USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 28: Johnny Eblen's big rise at middleweight

Pound For Pound Rankings Despite a multitude of distractions and some serious injuries, Ngannou was able to unify the UFC's heavyweight titles and will now look to work through a contentious contract dispute. Oliveira, despite missing the official championship weight limit, put on a championship to defeat Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. Miocic apologized for deviating from the gameplan against the dangerous Francis Ngannou, a mistake that cost him the UFC heavyweight title. Freire recaptures the Bellator featherweight title for the third time, as he defeats the previously undefeated McKee, now evening their rivalry to 1-1. Figueiredo is once again the UFC flyweight champion after a narrow win over Brandon Moreno, and the two may very well be heading towards a fourth consecutive matchup. Bader dominated his opponent from start to finish utilizing his main strengths, wrestling and ground and pound. Poirier was incredibly disappointed after failing to win the UFC lightweight title but would still seem to have big fights ahead, should he choose. Sterling unified his undisputed bantamweight title when he defeated interim champion, Petr Yan. Prochazka wins a thriller in the fifth round at UFC 275 to claim the first UFC title for the Czech Republic. Honorable Mentions The 31-year-old former middleweight champion has solidified himself as the clear No. 2 in the division, as he and Adesanya are simply above the competition. Teixeira loses his light heavyweight title in the last 30 seconds of his first title defense at UFC 275. Covington soundly defeats his former friend and roommate to stay a title contender in the welterweight division. USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 28: Johnny Eblen's big rise at middleweight By MMA Junkie Staff | June 28, 2022 9:15 pm ET Last week’s Bellator 282 and UFC on ESPN 38 events produced a number of moves in this week’s rankings update. In the main event of Bellator 282, Johnny Eblen turned in his most impressive performance to date, completely shutting out now-former Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. It was a dominant performance from beginning to end, and as a result, Eblen now rules the land in the middleweight division in Bellator. He also moves from unranked to claiming the No. 9 slot, while Mousasi falls from No. 4 to No. 10 in this week’s rankings. The main event of UFC on ESPN 38 saw two exciting lightweights, Mateusz Gamrot and Arman Tsaruykan, give it their all for 25 minutes at the UFC Apex, resulting in a Fight of the Night award. Gamrot walked away with a razor-thin unanimous decision win, and enters the rankings at lightweight, taking the No. 15 spot. Tsarukyan falls, but is not far behind, as he moves from No. 14 to the honorable mentions. Check out all of the other moves in this week’s rankings update following ahead of the big one, UFC in Las Vegas. Bellator 282, Johnny Eblen, Mateusz Gamrot, UFC on ESPN 38, video, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, PFL, UFC Ranking Criteria The rankings take into account a fighter's wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights. Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they've been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses. Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they're not inactive for more than 24 months. To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter's primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won't be ranked in a new weight class until they've had their first fight at that weight.

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 28: Johnny Eblen's big rise at middleweight

Pound For Pound Rankings

Despite a multitude of distractions and some serious injuries, Ngannou was able to unify the UFC's heavyweight titles and will now look to work through a contentious contract dispute.

Oliveira, despite missing the official championship weight limit, put on a championship to defeat Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.

Miocic apologized for deviating from the gameplan against the dangerous Francis Ngannou, a mistake that cost him the UFC heavyweight title.

Freire recaptures the Bellator featherweight title for the third time, as he defeats the previously undefeated McKee, now evening their rivalry to 1-1.

Figueiredo is once again the UFC flyweight champion after a narrow win over Brandon Moreno, and the two may very well be heading towards a fourth consecutive matchup.

Bader dominated his opponent from start to finish utilizing his main strengths, wrestling and ground and pound.

Poirier was incredibly disappointed after failing to win the UFC lightweight title but would still seem to have big fights ahead, should he choose.

Sterling unified his undisputed bantamweight title when he defeated interim champion, Petr Yan.

Prochazka wins a thriller in the fifth round at UFC 275 to claim the first UFC title for the Czech Republic.

Honorable Mentions

The 31-year-old former middleweight champion has solidified himself as the clear No. 2 in the division, as he and Adesanya are simply above the competition.

Teixeira loses his light heavyweight title in the last 30 seconds of his first title defense at UFC 275.

Covington soundly defeats his former friend and roommate to stay a title contender in the welterweight division.

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 28: Johnny Eblen's big rise at middleweight

Last week’s Bellator 282 and UFC on ESPN 38 events produced a number of moves in this week’s rankings update.

In the main event of Bellator 282, Johnny Eblen turned in his most impressive performance to date, completely shutting out now-former Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. It was a dominant performance from beginning to end, and as a result, Eblen now rules the land in the middleweight division in Bellator. He also moves from unranked to claiming the No. 9 slot, while Mousasi falls from No. 4 to No. 10 in this week’s rankings.

The main event of UFC on ESPN 38 saw two exciting lightweights, Mateusz Gamrot and Arman Tsaruykan, give it their all for 25 minutes at the UFC Apex, resulting in a Fight of the Night award. Gamrot walked away with a razor-thin unanimous decision win, and enters the rankings at lightweight, taking the No. 15 spot. Tsarukyan falls, but is not far behind, as he moves from No. 14 to the honorable mentions.

Check out all of the other moves in this week’s rankings update following ahead of the big one, UFC in Las Vegas.

Ranking Criteria

The rankings take into account a fighter's wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.

Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they've been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.

Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they're not inactive for more than 24 months.

To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter's primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, non-titleholders can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won't be ranked in a new weight class until they've had their first fight at that weight.

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