Hey everyone, what an awesome last few weeks we’ve had, the following is my Top Ten Pound for Pound Mixed Martial Arts Rankings for 2015:
1. Demetrius Johnson
Mighty Mouse is the UFC’s most consistently dominant fighter.
2. T.J. Dillashaw
T.J. Dillashaw is the UFC’s second most consistently dominant fighter.
3. Conor McGregor
Doing this wasn’t easy but made sense to me. Notorious is a 2 time UFC Champion and dethroned an MMA icon in mere moments.
4. Holly Holm
Holly is an undefeated, decorated, combat sports veteran who dismantled the most dominant athlete in her division ever (who also happened to be the face of MMA) in less than 2 rounds.
5. Luke Rockhold
Rockhold is a 2 time Champion in his division in 2 different premiere fight organizations. He defeated a gritty and tested undefeated Champion in Chris Weidman (the guy who toppled arguably the best ever), and at his own game at that.
6. Fabricio Werdum
Rockhold only just edges out Werdum who has proved time and again he’s not to be counted out in what is considered one of the UFC’s most competitive divisions.
7. Rafael Dos Anjos
Dos Anjos put on an impressive performance in his blitzing Donald Cerrone, but in a division with thinning competition, perhaps a win in a rematch against Anthony Pettis or in that superfight everyone won’t stop yelling at me about he might move up a couple spots.
8. Daniel Cormier
DC is a nice guy, heck he’s a great guy, and I love his contributions on Fox Sports in studio and after UFC Fight Nights. He’s just not the real UFC Light Heavyweight Champion until he defeats a guy (who’ll go unmentioned) I left off this list due to inactivity, controversy, and a lack of space to make a respectable top 10 list that I felt was fairest to wrap up the year, and a pretty cool year at that.
9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joanna only just edges out Robbie here. Joanna burst onto the scene this year with a crushing victory over TUF alum Carla Esparza and defended her title twice since, and the weak state of the UFC Welterweight division along with Lawler’s relative inactivity get’s Jedrzecjczyk the nod here.
10. Robbie Lawler
Robbie Lawler is a vestige of the days before UFC 40. He’s a veteran with dozens of fights, he’s battle tested and always fun to watch. In a division where Georges St. Pierre left a noticeable vacuum, Lawler capitalized on an opportunity for ultimate glory against ex-champ Johny Hendricks and has defended his title once against Rory McDonald. I’m personally looking past Condit on behalf of Lawler so that we could see that damn Hendricks rematch some time next year, please.