Jon Jones has been dominating the light heavyweight division ever since he stepped into the UFC octagon. And nobody has been able to beat the most decorated winning streak in MMA. Jones is unbeaten in his fighting career and without a single doubt the best light heavyweight in the history of MMA.
However, the pound for pound rankings seems to bother not only the fans but also fighters such as Jon Jones too. What is it exactly the pond for pound list takes into consideration while putting one fighter above the rest of the fighters. Is it the skillset of the fighter? Or is it the things that the fighter has achieved? Or is it the percentage of wins and the body of work through which the fighter has gone through?
We get the rankings in different divisions where fighters try to get to the top so that they can get a crack at the title. And the champion is number 1 in his division since he has the title. However, we can see the pound for pound best changing all the time. before UFC 241, it was Daniel Cormier who was the pound for pound best. Do I agree with that? With two losses against Jon Jones, you can’t call DC the pound for pound best just because he has won two titles at two different divisions. If that was the case, then Henry Cejudo should have been the pound for pound greatest since he has the Olympic medal, Flyweight title, and the Bantamweight title.
Now with achievements criteria out of the consideration. let’s discuss skillsets. Undoubtedly Jon Jones is multiple levels above other fighters when it comes to fighting IQ and skillsets. However, does he surpass Demetrious Johnson? or Anderson Sliva when he was in his prime? Anderson Silva was always multiple steps ahead of his opponents inside the octagon. For a long time, Silva was considered the greatest of all time. Now let’s bring another name to the mix, George St Pierre. It will be very difficult to put an argument that Jones surpasses GSP when it comes to skillsets. So this criteria also seems insufficient to confirm who the best in the world is.
And let’s discuss the dominance or the body of work of the fighters now. Jon Jones is the most dominant and best light heavyweight fighter ever. There is no denying that. Jones has dominated many legends effortlessly. However, we are forgetting about the most dominating force in MMA that is Amanda Nunes. You can make an argument that Jones might lose to someone at the heavyweight division. Jones can get knocked out by heavyweights such as Stipe or Ngannou. However, no one in the Women’s division can beat Amanda Nunes. Valentina Shevchenko is the only female fighter who can go toe to toe with the double champ, Nunes.
When we are talking about dominance who can be more dominant than the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib has lost only one round when he decided to trade punches with one of the best boxers in UFC, Conor McGregor. So the dominance factor doesn’t help either.
Before UFC 241, Daniel Cormier was the pound for pound greatest. Then shouldn’t Stipe Miocic be the Pound for Pound greatest now as he just beat Cormier at heavyweight, where Cormier is most vicious and unbeatable?
Jon Jones is the greatest of all time. It’s difficult to argue against it and it’s also difficult to argue for it. UFC president, Dana White has said repeatedly that Jones is the greatest of all time. However, how do you consider someone the greatest when the title of pound for pound best fight in UFC changes every other week.