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MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings Plummets: Kamaru Usman Loses to Leon Edwards in Epic Trilogy

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Hey everyone! Every month, our rankings team looks at the best male and female MMA fighters in the world. What’s changed recently on the global rankings? Let’s check it out!

Leon Edwards topples Kamaru Usman and boasts the Pound-for-Pound Title at 170 lbs!

A picture show by Jeff Bottari is featured in MMA Fighting. Kamaru Usman’s time as a leader has officially come to an end.

Leon Edwards proved everyone wrong by winning back-to-back fights against Usman in UFC 286. This made him the championship of the 170 pounds weight class and one of the top three fighters pound-for-pound. But with potential opponents like Colby Covington and Belal Muhammad, how long will Edwards be able to stay at the top?

It seems to be the end of a new champ’s career in the Usman chapter. Recently, he has fallen down to 9th position. Will it all be over for this 35-year-old former best fighter? Or will he be able to achieve success once again?

Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira will have a rematch on April 8th at UFC 287. Israel is not doing very well in the conversation, with only one win when they fought before in MMA. If everything goes right for Israel on April 8th, then there might be a third fight soon after this one.

At an event on March 18th, the No.3 ranked fighter Leon Edwards beat the No.5 ranked fighter Kamaru Usman. Soon, on April 8th at UFC 287, we’ll have another matchup between two fighters: Alex Pereira (No.7) and Israel Adesanya (No. 8).

Different people think different fighters deserve the title of best fighter. Here is a list of talented fighters who got votes from lots of people: Vadim Nemkov (4), Johnny Eblen (3), Jamahal Hill (3), Jan Blachowicz (2), Petr Yan (2), Magomed Ankalaev (1), Colby Covington (1), Beneil Dariush (1), Alexandre Pantoja (1), Shavkat Rakhmonov(1) and Raufeon Stots (1).


Recently, it hasn’t been the best for female MMA fighters in the world. But over the next three weeks that’s about to change since those who have been doing well and not so well will have their big comebacks.

Holly Holm, who was once a champion in the UFC, is 41 years old and trying to rebound from a loss. She signed a six-fight deal for her upcoming match against Yana Santos but if she loses again it might be the end of her rise to the top rankings. Right now she’s ranked 17th in pound-for-pound fighters.

Larissa Pacheco is 28 and is the champion of the Women’s Lightweight division in the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Last year, she won a million-dollar competition against Kayla Harrison which earned her 16th spot as one of the best fighters around. On April 7, she has another hard fight lined up against Julia Budd who used to be Bellator’s top female featherweight fighter. If she succeeds in this challenge, will it also bring her another millionaire payday? We’ll have to wait and see!

Recently, some MMA fighters were ranked. Fighters like No. 16 Larissa Pacheco and 17 Holly Holm are both fighting soon against Julia Budd and Yana Santos respectively. Other fighters who were also talked about include Katlyn Chookagian, Marina Rodriguez, Lauren Murphy, Ketlen Vieira, Yan Xiaonan, Irene Aldana, Seo Hee Ham and Juliana Velasquez. Here are the rules to follow when considering MMA fighters:

– 8 people form the voting panel for MMA Fighting. Their names are Shaun Al-Shatti, Alexander K. Lee, Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, E. Casey Leydon, Steven Marrocco, Damon Martin and Jed Meshew.

– The rankings will be updated after each UFC pay-per-view event. If a fighter does not have any fights within 18 months of their previous fight then they will be removed from the rankings.

– If a fighter says they are retiring, our team will decide whether we should remove them from the rankings right away or keep their position until further notice (for example: We would have taken Khabib Nurmagomedov out of the rankings way quicker than the UFC).

Remember, deciding who is the best fighter out there can be really hard to decide. It’s like asking if Robert Whittaker should be better than Max Holloway? There isn’t an exact answer for this. So don’t take it too seriously!

If you have any thoughts, questions or worries about this, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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