MMA divisional rankings – Gilbert Burns rises again at welterweight


Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has long been a singular puzzle for UFC welterweights to solve. There’s no other fighter with a style quite like that of the former kickboxing world champion. So for Gilbert Burns to go out there in the UFC 264 co-main event Saturday night and control Thompson for three rounds was impressive.

Burns’ unanimous decision victory was a nice bounce-back from his previous outing, a third-round TKO loss to UFC champion Kamaru Usman in February. That defeat had ended the 34-year-old Brazilian’s six-fight winning streak. Now he’s back on track toward perhaps another title shot.

Saturday’s performance edged Burns closer to the champ, as he moved up two spots in the ESPN welterweight rankings.

That same night’s main event winner, Dustin Poirier, also made a move upward, taking over the top spot at lightweight after his second straight TKO of Conor McGregor.

For the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings, click here. For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of July 14.

Heavyweight – Light heavyweight – Middleweight – Welterweight
Lightweight – Men’s featherweight – Men’s bantamweight – Men’s flyweight
Women’s bantamweight – Women’s flyweight – Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Francis Ngannou  

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 16-3
Last: W (KO2) Stipe Miocic, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Stipe Miocic  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-4
Last: L (KO2) Francis Ngannou, March 27, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Derrick Lewis  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-7, 1 NC
Last: W (KO2) Curtis Blaydes, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Ciryl Gane  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-0
Last: W (UD) Alexander Volkov, June 26, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Curtis Blaydes  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-3, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Derrick Lewis, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik


6. Alexander Volkov  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 33-9
Last: L (UD) Ciryl Gane, June 26, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Jairzinho Rozenstruik  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-2
Last: W (TKO1) Augusto Sakai, June 5, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Curtis Blaydes


8. Alistair Overeem  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 47-19, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Alexander Volkov, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Ryan Bader  

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


10. Shamil Abdurakhimov  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Sept. 7, 2019
Next: TBD


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 26-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, Feb. 8, 2020
Next: TBD


2. Jan Blachowicz  

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 28-8
Last: W (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 6, 2021
Next: Sept. 4 vs. Glover Teixeira


3. Glover Teixeira  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 32-7
Last: W (Sub3) Thiago Santos, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: Sept. 4 vs. Jan Blachowicz


4. Jiri Prochazka  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 28-3-1
Last: W (KO2) Dominick Reyes, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Aleksandar Rakic  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (UD) Thiago Santos, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Vadim Nemkov  

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 13-2
Last: W (UD) Phil Davis, April 16, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson


7. Dominick Reyes  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-3
Last: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, May 1, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Corey Anderson  

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO3) Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Ryan Bader


9. Ryan Bader  

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Lyoto Machida, April 9, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Corey Anderson


10. Thiago Santos  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9
Last: L (UD) Aleksandar Rakic, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya  

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Marvin Vettori, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 17, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Paulo Costa  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-1
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Sept. 26, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Yoel Romero  

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Jared Cannonier  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: Aug. 21 vs. Kelvin Gastelum


6. Marvin Vettori  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-5-1
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Derek Brunson  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-7
Last: W (UD) Kevin Holland, March 20, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Darren Till  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-3-1
Last: L (UD) Robert Whittaker, July 25, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Jack Hermansson  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: W (UD) Edmen Shahbazyan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Gegard Mousasi  

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 47-7-2
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 29, 2020
Next: Aug. 13 vs. John Salter


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman  

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 19-1
Last: W (KO2) Jorge Masvidal, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Gilbert Burns  

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Stephen Thompson, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Colby Covington  

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 16-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tyron Woodley, Sept. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Leon Edwards  

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 19-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Nate Diaz, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Stephen Thompson  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Michael Chiesa  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-4
Last: W (UD) Neil Magny, Jan. 20, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Vicente Luque


7. Yaroslav Amosov  

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 26-0
Last: W (UD) Douglas Lima, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Douglas Lima  

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 32-9
Last: L (UD) Yaroslav Amosov, June 11, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Vicente Luque  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-7-1
Last: W (Sub1) Tyron Woodley, March 27, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Michael Chiesa


10. Jorge Masvidal  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 35-15
Last: L (KO2) Kamaru Usman, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Dustin Poirier  

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 28-6, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Conor McGregor, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD vs. Charles Oliveira


2. Charles Oliveira  

Promotion: UFC champion
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 31-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Michael Chandler, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Justin Gaethje  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-3
Last: L (Sub2) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oct. 24, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Michael Chandler  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: L (TKO2) Charles Oliveira, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Beneil Dariush  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-4-1
Last: W (UD) Tony Ferguson, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Dan Hooker  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-10
Last: L (TKO1) Michael Chandler, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Rafael dos Anjos  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 30-13
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Nov. 14, 2020
Next: TBD


8. Islam Makhachev  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-1
Last: W (Sub3) Drew Dober, March 6, 2021
Next: July 17 vs Thiago Moises


9. Gregor Gillespie  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1
Last: W (TKO2) Diego Ferreira, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tony Ferguson  

Promotion: UFC
Record: 25-6
Last: L (UD) Beneil Dariush, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski  

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 22-1
Last: W (SD) Max Holloway, July 11, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Brian Ortega


2. Max Holloway