he outlasts guys and does not have those wow victories other people have. When you look at his skills though he is tough to knock. he has unorthodox but effective standup, great wrestling, extremely dangerous on the ground form both the guard and the mount, and has some of the best cardio in the game.
So that is my list. Feel free to make yours or critique mine. If you are going to say somebody should be higher, say how much and why you would knock another guy down.
Edited by Omerta, 03 February 2018 - 08:48 PM.