Adesanya creeps up UFC P4P rankings

Adesanya is moving closer to GOAT status with every win

After his clinical destruction of UFC number two-ranked Paulo Costa at UFC 253, Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has crept further up the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings list.

Today's rankings update saw Adesanya move from number four to number three in the P4P rankings, pushing Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic to number four.

The only fighters above Adesanya are Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 Lightweight Champion) at number two, as well as Jon Jones (26-1, 1NC multiple-time Light Heavyweight Champion) at number one.

If Adesanya can keep this win streak going, as many pundits are predicting after UFC 253, he may move further up the P4P list, although this would be contingent upon the performances of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones.

Nurmagomedov is slated to fight Interim Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje on October 24th at UFC 254, while Jon Jones has not yet been booked to fight at heavyweight.

While a fight between Adesanya and Jon Jones has long been theorised, it seems more distant since Jones' abdication of the light heavyweight title to move to the heavyweight division. However, Adesanya still has interest in the fight, whether it takes place at light heavyweight or at heavyweight.

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Jon Jones hinted on Twitter that he might come back to the light heavyweight division to take back "his" belt, after Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz defeated Dominic Reyes to take the light heavyweight championship on the same UFC 253 event at which Adesanya took out Paulo Costa.

Fellow CKB fighter Kai Kara-France took a hit in the UFC Flyweight rankings after his second-round submission loss to Brandon Royval. Kara-France has been bumped to number eight while Royval moved from number nine to number seven.

Brad Riddell remains unranked at lightweight after his victory over Alex Da Silva, though the UFC Lightweight division is perhaps the most talent-stacked in the entire organisation. Expect to see Riddell face ever tougher competition from here.