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Rankings Update – Ex-UFC Champion Jon Jones Drops From Pound-For-Pound Top-3

Former two-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has fallen from the official pound-for-pound top-3 rankings in the latest shuffle this week following UFC Vegas 41 — with the former titleholder slipping from #2 in the pile to #4 as a result of inactivity.

Jones, a former two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion and the youngest gold holder in the history of the organization, last competed at UFC 247 in February of last year in Houston, Texas — successfully defending his light heavyweight title against two-time title chaser, Dominick Reyes.

The Rochester-born look-see-do fighter officially vacated his undisputed title in August of last year as he attempted to make his long-awaited move to the promotion’s heavyweight ranks, which has still yet to materialise.

Jones was first linked to a showdown with then-champion Stipe Miocic in his division birth, before Francis Ngannou clinched the title in March of this year. 

The Albuquerque resident was then expected to meet with Batie powerhouse, Ngannou for the undisputed heavyweight crown, until rather public negotiation mishaps with Jones, UFC president, Dana White and promotion officials saw the pairing hit the rocks.

As a result, the UFC introduced an interim title for UFC 265 in August last, with the undefeated, Ciryl Gane stopping Derrick Lewis with third round strikes to set up his unification bout with brief former teammate, Ngannou, which is slated to take main event status at UFC 270 on January 22. at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

In September, Jones hit the headlines following his induction into the Fight Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada — after he was arrested by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department just hours after the ceremony, and charged with battery domestic violence allegedly against his fiancée, Jesse, as well as a felony tampering or injuring a vehicle after it is alleged Jones headbutted the hood of a police cruiser, resulting in a medium-sized dent and causing paint to chip.

The promotion have yet to take any disciplinary action against Jones, who was recently asked to leave Jackson-Wink MMA in New Mexico by longtime head coach, Mike Winklejohn, and is expected to appear in court to face the above outlined charges.

In late September, Jones was dropped from the #1 spot in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and replaced by dominant current welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. And in the latest reshuffle this afternoon following the culmination of UFC Vegas 41, Jones has since been leapfrogged by City Kickboxing standouts, featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya into the top-3, as Jones falls to #4 — one slot above current heavyweight champion, Ngannou.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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