MMA pound-for-pound rankings — Is there room at the top for Israel Adesanya?

Israel Adesanya put on a spectacular performance at UFC 253. The middleweight champion’s second-round TKO of previously unbeaten Paulo Costa on Sept. 26 was as dominant a title fight victory as we’ve seen in a while. It was the kind of performance that can send a fighter skyrocketing in the rankings.

Problem is, Adesanya was already No. 4 in the ESPN men’s pound-for-pound rankings, behind only lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, consensus GOAT Jon Jones and heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. There simply isn’t any upward mobility available to the Nigeria-born New Zealander.

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