SB Nation MMA rankings: Pound-for-pound

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Check out the latest pound-for-pound rankings from the SB Nation MMA panel.

Not a lot has happened in the world of P4P of late. Sure there have been lots of fights, but no major upsets of means that the SBN rankings look almost exactly the same as they did last time. And the one notable exception has more to do with drug testing than actual results.

As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Alex Giardini from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow. Here's the fancy chart:

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(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. This does not affect any fighters who would generally be considered for the pound-for-pound list at the moment. St-Pierre is considered a retired fighter and is thus ineligible for consideration).

Jon Jones is the undisputed P4P king, and has been for a while now. His UFC 172 win over Glover Teixeira just cemented that a bit more. At number two is long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo, with his teammate and bantamweight champ Renan Barao right behind him at number three. Opposite ends of the spectrum round out the top five with heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman took the six spot. There was a tie for the seven spot between lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and former P4P king Anderson Silva. Johny Hendricks is the first guy to not get all six of the panelists to vote for him, and ended up in the nine spot. The only major change this month saw Vitor Belfort fall out of the top 10 after TRT was banned. He was replaced on the list by former HW champion Junior dos Santos.

Six other fighters received votes but couldn't crack the top 10 - Belfort, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, and Chad Mendes.

Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters

Jon Jones (1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (NR), TBA

Jose Aldo (2) vs. Chad Mendes (NR), UFC 176

Renan Barao (3) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (NR), UFC 173

Cain Velasquez (4) vs. Fabricio Werdum (NR), UFC 180

Demetrious Johnson (5) vs. Ali Bagautinov (NR), UFC 174

Chris Weidman (6) vs. Lyoto Machida (NR), UFC 175

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