Jon Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) may very well be the greatest of all-time, and he’s once again the world’s current No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter.
The UFC’s light heavyweight champion enjoyed the position before, an understandable ranking considering his unparalleled run of success in the octagon. But challenges outside of the cage repeatedly forced him to the sidelines, slowing his dominant run and allowing a new face to ascend the list: undefeated UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC).
But after Jones’ UFC 247 win over Dominick Reyes – however controversial it may be – it’s impossible to not reward for Jones for his remarkable run as a dominant force at 205 pounds.
Jones returns to the No. 1 slot of the pound-for-pound rankings in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings – though Nurmagomedov could certainly make a case to push back to the top of the pile when he takes on Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April.
In the meantime, check out the new-look pound-for-pound rankings, as well as all of the changes implemented following this past weekend’s UFC 247 event in Houston.