Cody Garbrandt makes biggest jump in shifting bantamweight rankings


Bantamweights are on the move. With the retirement (for now?) of former two-division champion Henry Cejudo, Marlon Moraes has moved up from No. 2 to the top spot in the ESPN men’s 135-pound rankings.

Right behind Moraes is Aljamain Sterling, who needed less than a minute and a half to submit fellow contender Cory Sandhagen on June 6. Petr Yan, whom UFC president Dana White has said will fight Jose Aldo for the vacant title, moves up a spot to No. 3.

The bantamweight who makes the biggest jump, though, is former champion Cody Garbrandt, who on that same June 6 card broke out of a three-fight skid and an absence of more than a year by scoring a one-punch knockout of Raphael Assuncao. He’s back.

Bantamweights aside, there is movement in several divisions. Check out my rankings within each MMA weight classes by clicking on the links below.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of June 9.

HeavyweightLight heavyweightMiddleweightWelterweight
LightweightMen’s featherweightMen’s bantamweightMen’s flyweight
Women’s bantamweightWomen’s flyweightStrawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 15-3
Last: W (KO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, May 9
Next: TBD

4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, Jan. 25
Next: June 20 vs. Alexander Volkov

5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 23-7
Last: W (UD) Ilir Latifi, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 31-7
Last: W (UD) Greg Hardy, Nov. 9
Next: June 20 vs. Curtis Blaydes

8. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Record: 10-1
Last: L (KO1) Francis Ngannou, May 9
Next: TBD

10. Alistair Overeem

Record: 46-18, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Walt Harris, May 16
Next: TBD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 26-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov

3. Dominick Reyes

Record: 12-1
Last: L (UD) Jon Jones, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

4. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 26-8
Last: W (KO1) Corey Anderson, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

5. Thiago Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD

6. Corey Anderson

Record: 13-5
Last: L (KO1) Jan Blachowicz, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

7. Glover Teixeira

Record: 31-7
Last: W (TKO5) Anthony Smith, May 13
Next: TBD

8. Anthony Smith

Record: 33-15
Last: L (TKO5) Glover Teixeira, May 13
Next: TBD

9. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Aleksandar Rakic, Dec. 21
Next: July 11 vs. Jiri Prochazka

10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SD) Volkan Oezdemir, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 19-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, March 7
Next: TBD

2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Oct. 6
Next: Aug. 15 vs Darren Till

3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

4. Yoel Romero

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

5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jack Hermansson, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

6. Darren Till

Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (SD) Kelvin Gastelum, Nov. 2
Next: Aug. 15 vs Robert Whittaker

7. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Darren Till, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

8. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jared Cannonier, Sept. 28
Next: TBD vs. Chris Weidman

9. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-8 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Jan Blachowicz, Nov. 16
Next: TBD

10. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD

WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO5) Colby Covington, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 35-13
Last: W (TKO3) Nate Diaz, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

3. Colby Covington

Record: 15-2
Last: L (TKO5) Kamaru Usman, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

4. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-7
Last: W (UD) Rory MacDonald, Oct. 26
Next: TBD vs. Gegard Mousasi

5. Leon Edwards

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: TBD

6. Gilbert Burns

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-3
Last: W (UD) Tyron Woodley, May 30
Next: TBD

7. Tyron Woodley

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 19-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, May 30
Next: TBD

8. Rory MacDonald

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26
Next: TBD

9. Stephen Thompson

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 15-4-1
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

10. Michael Chiesa

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: TBD vs. Justin Gaethje

2. Justin Gaethje

Record: 22-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tony Ferguson, May 9
Next: TBD vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

3. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-4
Last: L (TKO5) Justin Gaethje, May 9
Next: TBD

4. Dustin Poirier

Record: 25-6
Last: L (SUB3) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Dan Hooker

Record: 20-8
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

6. Paul Felder

Record: 17-5
Last: L (SD) Dan Hooker, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

7. Conor McGregor

Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

8. Charles Oliveira

Record: 29-8, 1 NC
Last: W (SUB3) Kevin Lee, March 14
Next: TBD

9. Michael Chandler

Record: 20-5
Last: W (KO1) Sydney Outlaw, Dec. 28
Next: TBD

10. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, Dec. 14
Next: vs. Max Holloway, July 11

2. Max Holloway

Record: 21-5
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Dec. 14
Next: vs. Alexander Volkanovski, July 11

3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: TBA

4. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD vs. Pedro Carvalho

5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

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

6. Yair Rodriguez

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

7. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 16-5
Last: W (TKO1) Frankie Edgar, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

8. Calvin Kattar

Record: 21-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jeremy Stephens, May 9
Next: TBD

9. Josh Emmett

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO2) Mirsad Bektic, July 13
Next: TBD

10. Shane Burgos

Record: 13-1
Last: W (TKO3) Makwan Amirkhani, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Marlon Moraes

Previous ranking: 2
Record: 23-6-1
Last: W (SD) Jose Aldo, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Aljamain Sterling

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 19-3
Last: W (SUB1) Cory Sandhagen, June 6
Next: TBD

3. Petr Yan

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 14-1
Last: W (KO3) Urijah Faber, Dec. 14
Next: TBD vs. Jose Aldo

4. Cody Garbrandt

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 12-3
Last: W (KO2) Raphael Assuncao, June 6
Next: TBD

5. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-6
Last: L (SD) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD vs. Petr Yan

6. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SUB1) Aljamain Sterling, June 6
Next: TBD

7. Pedro Munhoz

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: TBD

8. Raphael Assuncao

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 27-8
Last: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6
Next: TBD

9. Dominick Cruz

Previous ranking: 10
Record: 22-2
Last: L (TKO2) Henry Cejudo, May 9
Next: TBD

10. Jimmie Rivera

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 22-4
Last: L (UD) Petr Yan, June 8, 2019
Next: TBD

MEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Danny Kingad, Oct. 12
Next: TBD vs. Adriano Moraes

2. Deiveson Figueiredo

Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, Feb. 29
Next: TBD

3. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-6
Last: L (TKO2) Deiveson Figueiredo, Feb. 29
Next: TBD

4. Brandon Moreno

Record: 16-5-1
Last: W (UD) Kai Kara-France, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

5. Alex Perez

Previous ranking: 10
Record: 24-5
Last: W (TKO2) Jussier Formiga, June 6
Next: TBD

6. Alexandre Pantoja

Previous record: 5
Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Matt Schnell, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

7. Askar Askarov

Record: 11-0-1
Last: W (UD) Tim Elliott, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

8. Kai Kara-France

Record: 21-8, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Tyson nam, Feb. 23
Next: TBD

9. Jussier Formiga

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 23-8
Last: L (TKO1) Alex Perez, June 6
Next: TBD

10. Rogerio Bontorin

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 16-2
Last: L (UD) Ray Borg, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Felicia Spencer, June 6
Next: TBD

2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-4
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Aspen Ladd

Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7
Next: TBD

4. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: TBD

5. Irene Aldana

Record: 12-5
Last: W (KO1) Ketlen Vieira, Dec. 14
Next: Aug. 1 vs. Holly Holm

6. Holly Holm

Record: 13-5
Last: W (UD) Raquel Pennington, Jan. 18
Next: Aug. 1 vs. Irene Aldana

7. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-1
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, Dec. 14
Next: TBD vs. Marion Reneau

8. Raquel Pennington

Record: 9-8
Last: L (UD) Holly Holm, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

9. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD

10. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Aspen Ladd, Dec. 7
Next: TBD

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO3) Katlyn Chookagian, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Kate Jackson, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 14-3
Last: W (UD) Antonina Shevchenko, May 30
Next: TBD

4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: TBD vs. Mandy Bohm

6. Jessica Eye

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 15-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo
Next: TBD

7. Jennifer Maia

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 17-6-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

8. Roxanne Modafferi

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 23-16
Last: W (UD) Maycee Barber, Jan. 18
Next: vs. Lauren Murphy, June 20

9. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-2
Last: L (UD) Jessica Eye, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

10. Lauren Murphy

Record: 12-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Feb. 8
Next: vs. Roxanne Modafferi, June 20

STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

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

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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

3. Jessica Andrade

Record: 20-7
Last: L (TKO1) Zhang Weili, Aug. 31
Next: TBD vs. Rose Namajunas

4. Rose Namajunas

Record: 8-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, May 11
Next: TBD

5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 9-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD

6. Carla Esparza

Record: 16-6
Last: W (SD) Michelle Waterson, May 9
Next: TBD vs. Jessica Andrade

7. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 18-4
Last: W (SD) Angela Hill, May 16
Next: TBD

8. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD

9. Marina Rodriguez

Record: 12-0-2
Last: MD Cynthia Calvillo, Dec. 7
Next: TBD

10. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-8
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 9
Next: TBD


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