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MMA divisional rankings: Carla Esparza's win no thrill ride but still a top-10 boost

Carla Esparza's belt-winning victory over Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 played out like a 25-minute staring contest. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Carla Esparza walked out of the Octagon as strawweight champion at the conclusion of the UFC 274 co-main event. The dawn of her second reign should have been a moment of glory. Instead, Esparza and the woman she dethroned, Rose Namajunas, have taken heat for their uneventful five rounds, which are being held up as one of the worst title fights in UFC history.

And yet Esparza did walk away as titlist, eight years after she reigned as the UFC's first 115-pound champ. And for that alone, she has risen in the ESPN strawweight rankings.

A couple of new champs in Bellator -- men's featherweight Patricio Freire and women's flyweight Liz Carmouche -- have moved up as well.

Overall, there is movement in several of the weight classes in the ESPN rankings. But not much dramatic change, despite some of the impactful recent fight results.

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 May 11.

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: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-1
Last: L (UD) Francis Ngannou, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Tai Tuivasa


3. Stipe Miocic

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


4. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-3, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Chris Daukaus, March 26, 2022
Next: July 23 vs. Tom Aspinall


5. Tai Tuivasa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: W (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Ciryl Gane


6. Tom Aspinall

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (Sub1) Alexander Volkov, March 19, 2022
Next: July 23 vs. Curtis Blaydes


7. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Record: 26-9, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Tai Tuivasa, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: July 30 vs. Sergei Pavlovich


8. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 34-10
Last: L (Sub1) Tom Aspinall, March 19, 2022
Next: June 4 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 30-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Cheick Kongo, May 6, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: L (UD) Curtis Blaydes, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: June 4 vs. Alexander Volkov


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 33-7
Last: W (Sub2) Jan Blachowicz, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Jiri Prochazka


2. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-9
Last: L (Sub2) Glover Teixeira, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: May 14 vs. Aleksandar Rakic


3. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 16-5, 1 NC
Last: NC3 Vadim Nemkov, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov


4. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Glover Teixeira


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: May 14 vs. Jan Blachowicz


6. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 15-2, 1 NC
Last: NC3 Corey Anderson, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


7. Anthony Smith

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-16
Last: W (Sub1) Ryan Spann, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Magomed Ankalaev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-1
Last: W (UD) Thiago Silva, March 12, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-10
Last: L (UD) Magomed Ankalaev, March 12, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Dominick Reyes

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


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (UD) Robert Whittaker, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: July 2 vs. Jared Cannonier


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-6
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-5
Last: W (KO2) Derek Brunson, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: July 2 vs. Israel Adesanya


4. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-5-1
Last: W (UD) Paulo Costa, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2
Last: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: July 30 vs. Luke Rockhold


6. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-8
Last: L (KO2) Jared Cannonier, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-3
Last: W (SD) Jack Hermansson, Feb. 5, 2022
Next: July 2 vs. Alex Pereira


8. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 49-7-2
Last: W (TKO1) Austin Vanderford, Feb. 25, 2022
Next: June 24 vs. Johnny Eblen


9. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4-1
Last: L (Sub3) Derek Brunson, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: July 23 vs. Jack Hermansson


10. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: L (SD) Sean Strickland, Feb. 5, 2022
Next: July 23 vs. Darren Till


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Colby Covington, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Jorge Masvidal, March 5, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Khamzat Chimaev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Gilbert Burns, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Leon Edwards

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


5. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-5
Last: L (UD) Khamzat Chimaev, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-8-1
Last: L (UD) Belal Muhammad, April 16, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Belal Muhammad

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, April 16, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Yaroslav Amosov

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


9. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-6-1
Last: L (UD) Belal Muhammad, Dec. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Sean Brady

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-0
Last: W (UD) Michael Chiesa, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-8, 1 NC
Last: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-7, 1 NC
Last: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-4
Last: L (Sub1) Charles Oliveira, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: W (TKO1) Bobby Green, Feb. 26, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Beneil Dariush

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


6. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-7
Last: W (KO2) Tony Ferguson, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 31-14
Last: W (UD) Renato Moicano, March 5, 2022
Next: July 9 vs. Rafael Fiziev


8. Rafael Fiziev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-6
Last: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, May 15, 2021
Next: July 9 vs. Rafael dos Anjos


9. Gregor Gillespie

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


10. Arman Tsarukyan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-2
Last: W (TKO2) Joel Alvarez, Feb. 26, 2022
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 23-1
Last: W (TKO4) Chan Sung Jung, April 9, 2022
Next: July 2 vs. Max Holloway


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-6
Last: W (UD) Yair Rodriguez, Nov. 13, 2021
Next: July 2 vs. Alexander Volkanovski


3. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 33-5
Last: W (UD) A.J. McKee, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


5. A.J. McKee

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 18-1
Last: L (UD) Patricio Freire, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Giga Chikadze, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: June 18 vs. Josh Emmett


7. Arnold Allen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO1) Dan Hooker, March 19, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-2
Last: W (UD) Dan Ige, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: June 18 vs. Calvin Kattar


9. Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-3, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Nov. 13, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Giga Chikadze

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: L (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (SD) Petr Yan, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-3
Last: L (SD) Aljamain Sterling, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


3. TJ Dillashaw

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


4. Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 31-7
Last: W (UD) Rob Font, Dec. 4, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: L (UD) Petr Yan, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Marlon Vera

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 19-7-1
Last: W (UD) Rob Font, April 30, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: W (TKO2) Marlon Moraes, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Sergio Pettis

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 22-5
Last: W (KO4) Kyoji Horiguchi, Dec. 3, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 19-6
Last: L (UD) Marlon Vera, April 30, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Dominick Cruz

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 24-3
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-2-1
Last: W (UD) Brandon Moreno, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-6-2
Last: L (UD) Deiveson Figueiredo, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: July 30 vs. Kai Kara-France


3. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-9, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Askar Askarov, March 26, 2022
Next: July 30 vs. Brandon Moreno


4. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 20-3
Last: W (Sub3) Yuya Wakamatsu, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: W (Sub2) Rodtang Jitmuangnon (mixed rules), March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1-1
Last: L (UD) Kai Kara-France, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-6
Last: W (Sub1) Matt Schnell, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Alex Perez

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 24-6
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 24-5
Last: W (Sub2) Brandon Royval, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Brandon Royval, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: June 11 vs. Manel Kape


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (Sub2) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Amanda Nunes


2. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-5
Last: L (Sub2) Julianna Peña, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Julianna Peña


3. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: May 21 vs. Ketlen Vieira


4. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-8
Last: W (UD) Aspen Ladd, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Irene Aldana

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (UD) Miesha Tate, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: May 21 vs. Holly Holm


7. Yana Kunitskaya

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


8. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-3
Last: L (UD) Raquel Pennington, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Sara McMann

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (UD) Karol Rosa, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 8-2
Last: W (SD) Norma Dumont, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-3
Last: W (TKO4) Lauren Murphy, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Taila Santos


2. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: May 14 vs. Amanda Ribas


3. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-9
Last: W (Sub1) Amanda Lemos, April 23, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-5
Last: L (TKO4) Valentina Shevchenko, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: July 2 vs. Miesha Tate


5. Taila Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-1
Last: W (Sub1) Joanne Wood, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Valentina Shevchenko


6. Liz Carmouche

Promotion: Bellator champ
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 17-7
Last: W (TKO4) Juliana Velasquez, April 22, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Manon Fiorot

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Alexa Grasso

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-3
Last: W (Sub1) Joanne Wood, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Viviane Araujo

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Roxanne Modafferi, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: May 14 vs. Andrea Lee


10. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 12-1
Last: L (TKO4) Liz Carmouche, April 22, 2022
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 19-6
Last: W (SD) Rose Namajunas, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 11-5
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 21-2
Last: L (SD) Rose Namajunas, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: June 11 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk


4. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-1-2
Last: W (SD) Yan Xiaonan, March 5, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-3, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Marina Rodriguez, March 5, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (SD) Tecia Torres, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-6
Last: L (SD) Mackenzie Dern, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Amanda Ribas

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-2
Last: W (UD) Virna Jandiroba, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: May 14 vs. Katlyn Chookagian


9. Amanda Lemos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-2-1
Last: L (Sub1) Jessica Andrade, April 23, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Michelle Waterson

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