Jon Jones Labels UFC Rankings ‘Silly,’ Wants To Be Removed From It

Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has expressed his frustration following his demotion in the recent UFC rankings update.

Jones tagged the format as “silly” and wants to be removed from the official pound-for-pound rankings pool.

Before the updated rankings were released earlier this week, the Rochester native was seated at No. 2 in the official pound-for-pound list. But with the emergence of the new rankings, Jones has found himself sliding to the No. 4 spot with welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman taking the No.1 perch.

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya occupy the No. 2 and No. 3 position on the pool, respectively.

Jones last fought in the octagon in February 2020, where he defended the light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

It was not a very convincing performance by the champion as many experts thought that Reyes had done enough to win the decision in his favor.

During his UFC tenure, it was only the second time where the former UFC champion found himself in trouble in the octagon, the first one, of course being the intense battle with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013.

After unifying the division, the Rochester native vacated his light heavyweight championship back in August of last year and decided to take a new challenge in the form of his much-speculated move to the heavyweight division. The idea has yet to come to fruition as the negotiations between him and the UFC president Dana White fell short.

Following his recent falter in the official pound-for-pound rankings, Jones took to Twitter and hit out at the promotion’s scoring system, requesting the promotion to remove him from the rankings pool officially.

“It’s funny seeing people have the satisfaction of being ranked over me when i’m not even competing,” Jones tweeted. “Just take me off that silly list.”

Jones wasn’t done here as he took a jibe at the rival and reigning UFC middleweight champion Adesanya as well. Adesanya suffered multiple takedowns against the former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz back in March in his first professional loss.

“When your ranked over Jon Jones on a pound for pound list but know you can’t defend a take down,” he tweeted.

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