UFC ranking update: Israel Adesanya reaches at No. 3, Stipe Miocic drops to No. 2 after UFC 265

Understanding the UFC Rankings: How They Work

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the premier organization in mixed martial arts (MMA), featuring some of the most elite fighters from around the world. To help fans and fighters alike gauge a competitor’s standing within their respective divisions, the UFC introduced rankings. These rankings provide a snapshot of who the top contenders are in each weight class, but how exactly do they work?

The Basics of UFC Rankings

Who Creates the Rankings?

The UFC rankings are compiled by a select group of media members who are chosen by the promotion. These media members are experts in the sport and are responsible for submitting their rankings on a regular basis. The identities of these individuals are not publicly disclosed to prevent any undue influence or bias.

Ranking Criteria

UFC rankings are primarily based on a fighter’s performance in the Octagon. The key factors that influence a fighter’s ranking include:

  1. Victories:Winning fights is the most critical factor in climbing the rankings. Fighters are rewarded for defeating opponents in their weight class.
  2. Quality of Opponents:Beating a higher-ranked opponent is often more valuable in terms of climbing the rankings. This is because the UFC considers the strength of a fighter’s competition.
  3. Win Streaks:Consistently winning multiple fights in a row can propel a fighter up the rankings, demonstrating their skill and consistency.
  4. Performance:Dominant victories, knockout wins, or submission victories may also play a role in a fighter’s rankings.
  5. Activity:Fighters who compete more frequently may have an advantage in the rankings, as they have more opportunities to accumulate wins.

Weight Classes

UFC rankings are divided into different weight classes, ranging from heavyweight to strawweight. Each weight class has its own set of rankings, and fighters are only ranked within their respective divisions.

How Often Are Rankings Updated?

Rankings are typically updated after each UFC event. This means that as fighters compete and new results come in, the rankings can change frequently. However, it’s important to note that rankings are subjective and can vary depending on the individual perspectives of the media members who contribute their input.

Why Are Rankings Important?

The UFC rankings serve several important purposes:

  1. Matchmaking:Rankings help the UFC match fighters against opponents of similar skill levels, leading to competitive and exciting fights.
  2. Title Shots:Higher-ranked fighters are often granted title shots, giving them the opportunity to compete for championship belts.
  3. Fan Engagement:Rankings provide fans with a sense of who the top fighters are in each division and help generate interest in upcoming matchups.
  4. Fighter Recognition:Being ranked in the UFC is a mark of recognition and accomplishment for fighters. It signifies that they are among the best in the world.

Controversies and Criticisms

Despite their utility, the UFC rankings are not without controversy. Some critics argue that the system can be influenced by media biases, and there have been instances where rankings seem inconsistent with recent performances. Nevertheless, the rankings remain a valuable tool for both fans and fighters, helping to shape the landscape of the UFC.

In conclusion, the UFC rankings are a dynamic and important aspect of the sport, providing a transparent way to assess a fighter’s standing within their division. While they may not be without flaws, they continue to be a crucial part of the UFC’s matchmaking and promotional strategies, ultimately contributing to the excitement and drama of MMA.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) delegated a new interim heavyweight champion on Sat. night (Aug. 7, 2021) at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, because of the TKO triumph Ciryl Gane scored against individual force to be reckoned with Derrick Lewis.

“Bon Gamin” improved to No. 1 in the most recent UFC rankings update, in front of previous 265-pound champion Stipe Miocic, while “The Black Beast” slipped to No. 3. Gane is relied upon to bring together the titles inverse Francis Ngannou not long from now, or maybe mid 2022.

Go and checkout a Quick review of UFC 265 winners Top finishes.

Elsewhere on the UFC 265 fight card, streaking welterweight contender Vicente Luque ran through 170-pound stalwart Michael Chiesa, securing the victory as well as the No. 4 spot in the updated rankings. “Maverick” fell two places to No. 7, just behind Jorge Masvidal.

Here’s how UFC compiled its “official” rankings:


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


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


  1. Valentina Shevchenko
  2. Jessica Andrade
  3. Katlyn Chookagian
  4. Lauren Murphy
  5. Jennifer Maia
  6. Cynthia Calvillo
  7. Joanne Calderwood
  8. Viviane Araujo
  9. Jessica Eye
  10. Roxanne Modafferi
  11. Alexa Grasso
  12. Andrea Lee
  13. Talia Santos
  14. Maycee Barber
  15. Miranda Maverick
  16. Montana De La Rosa


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


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


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


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


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


  1. Charles Oliveira (Champion)
  2. Dustin Poirier
  3. Justin Gaethje
  4. Beneil Dariush
  5. Michael Chandler
  6. Islam Makhachev
  7. Tony Ferguson
  8. Rafael dos Anjos
  9. Dan Hooker
  10. Conor McGregor
  11. Gregor Gillespie
  12. Kevin Lee
  13. Diego Ferreira
  14. Brad Riddell
  15. Rafael Fiziev 
  16. Arman Tsarukyan


  1. KAMARU USMAN (Champion)
  2. Colby Covington
  3. Gilbert Burns
  4. Leon Edwards
  5. Vicente Luque 
  6. Stephen Thompson 
  7. Jorge Masvidal
  8. Michael Chiesa
  9. Neil Magny
  10. Belal Muhammed
  11. Geoff Neal
  12. Demian Maia
  13. Li Jingliang
  14. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  15. Sean Brady
  16. Muslim Salikhov


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


  1. Jan Blachowicz (Champion)
  2. Glover Teixeira
  3. Jiri Prochazka
  4. Aleksandar Rakic
  5. Thiago Santos
  6. Dominick Reyes
  7. Anthony Smith
  8. Magomed Ankalaev
  9. Volkan Oezdemir
  10. Nikita Krylov
  11. Johnny Walker
  12. Ryan Spann
  13. Paul Craig
  14. Misha Cirkunov
  15. Jim Crute
  16. Jamall Hill


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

There you have it.

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