UFC divisional rankings: Justin Gaethje ticks up after dominant interim championship victory


Justin Gaethje entered UFC 249 as an underdog for his interim lightweight championship fight with Tony Ferguson. He emerged from the night with a dominant win — despite taking the fight on short notice — and an interim title that puts him in line to face No. 1-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year for the undisputed championship at 155 pounds.

With the win, Gaethje jumped from a tie for the No. 3 ranking to No. 2 at lightweight in the CBS Sports UFC divisional rankings. He wasn’t the only mover coming out of the stacked card as Calvin Kattar went from unranked to No. 8 at featherweight after beating Jeremy Stephens.

At heavyweight, Jairzinho Rozenstruik dropped from No. 7 to No. 9 after a 20-second knockout loss against Francis Ngannou, who held on to his No. 3 ranking with the victory. Also of note, Carla Esparza’s win over Michelle Waterson held both women steady at their respective No. 7 and 8 rankings at women’s strawweight.

This coming week features a pair of UFC events. First, UFC Fight Night takes place Wednesday from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, before UFC on ESPN 9 takes place on Saturday from the same venue.

There are four fights featuring CBS Sports ranked fighters scheduled for the two upcoming events:

  • Light Heavyweight: No. 5 Anthony Smith vs. No. 8 Glover Teixeira
  • Heavyweight: No. 8 Walt Harris vs. No. 10 Alistair Overeem
  • Women’s Strawweight: No. 5 Claudia Gadelha vs. Angela Hill
  • Bantamweight: No. 10 Song Yadong vs. Marlon Vera

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Rankings are compiled following the submission of ballots by Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Jack Crosby and Brandon Wise. Without further ado, here’s where things stand ahead a pair of events this week.

For Brian Campbell’s updated Pound for Pound Rankings, click here.

Flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Deivieson Figueiredo

17-1

2. Joseph Benavidez

28-6

3. Brandon Moreno

17-5

4. Alexandre Pantoja

21-4

5. Jussier Formiga

23-7

6. Matt Schnell

14-4

7. Kai Kara-France

21-8

8. Askar Askarov

11-0-1

9. Raulian Paiva

19-3

10. Alex Perez

23-5

Bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Henry Cejudo (c)

16-2

2. Petr Yan

14-1

3. Aljamain Sterling

18-3

T4. Marlon Moraes

23-6-1

T4. Cory Sandhagen

12-1

6. Pedro Munhoz

18-4

7. Jimmie Rivera

22-4

T8. Raphael Assuncao

27-7

T8. TJ Dillashaw

16-4

10. Song Yadong

15-4-1

Featherweight

Fighter

Record

1. Alexander Volkanovski (c)

22-1

2. Max Holloway

21-5

T3. Korean Zombie

16-5

T3. Zabit Magomedsharipov

18-1

5. Brian Ortega

14-1

6. Yair Rodriguez

12-2

7. Shane Burgos

13-1

8. Calvin Kattar

21-4

9. Josh Emmett

15-2

10. Chase Hooper

9-0-1

Lightweight

Fighter

Record

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov (c)

28-0

2. Justin Gaethje

22-2

3. Tony Ferguson

25-4

4. Dustin Poirier

25-6

5. Dan Hooker

20-8

6. Conor McGregor

21-4

7. Charles Oliveira

29-8

8. Paul Felder 

17-5

9. Al Iaquinta

14-6-1

10. Islam Makhachev

18-1

Welterweight

Fighter

Record

1. Kamaru Usman (c)

16-1

2. Jorge Masvidal

35-13

3. Colby Covington

15-2

4. Leon Edwards

18-3

5. Tyron Woodley

19-4-1

T6. Santiago Ponzinibbio

27-3

T6.Stephen Thompson

15-4-1

8. Geoff Neal

13-2

9. Michael Chiesa

17-4

10. Nate Diaz

20-12

Middleweight

Fighter

Record

1. Israel Adesanya (c)

19-0

2. Paulo Costa

13-0

3. Robert Whittaker

20-5

4. Jared Cannonier

13-4

5. Yoel Romero

13-5

6. Derek Brunson

20-7

7. Kelvin Gastelum

15-5

8. Jack Hermansson

20-5

9. Darren Till

18-2-1

10. Uriah Hall

15-9

Light heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Jon Jones (c)

26-1

2. Jan Blachowicz

26-8

3. Dominick Reyes

12-1

4. Thiago Santos

21-7

5. Anthony Smith

32-14

6. Corey Anderson

13-5

7. Volkan Oezdemir

17-4

8. Glover Teixeira

30-7

9. Aleksandr Rakic

12-2

10. Nikita Krylov

26-7

Heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Stipe Miocic (c)

19-3

2. Daniel Cormier

22-2

3. Francis Ngannou

15-3

4. Curtis Blaydes

13-2

5. Junior dos Santos

21-7

6. Alexander Volkov

31-7

7. Derrick Lewis

23-7

8. Walt Harris

13-7

9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

10-1

10. Alistair Overeem

45-18

Women’s strawweight

Fighter

Record

1. Weili Zhang (c) 

21-1

T2. Jessica Andrade

20-7

T2. Tatiana Suarez

8-0

T2. Joanna Jedzejczyk

16-4

5. Claudia Gadelha

17-4

6. Nina Ansaroff 

10-6

7. Carla Esparza

15-6

8. Michelle Waterson

17-8

9. Cynthia Carvalho

8-1

10. Rose Namajunas

8-4

Women’s flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

19-3

2. Joanne Calderwood

14-4

3. Katlyn Chookagian

12-3

4. Jessica Eye

14-7

5. Roxanne Modafferi

24-16

Women’s bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Amanda Nunes (c)

19-4

2. Aspen Ladd

9-1

3. Germaine de Randamie

9-4

4. Irene Aldana

11-5

5. Holly Holm 

12-5

6. Julianna Pena

9-3

7. Ketlen Vieira

10-1

8. Yana Kunitskaya

12-5

T9. Raquel Pennington

10-8

T9. Sara McMann

11-5





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