USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Aug. 4: Did Derek Brunson make a leap?

Pound For Pound Rankings

Jones is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and though he was pushed to the limit by Dominick Reyes, he retained his belt and now returns to the top of MMA Junkie’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Upcoming Fight: vs Stipe Miocic | Aug 15, 2020 – UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3

Cormier admits he shied from the gameplan at UFC 241, and it cost him dearly in a loss to Stipe Miocic. Now, at age 41, Cormier has decided to give it one more go against Miocic before calling it a career.

After fulfilling his dream of adding a global belt to his collection of championships, ‘Mighty Mouse’ now looks to add ONE’s flyweight belt to the grand prix title he already earned.

Upcoming Fight: vs Paulo Costa | Sep 19, 2020 – UFC 253

Adesanya got to add Yoel Romero to his list of career victories, even if it wasn’t exactly a thrilling affair, and it appears the undefeated Paulo Costa is up next.

Usman may not be the most popular figure on the UFC roster, but he’s certainly effective and is starting to put his name in the history books with his dominant run.

It wasn’t as convincing as the first time around, but Volkanovski picked up a second win over Max Holloway and says he wants to continue taking out top contenders.

Figueiredo debuts on the list after claiming the UFC flyweight title with an incredibly one-sided victory over perennial contender Joseph Benavidez.

Poirier continues to be one of the most exciting fighters in the game, and his grit is immeasurable – qualities he hopes will net him another UFC title shot in the near future.

Holloway was all-class following a razor-thin loss to Alexander Volkanoski and now must decide what to do next.

Costa has made clear his disdain for UFC champ Israel Adesanya, and it appears the two are set to meet sometime this summer to work out their differences.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Aug. 4: Did Derek Brunson make a leap?

Derek Brunson was a sizable underdog in his UFC on ESPN+ 31 main event this past Saturday.

Brunson was at +300 against Edman Shahbazyan, who was a 4-1 favorite and widely expected to continue his unbeaten ascension in the UFC’s middleweight division after a 4-0 start in the UFC with three straight first-round finishes.

But Brunson put Shahbazyan’s rise to an end with a stunning third-round TKO in the headliner. But how far could Brunson climb in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings?

This week, we have the UFC back in Las Vegas again with heavyweights atop the card. And Bellator returns, as well, with a key lightweight matchup between a former promotional champ in Michael Chandler and a former UFC and WEC champ in Benson Henderson. So there could be lots of room for movement next week.

But for now, check out all of our latest rankings in the drop-downs above heading into this weekend’s action.

Ranking Criteria

The rankings take into account a fighter’s wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.

Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they’ve been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.

Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they’re not inactive for more than 24 months.

To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won’t be ranked in a new weight class until they’ve had their first fight at that weight.

Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/08/mma-rankings-august-4-derek-brunson-ufc-bellator-one-pfl/

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