Category Archives: MMA Rankings

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.

Check out all of the rankings above.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 6: A new king at featherweight

With his big title-unifying win, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is the new king of featherweight.

In our latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, the 25-year-old Hawaiian jumped to the top spot at 145 pounds. He also ascended from No. 15 to No. 8 on the pound-for-pound list.

However, he wasn’t the only fighter on the move. Check out the full list above.

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