Pound For Pound Rankings
As Nurmagomedov seemingly rides off into the sunset, he ascends to No. 1 status in the pound-for-pound ranks with an absolutely scintillating win over Justin Gaethje.
Already considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones said he wants to turn his attention to heavyweight in hopes of building an even more impressive legacy – though he seems awfully caught up in Israel Adesanya at the moment.
While we’re still waiting on an official announcement, it seems Adesanya is going to be gunning for UFC champ-champ status soon against Jan Blachowicz.
Usman may not be the most popular figure on the UFC roster, but he’s certainly effective and is starting to put his name in the history books with his dominant run.
With his trilogy win over Daniel Cormier secured, Miocic is widely considered the greatest heavyweight in UFC history – and perhaps even all of MMA.
A point dediction for a low blow forced Figueiredo to settle for a draw against Brandon Moreno, and the two are expected to meet again in early 2021.
Bader was certainly disappointed to lose his Bellator champ-champ status, but he does still have one belt and promises to return in top form.
It wasn’t as convincing as the first time around, but Volkanovski picked up a second win over Max Holloway and says he wants to continue taking out top contenders.
Khabib Nurmagomedov proved to be too much for Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, but ‘The Highlight’ could very well get another title shot in the very near future.
With a fantastic win over Jared Cannonier, Whittaker proved himself the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s middleweight division but made it clear he doesn’t want to fight again until 2021.
Costa was frustrated after suffering the first loss of his career and has been campaigning for a rematch with Israel Adesanya, though it certainly doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now.
Yan and his devastating boxing skills have earned him a UFC title, and his first defense will come against an impressive challenger in Aljamain Sterling.
USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 22: Rob Font makes bold impact
UFC bantamweight Rob Font (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) couldn’t hold back the emotions he felt following a big win at UFC Fight Night 183, and rightfully so. After a year on the sidelines, Font made a big splash in his return, earning a first-round stoppage of recent UFC title challenger Marlon Moraes.
Font started 2020 as an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie bantamweight rankings, but his inactivity saw the 33-year-old New England Cartel member slip off the list. With his latest big win, he vaults all the way to No. 10 in a weight class that also saw movement from Moraes, Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera, who were also in action at this past Saturday’s event in Las Vegas.
Following the final UFC event of 2020, take a look at the latest moves in the complete rankings list, where the 170-pound division also saw some key adjustments, as well.
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