We saw quite some madness one UFC betting lines these last two months. There were upsets, jaw-dropping knockouts, and rivalries renewed. That’s bound to cause a shakeup with our UFC Power Rankings.
As per the usual disclaimer: this is not a pound-for-pound list. We factor in each fighter’s most recent wins, quality, and overall status in the P4P discussion. But intangibles like star power also play a major factor here.
Here is the June UFC Power Rankings.
Honorable Mentions: Next Five Up
- Deiveson Figueiredo
- Robert Whittaker
- Stipe Miocic
- Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight Champion)
- Jon Jones
10. Charles Oliveira (31-8-0 (1NC)) (Lightweight Champion)
Previous: HM (+3)
Oliveira’s UFC championship win was a microcosm of his fight career: he was down and seemingly out then furiously roared back to win. He was a company man for well over a decade and fought his way to glory.
Next Fight: TBD (Possibly defending against winner of McGregor/Poirier, end of 2021)
9. Brandon Moreno (19-5-2) (Flyweight Champion)
A month after Oliveira’s championship victory, Moreno had his feel-good moment when he captured the flyweight title as a +180 underdog. Moreno not only became the UFC’s first Mexican-born champion but has a new star in its hands.
Next Fight: TBD (possibly defending in trilogy against Deiveson Figueiredo, end of 2021)
8. Rose Namajunas (11-4-0) (Strawweight Champion)
One swift head kick and Rose Namajunas became the first woman to become a two-time champion. She’s already arguably the greatest strawweight and has the makings of being the UFC’s biggest female star. But she has to defend her belt first.
Next Fight: TBD (possibly defending in a rematch against Carla Esparza, end of 2021)
7. Valentina Shevchenko (21-3-0) (Flyweight Champion)
Previous: 8 (+1)
Shevchenko made short work of Jessica Andrade, the fighter many thought would finally give her an interesting fight. Sigh. Now it’s back to crushing the Lauren Murphys of the world until boss Dana White gives in and books the Amanda Nunes trilogy.
Next Fight: TBD (possibly defending against Lauren Murphy, end of 2021)
6. Israel Adesanya (21-1-0) (Middleweight Champion)
Previous: 6 (-)
It says a lot about how tough the MMA crowd is as no one seemed to care that Adesanya beat up Marvin Vettori to retain his UFC title. He was a -260 betting favorite but looked like he should have been -1000 with how easily he did it.
Next Fight: TBD (potentially defending in a rematch against Whittaker, end of 2021)
5. Jan Blachowicz (28-8-0) (Light Heavyweight Champion)
Previous: 5 (-)
After thriving as an underdog, the Polish champion will likely be a sizable betting favorite over fellow long-timer Glover Teixeira this September. Expect Blachowicz to be around -250 as he looks to continue his reign as the 205 king.
Next Fight: Defending against Glover Teixeira (UFC 266, Sep. 25)
4. Francis Ngannou (16-3-0) (Heavyweight Champion)
Previous: 4 (-)
The all-powerful Ngannou is sitting pretty and trading barbs with the likes of Jon Jones. White seems intent on playing hardball with Jones for as long as it takes. Expect Ngannou’s first title defense to be a dubious rematch against the other fighter to beat him: Derrick Lewis.
Next Fight: TBD (Possibly defending against Jones or Lewis, end of 2021)
3. Dustin Poirier (27-6-0 1NC)
Previous: 2 (-1)
Poirier isn’t this high on the list because he knocked out Conor McGregor. He’s this high because other than Khabib Nurmagomedov, no fighter has beaten him in the last five years. We don’t need Poirier as a champion. We need him to continue fighting the big-money fights.
Next Fight: Trilogy fight versus Conor McGregor (UFC 264, July 10)
2. Amanda Nunes (21-4-0) (Bantamweight & Featherweight Champion)
Previous: 2 (-1)
Like Shevchenko, Nunes continues to grease her wheels with the blood and tears of whichever “contender” White throws in the cage with the “Lioness.” It’s too bad Claressa Shields and Kayla Harrison are at PFL. What I’d give to see Nunes fight either of them.
Next Fight: Defending bantamweight title against Julianna Pena (UFC 265, Aug 7)
1. Kamaru Usman (19-1-0) (Welterweight Champion)
Previous: 3 (+2)
Defending your title for the fourth time could earn you the top spot of the power rankings. Knocking out Jorge freaking Masvidal will make you No. 1. “I’m a problem.” Yes, Kamaru. You are. And a must-watch problem you are.
Next Fight: TBD (possibly defending against Colby Covington in a rematch, end of 2021)