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Khamzat Chimaev cracks welterweight Top 10 in latest UFC rankings update

Newly-crowned light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira debuts at No. 12 on the pound-for-pound list, sending former champion Jan Blachowicz all the way down to No. 14.

UFC 267: Jingliang v Chimaev Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Khamzat Chimaev is now a Top 10 fighter.

“Borz” debuted at No. 10 by planishing welterweight “Leech” Li Jingliang at the UFC 267 event last weekend on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, a commanding first-round performance that pushed the Russian-born Swede to a perfect 10-0 with all 10 wins ending by way of knockout or submission.

Something tells me Chimaev is just getting started.

Elsewhere on the charts, streaking lightweight contender Islam Makhachev cracked the Top 5 by dispatching 155-pound veteran Dan Hooker. How close the Dagestani gets to a division title shot may depend on what happens in the upcoming lightweight showdown between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

Here’s how UFC compiles its official rankings:

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. Kamaru Usman
2. Alexander Volkanovski
3. Israel Adesanya
4. Francis Ngannou +1
5. Dustin Poirier +1
6. Jon Jones -2
7. (T) Max Holloway +2
7. (T) Charles Oliveira +3
9. Stipe Miocic -1
10. Brandon Moreno +1
11. Petr Yan +2
12. Glover Teixeira *NR
13. Robert Whittaker -1
14. Jan Blachowicz -7
15. Ciryl Gane -1

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Brandon Moreno

1. Deiveson Figueiredo
2. Askar Askarov
3. Alexandre Pantoja
4. Alex Perez
5. Brandon Royval
6. Kai Kara France
7. Rogerio Bontorin
8. Matheus Nicolau
9. Matt Schnell
10. David Dvorak
11. Tim Elliott
12. Su Mudaerji
13. Amir Albazi
14. Tagir Ulanbekov +1
15. Tyson Nam -1

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Aljamain Sterling

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

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Yair Rodriguez
4. Chan Sung Jung
5. Calvin Kattar
6. Arnold Allen
7. Josh Emmett
8. Giga Chikadze
9. Dan Ige
10. Edson Barboza
11. Bryce Mitchell
12. Sodiq Yusuff
13. Movsar Evloev
14. Shane Burgos
15. Alex Caceres

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Charles Oliveira

1. Dustin Poirier
2. Justin Gaethje
3. Beneil Dariush
4. Islam Makhachev +1
5. Michael Chandler -1
6. Rafael dos Anjos +2
7. Tony Ferguson
8. Dan Hooker -2
9. Conor McGregor
10. Gregor Gillespie
11. Diego Ferreira
12. Brad Riddell
13. Arman Tsarukyan
14. Rafael Fiziev
15. Thiago Moises

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Colby Covington
2. Gilbert Burns
3. Leon Edwards
4. Vicente Luque
5. Stephen Thompson
6. Michael Chiesa
7. Jorge Masvidal -1
8. Neil Magny
9. Belal Muhammed
10. Khamzat Chimaev *NR
11. Geoff Neal -1
12. Li Jingliang -1
13. Santiago Ponzinibbio -1
14. Sean Brady -1
15. Muslim Salikhov

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Marvin Vettori
3. Jared Cannonier
4. Derek Brunson
5. Paulo Costa
6. Jack Hermansson
7. Sean Strickland
8. Darren Till
9. Kelvin Gastelum
10. Uriah Hall
11. Edmen Shahbazyan
12. Brad Tavares
13. Chris Weidman
14. Kevin Holland
15. Andre Muniz

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Glover Teixeira

1. Jan Blachowicz -1
2. Jiri Prochazka
3. Aleksandar Rakic
4. Anthony Smith
5. Thiago Santos
6. Magomed Ankalaev +1
7. Dominick Reyes -1
8. Volkan Oezdemir
9. Nikita Krylov
10. Johnny Walker
11. Paul Craig
12. Ryan Spann
13. Jim Crute
14. Jamall Hill
15. Ion Cutelaba

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Francis Ngannou

1. Ciryl Gane (Interim Champion)
2. Stipe Miocic
3. Derrick Lewis
4. Curtis Blaydes
5. Alexander Volkov
6. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
7. Chris Daukaus
8. Shamil Abdurakhimov
9. Marcin Tybura -9
10. (T) Augusto Sakai
10. (T) Tom Aspinall +1
12. Blagoy Ivanov
13. Walt Harris
14. Sergei Pavlovich
15. Serghei Spivac

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Amanda Nunes
2. Valentina Shevchenko
3. Rose Namajunas
4. Weili Zhang
5. Jessica Andrade
6. Holly Holm
7. Germaine De Randamie
8. Carla Esparza +1
9. Katlyn Chookagian -1
10. Marina Rodriguez
11. Yan Xiaonan
12. Julianna Pena
13. Lauen Murphy +1
14. Aspen Ladd -1
15. Mackenzie Dern

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: ROSE NAMAJUNAS

1. Zhang Weili
2. Carla Esparza
3. Marina Rodriguez
4. Yan Xiaonan
5. Mackenzie Dern
6. Nina Nunes
7. Claudia Gadelha
8. Tecia Torres
9. Michelle Waterson
10. Amanda Ribas
11. Amanda Lemos
12. Angela Hill +1
13. Virna Jandiroba -1
14. Felice Herrig
15. Brianna Van Buren

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Katlyn Chookagian
3. Lauren Murphy
4. Jennifer Maia
5. Cynthia Calvillo
6. Joanne Calderwood
7. Viviane Araujo
8. Jessica Eye
9. Talia Santos
10. Alexa Grasso
11. Roxanne Modafferi
12. Andrea Lee
13. Maycee Barber
14. Manon Fiorot
15. Casey O’Neill

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

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


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You can expect these rankings to change around this time next week, particularly in the welterweight division, following the UFC 268: “Usman vs. Covington 2” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Sat. night (Nov. 6, 2021) in New York City.

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