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UFC divisional rankings: Carla Esparza takes No. 1 strawweight title with a win over Rose Namajunas

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At UFC 274, the women’s strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza was a fight that many expected to be among the best of the night. Unfortunately, the fight turned out to be a dull affair that ranks among the least thrilling championship fights in UFC history. Despite the lack of excitement, the fight ended with Esparza raising her hand as she began her second reign as champion.

Esparza first won the title in December 2014 when he defeated Namajunas in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter. She would lose the belt on her next outing before embarking on a journey of more than seven years to win UFC gold again, culminating in her win over Namajunas on Saturday night. Esparza also climbed from No. 3 to No. 1 in the CBS Sports UFC divisional rankings, while Namajunas fell from No. 1 to No. 2.

In the night’s main event, Charles Oliveira managed a dramatic submission from Justin Gaethje in the first round to secure his first-place finish in the lightweight division. Strange circumstances surrounding the weigh-in resulted in Oliveira leaving the event without his lightweight championship after missing the weight by half a pound, amid controversy that the scales the fighters used before the official weigh-in had been changed was causing problems with weight loss.

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card features just one fight involving CBS Sports ranked fighters.

  • Light heavyweight: No.3 Jan Blachowicz vs. No.4 Aleksandar Rakic
  • Flyweight women: #2 Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas

The ranking is established after Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Brandon Wise and Shakiel Mahjouri have cast their ballots. Without further ado, here are things ahead of the Saturday card.

For Brian Campbell’s updated pound-for-pound rankings, Click here.

flyweight

fighter

recording

1. Deiveson Figueiredo (c)

21-2-1

2.Brandon Moreno

19-6-2

3. Kai Kara-France

24-9

4. Askar Askarov

14-1-1

5. Alexandre Pantoja

24-5

6.Brandon Royval

13-6

7. Alex Perez

24-6

8. Matt Swift

15-7

9.Rogerio Bontorin

17-3

10. Matheus Nicholas

18-3-1

bantamweight

fighter

recording

1. Aljamain Sterling (c)

21-3

2 Peter Jan

16-3

3. TJ Dillashaw

17-4

4. Cory Sandhagen

14-4

5. Jose Aldo

31-7

6. Merab Dvalishvili

14-4

7. Marlon Vera

21-7-1

8. Rob font

19-6

9. Dominic Cruz

24-3

10.Pedro Munhoz

19-7

featherweight

fighter

recording

1. Alexander Volkanovsky (c)

24-1

2. Max Holloway

23-6

3.Brian Ortega

15-2

4. Yair Rodriguez

13-3

5. Calvin Kattar

23-5

6. Josh Emmett

17-2

7.Arnold Allen

18-1

8. Korean zombie

17-7

9. Giga Chikadze

14-3

10.Bryce Mitchell

15-0

Easy

fighter

recording

1. Karl Oliveira

33-8

2.Dustin Poirier

28-7

3. Islam Makhachev

22-1

4. Justin Gaethje

23-4

5. Beneil Dariush

21-4-1

6.Michael Chandler

23-6

7. Rafael Dos Anjos

31-13

8. Rafael Fiziev

11-1

9th Dan Hooker

20-11

10.Gregor Gillespie

14-1

welterweight

fighter

recording

1. Kamaru Usman (c)

20-1

2. Colby Covington

17-3

3.Leon Edwards

19-3

4. Khamzat Chimaev

11-0

5. Gilbert Burns

20-5

6. Belal Muhammad

21-3

7. Stephen Thompson

16-5-1

8. Vicente Luque

21-8-1

9.Jorge Masvidal

35-16

10. Sean Brady

15-0

medium weight

fighter

recording

1. Israel Adesanya (c)

22-1

2. Robert Whittaker

23-6

3. Jared Canonier

15-5

4.Marvin Vettori

18-5-1

5. Paulo Costa

13-2

6. Derek Brunson

23-8

7. Sean Strickland

25-3

8. Jack Hermansson

22-7

9.Darren Till

18-4-1

10. Brendan Allen

18-5

Light heavyweight

fighter

recording

1. Glover Teixeira (c)

33-7

2. Jiri Prochazka

28-3-1

3. Jan Blachowicz

28-9

4. Aleksandar Rakic

14-2

5. Magomed Ankalaev

17-1

6.AnthonySmith

36-16

7. Dominick Reyes

12-3

8. Thiago Santos

22-10

9.Paul Craig

16-4-1

10. Jamahal Hill

10-1

heavyweight

fighter

recording

1. Francis Ngannou (c)

16-3

2. Stipe Miocic

20-4

3. Ciryl Gane

10-1

4. Curtis Blaydes

16-3

5. Tai Tuivasa

14-3

6. Tom Aspinall

12-2

7.Derrick Lewis

26-9

8. Alexander Volkov

34-10

9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

12-3

10. Chris Daukaus

12-4

women’s straw weight

fighter

recording

1. Carla Esparza (c)

19-6

2. Rose Namajunas

11-5

3. Weili Zhang

21-3

4. Marina Rodriguez

15-1-2

5. Yan Xiaonan

13-2

6. Mackenzie Dern

12-1

7.Jessica Andrade

23-9

8. Amanda Ribas

11-2

9. Tecia Torres

13-6

10. Michelle Waterson

18-9

Women’s Flyweight

fighter

recording

1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

22-3

2. Katlyn Chookagian

16-4

3. Alexa Grasso

14-3

4. Lauren Murphy

15-5

5. Talia Santos

19-1

Women’s Bantamweight

fighter

recording

T1 Julianna Pena (c)

11-4

T1 Amanda Nunes

21-5

3. Germaine de Randamie

10-4

4. Holly Holm

14-5

5. Irene Aldana

13-6

6. Yana Kunitskaya

14-6

7.Raquel Pennington

14-9

8. KetleVieira

12-2

9. Sara McMann

12-6

10. Aspen Ladd

9-3

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