Jorge Masvidal, Douglas Lima shake up welterweight rankings

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Jorge Masvidal took home the BMF belt at UFC 244. Douglas Lima walked away with a big check after winning the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, at the same time recapturing his 170-pound championship. And for those recent achievements, these two welterweights make the biggest moves in the latest ESPN divisional rankings.

They are not alone, however, in shaking things up. Darren Till enters the middleweight rankings after winning his first bout in that division. Kevin Lee, after a successful return to lightweight, enters the 155-pound Top 10. And Yair Rodriguez, fresh off a grudge-match victory, makes his debut in the featherweight rankings.

There’s movement elsewhere as well. Check out my rankings within each MMA weight division by clicking on the links below.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of Nov. 5.

HeavyweightLight heavyweightMiddleweightWelterweight
LightweightMen’s featherweightMen’s bantamweightMen’s flyweight
Women’s bantamweightWomen’s flyweightStrawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 14-3
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, June 29
Next: TBD

4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 12-2, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Shamil Abdurakhimov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-6
Last: L (TKO1) Francis Ngannou, June 29
Next: TBD

6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 22-7
Last: W (SD) Blagoy Ivanov, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 30-7
Last: L (KO3) Derrick Lewis, Oct. 6
Next: Nov. 9 vs. Greg Hardy

8. Alistair Overeem

Record: 45-17, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Aleksei Oleinik, April 20
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

9. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

10. Cheick Kongo

Record: 30-10-2, 1 NC
Last: NC Ryan Bader, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 25-1, 1 NC
Last: W (SD) Thiago Santos, July 6
Next: TBD

2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

3. Anthony Smith

Record: 32-14
Last: W (SUB4) Alexander Gustafsson, June 1
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Reyes

Record: 12-0
Last: W (TKO1) Chris Weidman, Oct. 18
Next: TBD

5. Corey Anderson

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO1) Johnny Walker, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

6. Thiago Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD

7. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 24-9
Last: W (KO2) Luke Rockhold, July 6
Next: Nov. 16 vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

8. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 16-4
Last: W (TKO2) Ilir Latifi, Aug. 10
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Aleksandar Rakic

9. Glover Teixeira

Record: 30-7
Last: W (SD) Nikita Krylov, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-1
Last: W (KO1) Jimi Manuwa, June 1
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Volkan Oezdemir

MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 18-0
Last: W (TKO2) Robert Whittaker, Oct. 6
Next: TBD

2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Oct. 6
Next: TBD

3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

4. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-4
Last: L (UD) Paulo Costa, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jack Hermansson, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

6. Darren Till

Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (SD) Kelvin Gastelum, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

7. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Darren Till, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

8. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jared Cannonier, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

9. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-7, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Jack Hermansson, April 27
Next: Nov. 16 vs. Jan Blachowicz

10. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD

WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 15-1
Last: W (UD) Tyron Woodley, March 2
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Colby Covington

2. Colby Covington

Record: 15-1
Last: W (UD) Robbie Lawler, Aug. 3
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Kamaru Usman

3. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 35-13
Last: W (TKO3) Nate Diaz, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

4. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-7
Last: W (UD) Rory MacDonald, Oct. 26
Next: TBD

5. Tyron Woodley

Record: 19-4-1
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, March 2
Next: TBD

6. Leon Edwards

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: TBD

7. Rory MacDonald

Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26
Next: TBD

8. Stephen Thompson

Record: 15-4-1
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

9. Rafael dos Anjos

Record: 29-12
Last: L (UD) Leon Edwards, July 20
Next: TBD

10. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Record: 27-3
Last: W (KO4) Neil Magny, Nov. 17
Next: TBD

LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

2. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-3
Last: W (TKO2) Donald Cerrone, June 8
Next: TBD

3. Dustin Poirier

Record: 25-6
Last: L (SUB3) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

4. Justin Gaethje

Record: 21-2
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

5. Donald Cerrone

Record: 36-13, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Justin Gaethje, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

6. Paul Felder

Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Edson Barboza, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

7. Michael Chandler

Record: 19-5
Last: L (TKO1) Patricio Freire, May 11
Next: TBD

8. Dan Hooker

Record: 19-8
Last: W (UD) Al Iaquinta, Oct. 6
Next: TBD

9. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD in March vs. Pedro Carvalho

10. Kevin Lee

Record: 18-5
Last: W (KO1) Gregor Gillespie, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Max Holloway

Record: 21-4
Last: W (UD) Frankie Edgar, July 28
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Alexander Volkanovski

2. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Jose Aldo, May 11
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Max Holloway

3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Chan Sung Jung

4. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-5
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, May 11
Next: TBD

5. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD in March vs. Pedro Carvalho

6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Record: 17-1
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, March 2
Next: Nov. 9 vs. Calvin Kattar

7. Yair Rodriguez

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18
Next: TBD

8. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO1) Renato Moicano, June 22
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Brian Ortega

9. Frankie Edgar

Record: 28-15
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, July 28
Next: TBD

10. Josh Emmett

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO2) Mirsad Bektic, July 13
Next: TBD



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MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Marlon Moraes

Record: 22-6-1
Last: L (TKO3) Henry Cejudo, June 8
Next: TBD

3. Aljamain Sterling

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, June 8
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Cruz

Record: 22-2
Last: L (UD) Cody Garbrandt, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

5. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-1
Last: W (UD) Raphael Assuncao, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

6. Petr Yan

Record: 13-1
Last: W (UD) Jimmie Rivera, June 8
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Urijah Faber

7. Raphael Assuncao

Record: 27-7
Last: L (UD) Cory Sandhagen, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

8. Pedro Munhoz

Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: TBD

9. Cody Garbrandt

Record: 11-3
Last: L (TKO1) Pedro Munhoz, March 2
Next: TBD

10. Kyoji Horiguchi

Record: 28-2
Last: L (TKO1) Kai Asakura, Aug. 18
Next: TBD

MEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Dannyu Kingad, Oct. 12
Next: TBD

3. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-5
Last: W (TKO2) Jussier Formiga, June 29
Next: TBD

4. Deiveson Figueiredo

Record: 17-1
Last: W (SUB1) Tim Elliott, Oct. 12
Next: TBD

5. Jussier Formiga

Record: 23-6
Last: L (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, June 29
Next: TBD

6. Alexandre Pantoja

Record: 21-4
Last: L (UD) Deiveson Figueiredo, July 27
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Matt Schnell

7. Rogerio Bontorin

Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO1) Raulian Paiva, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

8. Alex Perez

Record: 21-5
Last: L (TKO1) Joseph Benavidez, Nov. 30
Next: TBD

9. Sergio Pettis

Record: 18-5
Last: W (UD) Tyson Nam, Sept. 21
Next: TBD

10. Matt Schnell

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SUB) Jordan Espinosa, Aug. 3
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Alexandre Pantoja

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 18-4
Last: W (TKO1) Holly Holm, July 6
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Germaine de Randamie

2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-3
Last: W (TKO1) Aspen Ladd, July 13
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Amanda Nunes

3. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-0
Last: W (SD) Cat Zingano, March 3, 2018
Next: TBD

4. Aspen Ladd

Record: 8-1
Last: L (TKO1) Germaine de Randamie, July 13
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Yana Kunitskaya

5. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: TBD

6. Holly Holm

Record: 12-5
Last: L (TKO1) Amanda Nunes, July 6
Next: TBD

7. Raquel Pennington

Record: 9-7
Last: L (UD) Germaine de Randamie, Nov. 11
Next: TBD

8. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD

9. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-4, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 9
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Aspen Ladd

10. Marion Reneau

Record: 9-5-1
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, March 9
Next: TBD

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Liz Carmouche, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO3) Veta Arteaga, April 27
Next: Dec. 21 vs. Kate Jackson

3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

6. Jessica Eye

Record: 14-7, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Valentina Shevchenko, June 8
Next: Dec. 14 vs Viviane Araujo

7. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-1
Last: W (UD) Alexis Davis, July 27
Next: Dec. 14 vs Jessica Eye

8. Andrea Lee

Record: 11-3
Last: L (SD) Joanne Calderwood, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

9. Jennifer Maia

Record: 17-6-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

10. Roxanne Modafferi

Record: 23-16
Last: L (UD) Jessica Maia, July 20
Next: TBD



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STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 20-1
Last: W (TKO1) Jessica Andrade, Aug. 31
Next: TBD

2. Jessica Andrade

Record: 20-7
Last: L (TKO1) Zhang Weili, Aug. 31
Next: TBD

3. Rose Namajunas

Record: 8-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, May 11
Next: TBD

4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record: 16-3
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, Oct. 12
Next: TBD

5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 8-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD

6. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-7
Last: L (UD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Oct. 12
Next: TBD

7. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD

8. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Randa Markos, July 6
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Cynthia Calvillo

9. Carla Esparza

Record: 15-6
Last: W (MD) Alexa Grasso, Sept. 21
Next: TBD

10. Alexa Grasso

Record: 11-3
Last: L (MD) Carla Esparza, Sept. 21
Next: TBD

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