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MMA Rankings: Stipe Miocic tightens grip on top spot at heavyweight

Stipe Miocic retained the UFC heavyweight title and his spot atop the heavyweight rankings with a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 203 in Cleveland on Saturday.

The impressive victory also helped him move up a spot in the pound-for-pound list in the latest installment of CoveringTheCage.com’s rankings.

Former champion Fabricio Werdum wasn’t able to hold on to his spot despite a unanimous decision victory over Travis Browne.


After a lackluster performance, Werdum fell to No. 3 as he was leapfrogged by the idle Cain Velasquez even though Werdum took the belt from Velasquez last year.

Velasquez was dominant in a win over Browne in July, while Werdum was never able to put him away.

The biggest mover of the week was Jessica Andrade, who jumped six spots in the women’s strawweight division after a second impressive performance since dropping 20 pounds from bantamweight.

She proved a force to be reckoned with in her new weight class with a dominant victory over Joanne Calderwood.

Feel free to share any disagreements and stay tuned for the latest updates. Keep in mind, while the ranked weight classes are those used by the UFC, fighters competing outside the organization are eligible.



1. Stipe Miocic

2. Cain Velasquez

3. Fabricio Werdum

4. Alistair Overeem

5. Junior dos Santos

6. Ben Rothwell

7. Mark Hunt

8. Josh Barnett

9. Derrick Lewis

10. Travis Browne

Light Heavyweight

1. Jon Jones

2. Daniel Cormier

3. Anthony Johnson

4. Alexander Gustafsson

5. Glover Teixeira

6. Ryan Bader

7. Liam McGeary

8. Nikita Krylov

9. Phil Davis

10. Ovince St. Preux


1. Michael Bisping

2. Luke Rockhold

3. Chris Weidman

4. Yoel Romero

5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

6. Gegard Mousasi

7. Lyoto Machida

8. Vitor Belfort

9. Anderson Silva

10. Tim Kennedy


1. Tyron Woodley

2. Stephen Thompson

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Rory MacDonald

5. Ben Askren

6. Carlos Condit

7. Demian Maia

8. Lorenz Larkin

9. Andrey Koreshkov

10. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone


1. Eddie Alvarez

2. Khabib Nurmagomedov

3. Rafael dos Anjos

4. Tony Ferguson

5. Edson Barboza

6. Nate Diaz

7. Will Brooks

8. Justin Gaethje

9. Michael Chiesa

10. Benson Henderson


1. Conor McGregor

2. Jose Aldo

3. Frankie Edgar

4. Max Holloway

5. Anthony Pettis

6. Daniel Straus

7. Cub Swanson

8. Charles Oliveira

9. Ricardo Lamas

10. Jeremy Stephens


1. Dominick Cruz

2. TJ Dillashaw

3. Cody Garbrandt

4. John Dodson

5. Bryan Caraway

6. Raphael Assuncao

7. John Lineker

8. Aljamain Sterling

9. Jimmie Rivera

10. Urijah Faber


1. Demetrious Johnson

2. Joseph Benavidez

3. Henry Cejudo

4. Ali Bagautinov

5. Jussier Formiga

6. Kyoji Horiguchi

7. Wilson Reis

8. Zach Makovsky

9. Louis Smolka

10. Ian McCall



1. Ronda Rousey

2. Amanda Nunes

3. Valentina Shevchenko

4. Miesha Tate

5. Holly Holm

6. Julianna Pena

7. Alexis Davis

8. Cat Zingano

9. Sara McMann

10. Tonya Evinger


1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2. Claudia Gadelha

3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

4. Jessica Andrade

5. Rose Namajunas

6. Jessica Aguilar

7. Valerie Letourneau

8. Carla Esparza

9. Tecia Torres

10. Angela Hill



1. Demetrious Johnson

2. Jon Jones

3. Daniel Cormier

4. Dominick Cruz

5. Conor McGregor

6. Stipe Miocic

7. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

8. Eddie Alvarez

9. Khabib Nurmagomedov

10. Tyron Woodley

Contact reporter Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5509. Follow him on Twitter: @adamhilllvrj

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