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MMA divisional rankings: Ciryl Gane turns a big win into a sizable move up at heavyweight

Ciryl Gane earned an interim title belt at UFC 265 and now has his sights set on the real thing. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Ciryl Gane had a big win at UFC 265, and it has resulted in a significant jump in the hierarchy of heavyweights.

In just his 10th professional MMA fight, the undefeated Frenchman dominated Derrick Lewis on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and Gane's third-round TKO victory propelled him into the title picture and boosted him toward the top in the latest ESPN heavyweight rankings.

Gane, who earned a UFC interim title belt for his efforts, jumped over former champion Stipe Miocic and Lewis, a onetime title challenger. It was Gane's seventh UFC win, his third in a row to come against a top-10 opponent.

It did not, however, produce the biggest jump in the divisional rankings.

TJ Dillashaw, a former UFC men's bantamweight champion, fought two weeks ago for the first time in nearly 2½ years, an absence due to a doping suspension and an injury. He defeated Cory Sandhagen and established himself as a title contender while reentering the 135-pound rankings he once topped.

Dillashaw was not alone in entering the bantamweight rankings. Merab Dvalishvili also secured a spot in the top 10 for the first time.

Also making his first appearance in the rankings is unbeaten A.J. McKee, who dethroned Bellator featherweight champ Patricio "Pitbull" Freire on July 31.

For the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings, click here. For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of Aug. 10.

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. Francis Ngannou

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 16-3
Last: W (KO2) Stipe Miocic, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO3) Derrick Lewis, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Stipe Miocic

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 12-4
Last: L (KO2) Francis Ngannou, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 25-8, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Ciryl Gane, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik


6. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-9
Last: L (UD) Ciryl Gane, June 26, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Marcin Tybura


7. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (TKO1) Augusto Sakai, June 5, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Curtis Blaydes


8. Alistair Overeem

Promotion: UFC
Record: 47-19, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Alexander Volkov, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Corey Anderson


10. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Sept. 7, 2019
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Chris Daukaus


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

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


2. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 28-8
Last: W (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Glover Teixeira


3. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Jan Blachowicz


4. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Phil Davis, April 16, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Julius Anglickas


7. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO3) Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Ryan Bader


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Corey Anderson


10. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9
Last: L (UD) Aleksandar Rakic, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 2 vs. Johnny Walker


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Marvin Vettori, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 17, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Marvin Vettori


4. Yoel Romero

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 13-6
Last: L (SD) Phil Davis, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-5-1
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, June 12, 2021
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Paulo Costa


7. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-7
Last: W (Sub3) Darren Till, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4-1
Last: L (Sub3) Derek Brunson, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Edmen Shahbazyan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 48-7-2
Last: W (TKO3) John Salter, Aug. 13, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Austin Vanderford


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 19-1
Last: W (KO2) Jorge Masvidal, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Colby Covington


2. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Stephen Thompson, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tyron Woodley, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Kamaru Usman


4. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 21-7-1
Last: W (Sub1) Michael Chiesa, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 16-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yaroslav Amosov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 26-0
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Douglas Lima

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-9
Last: L (UD) Yaroslav Amosov, June 11, 2021
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Michael Page


9. Michael Chiesa

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-5
Last: L (Sub1) Vicente Luque, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Sean Brady


10. Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-15
Last: L (KO2) Kamaru Usman, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Conor McGregor, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Charles Oliveira


2. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 31-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Michael Chandler, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Dustin Poirier


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-3
Last: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Michael Chandler


4. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: L (TKO2) Charles Oliveira, May 15, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Justin Gaethje


5. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-4-1
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Dan Hooker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-10
Last: L (TKO1) Michael Chandler, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Nasrat Haqparast


7. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-13
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Islam Makhachev


8. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-1
Last: W (Sub4) Thiago Moises, July 17, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Rafael dos Anjos


9. Gregor Gillespie

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1
Last: W (TKO2) Diego Ferreira, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tony Ferguson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-6
Last: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (SD) Max Holloway, July 11, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Brian Ortega


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 15-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Chan Sung Jung, Oct. 17, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Alexander Volkanovski


4. A.J. McKee

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-0
Last: W (Sub1) Patricio Freire, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 32-5
Last: L (Sub1) A.J. McKee, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9, 2019
Next: TBD


7. Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18, 2019
Next: TBD


9. Chan Sung Jung

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 17-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Ige, June 19, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-3
Last: W (DQ4) Petr Yan, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Petr Yan


2. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2
Last: L (DQ4) Aljamain Sterling, March 6, 2021
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Aljamain Sterling


3. TJ Dillashaw

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Cory Sandhagen, July 24, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 14-3
Last: L (SD) TJ Dillashaw, July 24, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Garbrandt, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 30-7
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 12-4
Last: L (UD) Rob Font, May 22, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Kai Kara-France


8. Frankie Edgar

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 24-9-1
Last: L (KO1) Cory Sandhagen, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Marlon Vera


9. Marlon Moraes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-8-1
Last: L (TKO1) Rob Font, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Merab Dvalishvili


10. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 13-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Stamann, May 1, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs Marlon Moraes


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 18-5-2
Last: W (Sub3) Deiveson Figueiredo, June 12, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo


2. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-2-1
Last: L (Sub3) Brandon Moreno, June 12, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Brandon Moreno


3. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO2) Demetrious Johnson, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Adriano Moraes, April 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 5 vs. Rodtang (mixed rules)


5. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-0-1
Last: W (UD) Joseph Benavidez, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alex Perez

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


7. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-5
Last: W (Sub2) Brandon Royval, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Rogerio Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Cody Garbrandt


9. Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-6
Last: L (Sub2) Alexandre Pantoja, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Matt Schnell, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-4
Last: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Julianna Peña


2. Germaine de Randamie

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Irene Aldana


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Amanda Nunes


4. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: Oct. 2 vs. Macy Chiasson


5. Holly Holm

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


6. Irene Aldana

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, July 10, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Germaine de Randamie


7. Yana Kunitskaya

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 11-2
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Oct. 16 vs. Miesha Tate


9. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 12-8
Last: W (UD) Pannie Kianzad, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 7-1
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 20, 2021
Next: Oct. 2 vs. Aspen Ladd


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, April 24, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Lauren Murphy


2. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 16-4
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 15-4
Last: W (SD) Joanne Calderwood, June 12, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Valentina Shevchenko


4. Jennifer Maia

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


5. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9
Last: L (TKO2) Valentina Shevchenko, April 24, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Cynthia Calvillo


6. Joanne Calderwood

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-6
Last: L (SD) Lauren Murphy, June 12, 2021
Next: Nov. 20 vs. Alexa Grasso


7. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 12-0
Last: W (SD) Denise Kielholtz, July 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 11-1
Last: L (UD) Juliana Velasquez, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Cynthia Calvillo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-2-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Jessica Andrade


10. Liz Carmouche

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 14-7
Last: W (Sub3) DeAnna Bennett, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 10-4
Last: W (KO1) Zhang Weili, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Zhang Weili


2. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: L (KO1) Rose Namajunas, April 24, 2021
Next: Nov. 6 vs. Rose Namajunas


3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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


4. Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-6
Last: W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1-2
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, May 8, 2021
Next: Oct. 9 vs. Mackenzie Dern


6. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Carla Esparza, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-1
Last: W (Sub1) Nina Nunes, April 10, 2021
Next: Oct. 9 vs. Marina Rodriguez


8. Claudia Gadelha

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


9. Michelle Waterson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-9
Last: L (UD) Marina Rodriguez, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-5
Last: W (UD) Angela Hill, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD