The UFC's pound-for-pound (P4P) ranking has been a topic of much debate in recent months, with Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski both vying for the top spot. After Makhachev defeated Volkanovski in a closely contested match earlier this year, he remained ahead of his opponent in the rankings.
However, following Jon Jones's return to the octagon and his easy victory over Cyril Gane, Jones took over the number one spot. There was some controversy surrounding this decision, with Makhachev arguing that Jones did not deserve to be ranked first after only one fight in the past three years.
However, Jones held on to the top spot until just recently, when his performance at UFC 295 was canceled and Makhachev defeated Volkanovski once again. With this latest victory, Makhachev has now reclaimed the top spot in the P4P rankings.
This makes him the first-ranked fighter on the UFC roster, regardless of weight class. Makhachev is widely considered to be one of the best fighters in the world, and his current ranking reflects that.
Green thinks Makhachev should be third
However, there are still some who disagree with this ranking.
UFC veteran Bobby Green is one of those people, and he recently took to social media to express his opinion. Green believes that Jon Jones should still be ranked number one, followed by Volkanovski and then Makhachev. "I don't think that Islam should be the first.
Jon Jones should be number one on that list'', Green said. Green's reasoning is that Jones has done more in the UFC than any other fighter, and that Makhachev has not yet proven himself against opponents from other weight classes.
He also believes that Volkanovski deserves to be ranked ahead of Makhachev because he has fought more frequently and has been willing to take on bigger opponents. Whether or not you agree with Green's opinion, there is no doubt that the UFC's P4P rankings are always a topic of debate.