UFC rankings update: Sean O’Malley enters the top ten of P4P list

By Susan Cox - August 22, 2023

The UFC have released their latest pound-for-pound rankings and newly crowned bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley has made the list.

Sean O'Malley Aljamain Sterling UFC 292

It was UFC 292 that saw Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) vs. Aljamain Sterling (23-4 MMA) in a bantamweight title fight last Saturday, August 19th at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The outcome was a stunning second round knockout victory for ‘Suga’.

As well as receiving the belt, Sean O’Malley has now made the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, coming in at number 8.

Sterling has moved down three spots to number 9.

The full updated UFC P4P list can be found below.


1. Jon Jones
2. Alexander Volkanovski
3. Islam Makhachev
4. Leon Edwards
5. Israel Adesanya
6. Charles Oliveira +1
7. Kamaru Usman +1
8. Sean O’Malley *NR
9. Aljamain Sterling -3
10. Alexandre Pantoja -1
11. Alex Pereira -1
12. Jiri Prochazka -2
13. Max Holloway -1
14. Justin Gaethje -1
15. Jamahal Hill -1

Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, T = tie, *NR = not previously ranked)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship compiles its ranking using the following methodology:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Are you surprised to see Sean O’Malley, who was previously not ranked, now in the number eight P4P spot?

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