MMA divisional rankings: Carla Esparza’s win no thrill trip, however nonetheless a top-10 enhance

Carla Esparza walked out of the Octagon as strawweight champion on the conclusion of the UFC 274 co-main occasion. The daybreak of her second reign ought to haver been a second of glory. As an alternative, Esparza and the lady she dethroned, Rose Namajunas, have taken warmth for theirn uneventful 5 rounds, that are being held up as one of many worst title fights in UFC historical past.

And but Esparza did stroll away as champ, eight years after she reigned because the UFC’s first 115-pound champ. And for that alone, she has risen within the ESPN strawweight rankings.

A few new champs in Bellator — males’s featherweight Patricio Freire and girls’s flyweight Liz Carmouche — have moved up as properly.

Total, there may be motion in a number of of the burden lessons within the ESPN rankings. However not a lot dramatic change, regardless of among the impactful current combat outcomes.

For the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings, click here. For an inventory of present UFC champions in all weight lessons, click here.

Word: Outcomes are present; rankings as of Could 11.

HeavyweightLight heavyweightMiddleweightWelterweight
LightweightMen’s featherweightMen’s bantamweightMen’s flyweight
Women’s bantamweightWomen’s flyweightStrawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (as much as 265 kilos)

1. Francis Ngannou

Promotion: UFC champion
Document: 17-3
Final: W (UD) Ciryl Gane, Jan. 22, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


2. Ciryl Gane

Promotion: UFC
Document: 10-1
Final: L (UD) Francis Ngannou, Jan. 22, 2022
Subsequent: Sept. 3 vs. Tai Tuivasa


3. Stipe Miocic

Promotion: UFC
Document: 12-4
Final: L (KO2) Francis Ngannou, March 27, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


4. Curtis Blaydes

Promotion: UFC
Document: 16-3, 1 NC
Final: W (TKO2) Chris Daukaus, March 26, 2022
Subsequent: July 23 vs. Tom Aspinall


5. Tai Tuivasa

Promotion: UFC
Document: 14-3
Final: W (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: Sept. 3 vs. Ciryl Gane


6. Tom Aspinall

Promotion: UFC
Document: 12-2
Final: W (Sub1) Alexander Volkov, March 19, 2022
Subsequent: July 23 vs. Curtis Blaydes


7. Derrick Lewis

Promotion: UFC
Document: 26-9, 1 NC
Final: L (KO2) Tai Tuivasa, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: July 30 vs. Sergei Pavlovich


8. Alexander Volkov

Promotion: UFC
Document: 34-10
Final: L (Sub1) Tom Aspinall, March 19, 2022
Subsequent: June 4 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik


9. Ryan Bader

Promotion: Bellator champion
Document: 30-7, 1 NC
Final: W (UD) Cheick Kongo, Could 6, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


10. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Promotion: UFC
Document: 12-3
Final: L (UD) Curtis Blaydes, Sept. 25, 2021
Subsequent: June 4 vs. Alexander Volkov


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (as much as 205 kilos)

1. Glover Teixeira

Promotion: UFC champion
Document: 33-7
Final: W (Sub2) Jan Blachowicz, Oct. 30, 2021
Subsequent: June 11 vs. Jiri Prochazka


2. Jan Blachowicz

Promotion: UFC
Document: 28-9
Final: L (Sub2) Glover Teixeira, Oct. 30, 2021
Subsequent: Could 14 vs. Aleksandar Rakic


3. Corey Anderson

Promotion: Bellator
Document: 16-5, 1 NC
Final: NC3 Vadim Nemkov, April 15, 2022
Subsequent: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov


4. Jiri Prochazka

Promotion: UFC
Document: 28-3-1
Final: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, Could 1, 2021
Subsequent: June 11 vs. Glover Teixeira


5. Aleksandar Rakic

Promotion: UFC
Document: 14-2
Final: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Subsequent: Could 14 vs. Jan Blachowicz


6. Vadim Nemkov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Document: 15-2, 1 NC
Final: NC3 Corey Anderson, April 15, 2022
Subsequent: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


7. Anthony Smith

Promotion: UFC
Document: 35-16
Final: W (Sub1) Ryan Spann, Sept. 18, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


8. Magomed Ankalaev

Promotion: UFC
Document: 17-1
Final: W (UD) Thiago Silva, March 12, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


9. Thiago Santos

Promotion: UFC
Document: 22-10
Final: L (UD) Magomed Ankalaev, March 12, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


10. Dominick Reyes

Promotion: UFC
Document: 12-3
Final: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, Could 1, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


MIDDLEWEIGHT (as much as 185 kilos)

1. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC champion
Document: 22-1
Final: W (UD) Robert Whittaker, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: July 2 vs. Jared Cannonier


2. Robert Whittaker

Promotion: UFC
Document: 23-6
Final: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


3. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC
Document: 15-5
Final: W (KO2) Derek Brunson, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: July 2 vs. Israel Adesanya


4. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC
Document: 18-5-1
Final: W (UD) Paulo Costa, Oct. 23, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


5. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC
Document: 13-2
Final: L (UD) Marvin Vettori, Oct. 23, 2021
Subsequent: July 30 vs. Luke Rockhold


6. Derek Brunson

Promotion: UFC
Document: 23-8
Final: L (KO2) Jared Cannonier, Feb. 12, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


7. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC
Document: 25-3
Final: W (SD) Jack Hermansson, Feb. 5, 2022
Subsequent: July 30 vs. Alex Pereira


8. Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator champion
Document: 49-7-2
Final: W (TKO1) Austin Vanderford, Feb. 25, 2022
Subsequent: June 24 vs. Johnny Eblen


9. Darren Till

Promotion: UFC
Document: 18-4-1
Final: L (Sub3) Derek Brunson, Sept. 4, 2021
Subsequent: July 23 vs. Jack Hermansson


10. Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC
Document: 22-6
Final: L (SD) Sean Strickland, Feb. 5, 2022
Subsequent: July 23 vs. Darren Till


WELTERWEIGHT (as much as 170 kilos)

1. Kamaru Usman

Promotion: UFC champion
Document: 20-1
Final: W (UD) Colby Covington, Nov. 6, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


2. Colby Covington

Promotion: UFC
Document: 17-3
Final: W (UD) Jorge Masvidal, March 5, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


3. Khamzat Chimaev

Promotion: UFC
Document: 11-0
Final: W (UD) Gilbert Burns, April 9, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


4. Leon Edwards

Promotion: UFC
Document: 19-3, 1 NC
Final: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


5. Gilbert Burns

Promotion: UFC
Document: 20-5
Final: L (UD) Khamzat Chimaev, April 9, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


6. Vicente Luque

Promotion: UFC
Document: 21-8-1
Final: L (UD) Belal Muhammad, April 16, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


7. Belal Muhammad

Promotion: UFC
Document: 21-3, 1 NC
Final: W (UD) Vicente Luque, April 16, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


8. Yaroslav Amosov

Promotion: Bellator champion
Document: 26-0
Final: W (UD) Douglas Lima, June 11, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


9. Stephen Thompson

Promotion: UFC
Document: 16-6-1
Final: L (UD) Belal Muhammad, Dec. 18, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


10. Sean Brady

Promotion: UFC
Document: 15-0
Final: W (UD) Michael Chiesa, Nov. 20, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (as much as 155 kilos)

1. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC
Document: 33-8, 1 NC
Final: W (Sub1) Justin Gaethje, Could 7, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


2. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC
Document: 28-7, 1 NC
Final: L (Sub3) Charles Oliveira, Dec. 11, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


3. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC
Document: 23-4
Final: L (Sub1) Charles Oliveira, Could 7, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


4. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC
Document: 21-1
Final: W (TKO1) Bobby Green, Feb. 26, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


5. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC
Document: 21-4-1
Final: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, Could 15, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


6. Michael Chandler

Promotion: UFC
Document: 23-7
Final: W (KO2) Tony Ferguson, Could 7, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


7. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC
Document: 31-14
Final: W (UD) Renato Moicano, March 5, 2022
Subsequent: July 9 vs. Rafael Fiziev


8. Rafael Fiziev

Promotion: UFC
Document: 25-6
Final: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, Could 15, 2021
Subsequent: July 9 vs. Rafael dos Anjos


9. Gregor Gillespie

Promotion: UFC
Document: 14-1
Final: W (TKO2) Diego Ferreira, Could 8, 2021
Subsequent: TBD


10. Arman Tsarukyan

Promotion: UFC
Document: 18-2
Final: W (TKO2) Joel Alvarez, Feb. 26, 2022
Subsequent: TBD


MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (as much as 145 kilos)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Promotion: UFC champion
Document: 23-1
Final: W (TKO4) Chan Sung Jung, April 9, 2022
Subsequent: July 2 vs. Max Holloway


2. Max Holloway