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Introducing the 12uppercut Boxing + MMA Universal Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Welcome to the facepunch revolution. Well, specifically, a revolution in arguing about facepunching.

12uppercut is a new project that seeks to break down barriers between the respective fandoms of mixed martial arts and boxing by revving up some passionate debates about who's the true GOAT and/or BMF across the wide, wide world of combat sports. In that spirit, we present to you the first-ever comprehensive ranking of male and female fighters across boxing and MMA (both UFC and non-UFC), split into three tiers of 10 fighters each, beginning with our very best of the best.

1. Amanda Nunes: UFC Women’s Featherweight and Bantamweight Champ

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 06:  Amanda Nunes of Brazil reacts after defeating Holly Holm of the United States during their UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title bout  at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
UFC 239 Nunes v Holm | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The GOAT. Accept no substitutes.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Holly Holm (TKO) on 6 July 2019 at UFC 239

2. Canelo Alvarez: Unified Middleweight, WBA Super Middleweight, and WBO Light Heavyweight Champ

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 02: Canelo Alvarez (C) knocks out Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round of their WBO light heavyweight fight as referee Russell Mora looks on at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Canelo Alvarez v Sergey Kovalev | Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Something has always felt a bit off about Canelo and his place in the boxing world, but he just keeps on winning. Those GGG fights remain absolutely confounding, but his greatness has hit all-time territory and simply cannot be denied.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Sergey Kovalev (TKO) on 2 November 2019

3. Terence Crawford: WBO Welterweight Champ

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Terence Crawford poses for a portrait at The Landmark Hotel after a Terence Crawford and Amir Khan Press Conference on January 15, 2019 in London, England. Amir Khan has agreed to face undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Terence Crawford in the United States on 20 April. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Terence Crawford and Amir Khan Press Conference | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The one knock on the undefeated Bud is that he doesn’t have the portfolio of signature wins against major stars that seal a legacy. But you can’t name one single boxer in the business who’s in a rush to fight him.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Amir Khan (TKO) on 20 April 2019

4. Vasiliy Lomachenko: Unified Lightweight and WBO Junior Lightweight Champ

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Vasily Lomachenko celebrates victory during the WBA, WBO, WBC Lightweight World Title contest between Vasily Lomachenko and Luke Campbell at The O2 Arena on August 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell - WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Enter the Matrix. All Loma has done in his career is win gold medals in two separate Olympics, clean out three pro weight divisions, and become "The Ring" pound-for-pound No. 1.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Luke Campbell (unanimous decision) on 31 August 2019

5. Jon Jones: UFC Light Heavyweight Champ

“Jo(h)n Jones / You son of a gun / You call yourself a big, big man / And still you try to kill my hand / Jo(h)n Jones / You son of a gun”
--Rudy Mills, “John Jones” (1968)

LAST FIGHT: Def. Thiago Santos (split decision) on 6 July 2019 at UFC 239

6. Naoya Inoue: Unified Bantamweight Champ

The best fighter casual fans know next to nothing about. Japan’s bantamweight banshee is one of the most exciting knockout artists in the game; four of his last five fights didn't even make it past Round 3.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Nonito Donaire (unanimous decision) on 7 November 2019

7. Khabib Nurmagomedov: UFC Lightweight Champ

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 07: Islam Makhachev of Russia compete against Davi Ramos of Brazil in their Lightweight Bout
during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
UFC 242 Khabib v Poirier | Francois Nel/Getty Images

He’s undefeated, he’s dangerous, and he ended Conor McGregor-as-we-know-it. And roaring back from his post-UFC 229 suspension with a virtuoso rout of Dustin Poirier is a big deal.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Dustin Porier (submission) on 7 September 2019 at UFC UFC 242

8. Henry Cejudo: UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight Champ

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 19: Henry Cejudo reacts after defeating TJ Dillashaw in the first round during their UFC Flyweight title match at UFC Fight Night at Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
UFC Fight Night Cejudo v Dillashaw | Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The fourth simultaneous double-champion in UFC history has done two things in 2019: win fights and run his increasingly outlandish mouth. Expect more of both indefinitely.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Marlon Moraes (TKO) on 8 June 2019 at UFC 238

9. Errol Spence Jr.: Unified Welterweight Champ

The dude is undefeated and dusted Mikey Garcia like an old bookshelf. A terrific Shawn Porter made Spence look mortal in a strong candidate for Fight of the Year, but you have to beat the man to be the man.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Shawn Porter (split decision) on 28 September 2019

10. Stipe Miocic: UFC Heavyweight Champ

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 22:  UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic looks on during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally on June 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade And Rally | Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

When Daniel Cormier was taking it to Ohio’s finest, Stipe made the adjustment of the year when he started hammering the body. Well, he hammered his way right back to the big time.

LAST FIGHT: Def. Daniel Cormier (TKO) on 17 August 2019 at UFC 241

Tier 2

11) Oleksandr Usyk

12) Max Holloway

13) Daniel Cormier

14) Kamaru Usman

15) Israel Adesanya

16) Demetrious Johnson

17) Mikey Garcia

18) Tony Ferguson

19) Katie Taylor

20) Gennadiy Golovkin

Tier 3

21) Manny Pacquiao

22) Juan Francisco Estrada

23) Valentina Shevchenko

24) Dustin Poirier

25) Deontay Wilder

26) Tyson Fury

27) Tyron Woodley

28) Artur Beterbiev

29) Cecilia Braekhus

30) Robert Whittaker

Honorable Mentions

Douglas Lima, Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz, Jose Ramirez, Ryan Bader

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q1: How were the rankings actually determined? Is there a panel of voters, or some kind of mathematical formula?

A1: There is no panel of voters and there is no mathematical formula. This ranking fully embraces subjectivity for the sake of debate, and most considers overall dominance, longevity, and degree of difficulty (for instance, champs who have moved up or down across weight divisions for tougher tests).

Q2: How do you freaking compare a female MMA fighter to a male boxer? It's not possible.

A2: That's right. It isn't.

Q3: Is a fighter's career win-loss record the most important factor?

A3: Not exactly. Records are considered within context of each individual sport, as a longer-term undefeated record in boxing is easier to achieve than the same in UFC, for instance, for a long list of reasons. A typical MMA loss is less likely to affect someone's ranking than a typical boxing loss, but not in every case.

Q4: How do the three tiers work, exactly?

A4: The top 30 fighters are split into three tiers of 10 each. There is no requirement to have an equal 15-15 split between MMA and boxing. No Tier 2 fighter can be ranked ahead of anyone in Tier 1, no Tier 3 fighter can be ranked ahead of anyone in Tier 2, etc.

Q5: Are you saying Amanda Nunes could beat up every single human being on this list?

A5: Not necessarily, but we wouldn't put it past her.

Q6: WTF, where is Conor McGregor???

A6: Who?

Q7: How come [FIGHTER A], who obviously sucks, is ranked ahead of [FIGHTER B], who is obviously the GOAT?

A7: *Sips coffee*

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