Adeus, Vitor Belfort. Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya.'
It's time again for the great pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) rankings debate, which is perhaps the most divisive because there is no way to truly validate them unless "super" fights are booked between stars who can compete above or below their respective weight classes.
And that doesn't seem to ever happen.
Therefore, we pretend what would happen if the best in the sport were all the same size, which is pretty dumb (but also fun) to compile the official pound-for-pound rankings.
Not much has changed this month. In fact, the list remains static with the exception of the No. 10 spot, which Vitor Belfort held in the previous edition. However, lingering licensing issues because of his now-banned Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), as well as a hefty vote from one panelist in support of former Heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, flipped the script.
Of course, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones maintains the top spot, even though "Bones" squandered any goodwill he may have collected after his winning UFC 172 performance -- and Ray Lewis-inspired dance -- at the expense of Glover Teixeira because he is unable to contain himself on social media.
Nevertheless, the SB Nation panel -- compiled by MMA Mania, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow -- recently sifted through the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters for UFC and beyond.
Here is what happened:
1. Jon Jones
2. Jose Aldo
3. Renan Barao
4. Cain Velasquez
5. Demetrious Johnson
6. Chris Weidman
7. Anderson Silva
8. Anthony Pettis
9. Johny Hendricks
10. Junior dos Santos
To see how these compare to the "official" UFC rankings click here.
Anyone think Belfort deserves to be washed off the list because of his recent struggles behind-the-scenes or does "Cigano" -- loser of two of his last three -- still deserve to be mentioned among the elite?
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