Tom Aspinall Enters Top 10, Paul Craig Secures Career-Best Ranking

The UFC has released updated rankings following UFC Fight Night 204, with the fighters from the British continent making significant in-roads in their respective division.

The English man Tom Aspinall — who fought in front of the packed home crowd — delivered a message to the other competitors by submitting Alexander Volkov in the very first round. The fans expected to see fireworks from both sides but Aspinall took matters into his hand and shut down the Big Russian via submission.

With this win, Aspinall climbed the ladder and is currently standing at No. 6 position in the division. While the ‘Drago’ slipped to No.7.

There was movement in the other divisions as well with the Scottish powerhouse, Paul Craig entering the Top 10 of the light heavyweight division. He is currently enjoying a five-win streak in the octagon and is just a win or two away before challenging for the title.

The updated rankings also saw Dan Hooker sliding down in the rankings. ‘The Hangman’ is going through a rough patch in the promotion, winning just one of his last five fights.

He drops out of the top 10 for the first time since 2019.

Here are the updated rankings as released by the UFC.

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

  1. Kamaru Usman
  2. Israel Adesanya
  3. Alexander Volkanovski
  4. Francis Ngannou
  5. Charles Oliveira
  6. Max Holloway
  7. Jon Jones
  8. Dustin Poirier
  9. Petr Yan
  10. Glover Teixeira
  11. Deiveson Figueiredo
  12. Stipe Miocic
  13. Brandon Moreno
  14. Robert Whittaker
  15. Jan Blachowicz

 

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

  1. Brandon Moreno
  2. Askar Askarov
  3. Alexandre Pantoja
  4. Alex Perez
  5. Brandon Royval
  6. Kai Kara France
  7. Matheus Nicolau +1
  8. Rogerio Bontorin -1
  9. Matt Schnell
  10. David Dvorak
  11. Tim Elliott
  12. Su Mudaerji
  13. Amir Albazi
  14. Manel Kape
  15. Tagir Ulanbekov

 

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Aljamain Sterling

  1. Petr Yan (Interim champion)
  2. T.J. Dillashaw
  3. Jose Aldo
  4. Cory Sandhagen
  5. Rob Font
  6. Merab Dvalishvili
  7. Dominick Cruz
  8. Marlon Vera
  9. (T) Pedro Munhoz
  10. (T) Song Yadong
  11. Frankie Edgar
  12. Ricky Simon +1
  13. Sean O’Malley -1
  14. Marlon Moraes
  15. Raphael Assuncao

 

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Alexander Volkanovski

  1. Max Holloway
  2. Brian Ortega
  3. Yair Rodriguez
  4. Chan Sung Jung
  5. Calvin Kattar
  6. Arnold Allen +1
  7. Josh Emmett -1
  8. Giga Chikadze
  9. Bryce Mitchell
  10. Dan Ige
  11. Sodiq Yusuff
  12. Edson Barboza
  13. Movsar Evloev
  14. Shane Burgos
  15. Ilia Topuria

 

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Charles Oliveira

  1. Justin Gaethje
  2. Dustin Poirier
  3. Islam Makhachev
  4. Beneil Dariush
  5. Michael Chandler
  6. Rafael dos Anjos
  7. Tony Ferguson
  8. Gregor Gillespie +1
  9. Conor McGregor
  10. Rafael Fiziev +1
  11. Arman Tsarukyan +1
  12. Mateusz Gamrot +1
  13. Dan Hooker -5
  14. Brad Riddell
  15. Diego Ferreira

 

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Kamaru Usman

  1. Colby Covington
  2. Gilbert Burns
  3. Leon Edwards
  4. Vicente Luque
  5. Belal Muhammed
  6. Stephen Thompson
  7. Jorge Masvidal
  8. Sean Brady
  9. Neil Magny
  10. Michael Chiesa
  11. Khamzat Chimaev
  12. Geoff Neal
  13. Li Jingliang
  14. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  15. Muslim Salikhov

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: Israel Adesanya

  1. Robert Whittaker
  2. Jared Cannonier
  3. Marvin Vettori
  4. (T) Derek Brunson
  5. (T) Paulo Costa
  6. (T) Sean Strickland
  7. Jack Hermansson
  8. Darren Till
  9. Uriah Hall
  10. Kelvin Gastelum
  11. Nassourdine Imavov
  12. Brad Tavares
  13. Andre Muniz
  14. Chris Weidman
  15. Edmen Shahbazyan

 

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Glover Teixeira

  1. Jan Blachowicz
  2. Jiri Prochazka
  3. Aleksandar Rakic
  4. Magomed Ankalaev
  5. Anthony Smith
  6. Thiago Santos
  7. Dominick Reyes
  8. Paul Craig +3
  9. Volkan Oezdemir -1
  10. Jamahal Hill
  11. Nikita Krylov -2
  12. Johnny Walker
  13. Ryan Spann
  14. Jim Crute
  15. Dustin Jacoby

 

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Francis Ngannou

  1. Ciryl Gane
  2. Stipe Miocic
  3. Tai Tuivasa
  4. Curtis Blaydes
  5. Derrick Lewis
  6. Tom Aspinall +5
  7. Alexander Volkov -1
  8. Jairzinho Rozenstruik -1
  9. Chris Daukaus -1
  10. Marcin Tybura -1
  11. Sergei Pavlovich *NR
  12. Shamil Abdurakhimov -2
  13. Augusto Sakai -1
  14. Walt Harris -1
  15. Blagoy Ivanov -1

 

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

  1. Valentina Shevchenko
  2. Amanda Nunes
  3. Rose Namajunas
  4. Julianna Pena
  5. Weili Zhang
  6. Jessica Andrade
  7. Holly Holm
  8. Carla Esparza
  9. Marina Rodriguez
  10. Katlyn Chookagian
  11. Yan Xiaonan
  12. Irene Aldana
  13. Lauren Murphy
  14. Mackenzie Dern
  15. Aspen Ladd

 

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Rose Namajunas

  1. Zhang Weili
  2. Carla Esparza
  3. Marina Rodriguez
  4. Yan Xiaonan
  5. Mackenzie Dern
  6. Nina Nunes
  7. Tecia Torres
  8. Michelle Waterson
  9. Amanda Ribas
  10. Amanda Lemos
  11. Virna Jandiroba
  12. Angela Hill
  13. Jessica Penne
  14. Brianna Van Buren
  15. Luana Pinheiro

 

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Valentina Shevchenko

  1. Jessica Andrade
  2. Katlyn Chookagian
  3. Lauren Murphy
  4. Jennifer Maia
  5. Talia Santos
  6. Viviane Araujo
  7. Joanne Wood
  8. Andrea Lee
  9. Alexa Grasso +2
  10. Jessica Eye
  11. Cynthia Calvillo -2
  12. Casey O’Neill
  13. Manon Fiorot
  14. Maycee Barber
  15. Erin Blanchfield

 

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Julianna Pena

  1. Amanda Nunes
  2. Holly Holm
  3. Irene Aldana
  4. Aspen Ladd
  5. Ketlen Vieira
  6. Yana Kunitskaya
  7. Raquel Pennington
  8. Miesha Tate
  9. Sara McMann
  10. Macy Chiasson
  11. Lina Lansberg
  12. Karol Rosa
  13. Pannie Kianzad
  14. Julia Avila
  15. Norma Dumont
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