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MMA divisional rankings: A change at No. 1 and several new arrivals highlight latest movement

On the strength of two UFC title defenses in 21 days, Deiveson Figueiredo has taken over as the new No. 1 flyweight. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

It didn't take long for Deiveson Figueiredo to unseat a legend.

The Brazilian became UFC men's flyweight champion in July with his second straight finish of the longtime No. 2 at 125 pounds, Joseph Benavidez. Since then, Figueiredo already has defended his belt twice, with a first-round submission of Alex Perez on Nov. 21 and a majority draw against Brandon Moreno just 21 days later.

Now Figueiredo is newly No. 1 in the ESPN flyweight rankings, jumping over the man who ruled the weight class for years, Demetrious Johnson. The hierarchy could soon readjust, though, depending on how Johnson fares in his Feb. 24 challenge of One Championship flyweight titleholder Adriano Moraes.

The ascent of Figueiredo was just one of many changes in the latest ESPN divisional rankings. There was movement in most every weight class, and five divisions saw the top-10 emergence of previously unranked fighters.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of Dec. 23.

Heavyweight - Light heavyweight - Middleweight - Welterweight
Lightweight - Men's featherweight - Men's bantamweight - Men's flyweight
Women's bantamweight - Women's flyweight - Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 12-3
Last: W (UD) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 15, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Francis Ngannou

Record: 15-3
Last: W (KO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, May 9, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 14-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Alexander Volkov, June 20, 2020
Next: Feb. 20 vs. Derrick Lewis


4. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Record: 11-1
Last: W (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, Aug. 15, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Derrick Lewis

Record: 24-7, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Aleksei Oleinik, Aug. 8, 2020
Next: Feb. 20 vs. Curtis Blaydes


6. Alistair Overeem

Record: 47-18, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO5) Augusto Sakai, Sept. 5, 2020
Next: Feb. 6 vs. Alexander Volkov


7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 32-8
Last: W (TKO2) Walt Harris, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: Feb. 6 vs. Alistair Overeem


8. Ciryl Gane

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 7-0
Last: W (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, Dec. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Vadim Nemkov, Aug. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Sept. 7, 2019
Next: TBD


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 26-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, Feb. 8, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 27-8
Last: W (TKO2) Dominick Reyes, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Israel Adesanya


3. Glover Teixeira

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Reyes

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 12-2
Last: L (TKO2) Jan Blachowicz, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Thiago Santos

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 21-8
Last: L (Sub3) Glover Teixeira, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Aleksandar Rakic


6. Corey Anderson

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-5
Last: W (TKO2) Melvin Manhoef, Nov. 5, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Vadim Nemkov

Record: 12-2
Last: W (TKO2) Ryan Bader, Aug. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Vadim Nemkov, Aug. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Anthony Smith, Aug. 29, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Thiago Santos


10. Jiri Prochazka

Record: 27-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Volkan Oezdemir, July 11, 2020
Next: TBD


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 20-0
Last: W (TKO2) Paulo Costa, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Jan Blachowicz


2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Darren Till

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 18-3-1
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Marvin Vettori

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 16-4-1
Last: W (UD) Jack Hermansson, Dec. 5, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Jack Hermansson

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 21-5
Last: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Dec. 5, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Derek Brunson

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 21-7
Last: W (TKO3) Edmen Shahbazyan, Aug. 1, 2020
Next: March 20 vs. Kevin Holland


10. Gegard Mousasi

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 47-7-2
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 29, 2020
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 17-1
Last: W (UD) Jorge Masvidal, July 11, 2020
Next: Feb. 13 vs. Gilbert Burns


2. Colby Covington

Record: 16-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tyron Woodley, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-8
Last: L (UD) Gegard Mousasi, Oct. 29, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Leon Edwards

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20, 2019
Next: March 13 vs. Khamzat Chimaev


5. Gilbert Burns

Record: 19-3
Last: W (UD) Tyron Woodley, May 30, 2020
Next: Feb. 13 vs. Kamaru Usman


6. Stephen Thompson

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 16-4-1
Last: W (UD) Geoff Neal, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Jorge Masvidal

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 35-14
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, July 11, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Rory MacDonald

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26, 2019
Next: TBD


9. Tyron Woodley

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 19-6-1
Last: L (TKO5) Colby Covington, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Michael Chiesa

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, Jan. 25, 2020
Next: Jan. 20 vs. Neil Magny


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 29-0
Last: W (Sub2) Justin Gaethje, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: Announced retirement


2. Justin Gaethje

Record: 22-3
Last: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Dustin Poirier

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 26-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Hooker, June 27, 2020
Next: Jan. 23 vs. Conor McGregor


4. Charles Oliveira

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 30-8, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, Dec.12, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Tony Ferguson

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 25-5
Last: L (UD) Charles Oliveira, Dec. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Dan Hooker

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 20-9
Last: L (UD) Dustin Poirier, June 27, 2020
Next: Jan. 23 vs. Michael Chandler


7. Michael Chandler

Record: 21-5
Last: W (KO1) Benson Henderson, Aug. 7, 2020
Next: Jan. 23 vs. Dan Hooker


8. Rafael Dos Anjos

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 30-13
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Paul Felder

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 17-6
Last: L (SD) Rafael dos Anjos, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Conor McGregor

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Jan. 18, 2020
Next: Jan. 23 vs. Dustin Poirier


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 22-1
Last: W (SD) Max Holloway, July 11, 2020
Next: March 27 vs. Brian Ortega


2. Max Holloway

Record: 22-6
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 16
Next: TBD


3. Brian Ortega

Record: 15-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Chan Sung Jung, Oct. 17, 2020
Next: March 27 vs. Alexander Volkanovski


4. Patricio Freire

Record: 31-4
Last: W (TKO1) Pedro Carvalho, Nov. 12, 2020
Next: TBD vs. Emmanuel Sanchez


5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9, 2019
Next: TBD


6. Calvin Kattar

Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Jan. 16
Next: TBD


7. Yair Rodriguez

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18, 2019
Next: TBD


8. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 16-6
Last: L (UD) Brian Ortega, Oct. 17, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Josh Emmett

Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Shane Burgos

Record: 13-2
Last: L (UD) Josh Emmett, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Petr Yan

Record: 15-1
Last: W (TKO5) Jose Aldo, July 11, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Aljamain Sterling


2. Aljamain Sterling

Record: 19-3
Last: W (Sub1) Cory Sandhagen, June 6, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Petr Yan


3. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 13-2
Last: W (TKO2) Marlon Moraes, Oct. 10, 2020
Next: Feb. 6 vs. Frankie Edgar


4. Cody Garbrandt

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 12-3
Last: W (KO2) Raphael Assuncao, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-4
Last: W (TKO1) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Jose Aldo

Record: 29-7
Last: W (UD) Marlon Vera, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Frankie Edgar

Record: 24-8-1
Last: W (SD) Pedro Munhoz, Aug. 22, 2020
Next: Feb. 6 vs. Cory Sandhagen


8. Pedro Munhoz

Record: 18-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Frankie Edgar, Aug. 22, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Marlon Moraes

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 23-8-1
Last: L (TKO1) Rob Font, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Raphael Assuncao

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 27-8
Last: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Deiveson Figueiredo

Previous ranking: 2
Record: 20-1-1
Last: D (MD) Brandon Moreno, Dec.12, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Demetrious Johnson

Previous ranking: 1
Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Danny Kingad, Oct. 12, 2019
Next: Feb. 24 vs. Adriano Moraes


3. Brandon Moreno

Record: 17-5-2
Last: D (MD) Deiveson Figueiredo, Dec. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-7
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, July 18
Next: TBD


5. Alex Perez

Record: 24-6
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Askar Askarov

Record: 12-0-1
Last: W (UD) Alexandre Pantoja, July 18, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Alexandre Pantoja

Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Askar Askarov, July 18, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Brandon Royval

Record: 12-5
Last: L (TKO1) Brandon Moreno, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Jussier Formiga

Record: 23-8
Last: L (TKO1) Alex Perez, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Kai Kara-France

Record: 21-9, 1 NC
Last: L (Sub2) Brandon Royval, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Felicia Spencer, June 6, 2020
Next: March 6 vs. Megan Anderson


2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 10-4
Last: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Aspen Ladd

Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: TBD


4. Holly Holm

Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-4
Last: L (TechSub3) Germaine de Randamie, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Irene Aldana

Record: 12-6
Last: L (UD) Holly Holm, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 11-1
Last: W (UD) Sijara Eubanks, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Raquel Pennington

Record: 11-8
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 13-5, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Julija Stoliarenko, Aug. 8, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Sara McMann

Record: 12-5
Last: W (UD) Lina Lansberg, Jan. 25, 2020
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 20-3
Last: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Jessica Andrade

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 21-8
Last: W (TKO1) Katlyn Chookagian, Oct. 17, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Katlyn Chookagian

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 15-4
Last: W (UD) Cynthia Calvillo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD

4. Jennifer Maia

Record: 18-7-1
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Joanne Calderwood

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 14-5
Last: L (Sub1) Jennifer Maia, Aug. 1, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Lauren Murphy

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 14-4
Last: W (Sub2) Liliya Shakirova, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Juliana Velasquez

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Previous ranking: 2
Record: 11-1
Last: L (UD) Juliana Velasquez, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Cynthia Calvillo

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 9-2-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Liz Carmouche

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-7
Last: W (Sub3) DeAnna Bennett, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 21-1
Last: W (SD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Rose Namajunas

Record: 9-4
Last: W (SD) Jessica Andrade, July 11, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record: 16-4
Last: L (SD) Zhang Weili, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Carla Esparza

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 17-6
Last: W (SD) Marina Rodriguez, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 13-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Claudia Gadelha, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Claudia Gadelha

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 18-5
Last: L (UD) Yan Xiaonan, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Michelle Waterson

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-8
Last: W (SD) Angela Hill, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Marina Rodriguez

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 12-1-2
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Tecia Torres

Record: 12-5
Last: W (TKO1) Sam Hughes, Dec. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8, 2019
Next: April 10 vs. Mackenzie Dern