The first UFC event of the new year is officially in the books, and now we've got some reshuffled UFC rankings. Most notably, we have some new pound for pound fighters on the list. In fact, we even have a new face at the top.
Well, a new yet simultaneously old-and-familiar face: Jon "Bones" Jones.
That's right, good ol' Jon Jones is back on top of the P4P rankings now that his suspension has been lifted, despite a 12 month absence from the Octagon. I guess a 12-win streak against a string of Top 10 athletes will do that for you.
Here are the key notes from the new rankings, complete with captions of the changes from Bloody Elbow.
Top P4P Fighter
"As mentioned, good ol' JBJ is tops once again, and Mighty Mouse is at two. With his close win at UFC 195, Robbie Lawler moved up one spot to five. Lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos moved up two spots to six. Fabricio Werdum fell two spots to eight. Holly Holm moved into a tie with Ronda Rousey for 14 (weird!)."
"Stipe Miocic picked up a big win over Andrei Arlovski in the co-main of UFC 195, and it shook up the hefty hefty hefty division rankings. Miocic is up one spot to two, while Alistair Overeem is up two, ina t tie for three. with Arlovski (who fell one). Junior dos Santos also fell one to five. Ben Rothwell and Josh Barnett continued to trade seven and eight back and forth, with Rothwell ahead this week. Jared Rosholt also passed Antonio Silva for 12. Yawn."
Light Heavyweight - No changes
Middleweight - No changes
"Neil Magny moved up one spot to eight, bumping Stephen Thompson to nine. Thiago Alves is up to 14, dropping Gunnar Nelson to 15."
"Edson Barboza dropped two spots to eight. This allowed Nate Diaz and Beneil Dariush to move up a spot, to six and seven respectively. Michael Chiesa passed Ben Henderson for 13. Evan Dunham is back on the list at 15."
"Clay Guida moved past Nik Lentz for the 14 spot (Lentz is at lightweight now). Brian Ortega made his rankings debut at 15."
"Michael McDonald's come-from-behind win at UFC 195 propelled him up two spots from eight to six. This bumped Thomas Almeida and Bryan Caraway to seven and eight."
"Ali Bagautinov moved up two spots to 10, bumping Ray Borg and Wilson Reis to 11 and 12."
"Liz Carmouche passed Sarah Kaufman for the nine spot. The lady that defeated Kaufman,Valentina Shevchenko, is up one spot to 11. This dropped Marion Reneau to 12."
"Maryna Moroz and Michelle Waterson moved up one spot each to nine and ten. Randa Markos dropped two spots to 11."
(Via: Bloody Elbow)