The heavyweight category from this week officially has a new first challenger.
The results from last weekend’s UFC 252 event, as expected, caused some changes in the ranking of the most famous MMA promotion.
The most important ones took place in the heavy and bantamweight category and on the men’s ‘pound-for-pound’ ranking.
Although Daniel Cormier confirmed the end of his career after the defeat by Stipe Miocic, the UFC kept the former double champion in its ranking, but DC also fell in the heavyweight ranking, in which he is now the third challenger, and in the ranking of the ‘p4p’ list, as of this week he is in seventh place (skipped by Alexander Volkanovski).
Consequently, Francis Ngannou became the first fighter on the challenger ladder, while the second position went to Curtis Blaydes.
The changes in the bantamweight category were mostly caused by the victories of Merab Dvalishvili, who jumped three places and is now 12th, while his defeated rival John Dodson fell by the same number of positions.
Marlon Vera became a new face in the bantamweight TOP 15 (14th) with the victory over Sean O’Malley, thus ousting his last opponent from the same ranking.
Let’s also mention that Stipe remained ranked third on the ‘p4p’ scale and only Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones are ahead of him.