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MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings, August 2022: Should Amanda Nunes reclaim her No. 1 spot?

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Some rivalries are destined to continue.

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It was the same last month when two different pairs dominated the discussion pound for pound. As for the men, it was Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo who reignited the 125-pound debate after they booked themselves a fourth dance date to (hopefully?) end their iconic series once and for all. On the women’s side, it was Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, two of the most influential women of their era, who wrote another chapter in their No. 1 (and potential trilogy match) controversy.

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So how have the past few weeks affected the global pound for pound picture?

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Let’s take a look.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of the MMA Fighting Rankings Show where the panellists discussed July’s biggest moves, whether Nunes should be back at number one in the pound for pound rankings, what rankings the rookies are holding. the real deal is which fighter should be the most upset about being denied a UFC title shot, and more.

Quickly, let’s brush up on some ground rules before we dive into them:

  • The eight-member voting panel consists of MMA Fighting staff members Sean Al Shatty, Alexander Q. Lee, Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, E. Casey Leydon, Steven Marrocco, Damon Martin, and Jed Meshew.
  • Fighters will be removed from the rankings if they do not compete within 18 months of their last fight. The rating will be updated at the beginning of each month.
  • If a fighter announces his retirement, our panel will decide whether to remove that fighter from the rankings immediately or keep his position until further notice (let’s put it this way: we would have removed Khabib Nurmagomedov from our rankings much faster than the UFC did).
  • Having a title in a promotion does not guarantee that a fighter will be considered the best in their promotion.

I remind you that the concept of superiority in the weight category will always be subjective. When you discuss whether someone likes Stipe Miocic should be ranked below someone like Max Hollowaythere is no truly correct answer. So while our Global ranking of MMA fights serve some actual functional purpose – pound-for-pound lists? They are only here to have a good time. In other words: this is not a serious matter, folks.

Thoughts? Questions? Concern? Make sure your voice is heard in the comments below.

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.


Deiveson Figueiredo can’t outrun Brandon Moreno.

Yes, it seems like the two lightweights are destined to be forever linked together—the other’s oil and water, the other’s peanut butter and jelly, Chuck Liddell to the other’s Rampage Jackson. Moreno proved that once again at UFC 277 when he set the stage for an unprecedented tetralogy to come after the knockout of Kai Cara-France, who helped the Mexican-born star to the interim UFC flyweight title. The victory also moved Moreno from 18th to 14th in the MMA Fighting men’s rankings regardless of weight class – ironically, just one position below Figueiredo, who placed 13th.

After more than an hour of playing together in a cage, Figueiredo and Moreno are left locked in a 1-1-1 draw as their iconic streak moves into its (likely?) final chapter. They are so evenly matched that several members of our ranking committee even sided with Moreno in the debate this month when they filed their new flyweight ballots.

Luckily, we should get some kind of solution soon – the two are expected to face off either at the end of 2022 or, if Figueiredo grants his wish, during the UFC’s return to Brazil in early 2023.

Looking to August, will longtime weight class king Kamaru Usman reclaim his throne after recently losing first place to Alexander Volkanovski? He will get his chance when he tries to break Leon Edwards’ 10-fight unbeaten streak at UFC 278.

Recent results of ranked fighters (previous rating shown): #18 Brandon Moreno defeated Kai Kara-France

Upcoming fights with the participation of rating fighters: #2 Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards (UFC 278, August 20), #20 Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrius Johnson (ONE Championship 161, August 26)

Fighters who also received votes (number of ballot appearances shown): Justin Gaethje (3), AJ McKee (3), Islam Makhachev (2), Johnny Eblen (2), Cyril Gein (2), Demetrius Johnson (2), Gegard Mousasi (2), Jose Aldo (1), Raufeon Stotts (2).(1)

Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko

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Amanda Nunes is once again the best in the women’s bantamweight division. But has she regained the title of best female fighter in the sport?

The answer from the majority of our rating committee this month was a resounding no. After Nunes won a dominant decision over Julianna Peña at UFC 277, in which she avenged one of the biggest losses in MMA history and became the only woman in UFC history to score three knockdowns in one fight, Nunes received only two knockdowns out of eight. possible. votes for first place. Only Sean Al Shatti and Guilherme Cruz voted to give the Lioness its former top spot despite Nunes winning the series 2-0 against reigning UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

The debate between Nunes and Shevchenko has been raging for years, ever since Shevchenko dropped to 125 pounds and established herself as one of the most dominant female champions the UFC has ever seen. However, there is always a chance that this will be resolved soon. Calls for a Nunes vs. Shevchenko 3 superfight resumed in full force after UFC 277. Even Nunes and UFC President Dana White seem to be enthusiastic about the idea. Can Shevchenko be convinced?

In the meantime, he’s back to work for one of the busiest fighters in both the men’s and women’s rankings regardless of weight class, as two-time PFL Champion and #9 ranked Kyla Harrison is looking to make it three times in a row when she challenges . Martina Jindrova in the semifinals of the PFL Lightweight Tournament. With the win, she will move one fight away from earning another $1 million paycheck.

Recent results of ranked fighters (previous rating shown): #2 Amanda Nunes beat. No. 3 Julianne Pena, No. 16 Seika Izawa beat. Laura Fontura, #17, Lauren Murphy, b. Misha Tate

Upcoming fights with the participation of rating fighters: No. 9 Kayla Harrison vs. Martina Jindrova (PFL 9, Aug 20)

Fighters who also received votes (number of ballot appearances shown): Angela Lee (4), Ayaka Hamasaki (3), Larissa Pacheco (3), Julia Budd (2), Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (2), Irene Aldana (1), Rachel Pennington (1), Xiong Jingnan (1), Yang Xiaonan (1)


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