Jones coming in at third will be controversial to some. However, the four-time light-heavyweight champion is definitely one of the most dominant and talented fighters ever. He has victories over all of his fellow contenders at 205 lbs, including Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, Rashad Evans, and ‘Rampage’ Jackson. He was also the youngest UFC champion of all-time.
Jones’s only official loss was a disqualification against Matt Hammil. However, there are two reasons why he isn’t on top of this list. First of all, his most recent performances haven’t been as dominant. Secondly, he tested positive for banned substances multiple times so this automatically taints his legacy. However, despite both of these factors, he’s still one of the greatest of all-time.
A couple more title defenses and Khabib will definitely top this list. With an undefeated record of 28-0, the Russian is one of the most relentless and dominant fighters in the world. He is currently riding a 12-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC alone. If he beats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, he will move to three successful title defenses and one step closer to his goal of retiring with a 30-0 record.
The Russian uses his oppressive wrestling style to suffocate and overwhelm his opponents. ‘The Eagle’ grinds them up against the fence and batters them until he can choke them out or they give up. Everybody knows what he is going to do but nobody can do anything to stop him. Essentially, he is the equivalent of Floyd Mayweather for MMA. His superb record and specialized style make him too good.
Now fighting for ONE Championship, Johnson was the first UFC flyweight champion. Nobody could touch him at 125 lbs as he went on a ridiculous run of defenses, running up a UFC record of 11 title wins. Johnson is a complete fighter with excellent striking, creative grappling and BJJ, as well as ludicrous athleticism. If you’ve seen his flying armbar win over Ray Borg, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Some will point to his lack of a standout opponent as a reason why he shouldn’t top this list. However, equally, you could say that he was just so good that nobody was able to really test him. Even Henry Cejudo, who eventually defeated him in 2018, lost against Johnson the first time they fought. Furthermore, many people believed that D.J did enough to win in their rematch. Ultimately, “Mighty Mouse’s” record speaks for itself.