Ilia Topuria Climbs to Top-5 in UFC’s Latest P4P Rankings

Topuria's Knockout Leap to UFC Elite

In a stunning turn of events at UFC 298, Ilia Topuria made a seismic leap into the top-5 of the UFC’s pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings after delivering a knockout blow to former featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski. The updated rankings have sparked debate among fans and pundits alike, as Topuria, previously unranked in the P4P list, now finds himself among the elite fighters of the UFC, irrespective of weight class.

The P4P rankings, designed to list the organization’s top fighters across all divisions, witnessed significant shifts following recent bouts. Topuria’s victory over Volkanovski, who was once perched at the pinnacle of the rankings, has not only reshaped the featherweight landscape but also raised questions about the criteria for P4P standings. Volkanovski’s descent to the seventh spot underscores the volatile nature of MMA competition and the impact of a single loss at the highest level.

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The current top positions in the UFC P4P rankings are held by Islam Makhachev and Jon Jones, with Leon Edwards and Alex Pereira trailing closely behind. Topuria’s entry at the fifth position is noteworthy, considering his relatively brief tenure at the apex of the sport. Critics argue whether one significant win warrants such a high ranking, while supporters point to the quality and manner of Topuria’s victory.


As the MMA community digests these developments, the conversation around P4P rankings continues to evolve. The criteria for inclusion and movement within this elite group remain a topic of discussion, as fighters like Topuria disrupt the status quo with standout performances.

UFC:s pound-for-pound-ranking (P4P)

1. Islam Makhachev
2. Jon Jones
3. Leon Edwards (+1)
4. Alex Pereira (+1)
5. Ilia Topuria (NY)
6. Charles Oliveira
7. Alexander Volkanovski (-4)
8. Sean O’Malley (-1)
9. Dricus Du Plessis (-1)
10. Alexandre Pantoja (-1)
11. Israel Adesanya (-1)
11. Sean Strickland
12. Tom Aspinall
13. Sean Strickland (-2)
14. Max Holloway
15. Aljamain Sterling (-3)

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