After defeating Robert Whittaker, Israel Adesanya climbs to No. 2 on the UFC men’s pound-for-pound chart.

Israel Adesanya, a Nigerian-New Zealander mixed martial artist, has risen to No. 2 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings after defeating Robert Whittaker.

At UFC 271 over the weekend, ‘Stylebender’ put on a striking masterclass to earn a unanimous decision against his opponent.

He moves ahead of featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who drops to third but has a chance to climb back up if he defeats Chan Sung Jung on April 9.

The welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, remains in first place, but a match between him and Adesanya is improbable because to Usman’s Nigerian patriotism.

Ali Abdelaziz, Usman’s manager, has talked up the possibility of them fighting, but both men, who are good friends, have distanced themselves from the fight.

At the moment, Adesanya is unbeaten.

SEE THE UFC MEN’S POUND FOR POUND LIST BELOW;

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

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