Pound For Pound Rankings
The UFC’s latest pay-per-view event was the source of a number of changes in this week’s rankings.
First and foremost, UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev continued to prove he’s one of the best in the world today by stopping Alexander Volkanovski in the first round of the main event. He could climb no higher than No. 1 in the lightweight division, but his performance adds to his impressive resume, resulting in movement in the pound-for-pound rankings. Makhachev is now No. 2, behind Jon Jones.
The co-main event saw Khamzat Chimaev take on former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a short-notice contest at middleweight. Chimaev pulled off the victory by majority decision, and despite bouncing back and forth between two weight classes, claims the No. 9 spot in this week’s update.
Check out all the latest pound-for-pound and divisional USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings above.
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The rankings take into account a fighter’s wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.
Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they’ve been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.
Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they’re not inactive for more than 24 months.
To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won’t be ranked in a new weight class until they’ve had their first fight at that weight.
Source : MMAJunkie