USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 6: Sergei Pavlovich among heavyweight elite

The heavyweight division has a new name ready to become a top contender.

At UFC on ESPN 42, Sergei Pavlovich made quick work of Tai Tuivasa, finishing the fan-favorite brawler in less than a minute. The result was his sixth-straight first-round finish, while taking out his second big name after former title challenger Derrick Lewis in July. This week, he claims the No. 3 spot in the heavyweight division.

Also making moves this week is middleweight Roman Dolidze. Entering his contest unranked against Jack Hermansson, Dolidze turned in a phenomenal performance with a unique calf slicer hold he used to secure a TKO victory. Now on a four-fight winning streak, Dolidze’s run has elevated him to the No. 12 spot in the middleweight division.

Check out all the latest pound-for-pound and divisional USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings above.

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