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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Sept. 5: Ben Askren on his way out?

Ben Askren’s days in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings could be numbered.

The current ONE Championship titleholder and former longtime Bellator champ moved to 17-0 over the weekend with second-round TKO of Zebaztian Kadestam at ONE Championship 60.

Currently ranked No. 6 at 170 pounds, Askren has been a constant presence in the rankings. However, after confirming his next bout will likely be his last, the former NCAA Division I national champion and Olympic wrestler could soon be departing the division’s top 10 as he heads into retirement.

Check out all of the rankings above.

Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Aug. 22: Gearing up for some fall movement

The fighters who find themselves making the cut for the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings are in a bit of a slow stretch right now – sort of.

If your name is Conor McGregor, our top lightweight and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, you’ve been busy – but busy prepping for a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Whatever happens for McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas, it won’t affect his standing.

And if your name is Jon Jones, well, you’ve had a rough 24 hours or so. Jones on Tuesday was notified of a potential doping violation. If it holds, it would be his second – and he could get a suspension as long as four years. What would that do to him as our top pound-for-pound fighter? He moved back to No. 1 after a TKO of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July – a win that could be flipped to a no-contest if it’s determined he did indeed have a banned steroid in his system.

For this week, our rankings stay the same. But it’s worth taking a look at them ahead of what is going to be a busy fall schedule once we clear this Mayweather-McGregor hurdle. A lot of top fighters will be back in action.

Check out our current rankings here.

Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Aug. 8: Sergio Pettis making run to the top

While his older brother is a former UFC champion, 23-year-old flyweight contender Sergio Pettis may soon find himself with a chance to wrap a UFC belt around his waist.

Pettis was victorious at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 114 event and now finds himself in the No. 6 position in the latest edition of the USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings.

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) survived a tough opening round against a game Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and battled back to dominate the final four frames in the altitude of Mexico City. With current UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson set to face Ray Borg in September, Pettis believes a fight with Henry Cejudo, who currently sits at No. 3, makes the most sense for his next move.

Check out the updated flyweight rankings following this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 114 event, which also Dustin Ortiz secure an impressive 15-second victory.

Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, PFL, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 26: Is Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones the rightful No. 1?

The light heavyweight division has proven an interesting case study in recent times.

The 205-pound weight class is the only division in the entire USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings where the reigning UFC champion doesn’t sit at No. 1 in the world.

After all, Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) is essentially undefeated for his career, his lone loss coming via questionable disqualification. And while he doesn’t hold the UFC title, he never lost it in the cage – hence why he has retained his spot in our list.

Meanwhile, current UFC champ Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) sits at No. 2. His lone career loss, of course, came in a head-to-head battle with Jones at UFC 182 in January 2015.

The pair meet again this Saturday in the main event of UFC 214, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

At the end, we should have a clear idea of who’s the world’s No. 1 light heavyweight. Or have we had it right all along?

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 19: Welcome to the list, Cynthia Calvillo

Don’t look now, but UFC women’s strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo is having herself one heck of a year.

The Team Alpha Male product hasn’t even been competing professionally for one full year, yet she’s already picked up six victories in six appearances, including three under the UFC banner.

This past weekend, Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) picked up a hard-fought decision win over Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 113 and was rewarded the No. 12 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.

A few other new names cracked into the honorable mentions, as well. Check out all of the rankings above.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 12: Big weekend for Robert Whittaker and Justin Gaethje

New UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and successful UFC debutant Justin Gaethje were the big winners from the most recent edition of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week – and it’s reflected in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

Whittaker, who defeated Yoel Romero in UFC 213’s headliner, is now No. 2 at middleweight – and he also made his debut in the pound-for-pound rankings.

Gaethje, a former WSOF champ who beat lightweight vet Michael Johnson in a thrilling “Fight of the Year” candidate in The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale’s main event, moved from No. 7 to No. 4 in the division.

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Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 4: Nunes, Shevchenko will settle who's No. 1

Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will get it on in the main event of UFC 213 on Saturday and at stake won’t just be the women’s bantamweight title.

Who will be No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings? Will it be Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who is putting her title on the line? Or will it be Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) as she looks to avenge a loss to Nunes early last year.

This past weekend was slow for major MMA events. But with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213 this weekend, there’s sure to be movement in our rankings. Take a look at where the notables stand heading in.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 27: Welcome to the top-10, Kevin Lee

It certainly won’t come as welcome news to Michael Chiesa, but Kevin Lee is now in the top-10 of the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), of course, scored a controversial submission win over Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in the main event of this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, improving his record to 9-1 in his past 10 octagon outings – good enough to move into the top-10 in the world.

That move was just one of several resulting from a busy weekend of MMA action with UFC Fight Night 112, Bellator NYC and Bellator 180. Check out all of the changes in the newest edition of the weekly rankings.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 20: Time to introduce a little 'Chaos'

Judging by the amount of boos he gets in an arena – not to mention the amount of vitriol he seems to generate online – Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) isn’t vying for the title of “fan favorite” anytime soon.

But with a one-sided decision win over perennial contender Dong Hyun Kim at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 event, the man known as “Chaos” is now an impressive 7-1 in his UFC career – a mark good enough to earn him the No. 11 slot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

Check out the new looks at 170 pounds and get an idea of what’s at stake in this busy dual-event weekend, with both Bellator NYC and the UFC Fight Night 112 happening Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF
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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 14: Mark Hunt still packs a punch

He’s 43, he’s been fighting professionally for nearly two decades, and he’s registered more than 70 MMA, kickboxing and boxing bouts. He’s also now back in the top 10.

Following a fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, Hunt has moved up a spot and reclaimed top-10 status – with the No. 10 slot – in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings.

He wasn’t the only fighter on the move, though. Check out all of the rankings above.

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