UFC Release New Rankings as Khabib Nurmagomedov Vacates Officially- Jon Jones the New Pound-for-Pound King

Published 03/20/2021, 12:40 PM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


The #1 pound-for-pound fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has officially retired from the fight game. ‘The Eagle’ topped the pound-for-pound ranking after he defeated Justin Gaethje in his last fight on Fight Island. The former pound-for-pound number one fighter was Jon Jones, with an impressive record of 26 wins and 1 loss.

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‘Bones’ has fought 15 times for the Light Heavyweight Title and won 14 times with 1 no-contest. The no-contest occurred when he fought Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Aaron Bronsteter, an MMA reporter, has shared an image on Twitter, showcasing the new pound-for-pound list, plus the new Lightweight rankings.

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‘The Diamond’ is shining bright at number one. However, the division is left with no champion after the retirement of Nurmagomedov. Even then, Poirier will not fight for the title as he was moving ahead with a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor. The fight has been delayed for now and does not have any confirmed dates. The division needs a champion as soon as possible.

UFC has set a fight between Oliveira and Chandler for the vacant title.

This fight has been scheduled for May, and a guaranteed new champ will be crowned.

Pound for pound ranking will not change until Jon Jones is around

The new rankings as shared by Aaron Bronsteter show that Jon Jones has retained his throne and is the new number one pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.

At number two, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ has arrived with 18 victories and 1 defeat. Kamaru Usman is the current Welterweight champion. Usman is looking to add one more victory to his name in his fourth title defense at UFC 261. But even if he wins the fight, there is a good chance that the pound-for-pound number one will remain unchanged.

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Following these two is Stipe Miocic, the Heavyweight champ. Stipe Miocic will fight Francis Ngannou next, and the winner of this fight will fight Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. If Miocic beats both Ngannou and Jones, only then will we see a shuffling around in the pound-for-pound rankings.

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Jon Jones celebrates after knocking out Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event at Honda Center on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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From the list now, we know the pound-for-pound rankings will not change anytime soon, or at least as long as Jon Jones is around.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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