MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update: Post-UFC 238 and Bellator 222

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With UFC 238 taking place a week ago and Bellator 222 taking place this past weekend, the time was right to update the MMAOddsBreaker fighter rankings, which will be updated regularly moving forward. I will show how far up up from last position or down down from last position a fighter has moved, as well as whether a fighter had previously not been in the rankings (NR).

An explanation also will be offered for the more significant changes in the rankings.


1. Jon Jones
2. Henry Cejudo up from last position 2
3. Daniel Cormier
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov down from last position 2
5. Amanda Nunes
6. Tony Ferguson up from last position 3
7. Max Holloway down from last position 1
8. Robert Whittaker down from last position 1
9. Demetrious Johnson down from last position 1
10. Valentina Shevchenko up from last position 4
11. Kamaru Usman down from last position 1
12. Dustin Poirier down from last position 1
13. Israel Adesanya down from last position 1
14. Conor McGregor
15. Kyoji Horiguchi NR

Henry Cejudo jumps to number two pound for pound in the world after moving up a weight class and defeating my previously top-ranked bantamweight fighter Marlon Moraes, and doing it with an injured ankle, no less. Khabib hasn’t done anything wrong, but Cormier and Cejudo have both done incredible things moving up weight classes to defeat elite opponents. Tony Ferguson also jumps up a few spaces after handling Donald Cerrone and winning his 12th consecutive bout in the Octagon. Lastly, Valentina Shevchenko was so much better than Jessica Eye in her title defense, it wasn’t even funny. She is head and shoulders above the rest of her competition at women’s flyweight. Lastly, after being one of the best flyweights on the planet, Kyoji Horiguchi has cemented himself as one of the best bantamweights in the world as well with his victory over Darrion Caldwell.


1. Daniel Cormier
2. Stipe Miocic
3. Francis Ngannou
4. Junior dos Santos
5. Curtis Blaydes
6. Alistair Overeem
7. Alexander Volkov
8. Derrick Lewis
9. Cain Velasquez
10. Blagaoi Ivanov up from last position 4
11. Tai Tuivasa down from last position 1
12. Shamil Abdurakhimov down from last position 1
13. Marcin Tybura down from last position 1
14. Alexey Oleinik down from last position 1
15. Walt Harris

Blagoi Ivanov takes the leap after earning a decision victory over a game Tai Tuivasa at UFC 238. Ivanov has won two consecutive bouts in the Octagon against Ben Rothwell and Tuivasa and he’s showcased above average boxing, durability and power. Tuivasa looked improved against Ivanov, but still couldn’t get the job done, which is a credit to Ivanov.


1. Max Holloway
2. Alexander Volkanovski
3. Jose Aldo
4. Brian Ortega
5. Renato Moicano
6. Zabit Magomedshapirov
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Mirsad Bektic
10. Yair Rodriguez
11. Josh Emmett
12. Chan Sung Jung
13. Patricio Pitbull
14. Arnold Allen
15. Calvin Kattar NR

Nothing crazy, but Calvin Kattar looked terrific, earning a knockout victory over previous #15 Ricardo Lamas, so I’m slotting him into Lamas’ old position.


1. Henry Cejudo NR
2. TJ Dillashaw down from last position 1
3. Marlon Moraes down from last position 1
4. Aljamain Sterling
5. Rafael Assuncao down from last position 2
6. Kyoji Horiguchi up from last position 5
7. Peter Yan up from last position 2
8. Jimmie Rivera
9. Pedro Munhoz down from last position 4
10. Cody Garbrandt down from last position 4
11. Dominick Cruz down from last position 4
12. Cory Sandhagen down from last position 2
13. John Lineker down from last position 1
14. Cody Stamann down from last position 1
15. Ricky Simon down from last position 1

There was a ridiculous amount of turnover in the bantamweight division the past two weeks, none larger than Henry Cejudo making his debut in the division by earning a TKO over Marlon Moraes and winning the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. Aljamain Sterling stays near the top of the division after his victory over Pedro Munhoz where he showcased his improving stand-up skills. Kyoji Horiguchi cemented himself as one of the best bantamweights in the world by winning the Bellator bantamweight title and Peter Yan wasn’t great, but knocked down Jimmie Rivera twice en route to earning a decision victory at UFC 238.

Women’s Strawweight

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Rose Namajunas
3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
4. Tatiana Suarez
5. Nina Ansaroff
6. Claudia Gadelha
7. Michelle Waterson
8. Weili Zang
9. Cynthia Calvillo
10. Tecia Torres up from last position 1
11. Randa Markos up from last position 1
12. Felice Herrig up from last position 1
13. Alexa Grasso up from last position 2
14. Cortney Casey
15. Xiaonan Yan NR

Karolina Kowalkiewicz drops out of my top 15 after her one-sided loss to Alexa Grasso, who moves up two places. The former title challenger just looks shopworn at this point in her career and has now lost consecutive bouts to opponents she would have defeated 2-3 years ago. Xiaonan Yan makes her top 15 debut after defeating former Invicta champion Angela Hill, her fourth consecutive victory inside the Octagon.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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