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5 greatest takeaways from UFC 302: Is Dana White proper to reject Islam Makhachev as No. 1 pound-for-pound?

I got into an interesting exchange with UFC CEO Dana White in the aftermath of Islam Makhachev’s title defense against Poirier in the main event, where he finished the job with a fifth-round submission. After White made it clear to MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs that he thought highly of Makhachev, but didn’t think he was

5 greatest takeaways from UFC 302: Is Dana White proper to reject Islam Makhachev as No. 1 pound-for-pound?

I received into an attention-grabbing change with UFC CEO Dana White within the aftermath of Islam Makhachev’s title protection towards Poirier in the primary occasion, the place he completed the job with a fifth-round submission.

After White made it clear to MMA Combating’s Jose Youngs that he thought extremely of Makhachev, however didn’t assume he was No. 1 pound-for-pound forward of Jon Jones, I opted to press the difficulty a bit of bit and discover out what it might take to alter his rankings to get to the highest spot.

White was keen to have interaction me after I requested why Jones, who has fought as soon as since February 2020, will get the nod over Makhachev, who has competed eight occasions in that very same stretch, with wins over three opponents who’ve been current within the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings (Poirier, Alexander Volkanovski twice and Charles Oliveira). He stood behind his perception in Jones regardless.

Ultimately, pound-for-pound lists are fully subjective, and in some ways meaningless. It’s been that method endlessly in boxing, and it’s the identical in MMA. It’s an unimaginable metric to really justify, and everybody goes to have totally different interpretations.

If White is so assured within the stance for his personal record, then I’m not right here to guage. There is likely to be some flawed logic and whatnot, however it’s not essentially price getting labored up over, as a result of there’s no option to absolutely show an argument.

There’s a robust case for Jones to get the nod for his prolonged physique of labor. There’s additionally an ideal argument for Makhachev given what he’s achieved inside this 14-fight successful streak. The upside for Makhachev is that he’s possible going to be lively for for much longer than Jones going ahead, giving him extra time to strengthen his resume and argument.

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Personally, although, I might at the moment place Makhachev over Jones. That’s not a slight to Jones in any respect. I’ve been across the sport for the whole lot of his UFC tenure and his accomplishments should not misplaced on me. Nevertheless, in my very own interpretation of what pound-for-pound means, latest occasions are vital, and the names Makhachev has crushed over the previous few years are unmatched.

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