Upon the release of the official updated fighter rankings this Tuesday morning, newly-minted undisputed heavyweight champion, Jon Jones has returned to the number one spot and atop the pile off the back of his title victory at UFC 285 last weekend.
Headlining last Saturday’s pay-per-view card in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jones, a former two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion to boot, stopped former interim heavyweight titleholder, Ciryl Gane in a one-sided performance, latching onto an opening round guillotine choke submission victory.
Taking the Frenchman to the canvas in quite straightforward fashion at the T-Mobile Arena, Jones would then move his way to the fence, before hand-fighting for a guillotine choke – and wrapping up a timely submission on Gane, crowning himself as the new heavyweight kingpin.
And the Endicott native’s dominant victory over the former has done enough to see him shoot through opposition in the official pound-for-pound standings, blasting past lightweight best, Islam Makhachev in second, and knocking featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski from his perch – taking top spot.
Emerging from ‘Sin City’ unscathed in his main event fight with Gane, Jones is expected to make a rather timely turnaround as soon as this summer – headlining UFC 290 during International Fight Week in July, welcoming former two-time heavyweight gold holder, Stipe Miocic back to the Octagon for the first time since 2021.
Saturday’s victory for Jones came as part of his first Octagon appearance since February 2020, headlining UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes, where he narrowly defended his light heavyweight throne in a close, unanimous decision win in Houston, Texas.
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