Latest Official Ranking Reshuffles Reflect Scale of UFC 280
Pound for pound for men: After Islam Makhachev beat last week’s No. 3 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Charles Oliveira, the Top 15 has a whole new look. You can see the new roster below with their movement from the previous week, including Aljamain Sterlingwho lost a spot despite beating TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280.
- Alexander Volkanovski (no change)
- Israel Adesanya (no change)
- Islam Makhachev (previously unrated)
- Kamaru Usman (no change)
- Leon Edwards (+1)
- Francois Ngannou (-1)
- Charles Oliveira (-4)
- Aljamain Sterling (-1)
- Jiří Prochazka (+1)
- Deiveson Figueiredo (-1)
- Dustin Poirier (-3)
- Jon Jones (-1)
- Max Holloway (-1)
- Brandon Moreno (no change)
- Robert Whittaker (previously unrated)
Pound for pound for women: Carla Esparza moves up one spot to No. 3, Taila Santos moves up one spot to No. 12 and Manon Fiorot makes her roster debut at No. 13 after defeating Kaitlyn Chookagian at UFC 280. Meanwhile , Xiaonan Yan (#14) dropped two spots while Irene Aldana (#15) dropped one spot in the final list standings.
Women’s straw weight: Tecia Torres loses a place to 8th place and is no longer tied with Amanda Lemos (#7).
Women’s Flyweight: Manon Fiorot is the new No. 1 contender after her win over Chookagian, with Taila Santos now ranked No. 2. Chookagian drops two places to No. 3. Also falling this week are Lauren Murphy (-1) who lost one place and Jéssica Andrade, who fell two positions to 6th place.
Female bantamweight: No change
Women’s featherweight: N / A
Flyweight: After submitting Malcolm Gordon at UFC 280 to remain undefeated, Muhammad Mokaev debuts in the rankings in 15th place. Also, Sumudaerji (#12) and Manel Kape (#13) swap places.
Bantam-weight: After his split decision victory over Petr Yan at UFC 280, “Sugar” Sean O’Malley completely shakes up the bantamweight rankings by becoming the new #1 contender. Petr Yan drops one spot to second, tied with Merab Dvalishvili followed by Marlon Vera (#4) and Saturday’s title challenger TJ Dillashaw (#5).
The top 10 is completed by Cory Sandhagen (#6), Rob Font (#7), Dominique Cruz (#8), Pedro Munhoz (#9) and Yadong Song (#10). With O’Malley now ranked No. 1 after Dana White suggested before UFC 280 that his fight with Yan was a title eliminator, does that mean ‘The Suga Show’ is next for ‘The Funk? Master?”
Lightweight: Chan Sung Jung (#7) is no longer tied with Arnold Allen at #6 ahead of Allen’s UFC Vegas 63 main event against Calvin Kattar (#5) this weekend. Also, Sodiq Yusuff (#11) and Dan Ige (#12) swap places.
Lightweight: Following his competitive win over Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280, Beneil Dariush moved up two spots to move into 4th place. #6-15 in the division was rocked with a spot becoming available due to the crowning of a new champion.
Those upsets include Drew Dober returning to the standings at 15th place and Jalin Turner moving up three spots to 10th place, among other moves. And of course, the biggest change is the championship spot currently held by Islam Makhachev, with Charles Oliveira remaining the No. 1 contender.
Welterweight: After extending his unbeaten streak to 9 by defeating Sean Brady at UFC 280, Belal Muhammad (#4) and Gilbert Burns (#5) switch places. Brady remains unmoved at No. 8.
Average weight : No change
Mid-heavyweight: After Nikita Krylov (#8) defeated Volkan Oezdemir (#10) at UFC 280, the two positions were swapped.
Heavy weights: No change
You can see the full updated UFC rankings here.
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