USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 8: Alistair Overeem makes move in final run

Pound For Pound Rankings

Already considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones is now going to turn his attention to heavyweight in hopes of building an even more impressive legacy.

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.

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.

With his trilogy win over Daniel Cormier secured, Miocic is widely considered the greatest heavyweight in UFC history – and perhaps even all of MMA.

Bader was certainly disappointed to lose his Bellator champ-champ status, but he does still have one belt and promises to return in top form.

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.

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 the two are set to meet at UFC 254 to work out their differences.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 8: Alistair Overeem makes move in final run

Alistair Overeem is a legendary figure in combat sports, but he’s still got a few things left he wants to accomplish.

Chiefly, “The Demolition Man” wants to claim the UFC heavyweight title. With his win this past weekend over Augusto Sakai (15-2-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Overeem  (47-18 MMA, 12-7 UFC) moves a few spots higher in this week’s edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, landing at No. 6 in the heavyweight division.

With No. 1 Stipe Miocic and No. 2 Francis Ngannou set to contest the UFC heavyweight title in the next few months, and No. 3 Curtis Blaydes facing No. 4 Derrick Lewis, perhaps a rematch with No. 5 Jairzinho Rozenstruik lies on the horizon.

Also re-entering the rankings this week is light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (25-14 MMA, 13-9 UFC), whose win over Alonzo Menifield (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 34 saw him earn a spot on the list once again.

Ahead of a very busy weekend with two Bellator cards to go along with a UFC event, not to mention ONE Championship and LFA, take a look at the latest moves across all divisions.

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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.

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