Regardless that the month of February featured a battle card each weekend, the perfect of the perfect remained on the sidelines as not one of the 10 athletes that comprise the Sporting Information’ month-to-month pound-for-pound rankings set foot in the Octagon.
In contrast to different rankings units the place issues change for no actual purpose, our assortment has remained the identical, however we’ll commerce off who we’re speaking about, which suggests recent takes on why our assortment shakes out the best way it does.
Listed here are the Sporting Information UFC pound-for-pound rankings for March 2018.
Despite the fact that he isn’t a world champion, Nurmagomedov is one of the best fighter in the UFC who isn’t at present a champion. To that finish, it is onerous to disclaim somebody who’s 24-zero, sixteen by way of stoppage of that distinction.
“The Eagle” will get an opportunity at UFC gold when he faces light-weight champion — I feel — in the primary occasion of UFC 223 on April 7. — Muehlhausen
I’ll be trustworthy: I lobbied for Dillashaw to be greater on this record once we put the rankings collectively in February, however relented as a result of my cohort Mr. Muehlhausen raised the truthful level that the opposite champions on this record have defended their belts, save for the man at No. 7. Even so, he’s on a prolonged profitable streak.
That being stated, it’s arduous to knock Dillashaw, who’s two publish-TUF losses are cut up selections that would have gone the opposite means with out points, and he’s already avenged one among them. He did every thing that was requested of him after dropping the belt and rallied from a dicey finish to the primary spherical to reclaim the strap at UFC 217.
No matter what comes subsequent, Dillashaw deserves a spot on this listing and has the potential to maneuver up the rankings earlier than the yr is out. – Kyte
The speak of a superfight between Nunes and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg was all for naught, as Nunes will now defend her belt at UFC 222 towards Yana Kunitskaya.
Nunes is more likely to be making her subsequent title protection at UFC 224 on Might 12 towards Raquel Pennington. Ought to Cyborg and Nunes win their respective fights, a showdown to see who’s one of the best feminine fighter on the planet ought to happen later in 2018.
Ought to Nunes pull off the upset, there’s no method form or type that she wouldn’t lastly get the credit score she ought to have gotten a very long time in the past after beating former champions Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey in again-to-again fights in 2016. — Muehlhausen
We’re a tick lower than six weeks away from seeing Ferguson search for his eleventh straight win in an oft-booked showdown reverse Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn and I really feel just like the bout holds higher potential significance for “El Cucuy” than it does for “The Eagle.”
Being the primary man to beat Khabib can be large and whereas nobody questions his place in the higher echelon of the light-weight division, I get the sensation lots of people anticipate Nurmagomedov to win and that is Ferguson’s probability to show them flawed on an enormous stage. – Kyte
Lower than every week after his defeat of Francis Ngannou at UFC 220, the UFC introduced Miocic can be defending his heavyweight title towards Daniel Cormier in the primary occasion of UFC 226. They will even each coach on the upcoming season of “The Final Fighter”.
Regardless that he has the report for many consecutive title defenses, a win over Cormier — who was thirteen-zero in the division earlier than shifting right down to mild heavyweight — wouldn’t solely give him the most important win of his profession however the title of biggest heavyweight of all time. — Muehlhausen
A pair days from now at UFC 222, Cyborg will look to proceed her thirteen-yr-lengthy reign of dominance in a brief-discover title protection towards Yana Kunitskaya. In all probability, the Brazilian wrecking machine will cruise to victory and retain her featherweight title.
It’s arduous to know the right way to actually qualify and quantify what Cyborg has completed as a result of many occasions she’s made it look really easy. There might be some harder checks on the horizon although. Given how dominant she’s been, it’s exhausting to check the 32-yr-previous Cyborg ever dropping the belt. — Kyte
A bout towards Nate Diaz was seemongly going to return to fruition as each Diaz and Woodley expressed curiosity in assembly.
UFC president Dana White shut the thought down and went on to blast Woodley for saying the struggle had virtually been made for December’s UFC 219. White claimed that couldn’t be farther from the reality. Woodley went on social media, calling out White and even making a visit to UFC headquarters in Las Vegas to hash issues out.
Woodley ought to be targeted on getting one of the best fights for himself as an alternative of squabbling with higher administration. — Muehlhausen
As spectacular as Ferguson has been in profitable 10 straight, Holloway has emerged victorious in a dozen consecutive contests, which places him 4 shy of Anderson Silva’s UFC report. And right here’s the factor that ought to excite individuals probably the most about Holloway: he’s solely 26 and he’s nonetheless getting higher.
After again-to-again wins over Jose Aldo, “Blessed” is on the mend and paying shut consideration to the UFC 222 co-most important occasion pairing between Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega, as he’ll probably battle the winner someday this summer time. — Kyte
With Jon Jones possible suspended for some time, the sunshine heavyweight division is Cormier’s — maybe it ought to have all the time been like that.
Individuals by no means gave “DC” credit score for the wins he garnered, and perhaps he would have defeated Jones if the previous lengthy-time reigning champion wasn’t taking PED’s.
Cormier has an opportunity to turn into an all-time nice and turn out to be solely the second fighter in UFC historical past to carry two titles on the similar time — if he can greatest Miocic at UFC 226. — Muehlhausen
What extra are you able to say concerning the longest reigning champion in the UFC, the primary and solely flyweight champion in the division’s historical past and the person who re-wrote the report books in 2017?
Whereas a possible bout with T.J. Dillashaw continues to be mentioned, Johnson and his household are targeted on different issues, as he and his spouse will welcome their third youngster later this yr. Congrats Mighty Squad! — Kyte