Conor McGregor Out of UFC P4P Rankings, Jan Blachowicz Makes a Huge Jump Following Win Over Israel Adesanya

Published 03/10/2021, 12:31 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


With UFC 259 in the books, the rankings are out and Jan Blachowicz came out as the biggest winner. The Polish champion sprung 6 spots up the pound-for-pound UFC rankings and currently sits at number 8. Chiefly, Blachowicz’s move up the ranks came off his upset win over Israel Adesanya to defend his belt.

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Jan Blachowicz put forth arguably the best performance of his career, and he’s on 9-1 in his last 10. He was able to land clinical takedowns late in the contest that ultimately pushed the judges to give him the victory. Not to mention, he became the first fighter to hand ‘The Last Stylebender’ a loss in MMA after 21 fights.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya came out with crisp striking on the feet and looked to pull ahead early. However, Jan was more technical than some fans might have initially thought as he kept up, beat for beat with ‘Izzy’. Jan Blachowicz utilized more than just his famed power to win the contest and truly impressed fans with his overall skill set.

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UFC P4P Rankings Update: Conor McGregor falls out

Conor McGregor fell off the rankings after several top names moved around in the P4P rankings over the weekend. Chiefly, it was a matter of time before this transpired as Conor McGregor lost his last bout back in 257. ‘The Notorious’ was TKO’ed by Dustin Poirier after a series of leg kicks immobilized the Irishman leading to the finish.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

McGregor has largely been the face of the UFC’s P4P rankings for a meaningful period. He was the first to simultaneously capture two belts, and this associated his face with the list. However, those accolades are now in the rearview mirror and he’ll have to pick up some scintillating wins once again.

The UFC has put forth a hectic schedule through 2021, and it has been reflective in the events thus far. The quality of performances has been off the charts right off the bat, and the P4P rankings testify to that. The fighters who have been moving around the ranks are the very best of the best on offer currently in the sport.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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