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MMA divisional rankings: Sergei Pavlovich is among several fighters making the right moves

Sergei Pavlovich made quick work of Derrick Lewis at UFC 277 to earn a top-10 spot at heavyweight. Alejandro Salazar/PxImages/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

The headline fight result since the last time the ESPN divisional rankings were updated, a month ago, was Amanda Nunes' dominant victory over Julianna Peña at UFC 277 last weekend. The win earned Nunes the bantamweight championship she had once owned, making a two-division champ again. It also elevated her back up to the top of the ESPN women's pound-for-pound rankings and, naturally, reinstalled her at No. 1 in our top 10 at women's bantamweight.

But there are other significant moves in these divisional ranking.

At heavyweight, Sergei Pavlovich makes his rankings debut on the strength of Saturday's TKO of Derrick Lewis in under a minute.

At featherweight, Yair Rodriguez moves up several spots in the aftermath of his July 16 win over Brian Ortega.

There are other such moves sprinkled throughout these men's and women's top 10s.

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 Aug. 4.

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


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-1
Last: L (UD) Francis Ngannou, Jan. 22, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Tai Tuivasa


3. Stipe Miocic

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


4. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Tom Aspinall, July 23, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Tai Tuivasa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: W (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Ciryl Gane


6. Tom Aspinall

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: L (TKO1) Curtis Blaydes, July 23, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Sergei Pavlovich

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO1) Derrick Lewis, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 26-10, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Sergei Pavlovich, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 35-10
Last: W (TKO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, June 4, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 30-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Cheick Kongo, May 6, 2022
Next: TBD


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 29-3-1
Last: W (Sub5) Glover Teixeira, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-8
Last: L (Sub5) Jiri Prochazka, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC
Record: 29-9
Last: W (TKO3) Aleksandar Rakic, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 16-5, 1 NC
Last: NC3 Vadim Nemkov, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: L (TKO3) Jan Blachowicz, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Magomed Ankalaev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO2) Anthony Smith, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 15-2, 1 NC
Last: NC3 Corey Anderson, April 15, 2022
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


8. Anthony Smith

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 36-16
Last: L (TKO2) Magomed Ankalaev, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-11
Last: L (TKO4) Jamahal Hill, Aug. 6, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Dominick Reyes

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


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 23-1
Last: W (UD) Jared Cannonier, July 2, 2022
Next: Nov. 12 vs. Alex Pereira


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-6
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Marvin Vettori


3. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-5-1
Last: W (UD) Paulo Costa, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Robert Whittaker


4. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-6
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, July 2, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2
Last: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: Aug. 20 vs. Luke Rockhold


6. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-8
Last: L (KO2) Jared Cannonier, Feb. 12, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Alex Pereira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 6-1
Last: W (KO1) Sean Strickland, July 2, 2022
Next: Nov. 12 vs. Israel Adesanya


8. Johnny Eblen

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 12-0
Last: W (UD) Gegard Mousasi, June 24, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-4
Last: L (KO1) Alex Pereira, July 2, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 49-8-2
Last: L (UD) Johnny Eblen, June 24, 2022
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

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


2. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3
Last: W (UD) Jorge Masvidal, March 5, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Khamzat Chimaev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Gilbert Burns, April 9, 2022
Next: Sept. 10 vs. Nate Diaz


4. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Next: Aug. 20 vs. Kamaru Usman


5. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-5
Last: L (UD) Khamzat Chimaev, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Belal Muhammad

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, April 16, 2022
Next: Oct. 22 vs. Sean Brady


7. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9-1
Last: L (KO3) Geoff Neal, Aug. 6, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Yaroslav Amosov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 26-0
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-6-1
Last: L (UD) Belal Muhammad, Dec. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Sean Brady

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-0
Last: W (UD) Michael Chiesa, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: Oct. 22 vs. Belal Muhammad


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-8, 1 NC
Last: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, May 7, 2022
Next: Oct. 22 vs. Islam Makhachev


2. Dustin Poirier

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


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-4
Last: L (Sub1) Charles Oliveira, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: W (TKO1) Bobby Green, Feb. 26, 2022
Next: Oct. 22 vs. Charles Oliveira


5. Beneil Dariush

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


6. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-7
Last: W (KO2) Tony Ferguson, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Rafael Fiziev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 26-6
Last: W (KO5) Rafael dos Anjos, July 9, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 31-15
Last: L (KO5) Rafael Fiziev, July 9, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Mateusz Gamrot

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Arman Tsarukyan, June 25, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Arman Tsarukyan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-3
Last: L (UD) Mateusz Gamrot, June 25, 2022
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 25-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, July 2, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-7
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, July 2, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 33-5
Last: W (UD) A.J. McKee, April 15, 2022
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Adam Borics


4. Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-3, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Brian Ortega, July 16, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 15-3, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Yair Rodriguez, July 16, 2022
Next: TBD


6. A.J. McKee

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 18-1
Last: L (UD) Patricio Freire, April 15, 2022
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Spike Carlyle


7. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-2
Last: W (SD) Calvin Kattar, June 18, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Arnold Allen

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO1) Dan Hooker, March 19, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 23-6
Last: L (SD) Josh Emmett, June 18, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Giga Chikadze

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: L (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterling

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


2. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-3
Last: L (SD) Aljamain Sterling, April 9, 2022
Next: Oct. 22 vs. Sean O'Malley


3. TJ Dillashaw

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Cory Sandhagen, July 24, 2021
Next: Sept. 10 vs. Aljamain Sterling


4. Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 31-7
Last: W (UD) Rob Font, Dec. 4, 2021
Next: Aug. 20 vs. Merab Dvalishvili


5. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: L (UD) Petr Yan, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: Sept. 17 vs. Song Yadong


6. Marlon Vera

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-7-1
Last: W (KO4) Dominick Cruz, Aug. 13, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: W (TKO2) Marlon Moraes, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: Aug. 20 vs. Jose Aldo


8. Sergio Pettis

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 22-5
Last: W (KO4) Kyoji Horiguchi, Dec. 3, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-6
Last: L (UD) Marlon Vera, April 30, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Dominick Cruz

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-4
Last: L (KO4) Marlon Vera, Aug. 13, 2022
Next: TBD


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Deiveson Figueiredo

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


2. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC interim champion
Record: 20-6-2
Last: W (TKO3) Kai Kara-France, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-10, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Brandon Moreno, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 20-3
Last: W (Sub3) Yuya Wakamatsu, March 26, 2022
Next: Aug. 26 vs. Demetrious Johnson


5. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: W (Sub2) Rodtang Jitmuangnon (mixed rules), March 26, 2022
Next: Aug. 26 vs. Adriano Moraes


6. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 25-5
Last: W (Sub1) Alex Perez, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 14-1-1
Last: L (UD) Kai Kara-France, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 14-6
Last: W (Sub1) Matt Schnell, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: Unsigned
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 17-4, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Brandon Royval, Jan. 15, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Matheus Nicolau

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (UD) David Dvorak, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Julianna Peña, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 11-5
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, July 30, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 13-2
Last: W (SD) Holly Holm, May 21, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 14-6
Last: L (SD) Ketlen Vieira, May 21, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 14-8
Last: W (UD) Aspen Ladd, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Irene Aldana

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 13-6
Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yana Kunitskaya

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-3
Last: L (UD) Raquel Pennington, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Sara McMann

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (UD) Karol Rosa, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 8-2
Last: W (SD) Norma Dumont, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 23-3
Last: W (SD) Taila Santos, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


2. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4
Last: W (SD) Amanda Ribas, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-9
Last: W (Sub1) Amanda Lemos, April 23, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Manon Fiorot


4. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-5
Last: W (UD) Miesha Tate, July 16, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Taila Santos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-1
Last: L (SD) Valentina Shevchenko, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


6. Liz Carmouche

Promotion: Bellator champ
Record: 17-7
Last: W (TKO4) Juliana Velasquez, April 22, 2022
Next: TBD


7. Manon Fiorot

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (UD) Jennifer Maia, March 26, 2022
Next: Sept. 3 vs. Jessica Andrade


8. Alexa Grasso

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3
Last: W (Sub1) Joanne Wood, March 26, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Viviane Araujo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-13
Last: W (UD) Andrea Lee, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 12-1
Last: L (TKO4) Liz Carmouche, April 22, 2022
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Carla Esparza

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


2. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-5
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 7, 2022
Next: TBD


3. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-2
Last: W (KO2) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, June 11, 2022
Next: TBD


4. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-1-2
Last: W (SD) Yan Xiaonan, March 5, 2022
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-3, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Marina Rodriguez, March 5, 2022
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Mackenzie Dern


6. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (SD) Tecia Torres, April 9, 2022
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Yan Xiaonan


7. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-6
Last: L (SD) Mackenzie Dern, April 9, 2022
Next: TBD


8. Amanda Ribas

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-3
Last: L (SD) Katlyn Chookagian, May 14, 2022
Next: TBD


9. Amanda Lemos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-2-1
Last: L (Sub1) Jessica Andrade, April 23, 2022
Next: TBD


10. Michelle Waterson-Gomez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-10
Last: L (Sub2) Amanda Lemos, July 16
Next: TBD