Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings: Phil Davis holds steady at light heavyweight after Bellator 266 win


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After suffering a loss in the opening round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix, former champion Phil Davis needed a win at Bellator 266 to remain a player in the division. Davis got the job done at Bellator 266, picking up a big win over Yoel Romero in the night’s main event.

Davis and Romero fought at a relatively slow pace on the feet before Davis used his wrestling attack to take over the fight. Davis’ wrestling was especially impressive considering the former NCAA champion was outwrestling a former Olympic silver medalist. In the end, Davis took the win via a split decision in a fight that was far clearer than the cards indicated.

With the win, Davis remained in the No. 3 spot of the Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings at light heavyweight. Romero remains unranked with the fight marking his debut in the promotion.

Below are the top-10 pound-for-pound rankings for both the men and women. The full top-10 rankings for each division within the promotion can be found here. The rankings are voted on by 17 members of the media.

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Editor’s note: CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell is a member of the 17-person voting panel. Bellator and CBS Sports are both owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator Rankings (Sept. 21)

Men’s pound-for-pound

1. AJ McKee

18-0

2. Patricio Pitbull

32-5

3. Vadim Nemkov

12-2

4. Gegard Mousasi

47-7-2

5. Ryan Bader

27-6

6. Yaroslav Amosov

26-0

7. Sergio Pettis

21-5

8. Douglas Lima

32-9

9. Corey Anderson

15-5

10. Juan Archuleta

25-3

Women’s pound-for-pound

1. Cris Cyborg

23-2

2. Juliana Velasquez

11-0

3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

11-1

4. Julia Budd

15-3

5. Liz Carmouche

15-7

6. Denise Kielholtz

13-8 6-3

7. Arlene Blencowe

14-8

8. Cat Zingano

12-4

9. Kana Watanabe

10-0-1

10. Leslie Smith

12-8-1

Other notable results

  • Welterweight: Neiman Gracie remains No. 4 in the division after scoring an impressive knockout of Mark Lemminger in the night’s co-main event.
  • Women’s flyweight: After losing a 129.2-pound catchweight fight against DeAnna Bennett, Alejandra Lara dropped two spots to No. 7. Bennett, who was previously unranked after losing her promotional debut, moves to No. 8





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