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MMA pound-for-pound rankings: After soaring to UFC title, Jiri Prochazka surges into ESPN top 10

Jiri Prochazka won a thrilling main event at UFC 275 to become light heavyweight champion and earn a spot in the ESPN pound-for-pound top 10. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Jiri Prochazka became a champion in just his third Octagon appearance, dethroning Glover Teixeira in a wild light heavyweight title bout in the UFC 275 headliner Saturday in Singapore.

Along with the shiny belt that was wrapped around his waist, the entertainingly inventive Czech fighter also has earned a spot in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings for men's MMA.

That is the most notable change in the latest rankings, although former strawweight champ Zhang Weili moves up a couple of spots in the women's top 10 on the strength of her UFC 275 victory over another ex-champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

In addition, with Holly Holm dropping out of the women's rankings following a loss last month, Katlyn Chookagian returns to the top 10.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of June 14.

Men's pound-for-pound rankings

1. Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion
Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Colby Covington, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: Aug. 20 vs. Leon Edwards


2. Charles Oliveira

UFC lightweight
Record: 33-8, 1 NC
Last: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Israel Adesanya

UFC middleweight champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, July 2, 2022

Next: TBD


T-4. Francis Ngannou

UFC heavyweight champion
Record: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: TBD


T-4. Alexander Volkanovski

UFC featherweight champion
Record: 24-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, July 2, 2022

Next: TBD


6. Max Holloway

UFC featherweight
Record: 23-6
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, July 2, 2022

Next: TBD


T-7. Dustin Poirier

UFC lightweight
Record: 28-7, 1 NC
Last: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: TBD


T-7. Jiri Prochazka

UFC light heavyweight champion
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 29-3-1
Last: W (Sub5) Glover Teixeira, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


T-9. Deiveson Figueiredo

UFC flyweight champion
Record: 21-2-1
Last: W (UD) Brandon Moreno, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: TBD


T-9. Aljamain Sterling

UFC bantamweight champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (SD) Petr Yan, April 9, 2022
Next: Sept. 10 vs. TJ Dillashaw


Other fighters receiving votes: Robert Whittaker, Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington and Glover Teixeira.


How our panel voted

Brett Okamoto: 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Alexander Volkanovski; 3. Israel Adesanya; 4. Charles Oliveira; 5. Max Holloway; 6. Francis Ngannou; 7. Deiveson Figueiredo; 8. Robert Whittaker; 9. Dustin Poirier; 10. Khamzat Chimaev.

Marc Raimondi: 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Israel Adesanya; 3. Francis Ngannou; 4. Alexander Volkanovski; 5. Charles Oliveira; 6. Aljamain Sterling; 7. Jiri Prochazka; 8. Dustin Poirier; 9. Max Holloway; 10. Colby Covington.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi: 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Charles Oliveira; 3. Alexander Volkanovski; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5. Francis Ngannou; 6. Max Holloway; 7. Jiri Prochazka; 8. Deiveson Figueiredo; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Glover Teixeira.

Eddie Maisonet III: 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Charles Oliveira; 3. Francis Ngannou; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5. Alexander Volkanovski; 6. Dustin Poirier; 7. Max Holloway; 8. Deiveson Figueiredo; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Jiri Prochazka.

Jeff Wagenheim: 1. Kamaru Usman; 2. Francis Ngannou; 3. Charles Oliveira; 4. Israel Adesanya; 5. Alexander Volkanovski; 6. Jiri Prochazka; 7. Dustin Poirier; 8. Max Holloway; 9. Aljamain Sterling; 10. Deiveson Figueiredo.


Women's pound-for-pound rankings

1. Valentina Shevchenko

UFC flyweight champion
Record: 22-3
Last: W (SD) Taila Santos, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Amanda Nunes

UFC featherweight champion
Record: 21-5
Last: L (Sub2) Julianna Peña, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: July 30 vs. Julianna Peña


3. Cris Cyborg

Bellator featherweight champion
Record: 26-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Arlene Blencowe, April 23, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Julianna Peña

UFC bantamweight champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (Sub2) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 11, 2021
Next: July 30 vs. Amanda Nunes


5. Zhang Weili

UFC strawweight
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 22-3
Last: W (KO2) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Carla Esparza

UFC strawweight champion
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-6
Last: W (SD) Rose Namajunas, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Rose Namajunas

UFC strawweight
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 11-5
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Kayla Harrison

PFL lightweight champion
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Marina Mokhnatkina, May 6, 2022
Next: July 1 vs. Julia Budd


9. Jessica Andrade

UFC flyweight
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 23-9
Last: W (Sub1) Amanda Lemos, April 23, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Katlyn Chookagian

UFC flyweight
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-4
Last: W (SD) Amanda Ribas, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


Other fighters receiving votes: Holly Holm and Marina Rodriguez.


How our panel voted

Brett Okamoto: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Rose Namajunas; 5. Zhang Weili; 6. Carla Esparza; 6. Jessica Andrade; 8. Kayla Harrison; 9. Julianna Peña; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

Marc Raimondi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Julianna Peña; 5. Carla Esparza; 6. Kayla Harrison; 7. Rose Namajunas; 8. Zhang Weili; 9. Jessica Andrade; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.

Carlos Contreras Legaspi: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Julianna Peña; 4. Cris Cyborg; 5. Kayla Harrison; 6. Carla Esparza; 7. Kayla Harrison; 8. Rose Namajunas; 9. Jessica Andrade; 10. Holly Holm.

Eddie Maisonet III: 1. Julianna Peña; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Valentina Shevchenko; 4. Zhang Weili; 5. Cris Cyborg; 6. Carla Esparza; 7. Jessica Andrade; 8. Rose Namajunas; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Marina Rodriguez.

Jeff Wagenheim: 1. Valentina Shevchenko; 2. Amanda Nunes; 3. Cris Cyborg; 4. Zhang Weili; 5. Julianna Peña; 6. Jessica Andrade; 7. Carla Esparza; 8. Rose Namajunas; 9. Kayla Harrison; 10. Katlyn Chookagian.