star tops prestigious UFC rankings

36 star tops prestigious UFC rankings

Islam Makhachev has turn out to be the second fighter from his homeland to steer the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings

Russian UFC light-weight champion Islam Makhachev has earned prime spot within the elite MMA promotion’s pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings for the primary time, dethroning American star Jon Jones. 

Makhachev is the second-ever Russian fighter to steer the scores, which decide the UFC’s greatest fighters regardless of their weight. He follows within the footsteps of good friend and coaching companion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had retained the P4P prime spot till his formal retirement in March 2021. 

The up to date rankings observe Makhachev’s victory in the primary occasion at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi in late October. The Dagestani star efficiently defended his light-weight title in a second struggle in opposition to Australian rival Alexander Volkanovski. Not like their first bout again in February, which Makhachev had received through unanimous resolution after a good five-round contest, the Russian left no room for doubt within the rematch with a head-kick KO within the first spherical.

Jones, the reigning UFC heavyweight champion, slipped to second place within the UFC’s P4P scores. The American was pressured to drag out of his scheduled title protection in opposition to Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 later this month after tearing pectoral tendon in coaching. Volkanovski, who holds the UFC’s featherweight title, occupies third place within the P4P listing.

Former UFC champion Nurmagomedov congratulated Makhachev on his achievement, describing it as a “legendary feat.” The Russian MMA Union additionally praised Makhachev whereas wishing him continued success. 

“We congratulate Islam Makhachev on such an achievement as reaching first place within the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. He’s an excellent fighter, we want him additional success in his profession,” stated the performing head of the union, Andrey Terentyev.

The 32-year-old Makhachev boasts a document of 25 wins and only one defeat in his 26 skilled MMA contests.

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