Most people who are familiar with the former UFC light-heavyweight champion of the world, Jon Jones are aware of his extremely competitive nature. The top position in the pound-for-pound rankings has now been awarded to ‘Bones’ after picking up a dominant win against Ciryl Gane.
Dana White foreshadowed this recent development in the UFC 285 post-fight press conference, “There’s no doubt that Jon is special. He’s the greatest of all time. He’s undefeated. He’s never lost a fight in the UFC ever. He’s fought all the best competition out there, but dealing with him is like dealing with an artist. That’s the best way to explain it. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here on out. I’m just happy we got to see what we saw tonight.”
Jones was clearly the more experienced fighter going into the match but Gane was expected to pose a serious challenge. But all that athleticism quickly went out of the window pretty much from the first second of the fight. Ciryl looked nervous, scared, and confused so Jon wasted no time exploiting the holes in the French fighter’s game.
Who else is on the Pound-for-Pound list other than Jon Jones?
After the extremely competitive UFC 284, there were a lot of arguments regarding who should occupy the top place in the P4P list. After Jones’s recent feat, Alexander Volkanovski has now moved down to the second spot ending his long reign as the P4P king. Islam Makhachev on the other hand rests in third place.
Lightweight Dustin Poirier still holds 12th place despite failing to secure the title on 2 separate occasions. Welterweight and Middleweight title challengers and title holders Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman, Alex Pereira, and, Israel Adesanya hold the 4,5,6,7 positions respectively.
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Flyweight Brandon Moreno holds the 10th place behind Charles Oliveira which is surprising as the Mexican recently recaptured the title. Former and current light-heavyweight champions Jiri Prochazka and Jamahal Hill occupy the 11th and 13th spots respectively. It is interesting to see Jiri ranked higher than Hill considering the Czech isn’t currently active.
Max Holloway has pretty much cleared up the division losing only to Volkanovski in his recent matches so ‘Blessed’ probably deserves a place in the rankings too.
Which fighter do you think deserves a place at the Pound-for-Pound top rankings?