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MMA divisional rankings: Glover Teixeira, Petr Yan climb into top spots

Glover Teixeira, who became UFC light heavyweight champion on Oct. 30, has taken over the No. 1 spot in the ESPN rankings. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Glover Teixeira became a UFC champion at age 42 on his second try. Petr Yan returned to the top of a weight class he not long ago ruled. These are two of the most significant moves in the latest ESPN divisional rankings.

Teixeira dethroned Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight on Oct. 30, six years after the Brazilian had made an unsuccessful bid for the belt during the Jon Jones reign.

That same night, Yan, who had the bantamweight strap taken away from him via disqualification back in March, won an interim belt by defeating Cory Sandhagen. That sets up Yan for a rematch with Aljamain Sterling, who became champion when Yan landed an illegal knee in their title fight.

Aside from those fighters, several have either solidified their positions in their divisional top-10 or are newly ranked. There's a lot of movement, with more sure to come.

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 Nov. 10.

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: 16-3
Last: W (KO2) Stipe Miocic, March 27, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Ciryl Gane


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO3) Derrick Lewis, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Francis Ngannou


3. Stipe Miocic

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


4. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-8, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Ciryl Gane, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Chris Daukaus


5. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 34-9
Last: W (UD) Marcin Tybura, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Chris Daukaus

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: W (TKO2) Shamil Abdurakhimov, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Derrick Lewis


8. Alistair Overeem

Promotion: UFC
Record: 47-19, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Alexander Volkov, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 28-7, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Corey Anderson, Oct. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Marcin Tybura

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-7
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkov, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 33-7
Last: W (Sub2) Jan Blachowicz, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 28-9
Last: L (Sub2) Glover Teixeira, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 16-5
Last: W (TKO1) Ryan Bader, Oct. 16, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov


4. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 28-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Julius Anglickas, Oct. 16, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


7. Anthony Smith

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 35-16
Last: W (Sub1) Ryan Spann, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Magomed Ankalaev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 16-1
Last: W (UD) Volkan Oezdemir, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: March 12 vs. Thiago Santos


9. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 10
Record: 22-9
Last: W (UD) Johnny Walker, Oct. 2, 2021
Next: March 12 vs. Magomed Ankalaev


10. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
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: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Marvin Vettori, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 17, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-5-1
Last: W (UD) Paulo Costa, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Derek Brunson


5. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 23-7
Last: W (Sub3) Darren Till, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 13-2
Last: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Oct. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4-1
Last: L (Sub3) Derek Brunson, Sept. 4, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Jared Cannonier


8. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Edmen Shahbazyan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 48-7-2
Last: W (TKO3) John Salter, Aug. 13, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Austin Vanderford


10. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-3
Last: W (UD) Uriah Hall, July 31, 2021
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: TBD


2. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Stephen Thompson, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 19-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 16-3
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-7-1
Last: W (Sub1) Michael Chiesa, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, July 10, 2021
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Belal Muhammad


7. Yaroslav Amosov

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


8. Douglas Lima

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-10
Last: L (SD) Michael Page, Oct. 1, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Michael Chiesa

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-6
Last: L (UD) Sean Brady, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Jorge Masvidal

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-15
Last: L (KO2) Kamaru Usman, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Conor McGregor, July 10, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Charles Oliveira


2. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 31-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Michael Chandler, May 15, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Dustin Poirier


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-3
Last: W (UD) Michael Chandler, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 21-4-1
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, May 15, 2021
Next: Feb. 26 vs. Islam Makhachev


5. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 21-1
Last: W (Sub1) Dan Hooker, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: Feb. 26 vs. Beneil Dariush


6. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Previous rankin g: 4
Record: 22-7
Last: L (UD) Justin Gaethje, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-13
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Gregor Gillespie

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 14-1
Last: W (TKO2) Diego Ferreira, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Dan Hooker

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 21-11
Last: L (Sub1) Islam Makhachev, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tony Ferguson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-6
Last: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 23-1
Last: W (UD) Brian Ortega, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Max Holloway

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-6
Last: W (UD) Yair Rodriguez, Nov. 13, 2021
Next: TBD


3. A.J. McKee

Promotion: Bellator champion
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 18-0
Last: W (Sub1) Patricio Freire, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Brian Ortega

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 15-2, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Patricio Freire

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-5
Last: L (Sub1) A.J. McKee, July 31, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9, 2019
Next: TBD


7. Calvin Kattar

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Yair Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-3, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Nov. 13, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Chan Sung Jung

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Ige, June 19, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Josh Emmett

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20, 2020
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Dan Ige


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC interim champion
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Cory Sandhagen, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 20-3
Last: W (DQ4) Petr Yan, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. TJ Dillashaw

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Cory Sandhagen, July 24, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: L (UD) Petr Yan, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Garbrandt, May 22, 2021
Next: Dec. 4 vs. Jose Aldo


6. Jose Aldo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-7
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 4 vs. Rob Font


7. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-4
Last: W (TKO2) Marlon Moraes, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Cody Garbrandt

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-4
Last: L (UD) Rob Font, May 22, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Kai Kara-France


9. Marlon Vera

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-7-1
Last: W (KO3) Frankie Edgar, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Pedro Munhoz

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-6, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Jose Aldo, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Dominick Cruz


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Brandon Moreno

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 18-5-2
Last: W (Sub3) Deiveson Figueiredo, June 12, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo


2. Deiveson Figueiredo

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-2-1
Last: L (Sub3) Brandon Moreno, June 12, 2021
Next: Jan. 22 vs. Brandon Moreno


3. Adriano Moraes

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO2) Demetrious Johnson, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Demetrious Johnson

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Adriano Moraes, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Rodtang Jitmuangnon (mixed rules)


5. Askar Askarov

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-0-1
Last: W (UD) Joseph Benavidez, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alex Perez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-6
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Alexandre Pantoja

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-5
Last: W (Sub2) Brandon Royval, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Matt Schnell


8. Kai Kara-France

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Rogerio Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Cody Garbrandt


9. Brandon Royval

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-6
Last: L (Sub2) Alexandre Pantoja, Aug. 21, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Matt Schnell, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-4
Last: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson, March 6, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Julianna Peña


2. Germaine de Randamie

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Julianna Peña

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Dec. 11 vs. Amanda Nunes


4. Holly Holm

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Irene Aldana

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


6. Aspen Ladd

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 9-2
Last: L (UD) Norma Dumont, Oct. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yana Kunitskaya

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


8. Ketlen Vieira

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 12-2
Last: W (UD) Miesha Tate, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Raquel Pennington

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 12-8
Last: W (UD) Pannie Kianzad, Sept. 18, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiasson

Promotion: UFC
Record: 7-1
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 20, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-3
Last: W (TKO4) Lauren Murphy, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Katlyn Chookagian

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 16-4
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Jessica Andrade

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9
Last: W (TKO1) Cynthia Calvillo, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Lauren Murphy

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-5
Last: L (TKO4) Valentina Shevchenko, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Jennifer Maia

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-7-1
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Joanne Wood

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-7
Last: L (Sub1) Taila Santos, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Juliana Velasquez

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 12-0
Last: W (SD) Denise Kielholtz, July 16, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 11-1
Last: L (UD) Juliana Velasquez, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Viviane Araujo

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Roxanne Modafferi, Sept. 25, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Taila Santos

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-1
Last: W (Sub1) Joanne Wood, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Rose Namajunas

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 11-4
Last: W (SD) Zhang Weili, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Zhang Weili

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-2
Last: L (SD) Rose Namajunas, Nov. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Carla Esparza

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-6
Last: W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Marina Rodriguez

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-1-2
Last: W (UD) Mackenzie Dern, Oct. 9, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Yan Xiaonan

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Carla Esparza, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Mackenzie Dern

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-2
Last: L (UD) Marina Rodriguez, Oct. 9, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Claudia Gadelha

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-5
Last: L (UD) Yan Xiaonan, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Tecia Torres

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-5
Last: W (UD) Angela Hill, Aug. 7, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Amanda Ribas

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 11-2
Last: W (UD) Virna Jandiroba, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Nina Nunes

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 10-7
Last: L (Sub1) Mackenzie Dern, April 10, 2021
Next: TBD