From left: Kamaru Usman, Alexandar Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling.

As the second quarter of 2022 brings us plenty of fights to watch, analyze, digest, debate and rewatch, so too comes the updated pound-for-pound MMA rankings in both the men's and women's categories.

One minor note: This is the first update in a very, very long time that is without Jon Jones. It's been more than two years since he last fought, and there's no fight officially booked for his move up to heavyweight just yet, thus eliminating him from consideration. 

This list updates quarterly, give or take a week or so depending on the schedule of events, to avoid recency bias and to let the fighters do their thing and give them an even playing field to make their statements in the cage. So here goes with the list as Q2 of the fight year gets underway.

Men's pound-for-pound MMA rankings

1. Kamaru Usman (UFC, 20-1)

After 19 straight wins, most recently a five-round unanimous decision win over Colby Covington at UFC 268 in November, the talk surrounding Kamaru Usman has centered on his place among the all-time welterweight greats. Hint: It's high up on the list, somewhere in the neighborhood of Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes.

Previous rank: 2

Next fight: TBA

2. Israel Adesanya (UFC, 22-1)

He's the second longest reigning middleweight champion in UFC history with four consecutive title defenses, trailing only Anderson Silva.

Previous rank: 3

Next fight: TBD

3. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC, 24-1)

If Volkanovski looks unbeatable of late, that's because he is. The UFC featherweight champion has won 21 straight fights, including three title defenses. He most recently cruised past "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 on April 9.

Previous rank: 4

Next fight: TBD

4. Francis Ngannou (UFC, 17-3)

Advised to pull out of his first title defense because of a knee injury, Francis Ngannou instead showed off improved wrestling to beat Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 last January. Now we wait for heavyweight champion to recover from knee surgery.

Previous rank: 3

Next fight: TBD

5. Charles Oliveira (UFC, 32-8, 1 no contest)

The MMA world collectively enjoyed the feel-good story of Charles Oliveira winning the UFC lightweight title after 11 years and 28 fights in the promotion. He solidified that May TKO of Michael Chandler with a December submission of Dustin Poirier in his first title defense. That was the 10th consecutive win for "do Bronx" as well as his UFC-record 18th stoppage victory.

Previous rank: 6

Next fight: vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.

6. Max Holloway (UFC, 23-6)

Heck of a 2021 for Max Holloway, who with two masterful performances put aside his two previous fights (both losses to Volkanovski). It began with a win over Calvin Kattar, a January bout where he connected on 447 of his 746 strike attempts (59%), both UFC records. Holloway's 445 significant strike total also represents the most landed in any UFC fight. That includes both fighters. Then, he bookended it with a fight of the year candidate against Yair Rodriguez, where he held a 230-159 striking advantage. An injury cost him a third shot at Volkanovski, but he's healthy again now.

Previous rank: 7

Next fight: TBA

7. Stipe Miocic (UFC, 20-4)

Miocic is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history, having successfully defended his title a record four times. But he did get stopped by Francis Ngannou in March 2021, Miocic's second KO loss as a heavyweight champion, and hasn't fought since.

Previous rank: 7

Next fight: TBA

8. Deiveson Figueiredo (UFC, 21-2-1)

The Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno trilogy sits at 1-1-1, with Figueiredo winning the most recent fight -- and the flyweight title -- at UFC 270 in January.

Previous rank: NR

Next fight: TBD

9. Aljamain Sterling (UFC, 21-3)

Petr Yan, in the top 10 on quite a few P4P lists, was a 1-5 favorite heading into UFC 273. And then Aljamain Sterling, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion, beat Yan by split decision to unify the division's belt and assert himself as the undisputed champion of the 135-pound weight class.

Previous rank: NR

Next fight: TBD

10. Dustin Poirier (UFC, 28-7, 1 NC)

Before his loss to Oliveira, Poirier stopped Conor McGregor twice and took apart Dan Hooker.

Previous rank: 10

Next fight: TBD

Women's pound-for-pound MMA rankings

From left: Valentina Shevchenko, Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena, and Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili.

1. Valentina Shevchenko (UFC, 22-3)

She looks unbeatable in the cage. Still. That might have something to do with why she's only two rounds total in her last seven fights.

Previous rank: 2

Next fight: vs. Talia Santos at UFC 275 on June 11.

2. Amanda Nunes (UFC, 21-5)

Yes, she lost her last bantamweight title defense in December against Julianna Pena. But, she remains the UFC featherweight champion and one of the best to ever do it in the octagon. Nunes also represents 67% of Shevchenko's career losses.

Previous rank: 1

Next: She'll coach the upcoming "Ultimate Fighter" season against Julianna Pena.

3. Rose Namajunas (UFC, 11-4)

Rose Namajunas' mantra, the one she repeats to herself over and over again in the cage: "I'm the best." After her last two performances -- a head-kick KO of Zhang Weili and then a five-round split decision win -- there's little reason to disagree with the UFC strawweight champion.

Previous rank: 4

Next fight: vs. Carla Esparza at UFC 274 on May 7.

4. Cris Cyborg Justino (Bellator, 25-2, 1 no contest)

Still one of the all-time greats 12-plus years after her break into stardom. In her four fights in Bellator, the featherweight champion has left little doubt about her place in history.

Previous rank: 3

Next fight: vs. Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 279 on April 23.

5. Julianna Pena (UFC, 11-4)

Julianna Pena did exactly what she said she would do but nobody but her and her camp believed she could: Beat Amanda Nunes. Pena submitted Nunes, considered by many as the best female fighter, in the second round at UFC 269 to become the bantamweight champion.

Previous rank: 5

Next: She'll coach the upcoming "Ultimate Fighter" season against Amanda Nunes.

6. Zhang Weili (UFC, 21-3)

Her 20-fight win streak included UFC wins over Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar, Tecia Torres, Jessica Andrade in 42 seconds and Joanna Jedrzejczyk via split-decision. Her two-fight losing streak includes a head-kick knockout in 78 seconds by Rose Namajunas followed by a split decision in the rematch last November.

Previous rank: 6

Next fight: vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 275 on June 11.

7. Kayla Harrison (12-0)

Harrison's third season in the PFL begins shortly. In her first two seasons, she has five first-round finishes in eight fights.

Previous rank: 8

Next fight: vs. Marina Mokhnatkina at PFL 3 on May 6.

8. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC, 16-4)

"Joanna Champion" last fought in March of 2020, but she finally returns in Singapore against former strawweight champion Zhang Weili.

Previous rank: 6

Next fight: vs. Zhang Weili at UFC 275 on June 11.

9. Jessica Andrade (UFC, 22-9)

Yes, this former strawweight champion has lost three of her last five fights. The list of those who beat in that span are just above her here on this list: Shevchenko, Namajunas, Weili. Wins are preferred, sure, but if you're gonna lose, that's as fine a list of fighters to fall short against.

Previous rank:  NR

Next fight: vs. Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night on April 23.

10. Carla Esparza (UFC, 18-6)

A five-fight win streak has boosted the stock of Carla Esparza, who seven years ago became the UFC's first women's strawweight champion. Her last three wins are against Michelle Waterson, Marina Rodriguez and Xiaonan Yan, each of whom are ranked in the top 10 in the division.

Previous rank: 10

Next fight: vs. Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 on May 7.

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