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MMA pound-for-pound rankings — It’s unanimous — Khabib is unsurpassed

by Ryan
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“I know only one thing what I want from UFC,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said moments after his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. “You guys have to put me No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve it.”

That he does.

And despite the undefeated lightweight champion having announced his retirement immediately after his second-round submission win Oct. 24 on Fight Island, the UFC did keep Nurmagomedov in its rankings and did elevate him to the top spot, as he wished.

The ESPN pound-for-pound men’s rankings, on the other hand, were ahead of the curve. The 32-year-old Dagestani has been No. 1 for months. That’s what a 29-0 record filled with dominant victories will get you.



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