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UFC divisional rankings: Derrick Lewis leaps again into high three at heavyweight after huge KO win


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Finally, oddsmakers, followers and media could cease doubting Derrick Lewis’ potential to knock off all however the elite within the heavyweight division. Lewis delivered a giant reminder of his expertise at this previous weekend’s UFC Struggle Evening when he brutally knocked out Curtis Blaydes within the night time’s major occasion.

Blaydes entered the night time considering a win over Lewis would cement his spot as a sure-fire contender for the heavyweight championship. The primary spherical performed out almost completely for him, with Lewis unable to maintain up with Blaydes on the toes whereas worrying about potential takedowns. That every one modified on a single punch within the second spherical with Lewis uncorking an uppercut takedown counter he’d had loaded for the reason that opening bell. Blaydes went crashing to the canvas, and after Lewis landed two extra bombs on the bottom, the battle was over.

With the win, Lewis moved from No. 5 to No. 3 within the CBS Sports activities UFC Divisional Rankings. Blaydes fell from No. 3 to No. 5 in defeat, and can as soon as once more should attempt to construct himself as much as a possible title shot sooner or later.

Saturday’s UFC Struggle Evening card options three fights involving CBS Sports activities ranked fighters:

  • Heavyweight: No. 6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. No. 8 Cyril Gane
  • Mild heavyweight: No. 7 Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev
  • Bantamweight: No. 6 Jimmie Rivera vs. No. 7 Pedro Munhoz

Rankings are compiled following the submission of ballots by Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Jack Crosby and Brandon Clever. With out additional ado, here is the place issues stand forward of Saturday’s card.

For Brian Campbell’s up to date Pound for Pound Rankings, click on right here.

Flyweight

Fighter

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1. Deivieson Figueiredo

20-1-1

2. Brandon Moreno

18-5-2

3. Askar Askarov

12-0-1

4. Joseph Benavidez

28-7

T5. Matt Schnell

15-4

T5. Alexandre Pantoja

21-5

7. Kai Kara-France

21-8

8. Alex Perez

24-6

9. Jussier Formiga

23-8

10. Raulian Paiva

19-3

Bantamweight

Fighter

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1. Petr Yan (c)

15-1

2. Aljamain Sterling

19-3

3. Cory Sandhagen

14-2

4. Cody Garbrandt

12-3

5. Marlon Moraes

23-7-1

6. Jimmie Rivera

23-4

7. Pedro Munhoz

18-5

8. Raphael Assuncao

27-8

9. Merab Dvalishvili

12-4

10. Jose Aldo

29-7

Featherweight

Fighter

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1. Alexander Volkanovski (c)

22-1

2. Max Holloway

22-6

3. Brian Ortega

15-1

4. Zabit Magomedsharipov

18-1

5. Yair Rodriguez

12-2

6. Korean Zombie

16-6

7. Calvin Kattar

22-5

8. Josh Emmett

16-2

9. Dan Ige

14-3

10. Shane Burgos

13-2

Light-weight

Fighter

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1. Dustin Poirier

27-6

T2. Justin Gaethje

22-3

T2. Charles Oliveira

30-8

4. Michael Chandler

22-5

5. Tony Ferguson

25-5

6. Rafael dos Anjos

30-13

7. Conor McGregor

22-5

8. Drew Dober

23-9

9. Dan Hooker

20-10

10. Paul Felder

17-6

Welterweight

Fighter

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1. Kamaru Usman (c)

18-1

2. Colby Covington

16-2

3. Leon Edwards

18-3

4. Gilbert Burns

19-4

5. Jorge Masvidal

35-14

6. Stephen Thompson

16-4-1

7. Michael Chiesa

18-4

8. Geoff Neal

13-3

9. Neil Magny

24-8

10. Vicente Luque

19-7-1

Middleweight

Fighter

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1. Israel Adesanya (c)

20-0

2. Robert Whittaker

22-5

3. Paulo Costa

13-1

4. Jared Cannonier

13-5

5. Derek Brunson

21-7

6. Marvin Vettori

16-4-1

7. Darren Until

18-2-1

8. Kevin Holland

21-5

9. Jack Hermansson

21-6

10. Edmen Shahbayan

11-1

Mild heavyweight

Fighter

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1. Jan Blachowicz (c)

27-8

2. Dominick Reyes

12-2

3. Glover Teixeira

32-7

4. Thiago Santos

21-8

5. Aleksandar Rakic

13-2

6. Anthony Smith

34-16

7. Nikita Krylov

26-7

8. Jiri Prochazka

27-3-1

9. Johnny Walker

18-5

10. Misha Cirkunov

15-5

Heavyweight

Fighter

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1. Stipe Miocic (c)

20-3

2. Francis Ngannou

15-3

3. Derrick Lewis

25-7

4. Alexander Volkov

33-8

5. Curtis Blaydes

14-3

6. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

11-1

7. Alistair Overeem

47-19

8. Cyril Gane

7-0

9. Augusto Sakai

15-2-1

10. Walt Harris

13-9

Ladies’s strawweight

Fighter

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1. Weili Zhang (c) 

21-1

2. Rose Namajunas

9-4

3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

16-4

4. Tatiana Suarez

8-0

5. Carla Esparza

17-6

6. Yan Xiaonan

13-1

7. Jessica Andrade

21-8

8. Marina Rodriguez

13-1-2

9. Michelle Waterson

18-8

10. Amanda Ribas

10-2

Ladies’s flyweight

Fighter

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1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

20-3

2. Jessica Andrade

21-8

3. Lauren Murphy

14-4

4. Katlyn Chookagian

15-4

5. Jennifer Maia

18-7-1

Ladies’s bantamweight

Fighter

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1. Amanda Nunes (c)

20-4

2. Germaine de Randamie

10-4

3. Holly Holm

14-5

4. Aspen Ladd

9-1

5. Yana Kunitskaya

14-5

6. Irene Aldana

12-6

7. Julianna Pena

10-4

8. Julia Avila

8-2

9. Ketlen Vieira

11-2

10. Sara McMann

12-6




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