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MMA divisional rankings: New names, and some familiar ones, climbing to the top of the sport

On the strength of a dominant victory on Sept. 18, Anthony Smith is back in the light heavyweight top-10. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Welcome to the new faces. And welcome back to the familiar ones.

Six weight classes saw new entries to their top-10s in the latest ESPN divisional rankings.

Two of them are at heavyweight. Chris Daukaus enters the rankings for the first time, on the strength of his Sept. 25 victory over previously ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov. And Marcin Tybura now has a number next to his name going into his Oct. 30 bout with fellow top-10 inhabitant Alexander Volkov.

Middleweight Sean Strickland and flyweight Taila Santos are also new to the top 10 in their respective divisions.

And returning to the rankings are light heavyweight Anthony Smith, bantamweight Pedro Munhoz and strawweight Nina Nunes.

There's a lot of movement, some of it driven by new eligibility rules -- you must have fought within the last year or have a fight on the books -- that eliminated stalwarts such as Jon Jones and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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

Note: Results are current; rankings as of Sept. 30.

Heavyweight - Light heavyweight - Middleweight - Welterweight
Lightweight - Men's featherweight - Men's bantamweight - Men's flyweight
Women's bantamweight - Women's flyweight - Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Francis Ngannou

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 16-3
Last: W (KO2) Stipe Miocic, March 27, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Ciryl Gane


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO3) Derrick Lewis, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Francis Ngannou


3. Stipe Miocic

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-4
Last: L (KO2) Francis Ngannou, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-8, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Ciryl Gane, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Chris Daukaus


5. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-9
Last: L (UD) Ciryl Gane, June 26, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Marcin Tybura


7. Chris Daukaus

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 12-3
Last: W (TKO2) Shamil Abdurakhimov, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Derrick Lewis


8. Alistair Overeem

Promotion: UFC
Record: 47-19, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Alexander Volkov, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Corey Anderson


10. Marcin Tybura

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
22-6
Last: W (TKO1) Walt Harris, June 5, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Alexander Volkov


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 28-8
Last: W (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Glover Teixeira


2. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Jan Blachowicz


3. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 28-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Phil Davis, April 16, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Julius Anglickas


6. Anthony Smith

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 35-16
Last: W (Sub1) Ryan Spann, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO3) Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Ryan Bader


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Corey Anderson


10. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9
Last: W (UD) Johnny Walker, Oct. 2, 2021
Next: TBD


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Marvin Vettori, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 17, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Marvin Vettori


4. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Derek Brunson


5. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 23-7
Last: W (Sub3) Darren Till, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-5-1
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, June 12, 2021
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Paulo Costa


7. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-4-1
Last: L (Sub3) Derek Brunson, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Jared Cannonier


8. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Edmen Shahbazyan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 48-7-2
Last: W (TKO3) John Salter, Aug. 13, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Austin Vanderford


10. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 24-3
Last: W (UD) Uriah Hall, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 19-1
Last: W (KO2) Jorge Masvidal, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Colby Covington


2. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Stephen Thompson, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tyron Woodley, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Kamaru Usman


4. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Jorge Masvidal


5. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-7-1
Last: W (Sub1) Michael Chiesa, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yaroslav Amosov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 26-0
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Douglas Lima

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-10
Last: L (SD) Michael Page, Oct. 1, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Michael Chiesa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-5
Last: L (Sub1) Vicente Luque, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Sean Brady


10. Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-15
Last: L (KO2) Kamaru Usman, April 24, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Leon Edwards


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Conor McGregor, July 10, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Charles Oliveira


2. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 31-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Michael Chandler, May 15, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Dustin Poirier


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-3
Last: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Michael Chandler


4. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: L (TKO2) Charles Oliveira, May 15, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Justin Gaethje


5. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-4-1
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Dan Hooker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-10
Last: W (UD) Nasrat Haqparast, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Islam Makhachev


7. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-13
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-1
Last: W (Sub4) Thiago Moises, July 17, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Dan Hooker


9. Gregor Gillespie

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1
Last: W (TKO2) Diego Ferreira, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tony Ferguson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-6
Last: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 23-1
Last: W (UD) Brian Ortega, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: Nov. 13 vs. Yair Rodriguez


3. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


4. A.J. McKee

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 18-0
Last: W (Sub1) Patricio Freire, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-5
Last: L (Sub1) A.J. McKee, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9, 2019
Next: TBD


7. Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18, 2019
Next: Nov. 13 vs. Max Holloway


9. Chan Sung Jung

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Ige, June 19, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterling

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


2. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2
Last: L (DQ4) Aljamain Sterling, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Cory Sandhagen


3. TJ Dillashaw

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Cory Sandhagen, July 24, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: L (SD) TJ Dillashaw, July 24, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Petr Yan


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Garbrandt, May 22, 2021
Next: Dec. 4 vs. Jose Aldo


6. Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-7
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 4 vs. Rob Font


7. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 14-4
Last: W (TKO2) Marlon Moraes, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 12-4
Last: L (UD) Rob Font, May 22, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Kai Kara-France


9. Frankie Edgar

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 24-9-1
Last: L (KO1) Cory Sandhagen, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Marlon Vera


10. Pedro Munhoz

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 19-6, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Jose Aldo, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 18-5-2
Last: W (Sub3) Deiveson Figueiredo, June 12, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo


2. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-2-1
Last: L (Sub3) Brandon Moreno, June 12, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Brandon Moreno


3. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO2) Demetrious Johnson, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Adriano Moraes, April 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 5 vs. Rodtang (mixed rules)


5. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-0-1
Last: W (UD) Joseph Benavidez, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alex Perez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-6
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-5
Last: W (Sub2) Brandon Royval, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Rogerio Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Cody Garbrandt


9. Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-6
Last: L (Sub2) Alexandre Pantoja, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Matt Schnell, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-4
Last: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Julianna Peña


2. Germaine de Randamie

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Irene Aldana


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Amanda Nunes


4. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Norma Dumont


5. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Irene Aldana

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, July 10, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Germaine de Randamie


7. Yana Kunitskaya

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 11-2
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Miesha Tate


9. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 12-8
Last: W (UD) Pannie Kianzad, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 7-1
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 20, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-3
Last: W (TKO4) Lauren Murphy, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 16-4
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 22-9
Last: W (TKO1) Cynthia Calvillo, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 15-5
Last: L (TKO4) Valentina Shevchenko, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Jennifer Maia

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 18-7-1
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Joanne Calderwood

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-6
Last: L (SD) Lauren Murphy, June 12, 2021
Next: Nov. 20 vs. Alexa Grasso


7. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 12-0
Last: W (SD) Denise Kielholtz, July 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 11-1
Last: L (UD) Juliana Velasquez, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Taila Santos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Roxanne Modafferi, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Liz Carmouche

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 14-7
Last: W (Sub3) DeAnna Bennett, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 10-4
Last: W (KO1) Zhang Weili, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Zhang Weili


2. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: L (KO1) Rose Namajunas, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Rose Namajunas


3. Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 18-6
Last: W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


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Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-1-2
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, May 8, 2021
Next: Oct. 9 vs. Mackenzie Dern


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Carla Esparza, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 11-1
Last: W (Sub1) Nina Nunes, April 10, 2021
Next: Oct. 9 vs. Marina Rodriguez


7. Claudia Gadelha

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-5
Last: L (UD) Yan Xiaonan, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 12-5
Last: W (UD) Angela Hill, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Nina Nunes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-7
Last: L (Sub1) Mackenzie Dern, April 10, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Michelle Waterson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 18-9
Last: L (UD) Marina Rodriguez, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD