Jon Jones Named Number One Pound-For-Pound Fighter In New UFC Rankings
Jon Jones has moved back to the top of the UFC pound-for-pound fighter rankings in one of many changes in the aftermath of UFC 241 in Anaheim, California.
The light heavyweight king is officially the top dog once again at the expense of long-time rival, and the man he beat twice, Daniel Cormier, who has dropped down a massive six places down to seventh following his first defeat in four and a half years in Saturday's main event.
'DC' lost his heavyweight title courtesy of a fourth round knockout at the hands of Stipe Miocic, who has climbed seven spots into fourth after winning UFC gold for the second time.
The 40-year old has hinted at retirement but UFC president Dana White still thinks he's got it and takes issue with his placement in the newly released rankings.
"I think he's one of the best in the world," White said, as per MMA News.
"I was looking at the (official UFC) rankings today when they came out - it's just [expletive] insane to me. This guy on Saturday night was the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
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"He loses and drops to No. 7, and he loses to the No. 1 heavyweight contender in the world, and the guy who has the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history, and Cormier drops to No. 7? It's crazy. He's much higher than that, and he's one of the best to ever do it."
Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo both move up one spot to second and third respectively.
Amanda Nunes, women's flyweight and featherweight champion - and someone who has been subject to a challenge from Cejudo, sits in fifth place as she continues to cement her place as the greatest female fighter in UFC history.
Featherweight champion Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier and Kamaru Usman each drop down a place, with Robert Whittaker falling two places down to 11th.
Conor McGregor, despite his inactivity, remains in 13th spot.
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