UFC Legend Jon Jones Has Dropped To Third In UFC’s Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Jon Jones has surprisingly fallen further behind fierce rival Daniel Cormier in UFC's latest batch of pound-for-pound rankings.

The UFC legend, 32, secured a split decision victory over Thiago Santos at UFC 239 earlier this month to chalk up his 25th win and retain his light heavyweight championship.

But 'Bones' has taken a tumble in the pound-for-pound rankings, dropping from second place to third place.

Climbing ahead of Jones is Khabib Nurmagomedov, who returns to action against Dustin Poirier in September at UFC 242.

'DC,' 40, remains at the top of the list and will return to the octagon next month to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241.

Henry Cejudo remains at No 4 and Amanda Nunes, who climbed into the top five earlier this month, retains her position at No 5.

Poirier, 30, has moved from No 10 to No 8 and Miocic, 36, has climbed from No 11 to No 9.

Another casualty of the rankings is none other than Conor McGregor, who has dropped out of the top ten fighters.

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The Irish MMA superstar, 31, last competed inside the octagon last year against Khabib, 30, and has now dropped from No 9 to No 11 alongside Tony Ferguson.

Jones has only suffered one loss in his professional career back in 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, which came as a result of disqualification for his illegal downward elbows on Matt Hamill.

His second victory over Cormier was later overturned to a no contest after he was stripped of the light heavyweight championship for testing positive for turinabol.

Ahead of the Santos fight, UFC president Dana White said he would push for Jones' only defeat to be overturned.

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Credit: PA

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"The guy's never lost a fight ever. That one loss on his record, we're trying to get that [overturned]," he told ESPN Radio.

"It was at a time and a place in the Nevada State Athletic Commission when it was at its worst.

"It was the weakest commission ever in the history of Nevada, and the referee that reffed that fight shouldn't have even been in there, and he disqualified Jon, which shouldn't have happened, either.

"So hopefully we can get that overturned."

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