Official Rankings Update 7.12: Jones now #1 pound for pound

by Chris Palmquist |

After each live event, the UFC polls various members of the media to update its rankings in each weight division as well as the pound for pound rankings. With only a couple meaningful bouts at this past weekend's UFC 161, the biggest shake up was in the pound for pound rankings where Anderson Silva had been at the top since the introduction of the UFC's official rankings system.

1 Jon Jones +1

2 Georges St-Pierre +1 

3 Anderson Silva -2

4 Jose Aldo 

5 Benson Henderson 

6 Cain Velasquez 

7 Demetrious Johnson

8 Renan Barao 

9 Dominick Cruz 

10 Chris Weidman *NR

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With his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Anderson Silva moved down two spots to third on the list. Jon Jones moved up one spot to claim the top pound for pound ranking and Georges St-Pierre moved up one spot to second place. Although only 9-0 and 5-0 in the UFC, Chris Weidman has entered the pound for pound rankings, debuting at number ten for his effort.

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4thHorsemen site profile image  

7/16/13 2:11 AM by 4thHorsemen

Can you honestly watch an Aldo fight and say that Aldo's physical advantages over his opponents are equal to those of Jon Jones against his opponents?If you don't see the size disparity between them and their respective opponents then I think you might have them confused for someone else.

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7/16/13 2:09 AM by 4thHorsemen

Sure, if that's what P4P means to you, where it only means equal weight, which I don't agree with it at all because it's sort of pointless. IMO the whole point of P4P is to compare skill and try to take away any obvious physical advantages.

Damaynevent site profile image  

7/15/13 11:10 PM by Damaynevent

Aldo should be fighting at LW. He's one of the biggest FW in the division. He's had a size advantage over every last one of his opponents. LOL at calling JBJ out for the same shit.

yellow wrkahlc is dead site profile image  

7/15/13 9:01 PM by yellow wrkahlc is dead

No he's not.Weidman beat him, therefore he is now the #1 MW in the world. Doesn't matter how long Anderson was champ. Just like every other division, if you lose, you go down the rankings.Now, when it comes to the P4P rankings, I guess you could say your argument to the matter applies in some way.

yellow wrkahlc is dead site profile image  

7/15/13 8:58 PM by yellow wrkahlc is dead

These are P4P rankings based on career accomplishments, not just divisional standings.Chris Weidman is the #1 MW right now, but that doesn't mean he shoots above Anderson on the P4P scale.

joe canada site profile image  

7/15/13 8:49 PM by joe canada

4th: Disagree. Pounf for Pound is if weight were equal, not all things. Does a smaller version of Jones beat a larger versionof GSP. If you take away jones's (proportional) reach, he's not jones.

4thHorsemen site profile image  

7/15/13 4:52 PM by 4thHorsemen

No. By my argument Aldo would either be 1 or 2. I'm kind of sick of people quoting how much weight a certain fighter cuts before a fight. Who cares???How much weight a fighter cuts is sort of pointless unless you can see a significant size difference between the two fighters on fight night. Some fighters have the tendency to put on more weight in between fights than others. That doesn't mean their frame is much larger than all the other fighters. It might mean they're lazy or pick up weight quicker.Jones has a larger frame, longer reach and anyone that has a set of eyes can see that the size disparity between Aldo and his opponents is nowhere close to the size disparity between Jones and his opponents and I don't see how anyone can even argue that.P4P is a hypothetical scenario where the two fighters are the exact same size, all apparent physical different seize to exist, ie size, weight, frame, reach, length etc... All things are equal and we base them based solely on skill. Jones being P4P in this makes absolutely no sense because he has extraordinary and obvious size advantages over anyone at LHW along with skill. Aldo does not have these obvious advantages over his opponents and I'm sure you can see that as well... so to argue that he is just as much bigger than his opponents as Jones is, is just plain silly and defies what you see with your own eyes.

Chaelismyhero site profile image  

7/15/13 4:09 PM by Chaelismyhero

Oh lord P4P rankings aren't even real. Cain beats up everybody on the planet.

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

7/15/13 4:01 PM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

I would move Henderson down the list, you can argue he lost his last few matches and don't like him being in the top 5.

joe canada site profile image  

7/15/13 3:43 PM by joe canada

I think that how much you cut, or how hard it is to cut should be irrelevant in PvP rankings. You made the weight, that's your weight.