Please note that due to retirement and inactivity, Georges St-Pierre and Dominick Cruz respectively will not be listed in the MMA Freak January P4P rankings. Also note that the pound-for-pound rankings were last updated June 2nd with those ranks listed in parenthesis:
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With the fall of Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre‘s retirement, Jon Jones rose to this position as the most dominant light heavyweight probably in the UFC’s history with victories over Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson. He now faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
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Being that Jon Jones ascended to Silva’s traditional spot at one, it only makes sense that Jose Aldo would rise to GSP‘s number two spot. It certainly isn’t without justification as Aldo had two dominating performances this last year. He now faces Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
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Cain Velasquez is the final fighter to shift up two spots due to losses and retirements but at the same time on his own merits. He dominated both of his opponents this year in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Junior dos Santos. Currently he’s out with shoulder surgery, due back later.
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In the previous rankings, Chris Weidman wasn’t even listed among the top 10. He certainly earned it though with back to back wins over Anderson Silva, showing dominance over the former champ in both their bouts. He is now set to face Vitor Belfort sometime later this year.
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Until Anderson Silva officially retires, he will be listed on the P4P rankings. He’s also ranked so low because of his losses to Weidman.
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2013 was without a doubt the year of the Mighty Mouse. Demetrious Johnson won all three of his title defenses in impressive fashion.
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The new UFC Bantamweight Champion certainly deserves the new title after a great 2013 but must now defend it against Urijah Faber.
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Anthony “Showtime” Pettis reaffirmed his dominance over Benson Henderson by taking his belt but is now sidelined after knee surgery.
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The first woman to crack the P4P rankings, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey fought in the first women’s UFC bout and first TUF women’s coach.
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Some could argue that Johny Hendricks was on the wrong end of a close decision but he’s getting a chance of redemption at UFC 171.
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