UFC divisional rankings: Jan Blachowicz sits atop light heavyweight mountain after 205-pound title win


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There’s a new king in the light heavyweight division after the events of UFC 253. Jan Blachowicz entered his co-main event fight with Dominick Reyes as the underdog but took less than two rounds to knock Reyes out with brutal power strikes and capture the vacant light heavyweight title.

The win propelled Blachowiccz to the No. 1 spot in the CBS Sports UFC Divisional Rankings, taking over from previous champion Jon Jones, who vacated the belt in preparation of a move to heavyweight. Jones has been removed from the rankings pending his debut at the new weight class.

Also on the UFC 253 card, Israel Adesanya reinforced his status as the world’s best middleweight, dominating and knocking out previously-unbeaten Paulo Costa. While Adesanya remained firmly in the No. 1 spot at 185 pounds, Costa dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 after the lopsided defeat.

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana card features two fights involving a CBS Sports ranked fighter:

  • Women’s bantamweight: No. 4 Irene Aldana vs. No. 5 Holly Holm
  • Women’s bantamweight: No. 3 Germaine de Randamie vs. No. 6 Julianna Pena

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Rankings are compiled following the submission of ballots by Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Jack Crosby and Brandon Wise. Without further ado, here’s where things stand ahead of Saturday’s card.

For Brian Campbell’s updated Pound for Pound Rankings, click here.

Flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Deivieson Figueiredo

18-1

2. Brandon Moreno

17-5

3. Askar Askarov

12-0-1

4. Matt Schnell

14-4

5. Joseph Benavidez

28-7

6. Alexandre Pantoja

21-5

7. Kai Kara-France

21-8

8. Alex Perez

24-5

T9. Jussier Formiga

23-8

T9. Raulian Paiva

19-3

Bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Petr Yan (c)

15-1

2. Aljamain Sterling

19-3

3. Marlon Moraes

23-6-1

4. Cody Garbrandt

12-3

5. Cory Sandhagen

12-2

6. Pedro Munhoz

18-5

7. Jimmie Rivera

23-4

8. Frankie Edgar

24-8-1

9. Marlon Vera

16-6-1

10. Merab Dvalishvili

12-4

Featherweight

Fighter

Record

1. Alexander Volkanovski (c)

22-1

2. Max Holloway

21-6

T3. Korean Zombie

16-5

T3. Zabit Magomedsharipov

18-1

5. Yair Rodriguez

12-2

6. Josh Emmett

16-2

7. Calvin Kattar

22-4

8. Dan Ige

14-3

9. Shane Burgos

13-2

10. Jeremy Stephens

28-18

Lightweight

Fighter

Record

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov (c)

28-0

2. Justin Gaethje

22-2

T3. Tony Ferguson

25-4

T3. Dustin Poirier

26-6

5. Dan Hooker

20-9

6. Conor McGregor

21-4

7. Charles Oliveira

29-8

8. Paul Felder 

17-5

9. Al Iaquinta

14-6-1

10. Islam Makhachev

18-1

Welterweight

Fighter

Record

1. Kamaru Usman (c)

17-1

2. Gilbert Burns

19-3

3. Colby Covington

16-2

4. Leon Edwards

18-3

5. Jorge Masvidal

35-14

6. Geoff Neal

13-2

7. Stephen Thompson

15-4-1

8. Michael Chiesa

17-4

9. Santiago Ponzinibbio

27-3

10. Vicente Luque

19-7-1

Middleweight

Fighter

Record

1. Israel Adesanya (c)

20-0

2. Robert Whittaker

21-5

3. Jarred Cannonier

13-4

4. Paulo Costa

13-1

5. Yoel Romero

13-5

6. Derek Brunson

21-7

7. Jack Hermansson

21-5

8. Darren Till

18-2-1

9. Edmen Shahbazyan

11-1

10. Uriah Hall

15-9

Light heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Jan Blachowicz (c)

27-8

2. Dominick Reyes

12-2

3. Thiago Santos

21-7

4. Glover Teixeira

31-7

5. Aleksandar Rakic

13-2

6. Anthony Smith

33-16

7. Nikita Krylov

26-7

8. Jiri Prochazka

27-3-1

9. Johnny Walker

18-5

10. Misha Cirkunov

15-5

Heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Stipe Miocic (c)

20-3

2. Francis Ngannou

15-3

3. Curtis Blaydes

14-2

4. Derrick Lewis

24-7

5. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

11-1

6. Alistair Overeem

47-18

7. Alexander Volkov

31-8

8. Junior Dos Santos

21-8

9. Walt Harris

13-8

10. Aleksei Oleinik

59-14-1

Women’s strawweight

Fighter

Record

1. Weili Zhang (c) 

21-1

2. Rose Namajunas

9-4

3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

16-4

4. Tatiana Suarez

8-0

5. Jessica Andrade

20-8

6. Carla Esparza

17-6

7. Claudia Gadelha

18-4

8. Nina Ansaroff

10-6

9. Amanda Ribas

10-1

10. Michelle Waterson

18-8

Women’s flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

19-3

2. Katlyn Chookagian

12-3

3. Cynthia Calvillo

9-1-1

4. Jennifer Maia

18-6-1

5. Ariane Lipski

13-5

Women’s bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Amanda Nunes (c)

19-4

2. Aspen Ladd

9-1

3. Germaine de Randamie

9-4

4. Irene Aldana

11-5

5. Holly Holm 

12-5

6. Julianna Pena

9-3

7. Ketlen Vieira

10-1

8. Yana Kunitskaya

12-5

9. Raquel Pennington

11-8

10. Sara McMann

11-5





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