“Mighty Mouse” might actually be the greatest fighter of all-time. He now holds the UFC record with 11 consecutive defenses of his title, and he accomplished the feat with a “Submission of the Year” candidate.
After an incredible win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, it was revealed that Jones failed a drug test in association with the event. “Bones” and his team insist he is innocent, and an investigation is ongoing.
Sure, he came up short against Floyd Mayweather, but McGregor is absolutely changing the face of the sport, accomplishing everything he ever promised he would.
Cormier is undefeated against fighters not named Jon Jones. His emotions following his latest loss – now recorded as a no contest – were painful to watch, but Cormier remains one of the best fighters in the world.
Miocic continues to improve every time out and will now look to make UFC history in his next outing, hoping to become the first man with three consecutive defenses of the UFC heavyweight title.
Woodley was heavily criticized for his win over Demian Maia but remains the UFC champion and plans to prove himself as the greatest welterweight of all time.
Ferguson is now a UFC interim champ following his impressive win over Kevin Lee and made it clear that he expects Conor McGregor to either defend or vacate his share of the title.
Aldo’s place in history is undeniable, but his immediate plans took a huge hit with a loss to Max Holloway.
“The Eagle” owns an incredible career mark and is getting more and more vocal about what he wants in the cage. However, missing weight and losing a booking against Tony Ferguson have certainly delayed those goals, as Kevin Lee can attest.
At just 26 years old, Whittaker is now a UFC champion, albeit of the interim variety. Up next, it appears, will be a chance at undisputed status against either Michael Bisping or Georges St-Pierre.
USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 10: Demetrious Johnson again takes P4P throne
Say what you will about his ability to draw pay-per-view buys – Demetrious Johnson’s fighting skills are simply off the charts.
At this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas, Johnson earned the 11th consecutive defense of his UFC flyweight title, breaking a promotional record he shared with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “Mighty Mouse” did so in style, submitting Ray Borg in the fifth round with an incredible suplex-to-armbar series that will surely gain “Submission of the Year” nominations.
With the win, Johnson again moves past former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to take the No. 1 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings.
Johnson wasn’t the only fighter making moves on the pound-for-pound list. Check out the updates on that chart, as well as moves across several divisions following this past weekend’s MMA action.
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