Pound-for-pound MMA ranking: Glover Teixeira climbs into top 10 after historic UFC title win


Welcome to the latest update of the Pound-for-Pound MMA Fighting Rankings, where each month our esteemed panel of experts sorts through the noise to answer a question: Who are the best male and female mixed martial arts fighters in the world?

Another month of chaos is behind us and a busy November awaits us, of course headlining Saturday’s star-studded UFC 268 pay-per-view. So let’s come back to the impact of the October ranking cycle on the global pound-for-pound MMA landscape.

(And don’t forget to check out the latest edition of the MMA Fighting Rankings Show!)

First of all, a reminder of some basic rules before diving.

  • Our eight-person voting panel is made up of MMA Fighting staff Shaun Al-Shatti, Alexander K. Lee, Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, E. Casey Leydon, Steven Marrocco, Damon Martin and Jed Meshew.
  • Fighters will be removed from the leaderboard if they do not compete within 18 months of their most recent fight.
  • Leaderboards updates will be completed at the start of each month.
  • If a fighter announces his retirement, our panel will decide whether that fighter should be immediately removed from the rankings or retain his position until further notice (let’s put it this way: we would have removed Khabib Nurmagomedov from our rankings much faster than UFC l ‘did).
  • Holding the title of a promotion does not guarantee that the fighter will be considered the best in his promotion.
  • Regarding all of the above rules, all possible exceptions will be discussed internally and noted in the article.

As a reminder, the notion of pound-for-pound supremacy will always be inherently subjective. When wondering if someone like Stipe Miocic should be ranked below someone like Max Holloway, there’s no real right answer. So while our Global MMA Fighting Rankings serve a real functional purpose, the following pound-for-pound lists are only here for a good while. In other words: this is no serious business, folks.

In case you missed it, last month’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings can be viewed here.

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This is the world of Glover Teixiera. The rest of us just live in it.

Undoubtedly, no result had a more dramatic effect on the November men’s pound-for-pound roster than Teixeira’s surprisingly one-sided victory over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. Blachowicz entered the competition with a No. 6 pound for pound – and was even ranked No.2 by at least one panelist – but unranked Teixeira once again defied the odds by finishing his storybook at 42 with the best performance of his 20-year career. by MMA.

As the new UFC light heavyweight champion, Teixeira is now making his debut on our list in 10th place. Blachowicz, meanwhile, tumbles to No.17.

The other major move in October comes from Petr Yan, who finally outshines rival Aljamain Sterling and climbs to 13th after a dominant win over Cory Sandhagen to win the interim UFC bantamweight title at UFC 267. With Yan and Sterling suddenly sat next to each other in our No.13 and No.14 seats respectively, the stage is set for their long-awaited rematch to unify the UFC bantamweight titles in 2022.

As for the upcoming November roster, all eyes will soon be on the man our ranking panel unanimously recognizes as the best male fighter in the world: Kamaru Usman. The reigning UFC welterweight champion is set to face Colby Covington this Saturday at UFC 268. Could we have a new No. 1 male fighter in that space next month? Or will Usman reaffirm his dominance over his controversial rival?

October results for ranked fighters (previous ranking displayed): Glover Teixeira beat. No.6 Jan Blachowicz, No.16 Petr Yan beat. Cory Sandhagen, No. 18 Vadim Nemkov beat. Julius Anglickas

November fights featuring ranked fighters: No. 1 Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington (UFC 268, November 6), No. 6 Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez (UFC Vegas 42, November 13), No. 15 Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler (UFC 268, November 6)

Fighters also receiving votes: Adriano Moraes, Colby Covington, Rob Font, Ciryl Gane, Ryan Bader, Deiveson Figueiredo, Gilbert Burns, Jose Aldo, Sergio Pettis, Yaroslav Amosov, TJ Dillashaw, Corey Anderson


Kayla Harrison’s assault on the pound-for-pound women’s ranks continues.

2021 has been a busy year for the two-time Olympic champion, who scored four more victories in six months with her second PFL tournament crown in October and her second check for $ 1 million. After making her debut in our top 10 pound-for-pound just a few months ago, Harrison now climbs to No. 8 – and that’s where she’ll sit as she embarks on one from the most intriguing free MMA agencies. we have seen in recent memory.

In many ways, the fate of those rankings could be determined by the direction Harrison chooses for his next move. If she chooses to sign with the UFC, our No.1 ranked fighter – and Harrison ATT’s teammate – Amanda Nunes would instantly look like a marquee clash. The same goes for Bellator, who holds the keys to a high-profile fight between Harrison and No.4 Cris Cyborg.

Then again, Harrison’s PFL gig is as close to a guaranteed seven-figure paycheck as it gets for fighters in the sport. This can make it difficult for her to finally go away.

Elsewhere, Marina Rodriguez’s five-round UFC victory over previously ranked 15th Mackenzie Dern sparked the biggest move of the month on the women’s side, with Rodriguez winning this month’s No.14 and Dern falling. tied for n ° 17.

Now the spotlight is once again on Saturday’s UFC 268 pay-per-view, as just before Usman and Covington fight, No.3-ranked Rose Namajunas is expected to collide with Zhang Weili, ranked No.5, in a rematch that could have major ramifications for this list.

October results for ranked fighters (previous ranking displayed): No. 10 Kayla Harrison won. Taylor Guardado, Marina Rodriguez beat. No. 15 Mackenzie Dern, No. 18 Julia Budd def. Kaitlin Young

November fights featuring ranked fighters: No. 3 Rose Namajunas vs. No. 5 Zhang Weili (UFC 268, November 6), No. 4 Cris Cyborg vs. Sinead Kavanagh (Bellator 271, November 12), No. 20 Miesha Tate vs. Ketlen Vieira (UFC Vegas 43, November 20 )

Fighters also receiving votes: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Yan Xiaonan, Xiong Jing Nan, Julianna Pena, Larissa Pacheco, Michelle Waterson, Leslie Smith, Alesha Zappitella, Denise Kielholtz, Amanda Ribas

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