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Top 10 UFC Champions Rankings and Upcoming Title Fight Odds 2017

It’s time for an update to our UFC Champions Rankings, which answers a simple question with a complicated answer: Which current UFC champion is the safest in terms of UFC betting odds?

There are two main factors that go into these rankings: strength of competition and recent performance. Fight scheduling also plays a part – some champs have easier roads ahead because of their current position (cough Michael Bisping cough).

Take a Look at McGregor vs. Aldo

To better illustrate this system, think of it like this: Conor McGregor starched Jose Aldo in one of the best UFC fights of 2016, but one could easily argue that it’ll be easier for Aldo to hold onto the featherweight strap than for McGregor to keep it amongst the assassins at the top of his division.

Aldo has already beaten a lot of the elite contenders, and he could likely do it again should he get past Holloway. That’s why he’s ranked higher. This list is all about a champ’s dominance over his or her respective weight class.

So let’s get to it. If a champion has an upcoming fight, we’ve got UFC fight odds from BookMaker.eu listed accordingly – and that means you can hit up the sportsbook now to place a bet on them.

1. Demetrious Johnson

Flyweight Champion

Next Fight: TBD

Biggest Threats: Cody Garbrandt

 “Mighty Mouse” just tied Anderson Silva for the most consecutive UFC title defenses with a win over Wilson Reis. Just another dominant performance from the promotion’s most dominant champ. He’s so good that it’s hard to tell whether he’s just that much better than the rest of his weight class or if it’s just a weak division.

Cody Garbrandt recently made some noise saying he’d like to face Johnson at 125, to “make him work for the UFC record.” That’d be a dangerous superfight for Johnson, if it ever happens.

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Women’s Strawweight

Next Fight: UFC 211, May 13

Joanna Jędrzejczyk -170 vs. Jessica Andrade +150

J-Check’s got a tough fight coming up against a Brazilian bruiser in Jessica Andrade. She’s the clear favorite in our UFC fight odds, so let’s assume she makes it past that mini-tank. Who’s next?

She’s already beaten Claudia Gadelha twice, and it’s doubtful that Andrade gets a rematch. The consensus here is that any other fighter would be toast against Joanna Champion, who has already wrecked a good number of strawweights. This is one the best female fights we’re expecting to see this year.

3. Amanda Nunes

Women’s Bantamweight

Next Fight: TBD

Biggest Threats: Valentina Shevchenko

Nunes makes a huge jump in our rankings. Why? She demolished her last two opponents, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, and the bantamweight division looks weak. She’s peaking as a fighter right when the 135-pound class is losing some of it’s best fighters. “Lioness” will be tested by Valentina Shevchenko, but should we win, her knockout power and BJJ prowess would make her a favorite against anyone else in the division.

4. Jose Aldo

Featherweight Champion

Next Fight: UFC 212

Jose Aldo -145 vs. Max Holloway +125

 If Aldo beats Holloway in Brazil, then it’s clear sailing. And a long, dominant run over the featherweight class is nothing new for “Scarface.” While the featherweight division is brimming with exciting young prospects, it’ll be a while before any of them really separates themselves as a legitimate threat to Aldo. The current crop of contenders is a group that Aldo has already beaten.

5. Tyron Woodley

Welterweight Champion

Next Fight: TBD

Biggest Threats: Demian Maia

Hopefully, we’ll never have to watch Woodley face off with Stephen Thompson again. With “Wonderboy” behind him, the rest of the division doesn’t look as daunting, and T-Wood has got the tools to matchup against the best of them. Lawler couldn’t handle his speed, Maia probably couldn’t take him down, Masvidal isn’t big enough, and on and non.

Love him or hate him, it looks like he’ll be keeping his strap for a while.

6. Conor McGregor

Lightweight Champion

Next Fight: TBD

Biggest Threats: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson

Will Mystic Mac ever defend his belt? Right now, it’s looking like he’s gonna go box Floyd Mayweather, meaning he’ll likely hold onto the 155-pound strap for a while.

So will he hang onto the belt for the time being? It’s looking like it. But if he does come back, he’s got a helluva division to fend off, starting with Nurmagomedov or Ferguson. He’s semi-safe for now, partly because he’s been so destructive, but we’ll keep our eyes on upcoming UFC events.

7. Cody Garbrandt

Bantamweight Champion

Next Fight: UFC 213, July 8

Cody Garbrandt -140 vs. T.J. Dillashaw +110

It’s tough to rank Garbrandt. On one hand, he just thrashed Dominick Cruz for a huge upset victory. But on the other, he elevated his game to a level we never expected.

Like Woodley, Garbrandt obviously has elite physical tools that give him an advantage over most of his weight class. His upcoming matchup with T.J. Dillashaw feels like a coin flip, which drops him a spot after Woodley, who has also beaten more notable opponents.

8. Stipe Miocic

Heavyweight Champion

Next Fight: UFC 211, May 13

Stipe Miocic -175 vs. Junior Dos Santos +150

Miocic is primed for a title run in a weak division. Still, the fact that he’s a heavyweight knocks his ranking down. It only takes one shot from any big man to end a fight. Plus, Sea Level Cain is still lurking out there, and he’s still the man to beat in the minds of a lot of fight fans. Next up for Miocic is former champion Junior Dos Santos, who will really test the champ’s boxing skills.

9. Daniel Cormier

Light Heavyweight

Next Fight: TBD

Biggest Threats: Jon Jones

After beating Rumble Johnson a second time, Cormier now looks poised to face a returning Jon Jones late this summer. The light heavyweight division is weak – DC is a lap ahead over everyone else – but when you gotta square up against the GOAT in your next fight, you’re anything but safe.

10. Michael Bisping

Middleweight Champion

Next Fight: vs. Georges St. Pierre, TBD

Michael Bisping +145 vs. Georges St. Pierre -165

Bisping is being gifted yet another fight as the middleweight champion, this time against former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. And the thing is, he’s still an underdog against a smaller man that hasn’t fought in years. Even if he wins against GSP, he’s got guys like Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza, Luke Rockhold and Gegard Mousai gunning for him. Think he’s a favorite in any of those matchups?

Abe Chong
Abe Chong
Abe first encountered MMA in 2000, watching a VHS tape of Kazushi Sakuraba kicking the legs of a downed Royce Gracie in Pride Fighting Championships. He's been hooked ever since. Abe has penned NBA and NFL articles for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. In 2010, Abe signed on as the lead MMA writer for BigOnSports.com, and is now dedicated to helping fellow fans beat the odds.

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