Pound For Pound Rankings

UFC president Dana White has one more meeting set up with Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas, but it seems the reigning lightweight champ is content to stick to his retirement.

Already considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones said he wants to turn his attention to heavyweight and has no intention of returning to 205 pounds.

Rocked early against Gilbert Burns, Usman came back to secure a dominant victory and appears headed toward a rematch with Jorge Masvidal.

A point dediction for a low blow forced Figueiredo to settle for a draw against Brandon Moreno, and the two are expected to meet again in early 2021.

Poirier continues to be one of the most exciting fighters in the game, and his grit is immeasurable – qualities he hopes will net him another UFC title shot in the near future.

Holloway delivered a record-breaking destruction of Calvin Kattar and now looks like he’ll get a chance to regain the UFC featherweight title later this year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov proved to be too much for Gaethje at UFC 254, but ‘The Highlight’ could very well get another title shot in the very near future.

Costa was frustrated after suffering the first loss of his career and will now face another monster in Robert Whittaker in his trail back to a title shot.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, March 2: How much did Ciryl Gane climb?

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Ciryl Gane’s win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik could have been the “coming-out party” his boss might have been hoping for.

But as it stands, Gane (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) did enough to outwork Rozenstruik (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) with ease in the UFC Fight Night 186 main event – a dominant unanimous decision on the scorecards, but nothing fancy.

So just a week after Derrick Lewis picked up one of the biggest wins of his career at UFC Fight Night 185 with a knockout of Curtis Blaydes, where did Gane climb to in the heavyweight division?

Plus, what kind of move did Magomed Ankalaev make at light heavyweight with his win over Nikita Krylov in the UFC Fight Night 186 co-main event? Take a look in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings.

Check out the shuffled look of those divisions and more in the newest edition of the rankings above.

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Ranking Criteria

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.

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