UFC Betting Odds: Pound-for-Pound Rankings at Onset of 2022

UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings at Onset of 2022

At the beginning of the New Year are some new pound-for-pound rankings for the UFC betting odds. Kamaru Usman has vaulted to the #1 position on the men’s side. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Valentina Shevchenko tops the charts. This year figures to be the biggest in UFC history. Cause by the TV partnership with ESPN+ proving to be a resounding success. Further, UFC President Dana White has stood apart from other sports leaders. From the start of the pandemic, White did all he could to put on full fight cards.

2022 UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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Men’s Rankings

#1 Kamaru Usman

In sum, Kamaru Usman has a career record of 20 wins and one loss. Usman is the defending UFC welterweight champion. Originally, Usman scored an offshore betting win over Tyron Woodley to secure the welterweight title belt on March 2, 2019. He has successfully defended the welterweight title five times. Last time out, Usman scored a unanimous decision win over Colby Covington on November 6, 2021.

#2 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski has a career record of 23 wins and one loss. Specifically, he is the UFC featherweight champion. Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision on December 14, 2019, to secure the featherweight championship. Subsequently, in the rematch, he defeated Holloway by split decision on July 12, 2020. Volkanovski is coming off a unanimous decision win over Brian Ortega on September 25, 2021.

#3 Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya has a career record of 21 wins and one loss. In turn, he has fought for both the UFC light heavyweight and middleweight championships. Adesanya is coming off a unanimous decision win over Marvin Vettori on June 12, 2021, retaining the middleweight title. Originally, Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision for the interim UFC middleweight title. That bout was on April 13, 2019. However, his bid for the UFC middleweight championship was a unanimous decision loss to Jan Blachowicz on March 6, 2021.

#4 Francis Ngannou

On the whole, Francis Ngannou has a career record of 17 wins and three losses. He is the defending UFC heavyweight champion. Ngannou is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ciryl Gane on January 22, 2022, in his first title defense bout.

Women’s Rankings

#1 Valentina Shevchenko

To summarize, Valentina Shevchenko has a career record of 22 wins and three losses with the UFC lines. Shevchenko is the current UFC women’s flyweight champion. Previously, Shevchenko was the women’s bantamweight champion. On December 8, 2018, Shevchenko scored a unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC women’s flyweight title. She has successfully defended her title belt six times. The last time out for Shevchenko was a 4th round technical knockout win over Lauren Murphy on September 25, 2021.

#2 Amanda Nunes

Overall, Amanda Nunes has a career record of 21 wins and five losses. However, for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, Nunes is coming off a submission loss to Julianna Pena on December 11, 2021. Originally Nunes won the bantamweight championship by submission over Miesha Tate on July 9, 2016. She successfully defended the bantamweight title five times.

Concurrently, Nunes is the UFC women’s featherweight title. She defeated Cris Cyborg by 1st round knockout on December 29, 2018, to win the championship belt. Nunes has successfully defended the featherweight title two times.