Men's MMA pound-for-pound rankings

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

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

Note: Results through Oct. 11.

= champion

Demetrious Johnson

1. Demetrious Johnson
Record: 27-2-1
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017
Next: TBD

Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in UFC, having surpassed the great Anderson Silva's mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. How many of these defenses will Johnson have when it's all said and done? As many as he wants, seems to be the answer.

Jon Jones

2. Jon Jones
Record: 22-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Daniel Cormier, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

Jones returned from two tumultuous years to regain his place as the No. 1 fighter in the world, only for it to come out he failed a drug test one day before his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He has maintained his innocence and will appeal.

Conor McGregor

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

McGregor is a two-weight UFC champion, and the current lightweight champion. Now he's coming off a spectacularly lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. When it comes to his next move, one thing's for sure: He has options.

TJ Dillashaw

4. TJ Dillashaw
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD3) John Lineker, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. Cody Garbrandt

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.

Tyron Woodley

5. Tyron Woodley
Div.: Welterweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Demian Maia, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

Woodley's title reign has been widely criticized, as his defenses over Stephen Thompson and Maia were incredibly slow five-round fights. He is, nevertheless, the undisputed champion and he did defend every single one of Maia's takedowns at UFC 214. You may not enjoy the way Woodley is fighting, but there's no denying he's one of the best in the world.

Stipe Miocic

6. Stipe Miocic
Record: 17-2
Div.: Heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, May 13, 2017
Next: TBD

UFC 211 brought dos Santos, the previous man to defeat Miocic (back in 2014). It resulted in another first-round knockout. That's five knockouts in a row for Cleveland's own. Dominant heavyweight champ? Could it be?

Daniel Cormier

7. Daniel Cormier
Record: 19-1
Div.: Light heavyweight
Last: NC to Jon Jones, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

Heartbreak for 'DC' at UFC 214, followed by the announcement of a failed drug test by his rival Jon Jones. Once again, Cormier is the UFC's light heavyweight champion, but not in a way he ever wanted. Unfortunate turn of events in this all-time rivalry.

Max Holloway

8. Max Holloway
Record: 18-3
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Jose Aldo, June 3, 2017
Next: UFC 218 on Dec. 2, vs. Frankie Edgar

Holloway starched his division's greatest champion in his own backyard at UFC 212 and asserted himself as the new king of 145 pounds. Are we living in the "Blessed Era"?

Khabib Nurmagomedov

9. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Div.: Lightweight (UFC)
Last: W (SUB3) Michael Johnson, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

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: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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