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MMA divisional rankings: Poirier, Chandler enhance lightweight presence while McGregor disappears

Michael Chandler was pumped after a knockout victory in his Octagon debut last weekend at UFC 257. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 257 was top-heavy with lightweight star power last weekend, and the evening's results led to some significant movement in the ESPN divisional MMA rankings.

By finishing Conor McGregor in the main event in Abu Dhabi, Dustin Poirier moved up to No. 2 among 155-pound fighters. He's behind only Khabib Nurmagomedov, who owns the UFC championship but could soon vacate if he follows through with his retirement announcement.

With the second-round TKO loss, McGregor falls out of the top 10.

The other upward movement in the lightweight rankings belongs to UFC 257 co-main event winner Michael Chandler, the former Bellator champ, who was making his UFC debut. His first-round TKO of Dan Hooker boosted Chandler into the top five.

UFC 257 was a good night for a couple of women on the card as well. Julianna Peña moved up to No. 3 among bantamweights on the strength of her submission finish of Sara McMann. And Marina Rodriguez jumped two spots to No. 6 at strawweight after knocking out Amanda Ribas.

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 Jan. 27.

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

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 12-3
Last: W (UD) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 15, 2020
Next: March 27 vs. Francis Ngannou


2. Francis Ngannou

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-3
Last: W (KO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, May 9, 2020
Next: March 27 vs. Stipe Miocic


3. Curtis Blaydes

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


4. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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


5. Derrick Lewis

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


6. Alistair Overeem

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


7. Alexander Volkov

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


8. Ciryl Gane

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


9. Ryan Bader

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


10. Shamil Abdurakhimov

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


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


3. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: L (TKO2) Jan Blachowicz, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: Feb. 27 vs. Jiri Prochazka


5. Thiago Santos

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


6. Corey Anderson

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


7. Vadim Nemkov

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


8. Ryan Bader

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


9. Aleksandar Rakic

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


10. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Record: 27-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Volkan Oezdemir, July 11, 2020
Next: Feb. 27 vs. Dominick Reyes


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

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


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: April 17 vs. Paulo Costa


3. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: April 17 vs. Robert Whittaker


4. Yoel Romero

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


5. Jared Cannonier

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


6. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-3-1
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, July 25, 2020
Next: April 10 vs. Marvin Vettori


7. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-4-1
Last: W (UD) Jack Hermansson, Dec. 5, 2020
Next: April 10 vs. Darren Till


8. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-5
Last: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Dec. 5, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Derek Brunson

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


10. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 47-7-2
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 29, 2020
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

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


2. Colby Covington

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


3. Douglas Lima

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


4. Leon Edwards

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


5. Gilbert Burns

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


6. Stephen Thompson

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


7. Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-14
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, July 11, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Michael Chiesa

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 18-4
Last: W (UD) Neil Magny, Jan. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Rory MacDonald

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26, 2019
Next: TBD


10. Tyron Woodley

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-6-1
Last: L (TKO5) Colby Covington, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: March 27 vs. Vicente Luque


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

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


2. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 27-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Conor McGregor, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 22-3
Last: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Charles Oliveira

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


5. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 22-5
Last: W (TKO1) Dan Hooker, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Tony Ferguson

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


7. Dan Hooker

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 20-10
Last: L (TKO1) Michael Chandler, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Rafael Dos Anjos

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


9. Paul Felder

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


10. Diego Ferreira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 17-2
Last: W (Sub2) Anthony Pettis, Jan. 18, 2020
Next: Feb. 6 vs. Beneil Dariush


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


4. Patricio Freire

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


5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

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


6. Calvin Kattar

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


7. Yair Rodriguez

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


8. Chan Sung Jung

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


9. Josh Emmett

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


10. Shane Burgos

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


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Petr Yan

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


2. Aljamain Sterling

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


3. Cory Sandhagen

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


4. Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: W (KO2) Raphael Assuncao, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4
Last: W (TKO1) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Jose Aldo

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


7. Frankie Edgar

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


8. Pedro Munhoz

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


9. Marlon Moraes

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


10. Raphael Assuncao

Promotion: UFC
Record: 27-8
Last: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-1-1
Last: D (MD) Brandon Moreno, Dec.12, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Danny Kingad, Oct. 12, 2019
Next: April 7 vs. Adriano Moraes


3. Brandon Moreno

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


4. Joseph Benavidez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-7
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, July 18, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Alex Perez

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


6. Askar Askarov

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


7. Alexandre Pantoja

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


8. Brandon Royval

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


9. Jussier Formiga

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


10. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
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

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


2. Germaine de Randamie

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


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: TBD


5. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Irene Aldana

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


7. Ketlen Vieira

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


8. Raquel Pennington

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


9. Yana Kunitskaya

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


10. Marion Reneau

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 12-6
Last: L (Sub3) Julianna Peña, Jan. 23, 2021
Next:
TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

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


2. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-8
Last: W (TKO1) Katlyn Chookagian, Oct. 17, 2020
Next:
TBD


3. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-4
Last: W (UD) Cynthia Calvillo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD

4. Jennifer Maia

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


5. Joanne Calderwood

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-5
Last: W (UD) Jessica Eye, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: W (Sub2) Liliya Shakirova, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Dec. 10, 2020
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: TBD


10. Liz Carmouche

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


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

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


2. Rose Namajunas

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


3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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


4. Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-6
Last: W (SD) Marina Rodriguez, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

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


6. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 13-1-2
Last: W (TKO2) Amanda Ribas, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Claudia Gadelha

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-5
Last: L (UD) Yan Xiaonan, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Michelle Waterson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 18-8
Last: W (SD) Angela Hill, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Tecia Torres

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


10. Nina Ansaroff

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