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Jon Jones Holds Off Khabib Nurmagomedov At The Top Of UFC’s Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Jon Jones Holds Off Khabib Nurmagomedov At The Top Of UFC’s Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Jon Jones has fended off fierce competition from Khabib Nurmagomedov to retain his status at the top of UFC's latest pound-for-pound rankings.

The light heavyweight champion, 32, last month climbed to the top of the rankings after Stipe Miocic's stunning victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 241.

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Now Jones keeps the top spot on the list as the 30-year-old Khabib remains second, despite his sensational victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last Saturday.

And the top five remains unchanged from last month, with Henry Cejudo, Miocic and Amanda Nunes coming third, fourth and fifth respectively.

'DC,' whose UFC future remains uncertain after his loss to Miocic, has climbed to sixth place at the expense of Max Holloway.

Holloway is now seventh and Kamaru Usman came eighth, Tony Ferguson secured ninth and Robert Whittaker is tenth in the pound-for-pound rankings.

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Conor McGregor, who hasn't competed in UFC since his stunning loss to Khabib, has surprisingly climbed to 11th place.

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According to UFC, the rankings were "generated by a voting panel made up of media members."

UFC continued: "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."

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Khabib demanded at his UFC 242 post-fight press conference that he should be at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.

"You know what's interesting in this sport, even if you're 28-0, 12-0 in the UFC, you're one of the biggest stars, you smash everybody, people are going to talk about you 'have to fight him, you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him' -- give me just respect," the 'Eagle' said.

"Put me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter next week because I think I deserve this. Because I dominate with all my opponents. I'm undefeated. I think I deserve some respect."

Should Khabib be ahead of Jones?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Amanda Nunes, Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, Robert Whittaker, UFC News, Max Holloway, Henry Cejudo, Tony Ferguson, UFC, Kamaru Usman

Adnan Riaz

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