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New rankings! AJ McKee sits atop pound-for-pound list after $1 million Grand Prix win at Bellator 263

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The official Bellator MMA rankings were updated following Bellator 263: “Pitbull vs McKee,” which went down this past weekend (Sat., July 31, 2021) from inside The Forum in Los Angeles, California. In the main event, A.J. Mckee stunned the combat world by running right over the now-former Featherweight champion, Patricio Freire, in 90 seconds to win the $1 million 145-pound Grand Prix tournament and become the new champion (watch highlights).

In the co-headlining act, Mads Burnell dominated former two-time title contender, Emmanuel Sanchez, while Usman Nurmagomedov improved to 13-0 by absolutely obliterating Manny Muro in the opening frame (see it here).

To find out how fighters are ranked after each Bellator MMA event click here.

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. A. J. McKee (18-0) +5
2. Patricio Pitbull (32-5) -1
3. Vadim Nemkov (13-2) -1
4. Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2) -1
5. Ryan Bader (28-6) -1
6. Yaroslav Amosov (26-0) -1
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 (24-2)
2. Juliana Velasquez (11-0)
3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1)
4. Julia Budd (15-3)
5. Liz Carmouche (15-7)
6. Denise Kielholtz (6-3)
7. Arlene Blencowe (14-8)
8. Cat Zingano (12-4)
9. Kana Watanabe (10-0)
10. Leslie Smith (12-9-1)

MEN’S HEAVYWEIGHT (265 Pounds)

C. Ryan Bader (28-6)

1. Valentin Moldavsky (11-1) *interim champion
2. Timothy Johnson (15-7)
3. Cheick Kongo (30-11-2)
4. Tyrell Fortune (10-1)
5. Linton Vassell (20-8)
6. Steven Mowry (9-0)
7. Davion Franklin (3-0) +1
8. Jack Hager (3-0) +1
9. Said Sowma (7-2) NR*
10. Gokhan Saricam (5-1) -1

MEN’S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 Pounds)

C. Vadim Nemkov (13-2)

1. Ryan Bader (27-6)
2. Corey Anderson (14-5)
3. Phil Davis (22-6)
4. Anthony Johnson (23-6)
5. Julius Anglickas (10-1)
6. Lyoto Machida (26-11)
7. Grant Neal (5-0)
8. Christian Edwards (5-0 )
9. Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1)
10. Karl Albrektsson *NR

MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT (185 Pounds)

C. Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2)

1. John Salter (18-4)
2. Austin Vanderford (11-0)
3. Costello van Steenis (13-2)
4. Fabian Edwards (9-2)
5. Johnny Eblen (8-0)
6. Charlie Ward (9-4)
7. Mike Shipman (14-3) +1
8. Romero Cotton (5-0) -1
9. Ed Ruth (8-3)
10. Norbert Novenyi Jr. (5-0)

MEN’S WELTERWEIGHT (170 Pounds)

C. Yaroslav Amosov (25-0)

1. Douglas Lima (32-9)
2. Michael Page (19-1)
3. Jason Jackson (15-4)
4. Neiman Gracie (10-2)
5. Logan Storley (11-1)
6. Joey Davis (8-0)
7. Derek Anderson (17-4)
8. Paul Daley (43-17-2)
9. Oliver Enkamp (10-2)
10. Sabah Homasi (15-9)

MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT (155 Pounds)

C. Patricio Pitbull (32-4)

1. Patricky Pitbull (23-10)
2. Sidney Outlaw (16-4)
3. Benson Henderson (28-10)
4. Peter Queally (13-5-1)
5. Goiti Yamauchi (25-5)
6. Myles Jury (19-6) -2
7. Usman Nurmagomedov (13-0) NR*
8. Islam Mamedov (20-1-1) NR*
9. Aviv Gozali (6-0) -2
10. Adam Piccolotti (12-4)

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (145 Pounds)

C. A.J. McKee (18-0)

1. Patricio Pitbull (32-5) -1
2. Mads Burnell (16-3) +6
3. Adam Borics (17-1)
4. Emmanuel Sanchez (20-6) -2
5. Jay Jay Wilson (8-0) -1
6. Aaron Pico (8-3) -1
7. Daniel Weichel (40-12) -1
8. Pedro Carvalho (11-5) -1
9. Justin Gonzalez (12-0)
10. Jeremy Kennedy (16-2, 1- NC)

MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (135 Pounds)

C. Sergio Pettis (21-5)

1. Juan Archuleta (25-3)
2. Patchy Mix (13-1)
3. Magomed Magomedov (17-1)
4. Raufeon Stots (15-1)
5. Leandro Higo (21-5)
6. James Gallagher (11-1)
7. Josh Hill (20-3)
8. Jornel Lugo (6-0)
9. Cass Bell (5-2)
10. Darrion Caldwell (15-5)

WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (145 Pounds)

C. Cris Cyborg (24-2)

1. Julia Budd (15-3)
2. Arlene Blencowe (13-8)
3. Cat Zingano (12-4)
4. Leslie Smith (12-9-1)
5. Leah McCourt (5-1)
6. Sinead Kavanagh (7-4)
7. Janay Harding (6-5)
8. Jessy Miele (5-2)
9. Talita Nogueira (8-2)
10. Jessica Borga (3-3)

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (125 Pounds)

C. Juliana Velasquez (11-0)

1. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1)
2. Liz Carmouche (15-7)
3. Denise Kielholtz (6-2)
4. Kana Watanabe (10-1-1)
5. Alejandra Lara (9-5)
6. Veta Arteaga (6-4)
7. Kate Jackson (11-5-1)
8. Vanessa Porto (23-9) NR*
9. Diana Avsaragova (4-0) -1
10. Valerie Loureda (3-1) -1

Expect some changes after the dust settles from Bellator 264 on Aug. 14, 2021, which is topped by a Middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and John Salter.

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