Israel Adesanya moves up to No 2 in UFC men

Nigerian- New Zealander mixed martial artist, Israel Adesanya has moved up to No 2 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings following his win over Robert Whittaker. 


‘Stylebender’ put on a striking masterclass to win a unanimous decision over his rival at UFC 271 over the weekend. He overtakes featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who slips back down to third but could move back up if he beats Chan Sung Jung on April 9. 


Kamaru Usman remains in the top spot but the Nigerian allegiance between the welterweight king and Adesanya means they are unlikely to fight. 


Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has talked up the chances of them facing off but both men who are good friends have distanced themselves from the clash. 


Adesanya remains undefeated at middleweight and his only defeat came when moving to light-heavyweight for a shot at then-champion Jan Blachowicz. 



1. Kamaru Usman

2. Israel Adesanya +1

3. Alexander Volkanovski -1

4. Francis Ngannou

5. Charles Oliveira

6. Max Holloway +1

7. Jon Jones -1

8. Dustin Poirier

9. Petr Yan

10. Glover Teixeira

11. Stipe Miocic -1

12. Deiveson Figueiredo

13. Brandon Moreno

14. Robert Whittaker

15. Jan Blachowicz