Khabib Nurmagomedov lands the no. 2 spot in the UFC’s new PFP rankings, and that’s exactly where he should be.
The UFC updated their rankings on Monday putting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov as the no. 2 pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. He is coming off of the biggest win of his career, in dominating fashion with a fourth-round submission of former champion Conor McGregor. Nurmagomedov feels right at home atop of the UFC rankings being just behind his coach and teammate UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Nurmagomedov really showcased why he is one of the best fighters on in the world. He was able to stand toe-to-toe and trade with McGregor, even knocking him down in the second round. The man is on an unbelievable win streak at 27 wins in a row dating all the way back to 2008. Nurmagomedov has never suffered a loss in MMA competition. None is more worthy of the no. 2 spot than Nurmagomedov.
McGregor, on the other hand, has dropped from no. 2 all the way down to no. 8 in the rankings. This move down in the rankings for McGregor is way overdue. McGregor is now 2-2 in his last four fights (not including his TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring). McGregor is lucky to still be in the top 15 considering his 2-year layoff and coming off of a loss. We know all too well how flawed this ranking system is but in this case they got at least this bit right.
Though the list is good right now, things could be changing rather quickly with the return of former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and other title fights like Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega and Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk. There’s also a super fight between UFC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Don’t be shocked if you see some new faces at the top pretty soon. Expect to see a change in the UFC rankings by year’s end.