UFC: Usman drops three positions in the pound-for-pound rankings

by | Mar 22, 2023 | MMA

Last Saturday, Kamaru Usman was defeated by Leon Edwards at UFC 286 in London. This not only definitively ended his reign in the welterweight division (77 kg) by failing to regain the title in the trilogy against the Englishman, but also caused him to fall in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. In the new update, the former champion now occupies the eighth position, having been surpassed by Israel Adesanya, Alex ‘Poatan,’ and Aljamain Sterling. Previously, Usman was among the top five UFC athletes, regardless of weight category.

Meanwhile, Leon Edwards, the fighter who defeated Kamaru Usman, remains in fourth place in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. Another fighter who had a change in status in the latest ranking update was Marvin Vettori, who defeated Roman Dolidze by unanimous decision at UFC 286. Vettori moved up one spot in the middleweight (84 kg) rankings and now occupies the third spot in the division, surpassing Jared Cannonier.

Additionally, Brazilian fighter Jailton Malhadinho also improved his position in the heavyweight rankings, moving up from 13th to 12th place, even without fighting last weekend. He surpassed Chris Daukaus and is now part of the top 12 in the category. It is important to note that Malhadinho is scheduled to return to the octagon on May 13th, where he will face Jairzinho Rozenstruik.


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