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As expected, Stephen Thompson is now the No. 1 ranked welterweight contender after his win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 89 over Rory MacDonald.

Thompson, who finished former champion Johny Hendricks earlier this year, earned a decision over MacDonald in the main event.

Donald Cerrone is now ranked in both the lightweight Top-5 and welterweight Top-15. “Cowboy” downed Patrick Cote at the recent card and debuted at No. 14 at 170 pounds. He is still ranked fourth at 155.

The other big mover was Joanne Calderwood, as she jumped five spots to No. 7 at strawweight. Calderwood defeated Valerie Letourneau, who fell four spots to ninth.

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Fresh off his decision win over Rory MacDonald, Stephen Thompson finds himself as the No. 1 welterweight contender in the latest UFC rankings.

Thompson overtook MacDonald, who had been the top contender prior to the loss.

Donald Cerrone made his debut in the welterweight Top-15 after besting Patrick Cote. Cerrone is now 14th at 170 pounds and remained fourth at lightweight.

In the strawweight rankings, Joanne Calderwood jumped up five spots to seventh, while her recent opponent, Valerie Letourneau, fell to ninth.

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And say hello to the rapidly rising Joanne Calderwood at strawweight!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC Fight Night 89 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place inside TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (results), and there was a lot to talk about when all was said and done.

You can thank Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone for that.

“Wonderboy” continued his march through the welterweight division by turning away former division No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald in the five-round main event (see it). “Cowboy,” meanwhile,” put the rest of the 170-pound division on notice by stopping the venerable Patrick Cote (replay).

That’s not all.

Here’s what the latest ranking field looks like courtesy of Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

1 Jon Jones
2 Demetrious Johnson
3 Dominick Cruz
4 Robbie Lawler
5 Rafael Dos Anjos
6 Conor McGregor
7 Daniel Cormier
8 Jose Aldo
9 Michael Bisping
10 Frankie Edgar
11 Stipe Miocic
12 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
13 Luke Rockhold
14 Chris Weidman
15 Fabricio Werdum

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Jussier Formiga
4 Kyoji Horiguchi
5 Ian McCall
6 John Moraga
7 Zach Makovsky
8 Wilson Reis
9 Ali Bagautinov +1
10 Dustin Ortiz -1
11 Justin Scoggins
12 Louis Smolka
13 Ray Borg
14 Sergio Pettis
15 Ben Nguyen

Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 TJ Dillashaw
2 Urijah Faber
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Bryan Caraway
5 Michael McDonald
6 Aljamain Sterling
7 Cody Garbrandt
8 John Lineker
9 John Dodson -1
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Takeya Mizugaki
12 Frankie Saenz
13 Johnny Eduardo
14 Jimmie Rivera
15 Eddie Wineland

Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Max Holloway
4 Chad Mendes
5 Ricardo Lamas
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Brian Ortega
11 Hacran Dias
12 Darren Elkins
13 Yair Rodriguez
14 Tatsuya Kawajiri
15 Mirsad Bektic

Champion: Rafael Dos Anjos
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Eddie Alvarez
3 Tony Ferguson
4 Donald Cerrone
5 Nate Diaz
6 Edson Barboza
7 Anthony Pettis
8 Michael Johnson
9 Dustin Poirier
10 Michael Chiesa
11 Beneil Dariush
12 Al Iaquinta
13 Evan Dunham +1
14 Rashid Magomedov -1
15 Francisco Trinaldo

Champion: Robbie Lawler
1 Stephen Thompson +1
2 Rory MacDonald -1
3 Tyron Woodley
3 Demian Maia +1
5 Carlos Condit
6 Johny Hendricks
7 Neil Magny
8 Matt Brown
9 Rick Story +1
9 Dong Hyun Kim
11 Gunnar Nelson
12 Kelvin Gastelum
13 Tarec Saffiedine
14 Donald Cerrone *NR
15 Thiago Alves -1

Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Luke Rockhold
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jacare Souza
4 Vitor Belfort
5 Anderson Silva
6 Robert Whittaker
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Gegard Mousasi
9 Uriah Hall
10 Derek Brunson +1
11 Tim Kennedy -1
12 Thales Leites
13 Dan Henderson
14 Rafael Natal
15 Thiago Santos -1

Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Jon Jones (Interim Champion)
2 Anthony Johnson
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Alexander Gustafsson
5 Ryan Bader
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Mauricio Rua
8 Rashad Evans
9 Jimi Manuwa
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
11 Nikita Krylov
12 Corey Anderson
13 Ilir Latifi
14 Patrick Cummins
15 Gian Villante

Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Andrei Arlovski
7 Travis Browne
8 Mark Hunt
9 Josh Barnett
10 Roy Nelson
11 Frank Mir +1
12 Derrick Lewis -1
13 Stefan Struve
14 Ruslan Magomedov
15 Alexey Oliynyk

Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Carla Esparza
3 Rose Namajunas
4 Tecia Torres
5 Karolina Kowalkiewicz +1
6 Jessica Andrade +1
7 Joanne Calderwood +5
8 Maryna Moroz
9 Valerie Letourneau -4
10 Paige VanZant -1
11 Michelle Waterson
12 Jessica Penne -2
13 Randa Markos +1
14 Jessica Aguilar -1
15 Juliana Lima

Champion: Miesha Tate
1 Holly Holm
2 Ronda Rousey
3 Cat Zingano
4 Amanda Nunes
5 Julianna Pena
6 Sara McMann
7 Valentina Shevchenko
8 Liz Carmouche
9 Raquel Pennington
10 Jessica Eye
11 Bethe Correia
12 Germaine de Randamie
13 Lauren Murphy
14 Ashlee Evans-Smith
15 Marion Reneau

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in just a few weeks as UFC uncorks three straight combat sports events in the second week of July, starting with UFC Fight Night 90, continuing with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 Finale, and ending with UFC 200.

Until then, let us know what you think of the latest rankings movement in the comments section below.

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After a week off, the UFC returns on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 89 and a pivotal bout in the welterweight division.

In the FOX Sports 1-televised headliner, Rory MacDonald (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, meets No. 5 Stephen Thompson (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC).

Tyron Woodley is next up for champ Robbie Lawler, but the MacDonald vs. Thompson winner could get the winner. Currently, Saturday’s fight is essentially a toss-up at the sports books with nearly identical odds.

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Well, a lot has gone down since the last installment of the Bleacher Report MMA Rankings.

The UFC has two new champions in Stipe Miocic and Michael Bisping. Super prospects Thomas Almeida and Aljamain Sterling had massive reality checks at UFC Fight Night 88. Top 10 names such as Demian Maia, Sara McMann and Max Holloway cemented their spot in the rankings. And that’s just in the UFC!

Naturally, the MMA team of Patrick Wyman, Steven Rondina, Nathan McCarter and Chad Dundas is here to give you some fresh new MMA rankings. You can find them below.


You can check out the full rules here.

Notes for This Month

  • You can find each panel member’s individual rankings here.
  • Jessica Andrade is moved from bantamweight to strawweight.
  • Renan Barao remains at bantamweight.
  • Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau remain at strawweight.
  • Chad Mendes will remain in the rankings for the time being. This will change if he receives a suspension for a possible USADA infraction, reported by Mike Sloan of Sherdog.
  • New format! Like it? Don’t like it? Let us know in the comments section.



No. 1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (40)
No. 2. Claudia Gadelha (36)
No. 3. Rose Namajunas (29)
No. 4. Tecia Torres (25)
No. 5. Jessica Aguilar (22)
No. 6. Carla Esparza (19)
No. 7. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (13)
No. 8. Valerie Letourneau (10)
No. 9. Jessica Andrade (9)
No. 10. Angela Hill (5)

Angela Hill is the new Invicta FC strawweight champion, The Street Fighter fan took the title off Livia Renata Souza in a hard-fought split decision at Invicta FC 17, showing she isn’t just a hot prospect but that she’s a legitimate player. She hasn’t yet touched her ceiling, and it wouldn’t be all that shocking if she panned out to be No. 1 material.

In UFC land, Jessica Andrade dropped from bantamweight to strawweight and absolutely destroyed former Invicta champ Jessica Penne. There’s a real chance she ends up fighting for a title in the near future.



No. 1. Demetrious Johnson (40)
No. 2. Joseph Benavidez (36)
No. 3. Kyoji Horiguchi (29)
No. 4. Henry Cejudo (28)
No. 5. Jussier da Silva (23)
No. 6. Ian McCall (17)
No. 7. John Moraga (15)
No. 8. Ali Bagautinov (10)
No. 9. Zach Makovsky (8)
No. 10. Wilson Reis (5)


Not much happened at 125 pounds. In the lone noteworthy fight of the month, Kyoji Horiguchi scored a decisive win over Neil Seery. The 25-year-old didn’t look radically different following his joining American Top Team and continues to be one of the best young fighters in MMA.


Men’s Bantamweight

No. 1. Dominick Cruz (40)
No. 2. TJ Dillashaw (36)
No. 3. Raphael Assuncao (29)
No. 4. Renan Barao (26)
No. 5T. Bryan Caraway (18)
No. 5T. Marlon Moraes (18)
No. 7. Urijah Faber (12)
No. 8. Aljamain Sterling (11)
No. 9. Cody Garbrandt (9)
No. 10. John Dodson (8)

Dominick Cruz defended his bantamweight title from Urijah Faber at UFC 199, but that didn’t shake up the rankings much. The bigger shake-ups came at Fight Night 88.

At that event, Bryan Caraway derailed the Sterling hype train, launching the veteran into the rankings for the first time. In the main event, Cody Garbrandt made the most of his prime-time opportunity and scored a big win over Almeida.


Women’s Bantamweight

No. 1. Miesha Tate(38)
No. 2. Holly Holm (36)
No. 3. Ronda Rousey (34)
No. 4. Cat Zingano (26)
No. 5. Amanda Nunes (23)
No. 6T. Alexis Davis (17)
No. 6T. Tonya Evinger (17)
No. 8. Julianna Pena (11)
No. 9. Sara McMann (10)
No. 10. Valentina Shevchenko (4)

Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger is a beast and scored her ninth win in a row by steamrolling Colleen Schneider at Invicta FC 17. Come on, Sean Shelby—get her in the UFC!



No. 1. Conor McGregor (40)
No. 2. Jose Aldo (36)
No. 3. Frankie Edgar (32)
No. 4. Max Holloway (28)
No. 5. Chad Mendes (24)
No. 6. Ricardo Lamas (12)
No. 7T. Charles Oliveira (11)
No. 7T. Daniel Straus (11)
No. 7T.  Cub Swanson (11)
No. 10- Jeremy Stephens (5)

Jeremy Stephens roughed up Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 88 to cement his place in the top 10, and Holloway dominated Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199 to cement his place as the No. 4. Unfortunately, neither man has much more room to climb the rankings unless he starts getting bigger opportunities—which isn’t close to being a certainty.



No. 1. Rafael dos Anjos (40)
No. 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (36)
No. 3. Eddie Alvarez (28)
No. 4. Tony Ferguson (27)
No. 5. Will Brooks (23)
No. 6T. Donald Cerrone (19)
No. 6T. Nate Diaz (19)
No. 8. Edson Barboza (15)
No. 9. Anthony Pettis (4)
No. 10. Dustin Poirier (3)

Dustin Poirier overwhelmed Bobby Green at UFC 199, and that was good enough for him to scratch his way into the top 10. He’s been a monster at 155 pounds to this point, and while his footing isn’t secure in the rankings, he seems ready to climb deep as time goes on.



No. 1. Robbie Lawler (40)
No. 2. Rory MacDonald (34)
No. 3. Stephen Thompson (26)
No. 4. Tyron Woodley (24)
No. 5. Demian Maia (23)
No. 6T. Ben Askren (18)
No. 6T. Carlos Condit (18)
No. 6T. Johny Hendricks (18)
No. 9.Neil Magny (9)
No. 10. Andrey Koreshkov (7)

Maia did Maia things to Matt Brown at UFC 198, repeatedly suckering his American foe to the ground and coiling around him. He’s so darn good. 

Also during the month, fringe names Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story both notched wins, over Albert Tumenov and Tarec Saffiedine respectively. Great wins, though they’re going to need longer streaks to get into these rankings.



No. 1. Michael Bisping (38)
No. 2. Luke Rockhold (37)
No. 3. Chris Weidman (32)
No. 4. Ronaldo Souza (29)
No. 5T. Lyoto Machida (17)
No. 5T. Robert Whittaker (17)
No. 7. Gegard Mousasi (16)
No. 8. Vitor Belfort (15)
No. 9. Anderson Silva (8)
No. 10. Derek Brunson (6)

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza exploded Vitor Belfort at UFC 198 to start off the month, but it’s hard to remember that these days. That, of course, is because of Bisping’s unlikely rise to the middleweight title. Obviously, that completely turned the top half of our middleweight rankings upside down.


Light Heavyweight

No. 1. Jon Jones (40)
No. 2. Daniel Cormier (36)
No. 3. Anthony Johnson (32)
No. 4. Alexander Gustafsson (26)
No. 5. Phil Davis (20)
No. 6. Ryan Bader (18)
No. 7. Glover Teixeira (17)
No. 8. Liam McGeary (13)
No. 9. Muhammed Lawal (9)
No. 10. Ovince Saint Preux (7)

The biggest fight at 205 pounds in May happened in Bellator, when Phil Davis faced off with Muhammed Lawal with a shot at Liam McGeary’s title on the line. In a back-and-forth fight, Davis took home the unanimous decision win (something many disagreed with). Despite the loss, Lawal made headway in the rankings.



No. 1. Stipe Miocic (40)
No. 2. Fabricio Werdum (36)
No. 3. Cain Velasquez (31)
No. 4. Alistair Overeem (28)
No. 5. Junior dos Santos (23)
No. 6. Ben Rothwell (20)
No. 7. Travis Browne (15)
No. 8. Andrei Arlovski (13)
No. 9. Mark Hunt (8)
No. 10. Josh Barnett (4)

Miocic is the new heavyweight champion of the world, knocking Fabricio Werdum out cold at UFC 198. People aren’t yet sure what to make of Miocic, who was a clear underdog entering the event, but he unanimously takes the top spot here. His first title defense is set to come against Alistair Overeem, who conveniently took a big win of his own over Andrei Arlovski.

They’ll face off at UFC 203 in Miocic’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. 


Top Fights to Watch in June

  • Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas (Bellator 156, June 17)
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Geane Herrera (UFC Fight Night 89, June 18)
  • Valerie Letourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood (UFC Fight Night 89, June 18)
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote (UFC Fight Night 89, June 18)

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