UFC Pound for Pound Power Rankings: Stipe Miocic joins the conversation
Fresh off yet another TKO victory, the heavyweight champion moves into the rankings
Repeat or revenge? That was the question hanging over UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic's head entering his UFC 211 rematch with Junior Dos Santos, the last man to defeat him in the Octagon.
Miocic (17-2), of course, made sure it was a brief discussion by answering the question in demonstrative fashion with one right hand to the ear of the former champion,in last Saturday's main event in Dallas.
At 34, Miocic showcased just how far he had evolved in the two-plus years since his five-round decision loss to dos Santos in 2014. Miocic's punching power certainly remains his great equalizer, but the Ohio native also showed patience, athleticism and an increased dedication to responsible defense.
Heavyweight has never been the deepest division and Miocic, who tied a division record with his second consecutive title defense, has now posted five consecutive victories against many of the top names it has to offer. All five have ended by TKO.
An eventual showdown with oft-injured Cain Velasquez, a two-time champion, still lingers in the distance. But for now, Miocic continues to remove any lingering doubt that he doesn't belong among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
|1. Demetrious Johnson||26-2-1||Flyweight (c)||--|
|2. Jon Jones||22-1||Light heavyweight||--|
|3. Conor McGregor||21-3||Lightweight (c)||--|
|4. Jose Aldo||26-2||Featherweight (c)||--|
|5. TJ Dillashaw||14-3||Bantamweight||--|
|6. Daniel Cormier||19-1||Light heavyweight (c)||--|
|7. Cody Garbrandt||11-0||Bantamweight (c)||--|
|8. Tyron Woodley||17-3-1||Welterweight (c)||--|
|9. Stipe Miocic||17-2||Heavyweight (c)|
|10. Dominick Cruz||22-2||Bantamweight|
Honorable mentions: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Yoel Romero, Max Holloway, Luke Rockhold
Add one more dominant title defense to the growing legend of UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
In the co-main event of UFC 211, Jedrzejczyk (14-0) showcased every aspect of what makes her such a special fighter. The native of Poland took the hard-punching Andrade's best shots early before relying on her speed, footwork and incredible accuracy to put on a technical clinic.
The victory left Jedrzejczyk one title defense away from tying Ronda Rousey's UFC female record of six, which "Joanna Champion" hopes to break before 2017 comes to a close. After that, a move up to 125 pounds appears in the cards following the UFC's announcement last week that it will add a women's flyweight division.
Despite the fact that Jedrzejcyzk has all but cleaned out the strawweight division -- with the exception of her likely next opponent, Rose Namajunas -- difficult challenges are still ahead for the 29-year-old as her quest continues to retire unbeaten as the greatest female fighter in MMA history.
|1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk||14-0||Strawweight (c)||--|
|2. Cris "Cyborg" Justino||17-1||Featherweight||--|
|3. Amanda Nunes||14-4||Bantamweight (c)||--|
|4. Valentina Shevchenko||14-2||Bantamweight||--|
|5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz||10-1||Strawweight||--|
Honorable mentions: Rose Namajunas, Claudia Gadelha, Germaine de Randamie, Raquel Pennington, Jessica Andrade
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