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


2. Patricio Pitbull


3. Vadim Nemkov


4. Gegard Mousasi


5. Ryan Bader


6. Yaroslav Amosov


7. Sergio Pettis


8. Douglas Lima


9. Corey Anderson


10. Juan Archuleta


Women’s pound-for-pound

1. Cris Cyborg


2. Juliana Velasquez


3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane


4. Julia Budd


5. Liz Carmouche


6. Denise Kielholtz

13-8 6-3

7. Arlene Blencowe


8. Cat Zingano


9. Kana Watanabe


10. Leslie Smith


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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