UFC Rankings Update: JDS Surges After TKO Over Derrick Lewis

The weekly UFC rankings update has been released following last week’s UFC Wichita. As expected, there are some noticeable changes going on in the heavyweight division. Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos jumps up to the No. 3 spot after defeating Derrick Lewis in the main event. “The Black Beast” fell to No. 5 as […]

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The weekly UFC rankings update has been released following last week’s UFC Wichita. As expected, there are some noticeable changes going on in the heavyweight division.

Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos jumps up to the No. 3 spot after defeating Derrick Lewis in the main event. “The Black Beast” fell to No. 5 as a result of his loss.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Anthony Rocco Martin cracked the welterweight top 15 with his victory over Sérgio Moraes. But the most perplexing non-movement in this week’s rankings has to be Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. The fact that he defeated Curtis Millender by submission in last weekend’s co-main event to notch his seventh straight win yet he fails to move even step up the rankings is confounding.

Per UFC.com, here is how the official rankings work.

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Check out the full updated rankings below:

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Jon Jones
3 Khabib Nurmagomedov
4 Max Holloway
5 Henry Cejudo
6 Amanda Nunes
7 TJ Dillashaw
8 Conor McGregor
9 Kamaru Usman
10 Stipe Miocic
11 Robert Whittaker
12 Tony Ferguson
13 Tyron Woodley
14 Rose Namajunas
15 Cris Cyborg

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Jussier Formiga
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Ray Borg
4 Deiveson Figueiredo
5 Wilson Reis
6 Alexandre Pantoja
7 Alex Perez
8 Tim Elliott
9 Rogerio Bontorin
10 TJ Dillashaw +3
11 Magomed Bibulatov -1
12 Eric Shelton -1
13 Ryan Benoit -1
14 Kai Kara-France
15 Jordan Espinosa *NR

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Marlon Moraes
2 Raphael Assuncao
3 Aljamain Sterling
4 Pedro Munhoz
5 Dominick Cruz
6 Cody Garbrandt
7 Jimmie Rivera
8 John Lineker
9 Petr Yan
10 Cody Stamann
11 Rob Font
12 John Dodson
13 Alejandro Perez
14 Thomas Almeida
15 Ricky Simon

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Brian Ortega
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Alexander Volkanovski
5 Renato Moicano
6 Zabit Magomedsharipov
7 Jeremy Stephens
8 Cub Swanson
9 Mirsad Bektic
10 Josh Emmett
11 Ricardo Lamas
12 Yair Rodriguez
13 Chan Sung Jung
14 Darren Elkins
15 Calvin Kattar

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Tony Ferguson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Dustin Poirier
4 Al Iaquinta
5 Kevin Lee
6 Edson Barboza
7 Justin Gaethje
8 Anthony Pettis
9 Donald Cerrone
10 Paul Felder
11 Gregor Gillespie
12 Alexander Hernandez
13 Nate Diaz
14 James Vick
15 Charles Oliveira

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Kamaru Usman
1 Tyron Woodley
2 Colby Covington
3 Darren Till
4 Stephen Thompson
5 Rafael Dos Anjos
6 Ben Askren
7 Santiago Ponzinibbio
8 Robbie Lawler
9 Demian Maia
10 Leon Edwards
11 Jorge Masvidal
12 Neil Magny
13 Gunnar Nelson
14 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
15 Rocco Martin *NR

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Jacare Souza
4 Kelvin Gastelum
5 Israel Adesanya
6 Chris Weidman
7 Paulo Costa
8 Derek Brunson
9 Jared Cannonier
10 Brad Tavares
11 David Branch
12 Antonio Carlos Junior
13 Uriah Hall
14 Elias Theodorou
15 Anderson Silva

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Thiago Santos
4 Anthony Smith
5 Jan Blachowicz
6 Volkan Oezdemir
7 Corey Anderson
8 Dominick Reyes
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Jimi Manuwa
11 Glover Teixeira
12 Ovince Saint Preux
13 Johnny Walker
14 Mauricio Rua
15 Misha Cirkunov

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Stipe Miocic
2 Francis Ngannou
3 Junior Dos Santos +5
4 Curtis Blaydes
5 Derrick Lewis -2
6 Alexander Volkov -1
7 Alistair Overeem -1
8 Cain Velasquez -1
9 Aleksei Oleinik
10 Justin Willis
11 Marcin Tybura -1
12 Tai Tuivasa
13 Shamil Abdurakhimov
14 Blagoy Ivanov +1
15 Andrei Arlovski -1

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Jessica Andrade
2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3 Nina Ansaroff
3 Tatiana Suarez
5 Claudia Gadelha
6 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
7 Weili Zhang
8 Tecia Torres
9 Michelle Waterson
10 Carla Esparza
11 Cynthia Calvillo
12 Felice Herrig
13 Cortney Casey
14 Alexa Grasso
15 Randa Markos

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Valentina Shevchenko
1 Jessica Eye
2 Sijara Eubanks
3 Katlyn Chookagian
4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5 Alexis Davis
6 Liz Carmouche
7 Joanne Calderwood
8 Roxanne Modafferi
9 Lauren Murphy
10 Andrea Lee
10 Jessica-Rose Clark
12 Montana De La Rosa
13 Mara Romero Borella
14 Paige VanZant
15 Antonina Shevchenko

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Germaine de Randamie
2 Holly Holm
3 Ketlen Vieira
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Cat Zingano
6 Aspen Ladd +1
7 Yana Kunitskaya +2
8 Marion Reneau -2
9 Sara McMann -1
10 Irene Aldana
11 Tonya Evinger
12 Bethe Correia
13 Lina Lansberg
14 Macy Chiasson
15 Talita Bernardo

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JDS Believes ‘DC’ Should Fight Jon Jones Next Instead Of Brock Lesnar

It’s no secret that the UFC would love to book a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar next. The pieces are all in place. Lesnar would like to return for a huge fight opportunity, and Cormier wants to make as much money as possible before walking away from the sport for good. […]

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It’s no secret that the UFC would love to book a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar next.

The pieces are all in place. Lesnar would like to return for a huge fight opportunity, and Cormier wants to make as much money as possible before walking away from the sport for good. However, this doesn’t sit well with some of the heavyweight division’s elite.

Take ex-heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos for example. The UFC Wichita main event winner believes a fight with Jon Jones, and not Lesnar, makes more sense for Cormier and the title. However, the Brazilian understands where Cormier’s mindset is at with wanting the Lesnar fight (via MMA Fighting):

“Of course,” dos Santos said. “I do understand that. But I cannot agree that this fight with Brock Lesnar makes sense, because it doesn’t. But of course politics — it’s politics.

“They can do whatever they want, but it doesn’t make sense. The right fight to do in the heavyweight division is Stipe, Ngannou or even me. I don’t know. I heard something about Jon Jones coming up to the heavyweight and fighting him.

“That would make more sense than Brock Lesnar fighting. But we’ll understand if he has to fight Brock Lesnar to make money or whatever. It’s always interesting to see Brock Lesnar fighting — and getting beat. I don’t know.”

“JDS” comes off a second-round TKO victory over Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis. He defeated the former heavyweight title challenger in the main event of UFC Wichita this past weekend (Sat. March 9, 2019). With three-straight victories under his belt, “Cigano” is now potentially gearing up for a brawl with fellow knockout artist Francis Ngannou next.

If he’s able to get past “The Predator”, denying dos Santos a heavyweight title opportunity is nearly impossible.

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Junior dos Santos Eyes Francis Ngannou for Summer Scrap

Junior dos Santos knows who he’d like to face next, and it happens to be the man many hail as the scariest man in the UFC, one Francis Ngannou. Saturday night in the main event of UFC Wichita, Junior dos Santos defeated Derrick Lewis in the main event …

Junior dos Santos knows who he’d like to face next, and it happens to be the man many hail as the scariest man in the UFC, one Francis Ngannou. Saturday night in the main event of UFC Wichita, Junior dos Santos defeated Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC on ESPN+4 via second round-TKO […]

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Francis Ngannou Reacts To Junior Dos Santos’ Challenge

Francis Ngannou reacts to the challenge to a fight by Junior Dos Santos inside of the Octagon. Make no mistake about it, these two fighters do have some history. JDS was flagged for a potential USADA anti-doping violation back in August of 2017. As a result of that violation, he was forced out of his […]

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Francis Ngannou reacts to the challenge to a fight by Junior Dos Santos inside of the Octagon. Make no mistake about it, these two fighters do have some history.

JDS was flagged for a potential USADA anti-doping violation back in August of 2017. As a result of that violation, he was forced out of his UFC 215 barnburner against the hard-hitting and former title contender.

Dos Santos’ team clarified the situation by revealing he had tested positive for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide in the August 10 out-of-competition test. This was revealed once a third-party testing organization deemed that Dos Santos’ drug test that he failed was due to a contaminated supplement.

JDS picked up a second-round win over Derrick Lewis by TKO in the headliner of UFC on ESPN + 4. This show went down on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. After the fight, the former UFC heavyweight champion laid out the challenge.

Ngannou took to his official Twitter account once hearing the news and responded with the following emoji hinted at being interested in the fight.

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Junior Dos Santos Calls Out Francis Ngannou

Junior Dos Santos calls out title contender Francis Ngannou for his next fight under the UFC banner. This comes after the latest win in a string for the former UFC heavyweight champion. JDS picked up a second-round win over Derrick Lewis by TKO in the headliner of UFC on ESPN + 4. This show went […]

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Junior Dos Santos calls out title contender Francis Ngannou for his next fight under the UFC banner. This comes after the latest win in a string for the former UFC heavyweight champion.

JDS picked up a second-round win over Derrick Lewis by TKO in the headliner of UFC on ESPN + 4. This show went down on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

Before this fight, the former UFC heavyweight champion scored a second-round TKO win over Tai Tuivasa in the UFC Adelaide headliner. This fight went down in December at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia on FOX Sports 1.

After the fight, he laid out the challenge to Ngannou as he thinks that fight makes sense and gets him one step closer to a title shot.

“I think that would be great,” Dos Santos said on the UFC on ESPN+ 4 post-fight show (H/T to MMAJunkie). “It should’ve happened in the past, but because of something weird it didn’t happen. Maybe now it can happen.”

“Right now I need a break,” Dos Santos said. “I need to stay active that’s the most important thing right now. Before my career comes my family. My daughter is born in May. I need to get ready to receive her. … I’ll fight again maybe at the end of August.”

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UFC Fight Night 146 Results: Junior dos Santos TKOs Derrick Lewis in Main Event

Junior dos Santos turned in an excellent display of striking to close out UFC Fight Night 146 with a second-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in the heavyweight main event from Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday…

Junior dos Santos turned in an excellent display of striking to close out UFC Fight Night 146 with a second-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in the heavyweight main event from Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday…