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.

HeavyweightLight heavyweightMiddleweightWelterweight
LightweightMen’s featherweightMen’s bantamweightMen’s flyweight
Women’s bantamweightWomen’s flyweightStrawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Francis Ngannousw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


2. Stipe Miocicsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


3. Derrick Lewissw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


4. Ciryl Ganesw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


5. Curtis Blaydessw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


6. Alexander Volkovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


7. Jairzinho Rozenstruiksw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


8. Alistair Overeemsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


9. Ryan Badersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


10. Shamil Abdurakhimovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jonessw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


2. Jan Blachowiczsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


3. Glover Teixeirasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


4. Jiri Prochazkasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


5. Aleksandar Rakicsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


6. Vadim Nemkovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


7. Dominick Reyessw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


8. Corey Andersonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


9. Ryan Badersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


10. Thiago Santossw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanyasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


2. Robert Whittakersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


3. Paulo Costasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


4. Yoel Romerosw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


5. Jared Cannoniersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


6. Marvin Vettorisw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


7. Derek Brunsonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


8. Darren Tillsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


9. Jack Hermanssonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


10. Gegard Mousasisw ye 40 - Boom TV

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 Usmansw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


2. Gilbert Burnsgn arrow - Boom TV

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


3. Colby Covingtonrd arrow - Boom TV

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


4. Leon Edwardsrd arrow - Boom TV

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


5. Stephen Thompsonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


6. Michael Chiesasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


7. Yaroslav Amosovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


8. Douglas Limasw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


9. Vicente Luquesw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


10. Jorge Masvidalsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Dustin Poiriergn arrow - Boom TV

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 Oliveirard arrow - Boom TV

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


3. Justin Gaethjesw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


4. Michael Chandlersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


5. Beneil Dariushsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


6. Dan Hookersw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


7. Rafael dos Anjossw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


8. Islam Makhachevsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


9. Gregor Gillespiesw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


10. Tony Fergusonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovskisw ye 40 - Boom TV

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


2. Max Hollowaysw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-6
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Patricio Freiresw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 32-4
Last: W (Sub1) Emmanuel Sanchez, April 2, 2021
Next: July 31 vs. A.J. McKee


4. Brian Ortegasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Chan Sung Jung, Oct. 17, 2020
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Alexander Volkanovski


5. Zabit Magomedsharipovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9, 2019
Next: TBD


6. Calvin Kattarsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-5
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, Jan. 16, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yair Rodriguezsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18, 2019
Next: TBD


8. Chan Sung Jungsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Ige, June 19, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Josh Emmettsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Edson Barbozasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9
Last: W (KO3) Shane Burgos, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Aljamain Sterlingsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 20-3
Last: W (DQ4) Petr Yan, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Petr Yansw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-2
Last: L (DQ4) Aljamain Sterling, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Cory Sandhagensw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-2
Last: W (KO1) Frankie Edgar, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: July 24 vs. TJ Dillashaw


4. Rob Fontsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Cody Garbrandt, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Jose Aldosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 29-7
Last: W (UD) Marlon Vera, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Cody Garbrandtsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-4
Last: L (UD) Rob Font, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Frankie Edgarsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-9-1
Last: L (KO1) Cory Sandhagen, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Pedro Munhozsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 19-5, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jimmie Rivera, Feb. 27, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Marlon Moraessw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-8-1
Last: L (TKO1) Rob Font, Dec. 19, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Raphael Assuncaosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 27-8
Last: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6, 2020
Next: TBD


MEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Brandon Morenosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 18-5-2
Last: W (Sub3) Deiveson Figueiredo, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Deiveson Figueiredosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 20-2-1
Last: L (Sub3) Brandon Moreno, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Adriano Moraessw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: One Championship champion
Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO2) Demetrious Johnson, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


4. Demetrious Johnsonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: One Championship
Record: 30-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Adriano Moraes, April 7, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Askar Askarovsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-0-1
Last: W (UD) Joseph Benavidez, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Alex Perezsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 24-6
Last: L (Sub1) Deiveson Figueiredo, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


7. Alexandre Pantojasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 23-5
Last: W (UD) Manel Kape, Feb. 6, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Kai Kara-Francesw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 22-9, 1 NC
Last: W (KO1) Rogerio Bontorin, March 6, 2021
Next: TBD


9. Brandon Royvalsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-5
Last: L (TKO1) Brandon Moreno, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorinsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Matt Schnell, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunessw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-4
Last: W (Sub1) Megan Anderson, March 6, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Julianna Peña


2. Germaine de Randamiesw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (TechSub3) Julianna Peña, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


3. Julianna Peñasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 10-4
Last: W (Sub3) Sara McMann, Jan. 23, 2021
Next: Aug. 7 vs. Amanda Nunes


4. Aspen Laddsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7, 2019
Next: July 24 vs. Macy Chiasson


5. Holly Holmsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-5
Last: W (UD) Irene Aldana, Oct. 3, 2020
Next: TBD


6. Irene Aldanasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-6
Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Yana Kunitskayasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-6, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, July 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Ketlen Vieirasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 11-2
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, Feb. 20, 2021
Next: Aug. 28 vs. Sara McMann


9. Raquel Penningtonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 11-8
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, June 20, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Macy Chiassonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 7-1
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 20, 2021
Next: July 24 vs. Aspen Ladd


WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenkosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 21-3
Last: W (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, April 24, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Lauren Murphy


2. Katlyn Chookagiansw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 16-4
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo, May 15, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Lauren Murphysw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 15-4
Last: W (SD) Joanne Calderwood, June 12, 2021
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Valentina Shevchenko


4. Jennifer Maiasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-7-1
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


5. Jessica Andradesw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-9
Last: L (TKO2) Valentina Shevchenko, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Joanne Calderwoodsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 15-6
Last: L (SD) Lauren Murphy, June 12, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Juliana Velasquezsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: Bellator champion
Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: July 16 vs. Denise Kielholtz


8. Ilima-Lei Macfarlanesw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 11-1
Last: L (UD) Juliana Velasquez, Dec. 10, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Cynthia Calvillosw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 9-2-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 21, 2020
Next: TBD


10. Liz Carmouchesw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: Bellator
Record: 14-7
Last: W (Sub3) DeAnna Bennett, Sept. 12, 2020
Next: TBD


WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Rose Namajunassw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC champion
Record: 10-4
Last: W (KO1) Zhang Weili, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


2. Zhang Weilisw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 21-1
Last: L (KO1) Rose Namajunas, April 24, 2021
Next: TBD


3. Joanna Jedrzejczyksw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 16-4
Last: L (SD) Zhang Weili, March 7, 2020
Next: TBD


4. Carla Esparzasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-6
Last: W (TKO2) Yan Xiaonan, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


5. Marina Rodriguezsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 14-1-2
Last: W (UD) Michelle Waterson, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


6. Yan Xiaonansw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO2) Carla Esparza, May 22, 2021
Next: TBD


7. Mackenzie Dernsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 11-1
Last: W (Sub1) Nina Nunes, April 10, 2021
Next: TBD


8. Claudia Gadelhasw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-5
Last: L (UD) Yan Xiaonan, Nov. 7, 2020
Next: TBD


9. Michelle Watersonsw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 18-9
Last: L (UD) Marina Rodriguez, May 8, 2021
Next: TBD


10. Tecia Torressw ye 40 - Boom TV

Promotion: UFC
Record: 12-5
Last: W (TKO1) Sam Hughes, Dec. 12, 2020
Next: TBD



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