Jorge Masvidal, Douglas Lima shake up welterweight rankings

Jorge Masvidal celebrates his UFC 244 victory alongside his favorite boxer, legend Roberto Duran. Steven Ryan/Getty Images


Jorge Masvidal took home the BMF belt at UFC 244. Douglas Lima walked away with a big check after winning the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, at the same time recapturing his 170-pound championship. And for those recent achievements, these two welterweights make the biggest moves in the latest ESPN divisional rankings.

They are not alone, however, in shaking things up. Darren Till enters the middleweight rankings after winning his first bout in that division. Kevin Lee, after a successful return to lightweight, enters the 155-pound Top 10. And Yair Rodriguez, fresh off a grudge-match victory, makes his debut in the featherweight rankings.

There's movement elsewhere as well. Check out my rankings within each MMA weight division by clicking on the links below.

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

Note: Results are current; rankings as of Jan. 22.

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: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 14-3
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, June 29
Next: March 28 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 23-7
Last: W (UD) Ilir Latifi, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 31-7
Last: W (UD) Greg Hardy, Nov. 9
Next: TBD

8. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO5) Alistair Overeem, Dec. 7
Next: March 28 vs. Francis Ngannou

10. Alistair Overeem

Record: 45-18, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO5) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Dec. 7
Next: March 1 vs. Walt Harris

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

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

2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

3. Anthony Smith

Record: 32-14
Last: W (SUB4) Alexander Gustafsson, June 1
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Reyes

Record: 12-1
Last: L (UD) Jon Jones, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

5. Corey Anderson

Record: 13-5
Last: L (KO1) Jan Blachowicz, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

6. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 26-8
Last: W (KO1) Corey Anderson, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

7. Thiago Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD

8. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Aleksandar Rakic, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

9. Glover Teixeira

Record: 30-7
Last: W (SD) Nikita Krylov, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SD) Volkan Oezdemir, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 18-0
Last: W (TKO2) Robert Whittaker, Oct. 6
Next: March 7 vs. Yoel Romero

2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Oct. 6
Next: March 7 vs. Jared Cannonier

3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

4. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-4
Last: L (UD) Paulo Costa, Aug. 17
Next: March 7 vs. Israel Adesanya

5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jack Hermansson, Sept. 28
Next: March 7 vs. Robert Whittaker

6. Darren Till

Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (SD) Kelvin Gastelum, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

7. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Darren Till, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

8. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jared Cannonier, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

9. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-8 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Jan Blachowicz, Nov. 16
Next: April 18 vs. Uriah Hall

10. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD

WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO5) Colby Covington, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 35-13
Last: W (TKO3) Nate Diaz, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

3. Colby Covington

Record: 15-2
Last: L (TKO5) Kamaru Usman, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

4. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-7
Last: W (UD) Rory MacDonald, Oct. 26
Next: May 9 vs. Gegard Mousasi

5. Tyron Woodley

Record: 19-4-1
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, March 2
Next: March 21 vs. Leon Edwards

6. Leon Edwards

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: March 21 vs. Tyron Woodley

7. Rory MacDonald

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

8. Stephen Thompson

Record: 15-4-1
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

9. Rafael dos Anjos

Record: 29-13
Last: L (UD) Michael Chiesa, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

10. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Record: 27-3
Last: W (KO4) Neil Magny, Nov. 17
Next: TBD

LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: April 18 vs. Tony Ferguson

2. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-3
Last: W (TKO2) Donald Cerrone, June 8
Next: April 18 vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

3. Dustin Poirier

Record: 25-6
Last: L (SUB3) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

4. Justin Gaethje

Record: 21-2
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

5. Paul Felder

Record: 17-5
Last: L (SD) Dan Hooker, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

6. Conor McGregor

Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

7. Michael Chandler

Record: 20-5
Last: W (KO1) Sydney Outlaw, Dec. 28
Next: TBD

8. Dan Hooker

Record: 20-8
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

9. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: March 13 vs. Pedro Carvalho

10. Kevin Lee

Record: 18-5
Last: W (KO1) Gregor Gillespie, Nov. 2
Next: March 14 vs. Charles Oliveira

MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Max Holloway

Record: 21-5
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: TBA

4. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: March 13 vs. Pedro Carvalho

5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

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

6. Yair Rodriguez

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

7. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 16-5
Last: W (TKO1) Frankie Edgar, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

8. Josh Emmett

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO2) Mirsad Bektic, July 13
Next: TBD

9. Renato Moicano

Record: 13-3-1
Last: L (TKO1) Chan Suing Jung, June 22
Next: TBD

10. Calvin Kattar

Record: 20-4
Last: L (UD) Zabit Magomedsharipov, Nov. 9
Next: TBD


Rogan: Cejudo's set of skills are 'unparalleled'

Joe Rogan breaks down his 3 stars of UFC 238, including Henry Cejudo's main event win. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Marlon Moraes

Record: 23-6-1
Last: W (SD) Jose Aldo, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Aljamain Sterling

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, June 8
Next: TBD

4. Petr Yan

Record: 14-1
Last: W (KO3) Urijah Faber, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

5. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-6
Last: L (SD) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

6. Dominick Cruz

Record: 22-2
Last: L (UD) Cody Garbrandt, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

7. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-1
Last: W (UD) Raphael Assuncao, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

8. Raphael Assuncao

Record: 27-7
Last: L (UD) Cory Sandhagen, Aug. 17
Next: March 28 vs. Cody Garbrandt

9. Pedro Munhoz

Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: TBD

10. Cody Garbrandt

Record: 11-3
Last: L (TKO1) Pedro Munhoz, March 2
Next: March 28 vs. Raphael Assuncao

MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Dannyu Kingad, Oct. 12
Next: April 11 vs. Adriano Moraes

3. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-5
Last: W (TKO2) Jussier Formiga, June 29
Next: Feb. 29 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

4. Deiveson Figueiredo

Record: 17-1
Last: W (SUB1) Tim Elliott, Oct. 12
Next: Feb. 29 vs. Joseph Benavidez

5. Alexandre Pantoja

Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Matt Schnell, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

6. Jussier Formiga

Record: 23-6
Last: L (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, June 29
Next: TBD

7. Rogerio Bontorin

Record: 16-2
Last: L (UD) Ray Borg, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

8. Alex Perez

Record: 23-5
Last: W (SUB1) Jordan Espinosa, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

9. Sergio Pettis

Record: 19-5
Last: W (SUB1) Alfred Khashakyan, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

10. Brandon Moreno

Record: 16-5-1
Last: W (UD) Kai Kara-France, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Germaine de Randamie, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-4
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Aspen Ladd

Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7
Next: March 28 vs. Julianna Peña

4. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: March 28 vs. Aspen Ladd

5. Irene Aldana

Record: 12-5
Last: W (KO1) Ketlen Vieira, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

6. Holly Holm

Record: 13-5
Last: W (UD) Raquel Pennington, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

7. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-1
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

8. Raquel Pennington

Record: 9-8
Last: L (UD) Holly Holm, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

9. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD

10. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Aspen Ladd, Dec. 7
Next: TBD

WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO3) Katlyn Chookagian, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Kate Jackson, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 13-3
Last: L (TKO3) Valentina Shevchenko, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

6. Jennifer Maia

Record: 17-6-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

7. Roxanne Modafferi

Record: 23-16
Last: W (UD) Maycee Barber, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

8. Jessica Eye

Record: 15-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo
Next: TBD

9. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-2
Last: L (UD) Jessica Eye, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

10. Andrea Lee

Record: 11-4
Last: L (SD) Lauren Murphy, Feb. 8
Next: TBD


Bisping impressed by Zhang's big win over Andrade

Michael Bisping reacts to Zhang Weili's huge win vs. Jessica Andrade to claim the women's strawweight title and become the first Chinese champion in UFC history.

STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 20-1
Last: W (TKO1) Jessica Andrade, Aug. 31
Next: March 7 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2. Jessica Andrade

Record: 20-7
Last: L (TKO1) Zhang Weili, Aug. 31
Next: April 18 vs. Rose Namajunas

3. Rose Namajunas

Record: 8-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, May 11
Next: April 18 vs. Jessica Andrade

4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record: 16-3
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, Oct. 12
Next: March 7 vs. Zhang Weili

5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 9-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD

6. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD

7. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-7
Last: L (UD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Oct. 12
Next: TBD

8. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Randa Markos, July 6
Next: TBD

9. Carla Esparza

Record: 15-6
Last: W (MD) Alexa Grasso, Sept. 21
Next: TBD

10. Marina Rodriguez

Record: 12-0-2
Last: MD Cynthia Cavillo, Dec. 7
Next: TBD