Following UFC 229 Russian star Khabib further cemented himself as one of the world’s best. He extended his MMA record to 27-0-0, so should he now be considered top of the pound for pound list. Here we cover the top three.
3) TJ DILLASHAW
The fighter to make third is the current Bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. The 32-year-old fights out of Denver, Colorado and has quickly established himself as one of the sports best. He is renowned for his high level wrestling and ground and pound game. TJ became embroiled in trouble with the Alpha male team following him leaving them, which led to him appearing on the Ultimate fighter as a couch against his former opponent and teammate, Cody Garbrandt.
TJ is now on a winning run of four fights in succession and has an overall MMA record of 17-3-0. He is now coming off the back of two performance of the nights in stopping the former champion Cody Garbrandt on each occasion. TJ is a star of the sport, which is why punters continue to support him using the pools sportsbook in his fights.
2) KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV
Sitting at number two is Khabib following his destructive victory over McGregor at UFC 229. The event was the biggest in the history of the UFC and is likely to better the upcoming blockbuster boxing match between Fury and Wilder in PPV numbers. This just shows how far the sport has come. Many feel he should be sitting at the top, which is no surprise considering the career he has had. Khabib fights out of Dagestan, Russia and has continued to be one of the most avoided fighters in the sport. Following his recent victory, he extended his MMA record to 27-0-0, and remains one of the only champions yet to taste defeat.
Khabib is the current lightweight champion and is renowned for his stunning wrestling which no fighter has been able to deal with as of yet. The Russian now must wait to see the result of his recent actions but a possible rematch with McGregor is the likely next step.
1) DANIEL CORMIER
At number one it is the current multiple title holder, Daniel Cormier. He holds both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles and has remained as one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC for some time. His only defeat in his lengthy career has come against his rival Jon Jones.
The 39-year-old is a high level wrestler, which has enabled him to dominate many of his opponents. Throughout his time in the UFC he has been awarded three performance of the nights and two fight of the nights. Cormier is a fantastic role model and pioneer for the sport and will go down as one of the best ever following his retirement.