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 23: Did Blaydes or Emmett make moves?
The main and co-main event had potential for rankings movement after UFC on ESPN 11 this past Saturday night.
Curtis Blaydes picked up a big win over Alexander Volkov – though it came with some criticism. And Josh Emmett beat Shane Burgos in the co-feature – a “Fight of the Night” winner.
But was there any room for Blaydes to move up the heavyweight rankings? And what about Emmett at featherweight?
Check out the potential moves for those two, as well as others in the wake of UFC on ESPN 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA rankings.
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.