USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, Nov. 21: Can Gastelum make big leap?

The UFC is in mainland China for the first time this week, and “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum is poised for a potentially massive leap.

Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who currently stands as an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, meets former UFC 185-pound champion Michael Bisping (30-8 UFC, 20-8 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Bisping stands No. 3, meaning Gastelum could potentially make a big run up the list should he prove victorious in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner. Just how far remains to be seen, provided he can get past a stern test against Bisping.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Nov. 14: Poirier rises; big week for Tybura

With a win over a former champion, Dustin Poirier is on the rise in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings.

Poirier defeated former titleholder Anthony Pettis in UFC Fight Night 120’s headliner, which moved him from No. 13 to No. 11 at lightweight. Pettis, meanwhile, falls from No. 11 to No. 12.

As for upcoming events, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner offers rankings honorable mention Marcin Tybura a chance to jump in the top 15 in the heavyweight division when he takes on former titleholder and No. 3-ranked Fabricio Werdum.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Nov. 7: GSP back on the pound-for-pound list

After four years away from the competition, Georges St-Pierre is once again a UFC champion.

This time, of course, it’s in the middleweight division. So what do you do with the former welterweight title holder in both the 185-pound and pound-for-pound rankings? Well, in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, St-Pierre moves to the very top of the middleweight ranks, while settling in at No. 9 on the pound-for-pound list.

Take a look at how those divisions look with St-Pierre back in action, and inspect the rankings across every division following a stacked UFC 217 event, as well as Bellator 186.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 31: 'Chaos' in the welterweight division

He may have angered a few folks in the process, but Colby Covington picked up a big win this past weekend to take a major stride in the rankings.

Covington posted a dominant decision victory over former title challenger Demian Maia in UFC Fight Night 119’s co-headliner. With the win, which came with a heavy dose of gloating, “Chaos” moves from No. 9 to No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight 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, Oct. 24: Where does Darren Till land with his upset of 'Cowboy'?

Darren Till stayed unbeaten this past Saturday and worked his way into the upper echelon of the welterweight division.

With his first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland, Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) made a big leap in the rankigns at 170 pounds.

Cerrone has been a fixture for years in the rankings, first at lightweight and, more recently, at welterweight. So with the win, Till made an easy leap up the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

The UFC has events every weekend for the rest of the calendar year, save for one. There is a lot of opportunity for shake-ups in the rankings coming up. Check out the new welterweight rankings and more in the latest update to our lists.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 17: Will UFC-Gdansk cause a welterweight shake-up?

The UFC heads to Poland this week, kicking off a run of nine straight weekends with fight cards, and much could change in divisional landscapes over that time.

It starts in the welterweight class this week, with an unexpected headliner between perennial contender Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and undefeated English upstart Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC).

Cerrone has been a fixture for years in the rankings, first in the lightweight division and, more recently, at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, Till considers himself the future of the welterweight division but has yet to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

The two meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Could the division have an entirely new look after this weekend? Check out that weight class and more in the latest update to our lists.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 10: Demetrious Johnson again takes P4P throne

Say what you will about his ability to draw pay-per-view buys – Demetrious Johnson’s fighting skills are simply off the charts.

At this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas, Johnson earned the 11th consecutive defense of his UFC flyweight title, breaking a promotional record he shared with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “Mighty Mouse” did so in style, submitting Ray Borg in the fifth round with an incredible suplex-to-armbar series that will surely gain “Submission of the Year” nominations.

With the win, Johnson again moves past former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to take the No. 1 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings.

Johnson wasn’t the only fighter making moves on the pound-for-pound list. Check out the updates on that chart, as well as moves across several divisions following this past weekend’s MMA action.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 3: Who deserves the next shot at Conor McGregor?

At Saturday’s UFC 216 event, an interim UFC lightweight champion will be crowned. But is that person the one that deserves to challenge for the undisputed belt?

Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) currently holds that title, though he has yet to defend it since claiming the belt this past November. Meanwhile, both Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) – who challenge for the interim belt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – both believe a victory should earn them a shot at undisputed status.

Ferguson currently sits at No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Lee resides at No. 8, though a win would certainly see him shoot up the list.

Of course, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) holds the No. 2 spot and has constantly promised he would smash McGregor if given the chance. And Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) sits at No. 7, though his ranking is almost irrelevant when considering the type of attention a trilogy fight with McGregor would draw.

Ahead of this week’s UFC 216 event, take a look at how the lightweight rankings currently sit, because the results could prove vital in determining what comes next for “The Notorious.”

And give us your opinion below: Who does deserve the next crack at McGregor?

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Sept. 26: Does Jessica Andrade deserve another title shot?

With both the UFC and Bellator in action over the weekend, plenty of fighters had a chance to make a statement, but perhaps none did more so than Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC).

The strawweight contender picked up the most significant win of her career at UFC Fight Night 117, earning a hard-fought and bloody decision over fellow Brazilian Claudia Gadelha (15-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the night’s co-feature. With that result, Andrade now stands at No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, while Gadelha slips to No. 3.

Current No. 1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) faces No. 6 Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at November’s blockbuster UFC 217. Andrade lost to Jedrzejczyk earlier this year, so a win from the undefeated Polish striker might mean a roadblock for Andrade, but a Namajunas upset could allow “Bata Estaca” to take a second crack at the title.

What do you think? Should Andrade get a title shot, regardless of the result at UFC 217? Or is a Jedrzejczyk rematch a possibility based on Andrade’s latest win. Let us know in the poll below. And check out the rest of the updated rankings list following this past weekend’s events.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Sept. 5: Kamaru Usman on the rise at 170

After two busy weeks of MMA, we’ve got some new faces in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

One of those fighters on the rise is “The Ultimate Fighter 21” champion Kamaru Usman, who scored a big first-round knockout of Sergio Moraes this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 116.

Usman has now won 10 straight fights, including six in the UFC. With his recent body of work, he’s jumped from an honorable-mention slot to No. 12 at welterweight.

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