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Jon Jones drops two places as UFC releases latest pound-for-pound rankings


Jones has dropped from No.2 to No.4 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings after being inactive for this year in addition to his recent troubles with the law outside of the cage

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Jon Jones has dropped from second position to fourth in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings this month.

The American star has been out of action since his decision victory over Dominick Reyes at the beginning of last year.

And he is currently waiting for his return to the heavyweight division against the winner of Francis Ngannou’s clash with Cyril Gane next year.

But a latest dent to his illustrious UFC career comes after he was moved down from No.2 to No.4 in this months pound-for-pound rankings.

Above him is now Kamaru Usman, Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya all of whom have been active this year.








Jon Jones will look to have a more active year in 2022 by pursuing Francis Ngannou
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Jones has publicly displayed his clamour to be payed higher during his time in the UFC and vacated his title last year in a furious row with the company.

And he is currently pursuing a career in the heavyweight division which he is confident will bring financial reward with a super-fight against Ngannou frequently linked.

The 34-year-old is planning to challenge Ngannou after his defence next year, and is adamant that the contest is a super fight that would be worth a lucrative paycheque.

“Yeah, fighting for the title’s what I want the most,” Jones said. “Yeah, for sure. I want to fight the biggest fights, and I think the title fights is gonna be the biggest fights.

“If there were a bigger star than Francis at heavyweight that didn’t have the title, then I would go for that. But I think Francis is the biggest star at heavyweight, him and I, and he has the title. So that’s what I want.”

Jones has had his issues outside of the cage in recent months having been arrested on charges of domestic violence and vehicle tampering.




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And he has since vowed to give up alcohol in a bid to revive his stuttering career where he is considered one of the greatest all-time fighters.

But he has admitted he would be deflated if Gane was to shock Ngannou with the possibility of missing a shot at Ngannou.

“I think it changes what the pay would be,” Jones said of a potential Gane victory. “Yeah, I don’t think it’s a megafight, Ciryl Gane winning.

“I think he’s’ so talented, and he’s great for the sport, I think he’s very marketable, but he’s still relatively unknown to the general public. And so I’m excited for either challenge.

“I think they present two completely different puzzles. But yeah, Francis is definitely a bigger star. It’d be a lot of money lost if Francis were to lose. But I don’t care who wins the fight. I just want the championship.”

Jones is currently temporarily suspended from his famed Jackson Wink MMA gym in Albuquerque by long-time coach Mike Winkeljohn amid concerns over his behaviour.

And UFC president Dana White has refused to rule out suspending Jones from the organisation which would leave a significant gap in the roster.

But if Jones is to return to the cage, his bitter rival Daniel Cormier has called for him to search for lower financial reward if he is to pursue a showdown with Ngannou.


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