KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has replaced Jon Jones as the UFC's pound-for-pound king following his victory over Justin Gaethje.
The 32-year-old defended his lightweight belt for the third time at UFC 254, before he announced his retirement from MMA after his 29th consecutive win inside the octagon.
He then went on to state how he should be considered the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
Though Jones hit back as he stated he wouldn't even make his top two list, as he declared he is the GOAT after competing in 15 championship bouts.
UFC pound-for-pound rankings
THERE'S been a big change in how the UFC rank their fighters as of January 2020.
For the first time, male and female competitors have been picked separately in their own 15-strong lists.
It followed a call from many in the MMA community to separate the rankings which were previously mixed.
Bruno Massami, one of the UFC’s ranking panellists, confirmed via his social media that the changes would take place in late January.
He wrote: “Breaking: I have a good news to you. Finally, UFC was decided to separate the P4P Rankings. We will have Men's and Women’s P4P Rankings now.”
How are rankings determined?
THERE'S eight main weight classes for men in the UFC, ranging from flyweight up to heavyweight.
Jones dominated the light-heavyweight division before vacating his belt in his quest to face heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.
Meanwhile some fighters like Conor McGregor had previously appeared on two lists due to their prowess at different weights.
Here's how the UFC decide their pound-for-pound rankings:
- Rankings are generated by a voting panel made up of media members.
- The media members are asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound.
- A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC.
- A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time.
- The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight class.
- However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.
UFC men (latest update as of October 29, 2020)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Jon Jones
- Israel Adesanya
- Stipe Miocic
- Kamaru Usman
- Alexander Volkanovski
- Dustin Poirier
- Max Holloway
- Petr Yan
- Justin Gaethje
- Conor McGregor
- Robert Whittaker
- Tony Ferguson
- Deiveson Figueiredo
- Francis Ngannou
UFC Women (latest update as of October 29, 2020)
- Amanda Nunes
- Weili Zhang
- Valentina Shevchenko
- Rose Namajunas
- Jessica Andrade
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Germaine De Randamie
- Holly Holm
- Aspen Ladd
- Cynthia Calvillo
- Katlyn Chookagian
- Nina Ansaroff
- Claudia Gadelha
- Julianna Pena
- Raquel Pennington
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