Thursday, December 9, 2021

Michael Chiesa Vaults Five Spots In Latest UFC Rankings

Fresh off his victory over Beneil Dariush, former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa finds himself ranked inside the Top-10.

Chiesa climbed five spots in the latest round of rankings, moving to ninth in the lightweight Top-15.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who returned from an extended layoff due to injuries, moved into the role of No. 1 contender to Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov finished Darrell Horcher over the weekend and is the last man to defeat the champion.

However, dos Anjos is already scheduled, as he will defend his belt this July against Eddie Alvarez, who fell to second.

Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza also moved up a spot each at 155 pounds.

Anderson Silva switched spots with Lyoto Machida at middleweight, Glover Teixeira did the same with Alexander Gustafsson at light heavyweight, Raquel Pennington climbed three spots to ninth at female bantamweight and Ben Nguyen entered the flyweight rankings.

Former flyweight title contender John Dodson fell out of that Top-15 and debuted at No. 10 in the bantamweight rankings.

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