Khabib Nurmagomedov is still #2 in the P4P rankings after a win over Poirier at UFC 242
The undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was #2 in the official pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings prior to his championship bout with an interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 event. Nurmagomedov end up defending his Lightweight title by submitting Poirier via rear-naked-choke in the 3rd round.
At press-conference after the fight, Khabib made a statement that he deserves to be #1 in the official P4P rankings:
“Put me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter next week. Because I think I deserve this. Because I dominate with all my opponents. I’m undefeated. I think I deserve some respect…”
Well, “The Eagle” who holds a 28-0 MMA record with 12 of the wins coming in the UFC, a Lightweight belt and two title defenses against McGregor and Poirier, is still behind Jon Jones in the updated after UFC 242 pound-for-pound rating.
Despite Khabib’s undefeated record and total dominance in the Lightweight division (the only guy left to beat is Tony Ferguson), he won’t likely to move Jones from the #1 P4P spot in the near future.
Not unless Jon Jones loses his title which seems highly unlikely considering low competition in the Light-heavyweight division at the moment. Despite a lose in the record (25-1 + NC) and controversial doping history, Jones still considered as a GOAT and one of the best martial artists of all time. I think Jones’s 10 title defenses and a current 16-fight undefeated streak speak for themselves.
No question, Khabib is catching up to Jones but he’ll need to do something big to become #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. Wins over Tony Ferguson and Georges St-Pierre might do it but moving up and becoming a double champ (for example, if UFC introduces a new division at 165 lbs) will definitely put Khabib in position to be considered as the greatest martial artist of all time.
A 3rd spot in the P4P rankings reserved flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo. Following his loss to Khabib, Dustin Poirier dropped from #8 to #13. Tony Ferguson gained a spot and currently in the 9th place. Conor McGregor somehow moved to #11 from being 13th. You can check out current UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings here.
In the updated ESPN rankings, Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov sharing the #1 P4P rank.