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Latest UFC rankings update: Jessica Andrade claims No. 1 spot after Flyweight debut, Brian Ortega stays put

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently staged UFC Fight Island 6 on ESPN+ last weekend (Sat., Oct. 17, 2020) inside Flash Forum on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In the main event, Brian Ortega schooled Chan Sung Jung on the feet to earn a clear-cut unanimous decision win.

In the co-main event, Jessica Andrade made a successful move up to the women’s Flyweight division, knocking out Katlyn Chookagian in the opening round with some vicious work to the body (highlights). Her performance and victory was good enough to shoot “Bate Estaca” all the way to the No. 1 spot.

Here’s a refresher on how the rankings work (courtesy of UFC.com):

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, T = tie, *NR = Not previously ranked).

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Israel Adesanya
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Kamaru Usman
6. Alexander Volkanovski
7. Justin Gaethje
8. Dustin Poirier
9. Max Holloway
10. Petr Yan
11. Conor McGregor
12. Robert Whittaker
13. Tony Ferguson +1
14. Deiveson Figueiredo -1
15. Francis Ngannou

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

1. Joseph Benavidez +1
2. Brandon Moreno -1
3. Askar Askarov
4. Alex Perez
5. Alexandre Pantoja
6. Brandon Royval
7. Jussier Formiga
8. Kai Kara France
9. Rogerio Bontorin
10. Matt Schnell
11. Raulian Paiva
12. David Dvorak
13. Tim Elliott
14. Tyson Nam +1
15. Jordan Espinoza -1

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Petr Yan

1. Aljamain Sterling
2. Cory Sandhagen
3. Marlon Moraes
4. Cody Garbrandt
5. Frankie Edgar
6. Pedro Munhoz
7. Jose Aldo
8. Jimmie Rivera
9. Raphael Assuncao
10. Dominick Cruz
11. Rob Font
12. Cody Stamann
13. Merab Dvalishvili
14. Song Yadong
15. Marlon Vera

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
4. Yair Rodriguez +1
5. Chan Sung Jung -1
6. Calvin Kattar
7. Josh Emmett
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Arnold Allen
10. Sodiq Yusuff +1
11. Shane Burgos
12. Dan Ige -2
13. Ryan Hall
14. Edson Barboza
15. Bryce Mitchell

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

1. Justin Gaethje
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Tony Ferguson
4. Conor McGregor +1
5. Dan Hooker -1
6. Charles Oliveira
7. Paul Felder
8. Diego Ferreira
9. Al Iaquinta
10. Kevin Lee
11. Beneil Dariush
12. Islam Makhachev
13. Gregor Gillespie
14. Drew Dober
15. Donald Cerrone

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Colby Covington
2. Gilbert Burns
3. Leon Edwards
4. Jorge Masvidal
5. Stephen Thompson
6. Demian Maia +1
7. Tyron Woodley -1
8. Michael Chiesa
9. Neil Magny +1
10. Vicente Luque
11. Geoff Neal +1
12. Rafael dos Anjos -3
13. Nate Diaz
14. Anthony Pettis
15. Robbie Lawler

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Jared Cannonier +1
3. Paulo Costa -1
4. Jack Hermansson
5. Yoel Romero
6. Darren Till
7. Derek Brunson
8. Kelvin Gastelum
9. Chris Weidman
10. Uriah Hall
11. Edmen Shahbazyan
12. Brad Tavares
12. Omari Akhmedov +1
14. Marvin Vettori
15. Ian Heinisch

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Jan Blachowicz

1. Thiago Santos
2. Dominick Reyes
3. Glover Teixeira
4. Aleksandar Rakic
5. Jiri Prochazka
6. Volkan Oezdemir +1
7. Anthony Smith -1
8. Nikita Krylov
9. Johnny Walker
10. Misha Cirkunov
11. Magomed Ankalaev
12. Ryan Spann
13. Mauricio Rua
14. Paul Craig
15. Ovince Saint Preux

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Francis Ngannou
2. Curtis Blaydes
3. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
4. Derrick Lewis
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Junior dos Santos +1
7. Alexander Volkov -1
8. Augusto Sakai +1
9. Shamil Abdurakhimov
10. Walt Harris -2
11. Aleksei Oleinik
12. Sergei Pavlovich
13. Ciryl Gane
14. Blagoy Ivanov
15. Marcin Tybura

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Amanda Nunes
2. Weili Zhang
3. Valentina Shevchenko
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Jessica Andrade +1
6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1
7. Germaine de Randamie +1
8. Holly Holm -1
9. Aspen Ladd
10. Cynthia Calvillo +1
11. Katlyn Chookagian -1
12. Nina Ansaroff +1
13. Claudia Gadelha -1
14. Julianna Pena
15. Raquel Pennington

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

1. Rose Namajunas
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk +1
3. Jessica Andrade -1
4. Carla Esparza
5. Claudia Gadelha
6. Nina Ansaroff
7. Michelle Waterson
8. Marina Rodriguez
9. Yan Xiaonan
10. Amanda Ribas
11. Tecia Torres
12. Mackenzie Dern +1
13. Angela Hill -1
14. Virna Jandiroba
15. Felice Herrig

Note: Tatiana Suarez removed from both strawweight and P4P rankings

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Jessica Andrade *NR
2. Katlyn Chookagian -1
3. Jennifer Maia -1
4. Cynthia Calvillo -1
5. Lauren Murphy -1
6. Jessica Eye -1
7. Joanne Calderwood -1
8. Roxanne Modafferi -1
9. Vivian Araujo -1
10. Andrea Lee -1
11. Maycee Barber -1
12. Gillian Robertson +3
13. Alexis Davis -2
14. Montana de la Rosa -2
15. Antonina Shevchenko -1

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

1. Germaine de Randamie
2. Holly Holm
3. Aspen Ladd
4. Raquel Pennington
5. Irene Aldana
6. Julianna Pena
7. Ketlen Vieira
8. Yana Kunitskaya
9. Sara McMann
10. Marion Reneau
11. Lina Lansberg
12. Macy Chiasson
13. Sijara Eubanks
14. Pannie Kianzad
15. Julia Avila

You can expect these rankings to change around this time next week, particularly in the Lightweight division following this weekend’s UFC 254: “Khabib vs Gaethje” mixed martial arts (MMA) event on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV).

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.