Our March rankings saw quite a mixup with Amanda Nunes taking the top spot. Outside of Khabib Nurmagomedov dropping out (with his retirement official), we don’t have quite the same movement. But one massive fighter, in both senses, has made some cash on the UFC betting lines and is coming for the top spot.
As a usual reminder: these rankings are not a pound-for-pound list. We do consider each fighter’s most recent wins (or losses) and the quality of their opponents and victories. But intangibles like popularity (weighted by “Star Power” and “P4P Status”) play a big factor here.
Here is the April UFC Power Rankings.
- Justin Gaethje
- Charles Oliveira
- Max Holloway
- Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight Champion)
- Weili Zhang (Strawweight Champion)
10. Jon Jones (26-1-0 1NC)
Previous: 10 (-)
Jones keeps hanging on to the last spot despite not having fought in over a year. That’s alright. It won’t be right not having the “GOAT” on this list, even if he hasn’t been that impressive in his last three fights. If you discount his DQ loss (as most fans do), Jones is the only unbeaten fighter on this list.
Next Fight: TBD (Possibly challenging Francis Ngannou at the end of 2021)
9. Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) (Flyweight Champion)
Previous: 9 (-)
Figueiredo has already created more hype for the division than Demetrious Johnson (who just got knocked out in ONE) has in his hundred years in it. This isn’t so much a shade at DJ as it is a call to appreciate the aptly named “Deus Da Guerra (God of War)” more.
Next Fight: Defending in a rematch versus Moreno (UFC 263, June 12)
8. Valentina Shevchenko (20-3-0) (Flyweight Champion)
Previous: 8 (-)
Shevchenko finally gets something interesting as former straw-weight champion Jessica Andrade charges her way. The four-time defending champ will be a -400 betting favorite. But winning isn’t enough. Now’s Shevchenko’s chance to create an exciting fight, something she hasn’t done since her first fight with Amanda Nunes five years ago.
Next Fight: Defending against Jessica Andrade (UFC 261, Apr. 24)
7. Stipe Miocic (20-4-0)
Previous: 4 (-3)
Despite an ugly end to his run as heavyweight champion, Miocic is still one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters. Now, the former champ can rest and plan his future. A trilogy bout with Ngannou may be in the works sometime later.
Next Fight: TBD (Curtis Blaydes makes sense)
6. Israel Adesanya (20-1-0) (Middleweight Champion)
Previous: 7 (+1)
Adesanya still sits atop the middleweight division but has already run into the problem of fighting a fresh new contender. His potential fights are all rematches with the likes of Marvin Vettori and the winner of Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum being the most obvious.
Next Fight: TBD (potentially defending against the winner of Whittaker-Gastelum)
5. Jan Blachowicz (28-8-0) (Light Heavyweight Champion)
Previous: 6 (+1)
The Polish champion gets his second title defense booked against fellow veteran, Glover Teixeira. Blachowicz has been an underdog throughout most of his run, but he’ll finally be a favorite against the Brazilian at around -200.
Next Fight: Defending against Glover Teixeira (UFC 266, Sep. 4)
4. Francis Ngannou (16-3-0) (Heavyweight Champion)
Previous: HM (+6)
It was silly in hindsight to not rank Ngannou in the top ten prior to him knocking out Miocic. But had Ngannou lost again, he would’ve been in no man’s land and he’d likely be seen as nothing more than a bonafide gatekeeper. Fortunately, he’s the UFC’s fastest-rising star and a bout against Jones can only make him bigger.
Next Fight: TBD (Possibly defending against Jon Jones at the end of 2021)
3. Kamaru Usman (18-1-0) (Welterweight Champion)
Previous: 5 (+2)
Ngannou may soon eclipse Usman in these rankings, but we can’t ignore how dominant he’s been. Usman holds the welterweight record for the longest winning streak with 13 and he’s now won three Performance bonuses in his last five fights. He’s -400 to retain his belt against an old foe, Jorge Masvidal.
Next Fight: Defending against Masvidal in a rematch (UFC 261, Apr. 24)
2. Dustin Poirier (27-6-0 1NC)
Previous: 3 (+1)
“The Diamond” does not need gold to prove he’s one of the UFC’s biggest stars. Poirier isn’t preparing for a trilogy against McGregor, he’s calling him out on social and rekindling their once-fiery rivalry. That’s the spirit! Fans want some hostility. It’s nice that they were nice to each other, but beef makes this saga far more entertaining.
Next Fight: Trilogy fight versus Conor McGregor (UFC 264, July 10)
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1. Amanda Nunes (Bantamweight & Featherweight Champion)
Previous: 1 (-)
What more can be said about Nunes? She’s cleaned out both divisions and is just dispatching whoever the UFC puts in front of her. At this point, we need to try some experimental matchmaking here. How about a handicap match? A gauntlet match? A hardcore match WWE-style? Help us out here.