Pound For Pound Rankings
Jones is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and though he was pushed to the limit by Dominick Reyes, he retained his belt and now returns to the top of MMA Junkie’s pound-for-pound rankings.
If you had ‘global pandemic’ on your ‘Why Khabib vs. Tony Ferguson will be canceled for a fifth time’ bingo card, congratulations.
After fulfilling his dream of adding a global belt to his collection of championships, ‘Mighty Mouse’ now looks to add ONE’s flyweight belt to the grand prix title he already earned.
Adesanya got to add Yoel Romero to his list of career victories, even if it wasn’t exactly a thrilling affair, and it appears the undefeated Paulo Costa is up next.
Bader’s heavyweight title defense with Cheick Kongo ended in rather odd fashion, but now it’s back to light heavyweight to defend that belt.
Gaethje debuts on the pound-for-pound list after an absolutely brilliant dismantling of Tony Ferguson and could take an even bigger leap if he’s able to unseat Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ferguson’s loss to Justin Gaethje was his first setback in eight years, and ‘El Cucuy’ must now begin a new drive back to title contention.
Costa has made clear his disdain for UFC champ Israel Adesanya, and it appears the two are set to meet sometime this summer to work out their differences.
Reyes’ lone career loss came to the man widely regarded as the greatest of all-time – and some people believe ‘The Devastator’ should have walked away with the win.
USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 16: Where to rank Cynthia Calvillo after big win?
Cynthia Calvillo sure did make a statement in the UFC women’s flyweight division on Saturday night.
The Sacramento, Calif. native, who had previously fought in the company’s strawweight class, had her first UFC fight one weight class up, and she made it look easy against a former title challenger.
Calvillo got the best of Jessica Eye, who missed weight for the UFC on ESPN 10 matchup at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and showed off all her skills in earning a unanimous decision in the evening’s main event. Calvillo got a pair of 49-46 scorecards and a 48-47 from the judges at cageside.
That put Calvillo’s current unbeaten streak at four (3-0-1). But where does it put her in the new division, the one over which Valentina Shevchenko reigns?
For now, we’ve placed her at No. 15 at 125 pounds, since, as impressive as it was, it was her first fight going up. But, we’re also taking into account her previous impressive run at 115 (where she’s no longer ranked, as she’s indicated the move to 125 is permanent), and we feel Calvillo belongs on the women’s pound-for-pound list, as well.
That’s not all that came out of UFC on ESPN 10. So to see where your favorite, or least favorite, fighters rank this week, check out the rankings, sorted by division in the drop-down menu above.
The rankings take into account a fighter’s wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.
Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they’ve been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.
Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they’re not inactive for more than 24 months.
To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won’t be ranked in a new weight class until they’ve had their first fight at that weight.