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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Feb. 23: Derrick Lewis inches closer to high



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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Feb. 23: Derrick Lewis inches closer to high

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Call him a one-trick pony while you love, but it undoubtedly’s time to present Derrick Lewis his due.

“The Gloomy Beast” picked up one of many largest wins of his profession at this previous weekend’s UFC Fight Evening 185, scoring an fully brutal knockout of high contender Curtis Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC). With the consequence, Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) now boasts a four-battle winning high-tail and has confirmed he belongs at the stop of the division.

Lewis steps as a lot as No. 3 within the most up-to-date USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie heavyweight rankings, trailing most tantalizing UFC champion Stipe Miocic and contemporary No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou.

Take a look at out the novel compare of the heavyweight division, to boot to minute switch within the females’s bantamweight class in potentially the most contemporary model of the rankings above.

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The rankings engage into story a fighter’s wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.

Fighters are no longer any longer eligible to be ranked after they possess got been indolent for 24 months, both as a result of injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.

Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, as long as they’re no longer indolent for extra than 24 months.

To the upper of our ability, opponents would perchance be ranked of their predominant weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts exterior the fighter’s predominant weight class can possess an very goal correct or detrimental impact on the ranking. Alternatively, non-titleholders can be ranked in most tantalizing one weight class at a given time, and usually, they’d no longer be ranked in a novel weight class unless they’ve had their first battle at that weight.

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