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MMA divisional rankings: Charles Oliveira rises at lightweight; three fighters join top 10s

Charles Oliveira got a hero's welcome when he arrived home in Brazil on May 17 with the UFC lightweight championship belt in hand. Leandro Bernardes/PxImages/Getty Images

Charles Oliveira won the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 262 on Saturday. That earned him to right to succeed Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated last fall, as the world's top 155-pounder.

The exciting second-round TKO of Michael Chandler also enabled Oliveira to succeed Dustin Poirier as the top fighter in the ESPN lightweight rankings.

Poirier will have a chance to regain his No. 1 spot on July 10 when he completes his trilogy with Conor McGregor.

The other fighter to make a big rise in the rankings is light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka, who rose five spots on the strength of his second-round knockout of Dominick Reyes on May 1.

Beyond that, there are newly ranked fighters in three men's divisions: Gregor Gillespie at lightweight, Edson Barboza at featherweight and Rogerio Bontorin at flyweight.

There were no changes in the women's rankings.

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 19.

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: 16-3
Last: W (KO2) Stipe Miocic, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Derrick Lewis


2. Stipe Miocic

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


3. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-7, 1 NC
Last: W (KO2) Curtis Blaydes, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Francis Ngannou


4. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Record: 8-0
Last: W (UD) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Feb. 27, 2021
Next: June 26 vs. Alexander Volkov


5. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-8
Last: W (TKO2) Alistair Overeem, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: June 26 vs. Ciryl Gane


7. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (TKO1) Augusto Sakai, June 5, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Alistair Overeem

Promotion: UFC
Record: 47-19, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Alexander Volkov, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


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: 28-8
Last: W (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 6, 2021
Next: Sept. 4 vs. Glover Teixeira


3. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: Sept. 4 vs. Jan Blachowicz


4. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-3-1
Previous ranking: 10
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Phil Davis, April 16, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson


7. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 12-3
Last: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO3) Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Ryan Bader


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


10. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 21-9
Last: L (UD) Aleksandar Rakic, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-1
Last: L (UD) Jan Blachowicz, March 6, 2021
Next: June 12 vs. Marvin Vettori


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 17, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


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: Aug. 21 vs. Kelvin Gastelum


6. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4-1
Last: W (UD) Kevin Holland, April 10, 2021
Next: June 12 vs. Israel Adesanya


7. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-7
Last: W (UD) Kevin Holland, March 20, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-3-1
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Edmen Shahbazyan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


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: 19-1
Last: W (KO2) Jorge Masvidal, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Colby Covington


2. Colby Covington

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


3. Douglas Lima

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-9
Last: L (UD) Yaroslav Amosov, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-3, 1 NC
Last: NC Belal Muhammad, March 13, 2021
Next: June 12 vs. Nate Diaz


5. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-4
Last: L (TKO3) Kamaru Usman, Feb. 13, 2021
Next: July 10 vs. Stephen Thompson


6. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-4-1
Last: W (UD) Geoff Neal, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: July 10 vs. Gilbert Burns


7. Michael Chiesa

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


8. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-7-1
Last: W (Sub1) Tyron Woodley, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-15
Last: L (KO2) Kamaru Usman, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Rory MacDonald

Promotion: PFL
Record: 22-6-1
Last: W (Sub1) Curtis Millender, April 29, 2021
Next: June 17 vs. Gleison Tibau


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 31-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Michael Chandler, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 27-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Conor McGregor, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: July 10 vs. Conor McGregor


3. Justin Gaethje

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


4. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: L (TKO2) Charles Oliveira, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 21-4-1
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Dan Hooker

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


7. Rafael dos Anjos

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


8. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-1
Last: W (Sub3) Drew Dober, March 6, 2021
Next: July 17 vs Thiago Moises


9. Paul Felder

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 17-6
Last: L (SD) Rafael dos Anjos, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Gregor Gillespie

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


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:
TBD vs. Brian Ortega


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 32-4
Last: W (Sub1) Emmanuel Sanchez, April 2, 2021
Next: July 30 vs. A.J. McKee


4. Brian Ortega

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


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: June 19 vs. Dan Ige


9. Josh Emmett

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


10. Edson Barboza

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 22-9
Last: W (KO3) Shane Burgos, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-3
Last: W (DQ4) Petr Yan, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2
Last: L (DQ4) Aljamain Sterling, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (KO1) Frankie Edgar, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD vs. TJ Dillashaw


4. Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-4
Last: L (UD) Rob Font, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Garbrandt, May 22, 2021
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: 24-9-1
Last: L (KO1) Cory Sandhagen, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Pedro Munhoz

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-5, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jimmie Rivera, Feb. 27, 2021
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: June 12 vs. Brandon Moreno


2. Brandon Moreno

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


3. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO2) Demetrious Johnson, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Adriano Moraes, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-0-1
Last: W (UD) Joseph Benavidez, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alex Perez

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


7. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Manel Kape, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Rogerio Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Brandon Royval

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


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Matt Schnell, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-4
Last: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson,, March 6, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Julianna Peña


2. Germaine de Randamie

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


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Amanda Nunes


4. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: July 24 vs. Macy Chiasson


5. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
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. Yana Kunitskaya

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-5, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Ketlen Vieira, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: July 10 vs. Irene Aldana


8. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 11-2
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Aug. 28 vs. Sara McMann


9. Raquel Pennington

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


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 7-1
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 20, 2021
Next: July 24 vs. Aspen Ladd


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9
Last: L (TKO2) Valentina Shevchenko, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-4
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo, May 15, 2021
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: June 12 vs. Lauren Murphy


6. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: W (Sub2) Liliya Shakirova, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: June 12 vs Joanne Calderwood


7. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: July 16 vs. Denise Kielholtz


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


WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 10-4
Last: W (KO1) Zhang Weili, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: L (KO1) Rose Namajunas, April 24, 2021
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: 18-6
Last: W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Carla Esparza, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1-2
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-1
Last: W (Sub1) Nina Nunes, April 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Claudia Gadelha

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


9. Michelle Waterson

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


10. Tecia Torres

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