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MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Khamzat Chimaev breaks into top 20

Welcome to the latest update on the MMA Fighting pound-for-pound rankings, where our esteemed panel picks up the noise every month to answer the question: Who are the best overall male and female MMA fighters in the world within range?

How has the past six weeks affected the global GBP/GBP movement? let’s see.


UFC 278: Usman v Edwards 2

Photography: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Welcome to the top 20, Khamzat Chimaev.

This Chechen destroyer is one of three to debut on the men’s pound list this month one of the new names. Now, on a career-perfect 12-0, Chimaev broke down Kevin Holland with just two minutes to re-establish himself after an odd week in Las Vegas Renewing his status as a title contender, he dropped 7.5 pounds and started The Great Reshuffling™ UFC 279. With five blowouts in his six UFC victories, Chimaev’s fortunes as champion are more than ever unavoidable. He is No. 20 on this month’s list.

As for our other two debuts, they don’t need much intro in terms of : Leon Edwards had a stunning upset over our previous No. 2 Kamaru Usman, while Demetrious Johnson had a savage revenge on our previous No. 20 Adriano Moraes. Edwards soared all the way to a well-deserved 4th on his debut thanks to their masterpiece, while the legendary Johnson slipped to 13th.

As for what happens next, all eyes will be on On October 22, the majesty of UFC 280 will unfold in Abu Dhabi. Each of the event’s first three races had a major impact on the pound rankings, but most importantly its main event: 3rd place Charles Oliveira vs Islam Mahceh Islam Makhechev competes for the vacant UFC lightweight strap. can not wait anymore.

PFL 9 Latest results of ranked fighters (previous ranking displayed):

Leon Edwards def. No. 2 Kamaru Usman, No. 11 Robert Whittaker def. Marvin Vittori, Demetrius Johnson def. No. 20 Adriano Moras

Upcoming Ranked Fighter matches: Do not. 3 Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhechev (UFC 280, Oct. 22), No. 7 Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw (UFC 280, Oct. 22), No. 11 Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics (Bellator 286, Oct. 1) , No. 17T Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley (UFC 280, Oct. 22) Players also accept Votes (votes displayed): Colby Covington (4 ), Jan Blachowicz (3), Islam Makachev (2), Ciryl Gane (2), Johnny Eblen (2), Alexandre Pantoja (2), AJ McKee (2), Raufeon Stots (1), Gegard Mousasi (1), Jose Aldo (1), Rainier de Reed (1)

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Kayla Harrison on the verge of getting another $1 million deal Payday has only one win.

PFL standout is the only woman on our list to compete since last pound-pound update, in a little over three minutes Crush Martina Kinderova. The win set up a third meeting with Larry Sa Pacheco for Harrison, who is now a perfect 15-0 in her MMA career. The two-time Olympic champion has already beaten Pacheco twice — both times in 2019, and both by unanimous decision — so when the pair meet again in the PFL lightweight championship final on November 25 In the event of a collision, her odds will be in her favor.

Looking ahead, the next six weeks will be busy for the bottom half of the women’s pound-for-pound rankings as three fighters – No. 13 Katlyn Chookagian, No. 17 Seika Izawa and No. 19 Mackenzie Dern – all look to defend their spots Against unranked opposition. But that’s not all: No. 3 Cris Cyborg is also back in action.

The reigning Bellator lightweight champion will make his professional boxing debut on September 25 in Brazil against Simone da Silva. Was Cyborg’s crossover with boxing a one-off, or a harbinger of something to come in her career? we’ll see.


Recent results of ranked fighters (displayed Previous ranking): No. 9 Kayla Harrison def. Martina Kinderova


Upcoming Ranked Fighter Match: No. 3 Cris Cyborg vs. Simone da Silva (Fighting Music Show 2, Sept. 25, Boxing), Katlyn Chookagian on the 13th vs. Manon Fiorot (UFC 280, Oct. 22), Seika Izawa on the 17th vs. Anastasiya Svetkivska (RIZIN 38, Sept. 25), Mackenzie on the 19th Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan (UFC Las Vegas 61, Oct. 1)

  • Soldiers also get votes (shows the number of votes cast): Angela Lee (4) , Ayaka Hamasaki (3), Larissa Pacheco (3), Julia Budd (2), Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (2), Irene Aldana (1), Raquel Pennington (1), Xiong Jingnan (1), Yan Xiaonan (1) Finally, review some ground rules: Eight-person voting panel by MMA Fighting StaffShaun Al-Sha tti, Alexander K. Lee, Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck, E. Casey Leydon, Steven Marrocco, Damon Martin and Jed Meshew. Ranking update will be done after each UFC pay-per-view. If a fighter has not fought within 18 months of their most recent fight, they will be removed from the rankings. If a fighter announces his retirement, our panel of experts will decide the Should fighters be removed from the rankings immediately or keep their positions until further attention (let’s put it this way: we’ll be Khabib Nurmagomedov() faster than the UFC removed from our rankings). As a reminder, the notion that GBP/GBP supremacy will always happen is inherently subjective. When you’re debating whether you should rank someone like Stipe Miocic over someone like Max Holloway above such people, there is no real correct answer. In other words: Guys, this is not serious business. Any ideas? question? Worried? Make your voice heard in the comments below.

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