205 was a monumental mixed martial event and resultantly, we've
got a rankings update of a particular magnitude.
It's only become a recent phenomenon as far as these rankings go
that we at Sherdog.com have, almost out of necessity, started to
rank fighters in multiple weight classes. From the likes of
Cerrone to David
Branch, a whole roster of athletes in this climate have made us
reconsider the confines of a single weight class. Suffice it to
say, no fighter has ever been ranked No. 1 in two weight classes,
At the UFC's first card inside Madison Square Garden, Conor
McGregor pulled off a career-defining victory, battering
Alvarez from start to finish, taking the UFC lightweight title
and becoming the company's first simultaneous two-division
champion. The Irishman's iconic victory also earns him the top spot
in these rankings at 155 pounds, to go along with his previous and
ongoing supremacy at 145.
UFC 205 was also host to a score of notable, impactful victories
and losses, including former UFC women's bantamweight champion
Tate announcing her retirement. But ultimately, the most
notable change in these rankings came even before the Octagon hit
In July, pound-for-pound king Jon Jones'
positive pre-fight test for clomiphene and Letrozol nixed his
rematch with Daniel
Cormier and introduced the possibility of the oft-embattled
Jones facing a serious suspension. On Nov. 7, an independent
arbitration panel handed down a 12-month suspension to Jones, who
said he took a contaminated sexual performance pill he got from a
teammate. Somehow, it seems fitting that an outcome so absurd would
be what removed Jones from atop our 205-pound rankings, after over
six years in our top 10.