MMA Rankings

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Jan. 24: Big moves for Jamahal Hill after UFC 283

The UFC’s first two title fights of the new year are complete – and two divisions have new No. 1 fighters. At UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Jamahal Hill (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was mostly dominant against former champion Glover Teixeira (33-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) to win the...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Jan. 3: Kyoji Horiguchi on the rise at flyweight

With most of the MMA world idle for the holidays, Bellator and Rizin hosted a cross-promotion event on New Year’s Eve in Japan. Bellator’s brightest stars including A.J. McKee, Patricio Freire, Kyoji Horiguchi, Juan Archuleta, and Gadzhi Rabadanov represented the promotion against Rizin FF’s lineup. It was a clean...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 13: Ilia Topuria climbs at featherweight

UFC 282 had the potential to create some major moves in the light heavyweight division, but due to a split draw in the main event, a featherweight contender takes this week’s update spotlight. In the main event of UFC 282, former champion Jan Blachowicz took on Magomed Ankalaev for...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Nov. 1: Arnold Allen climbs closer

The UFC was back at the UFC Apex this past weekend with a card that impacted the USA Today/MMA Junkie featherweight rankings as of its Nov. 1 edition. In the UFC Fight Night 213 main event, Arnold Allen kept his unbeaten promotional record alive as he defeated Calvin Kattar...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 18: Alexa Grasso climbs at flyweight

UFC was the only major promotion in action this week, and its headliner caused a move in the Oct. 22 edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. The main event of UFC Fight Night 212 saw Alexa Grasso defeat Viviane Araujo, making her case for a flyweight title...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 4: Yan Xiaonan shakes up strawweight

UFC, Bellator, and ONE Championship all had events causing changes in the Oct. 4 edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. The main event of UFC Fight Night 211 saw Yan Xiaonan defeat Mackenzie Dern in a 25-minute clash of styles. Yan entered the contest at No. 9,...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 20: Cory Sandhagen holds position

The calendar for major MMA events was quite thin this past week, creating minimal movement in the Sept. 20 edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. The majority of the spotlight was pinpointed, as usual, on the industry leader with UFC Fight Night 210 at the UFC Apex...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Aug. 30: Demetrious Johnson back on top

The longest tenured No. 1 flyweight in our rankings history is back on top of the division. Longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson fell out of the top spot in 2018 when he lost to Henry Cejudo. He moved to ONE Championship after that, and it took him a...

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