November UFC Pound-for-Pound Power Rankings
UFC 217 is in the books and what an unbelievable night of fights it was. Three title fights that resulted in three new UFC champions. Rose Namajunas shocked the world with a first-round knockout of the longtime champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. TJ Dillashaw finally settled the score with former teammate turned rival, Cody Garbrandt, and reclaimed his bantamweight crown with a second-round knockout. Georges St. Pierre made his long-awaited return to take on middleweight king, Michael Bisping, and what a return it was. “Rush” came in and choked Bisping unconscious in the third round to become the new middleweight champion and the fourth man in UFC history to win two titles in two different weight classes. The MMA world was turned upside down after this past weekend. So, it’s time to make sense of it all and bring the new November UFC Pound-for-Pound Power Rankings.
11. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Honorable Mention)
No one expected what had happened to the “strawweight queen” on Saturday night. She was knocked out in the very first round with a vicious left hook from Rose Namajunas. However devastating, this was the very first loss in Joanna’s astounding pro-MMA career. Hopefully, she will bounce back and work that much harder to get her title back.
10. Amanda Nunes
“The Lioness” defended her title for the second time back at UFC 215 against Valentina Shevchenko. While the win was somewhat controversial, Nunes is starting to make some serious noise in the organization and be regarded as one of the best in the entire world.
9. T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw is back on top of the MMA world after he knocked out his rival, Cody Garbrandt, at UFC 217. After his loss to Dominick Cruz that lost him the title, Dillashaw has looked better and better with every match. It’s going to be interesting to see how his time as champ plays out. His next fight will, more than likely, be a rematch between him and Dominick Cruz or a rematch against Cody.
8. Rose Namajunas
“Thug” Rose made a huge statement at UFC 217, knocking out one of the best female fighters of all time, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in the very first round. She claimed her UFC title as well as saying in her post-fight interview, “I’m just a normal person.” We all know that’s not true. She’s a vicious striker and is now the best strawweight fighter in the world.
7. Tyron Woodley
The welterweight kingpin last fought in July, beating top grappler, Demian Maia. Woodley has defended his title three times since he won it from Robbie Lawler (twice against Stephen Thompson). The next match for the title should be the winner of Lawler vs. Dos Anjos in the main event fight later this month.
6. Max Holloway
The current featherweight champion is set to take on the former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, on December 2nd. Should “Blessed” be able to get past Edgar, he will truly cement himself as one of the best champions in the UFC today. He’s got fantastic striking and a never surrender kind of attitude. He’s got all the makings of one of the best fighters in all of MMA.
5. Daniel Cormier
After all of the drama surrounding Jon Jones, the UFC gave Cormier his title back and rightfully so. The bout where he lost the title to Jon Jones was ruled a no-contest. In that case, it’s like the bout never happened and Cormier never lost his title. “DC” has only lost to Jon Jones in his entire career and has taken out some of the top fighters in the organization. He’s an Olympic wrestler and very good on his feet as well. Who knows where the UFC wants to go with Cormier. Time will tell.
4. Stipe Miocic
“The Baddest Man on the Planet” is really starting to clean out the heavyweight division. Not to mention that most of the division has been flagged for performance-enhancing drugs or is injured at the moment. The only men that are still available to take on the Cleveland-native are fighting at UFC 218 on December 2nd, which are Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. The winner of that fight will, more than likely, take on Miocic for the title.
3. Georges St. Pierre
There is no such thing as ring rust! Georges came into the Octagon after four years away and looked even better than before. He choked out the man with most wins in UFC history and the middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. After this fight, Georges has truly cemented his status as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
2. Conor McGregor
There have been a lot of rumors of when and whom McGregor will fight next. Some say that he will fight at the end of the year against interim champion, Tony Ferguson. Others have said he could fight in January and complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz. Either way, when Conor comes back, it will be the highest bought Pay-Per-View card the UFC has had in a long time.
1. Demetrious Johnson
“Mighty Mouse” has, officially, broken Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive title defenses with his incredible submission victory over Ray Borg. The future is wide open for the flyweight champ. He could wait for the winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis and defend his title against another top contender. Or… He could either go up to bantamweight or stay at flyweight and take on new bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. This has been a fight people have clamored for since TJ became champion back in 2014. Who knows what will happen, but one thing is for sure. Demetrious Johnson is the number one, pound-for-pound, greatest mixed martial artist in the UFC.
That’ll do it for the November UFC Pound-for-Pound Power Rankings? Who do you think is the best fighter in the UFC right now? What did you think of the list in general? Be sure to tell us all about it and more in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.
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