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Division rankings: The biggest changes come (of course) in the heavyweight division

Where are the biggest changes in the latest ESPN division MMA rankings? In the division with the greatest fighters, of course.

The most significant volatility in the ranking was in the heavyweight division Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane has taken big wins seven days apart in the past three weeks. And in less than three weeks, the two top heavyweights will be champions Stipe Miocic and Francis NgannouMeet at UFC 260 and bring with you the strong possibility of further change.

The other divisions that saw significant changes were the men’s lightweight and flyweight, with the changes fueled by great performances at UFC 259 on Saturday night. Islam Makhachev makes his debut in the 155-pound top-10 due to a dominant win Drew Dober. And Askar Askarov moves up the £ 125 hierarchy with a win over the long-time title contender Joseph Benavidez.

There’s also a new UFC men’s bantamweight champion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a new number 1.

For the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA leaderboard Click here. For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, see Click here.

Note: The results are current. Ranking from March 9th.

Heavyweight – – Light heavyweight – – medium weight – – Welterweight
Light – – Men’s featherweight – – Men bantamweight – – Flyweight of the men
Women bantamweight – – Women’s flyweight – – Straw weight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 12-3
Latest: W (UD) Daniel Cormier15th August 2020
Next: March 27 against Francis Ngannou


2. Francis Ngannou

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 15-3
Latest: W (KO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, May 9, 2020
Next: March 27 against Stipe Miocic


3. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Recording: 25-7, 1 NC
Latest: W (KO2) Curtis BlaydesFebruary 20, 2021
Next: TBD


4th Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8th
Recording: 8-0
Latest: W (UD) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, February 27, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Recording: 14-3, 1 NC
Latest: L (KO2) Derrick Lewis, February 20, 2021
Next: TBD


6th Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7th
Recording: 33-8
Latest: W (TKO2) Alistair OvereemFebruary 6, 2021
Next: TBD


7th Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4th
Recording: 11-2
Latest: L (UD) Ciryl Gane, February 27, 2021
Next: TBD


8th. Alistair Overeem

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6th
Recording: 47-19, 1 NC
Latest: L (TKO2) Alexander VolkovFebruary 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 27-6, 1 NC
Latest: L (TKO2) Vadim NemkovAugust 21, 2020
Next: April 9 vs. Lyoto Machida


10. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 20-5
Latest: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, September 7, 2019
Next: May 1st vs. Augusto Sakai


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 26-1, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, February 8, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 28-8
Latest: W (UD) Israel AdesanyaMarch 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 32-7
Latest: W (Sub3) Thiago SantosNovember 7, 2020
Next: TBD


4th Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 12-2
Latest: L (TKO2) Jan Blachowicz, September 26, 2020
Next: May 1st vs. Jiri Prochazka


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Recording: 14-2
Latest: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6th Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Recording: 14-5
Latest: W (TKO2) Melvin Manhoef, November 5, 2020
Next: April 9 vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov


7th Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 12-2
Latest: W (TKO2) Ryan Bader, August 21, 2020
Next: April 16 vs. Phil Davis


8th. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator
Recording: 27-6, 1 NC
Latest: L (TKO2) Vadim Nemkov, August 21, 2020
Next: April 9 against Lyoto Machida


9. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Recording: 21-9
Latest: L (UD) Aleksandar RakicMarch 6, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 27-3-1
Latest: W (KO2) Volkan Oezdemir, July 11, 2020
Next: May 1 against Dominick Reyes


MEDIUM WEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 20-1
Latest: L (UD) Jan Blachowicz, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 23-5
Latest: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, October 24, 2020
Next: April 17th vs. Paulo Costa


3. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-1
Latest: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, September 26, 2020
Next: April 17th against Robert Whittaker


4th Yoel Romero

Promotion: Bellator
Recording: 13-5
Latest: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 7, 2020
Next: April 16 vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson


5. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-5
Latest: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, October 24, 2020
Next: TBD


6th Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-3-1
Latest: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, July 25, 2020
Next: April 10 vs. Marvin Vettori


7th Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-4-1
Latest: W (UD) Jack Hermansson, December 5, 2020
Next: April 10 against Darren Till


8th. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 21-5
Latest: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, December 5, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 21-7
Latest: W (TKO3) Edmen Shahbazyan, August 1, 2020
Next: March 20 vs. Kevin Holland


10. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 47-7-2
Latest: W (UD) Douglas LimaOctober 29, 2020
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 18-1
Latest: W (TKO3) Gilbert BurnsFebruary 13, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-2
Latest: W (TKO5) Tyron Woodley19th September 2020
Next: TBD


3. Douglas Lima

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 32-8
Latest: L (UD) Gegard MousasiOctober 29, 2020
Next: TBD


4th Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-3
Latest: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos20th July 2019
Next: TBD


5. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 19-4
Latest: L (TKO3) Kamaru Usman, February 13, 2021
Next: TBD


6th Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-4-1
Latest: W (UD) Geoff NealDecember 19, 2020
Next: TBD


7th Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 35-14
Latest: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, July 11, 2020
Next: TBD


8th. Michael Chiesa

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-4
Latest: W (UD) Neil MagnyJanuary 20, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Rory MacDonald

Promotion: PFL
Recording: 21-6-1
Latest: L (UD) Douglas Lima, October 26, 2019
Next: TBD


10. Tyron Woodley

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 19-6-1
Latest: L (TKO5) Colby Covington, September 19, 2020
Next: March 27th vs. Vicente Luque


LIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 29-0
Latest: W (Sub2) Justin Gaethje, October 24, 2020
Next: Announcement of retirement


2. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 27-6, 1 NC
Latest: W (TKO2) Conor McGregorJanuary 23, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 22-3
Latest: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, October 24, 2020
Next: TBD


4th Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 30-8, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, December 12, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 22-5
Latest: W (TKO1) Dan HookerJanuary 23, 2021
Next: TBD


6th Tony Ferguson

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 25-5
Latest: L (UD) Charles Oliveira, December 12, 2020
Next: TBD


7th Dan Hooker

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 20-10
Latest: L (TKO1) Michael Chandler, January 23, 2021
Next: TBD


8th. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 30-13
Latest: W (SD) Paul fieldsNovember 14, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Not rated
Recording: 20-4-1
Latest: W (SD) Diego FerreiraFebruary 6, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Not rated
Recording: 19-1
Latest: W (Sub3) Drew DoberMarch 6, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN’S SPRING WEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 22-1
Latest: W (SD) Max HollowayJuly 11, 2020
Next:
March 27th vs. Brian Ortega


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 22-6
Latest: W (UD) Calvin KattarJanuary 16, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 15-1, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Chan Sung Jung17th October 2020
Next: March 27 against Alexander Volkanovski


4th Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 31-4
Latest: W (TKO1) Pedro Carvalho, November 12, 2020
Next: April 2nd vs. Emmanuel Sanchez


5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-1
Latest: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, November 9, 2019
Next: TBD


6th Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 22-5
Latest: L (UD) Max Holloway, January 16, 2021
Next: TBD


7th Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-2, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens18th October 2019
Next: TBD


8th. Chan Sung Jung

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-6
Latest: L (UD) Brian Ortega, October 17, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-2
Latest: W (UD) Shane BurgosJune 20, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Shane Burgos

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-2
Latest: L (UD) Josh Emmett, June 20, 2020
Next: May 15 vs. Edson Barboza


MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 15-2
Latest: L (DQ4) Aljamain SterlingMarch 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 20-3
Latest: W (DQ4) Petr Yan, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 14-2
Latest: W (KO1) Frankie EdgarFebruary 6, 2021
Next: TBD


4th Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 12-3
Latest: W (KO2) Raphael Assuncao, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-4
Latest: W (TKO1) Marlon MoraesDecember 19, 2020
Next: TBD


6th Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 29-7
Latest: W (UD) Marlon VeraDecember 19, 2020
Next: TBD


7th Frankie Edgar

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 24-9-1
Latest: L (KO1) Cory Sandhagen, February 6, 2021
Next: TBD


8th. Pedro Munhoz

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 19-5, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Jimmie RiveraFebruary 27, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Marlon Moraes

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 23-8-1
Latest: L (TKO1) Rob Font, December 19, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Raphael Assuncao

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 27-8
Latest: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN’S FLY WEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 20-1-1
Latest: D (MD) Brandon Moreno, December 12, 2020
Next: June 12 against Brandon Moreno


2. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: A championship
Recording: 30-3-1
Latest: W (UD) Danny KingadOctober 12, 2019
Next: April 7th vs. Adriano Moraes


3. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 17-5-2
Latest: D (MD) Deiveson Figueiredo, December 12, 2020
Next: June 12 against Deiveson Figueiredo


4th Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6th
Recording: 13-0-1
Latest: W (UD) Joseph BenavidezMarch 6, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Alex Perez

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 24-6
Latest: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, November 21, 2020
Next: May 15 vs. Matt Schnell


6th Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7th
Recording: 23-5
Latest: W (UD) Manel capeFebruary 6, 2021
Next: TBD


7th Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8th
Recording: 12-5
Latest: L (TKO1) Brandon Moreno, November 21, 2020
Next: TBD


8th. Kai Kara France

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Recording: 22-9, 1 NC
Latest: W (KO1) Rogério Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Joseph Benavidez

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4th
Recording: 28-8
Latest: L (UD) Askar Askarov, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Jussier Formiga

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Recording: 23-8
Latest: L (TKO1) Alex Perez, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 21-4
Latest: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson,, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Germaine de Randamie

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 10-4
Latest: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, October 3, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 10-4
Latest: W (Sub3) Sara McMannJanuary 23, 2021
Next: May 8 vs. Holly Holm


4th Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 9-1
Latest: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya7th December 2019
Next: TBD


5. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 14-5
Latest: W (UD) Irene Aldana, October 3, 2020
Next: May 8 against Julianna Peña


6th Irene Aldana

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 12-6
Latest: L (UD) Holly Holm, October 3, 2020
Next: TBD


7th Yana Kunitskaya

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Recording: 14-5, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Ketlen VieiraFebruary 20, 2021
Next: TBD


8th. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7th
Recording: 11-2
Latest: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, February 20, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8th
Recording: 11-8
Latest: W (UD) Marion ReneauJune 20, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Marion Reneau

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 12-6
Latest: L (Sub3) Julianna Peña, January 23, 2021
Next: March 20 vs. Macy Chiasson


WOMEN FLIGHT WEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 20-3
Latest: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, November 21, 2020
Next: April 24th vs. Jessica Andrade


2. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 21-8
Latest: W (TKO1) Katlyn Chookagian17th October 2020
Next: April 24 against Valentina Shevchenko


3. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 15-4
Latest: W (UD) Cynthia CalvilloNovember 21, 2020
Next: May 15 vs. Viviane Araujo


4th Jennifer Maia

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-7-1
Latest: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, November 21, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Joanne Calderwood

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 15-5
Latest: W (UD) Jessica EyeJanuary 23, 2021
Next: TBD


6th Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 14-4
Latest: W (Sub2) Liliya Shakirova, October 24, 2020
Next: TBD


7th Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator Champion
Recording: 11-0
Latest: W (UD) Ilima-Lei MacfarlaneDecember 10, 2020
Next: TBD


8th. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Promotion: Bellator
Recording: 11-1
Latest: L (UD) Juliana VelasquezDecember 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Cynthia Calvillo

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 9-2-1
Latest: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, November 21, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Liz Carmouche

Promotion: Bellator
Recording: 14-7
Latest: W (Sub3) DeAnna BennettSeptember 12, 2020
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC champion
Recording: 21-1
Latest: W (SD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, March 7, 2020
Next: April 24th against Rose Namajunas


2. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 9-4
Latest: W (SD) Jessica Andrade, July 11, 2020
Next: April 24th against Zhang Weili


3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 16-4
Latest: L (SD) Zhang Weili, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


4th Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 17-6
Latest: W (SD) Marina RodriguezJuly 25, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-1, 1 NC
Latest: W (UD) Claudia GadelhaNovember 7, 2020
Next: TBD


6th Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 13-1-2
Latest: W (TKO2) Amanda RibasJanuary 23, 2021
Next: TBD


7th Claudia Gadelha

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-5
Latest: L (UD) Yan XiaonanNovember 7, 2020
Next: TBD


8th. Michelle Waterson

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 18-8
Latest: W (SD) Angela HillSeptember 12, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 12-5
Latest: W (TKO1) Sam Hughes, December 12, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Nina Ansaroff

Promotion: UFC
Recording: 10-6
Latest: L (UD) Tatiana SuarezJune 8, 2019
Next: April 10 vs. Mackenzie Dern

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