Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings: Ryan Bader improves P4P position, Yoel Romero makes light heavyweight debut

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Ryan Bader and Yoel Romero are progressing in the Bellator MMA world. Bader and Romero emerged victorious in the Bellator 280 main event and co-main event. Their success was reflected in Tuesday’s updated Bellator rankings.

Bader swept Cheick Kongo on the scorecards past the Kongo compatriots to defend his Bellator heavyweight championship for the third time. Bader improved one spot in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings from No. 6 to No. 5. Bader’s rise moved welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov from No. 5 to No. 6.

There were further moves in the P4P rankings thanks to what appeared to be delayed updates following Patricio Freire’s victory over AJ McKee at Bellator 277. Light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov and champion middleweight Gegard Mousasi moved up one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. McKee, once the P4P leader in the men’s division, moved from No. 2 to No. 4.

Romero bounced back from an unspectacular debut against Phil Davis in emphatic fashion. Romero repeatedly dropped his short-notice ranked opponent Alex Polizzi before finishing him in the last second of their fight. Romero then debuted in Bellator’s top 10 light heavyweight at No. 8. Polizzi was demoted from No. 7 to No. 9 and Grant Neal was pushed from No. 9 to No. 10. Karl Albrektsson , who has not competed since October, improved from No. 8 to No. 7.

Below are the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings for both men and women. The full top 10 standings for each division in the promotion can be found here. The ranking is voted on by 17 members of the media.

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Editor’s note: CBS Sports insiders Brian Campbell and Shakiel Mahjouri are members of the 17-person voting panel. Both Bellator and CBS Sports are owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator standings (May 10)

Pound for pound for men

1. Patricio Pitbull

33-5

2. Vadim Nemkov (first place)

15-2

3. Gegard Mousasi (up to one)

49-7-2

4. AJ McKee (minus two)

18-1

5. Ryan Bader (up to one)

30-7

6. Yaroslav Amosov (minus one)

26-0

7. Corey Anderson

16-5

8. Sergio Pettis

22-5

9. Michael Page

20-1

10. Raufeon Stots

18-1

Pound for female pound

1. Cris Cyborg

26-2

2. Liz Carmouche

17-7

3. Juliana Velasquez

12-1

4. Denise Kielholtz

6-3

5. Arlene Blencowe

15-9

6. Cat Zingano

12-4

7. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

11-2

8. Kana Watanabe

10-1-1

9. Sinéad Kavanagh

8-5

10. Leslie Smith

12-9-1

Other notable results

  • Heavy weights: Kongo’s loss led to his fall in the Bellator heavyweight rankings. Kongo moved from No. 2 to No. 4. Linton Vassell and Fedor Emelianenko each improved by one spot from No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
  • Lightweight: Pedro Carvalho moved from No.5 to No.6 after losing a split decision to Piotr Niedzielski. Jeremy Kennedy therefore swapped places with Carvalho. Niedzielski surprisingly didn’t receive a ranking but maybe that will change in the coming weeks.
  • Women’s Flyweight: Justine Kish and Vanessa Porto swapped rankings, with the former improving to No. 8 and the latter slipping to No. 9. This is potentially a late change from Kish’s win over Ilima-Lei Macfarlane at Bellator 279.

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