USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, July 27: T.J. Dillashaw makes massive leap

Pound For Pound Rankings

Already considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones says he wants to turn his attention to heavyweight and has no intention of returning to 205 pounds.

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With back-to-back knockout victories, Usman is proving himself to be even more dangerous than was previously known and is starting to carve his name into the UFC’s record books.

While he failed in his bid to become a champ-champ, Adesanya looked quite dominant in his most recent middleweight title defense and said he wants to return in October.

After suffering the first knockout loss of his career, Johnson openly contemplated the idea of potentially competing in kickboxing next, which he could also do under the ONE Championship banner.

Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight title with a brilliant win over Stipe Miocic but is now openly expressing his frustration with the promotion after an interim title fight was announced.

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

Bader was certainly disappointed to lose his Bellator champ-champ status, but he’s advancing in Bellator’s light heavyweight grand prix and may be able to win his 205-pound title back.

Moreno claimed gold with a scintillating victory over Deiveson Figueiredo and now seems destined for stardom in his native Mexico.

Figueiredo handed over his UFC title with a submission loss to new champ Brandon Moreno and now must battle his way back to a trilogy fight.

It was a long way to the top for ‘Do Bronx,’ but Oliveira is truly firing on all cylinders now and will look to put together a run as UFC lightweight champion.

Poirier continues to be one of the most exciting fighters in the game, and his grit is immeasurable – qualities he hopes will net him the UFC lightweight title.

Holloway delivered a record-breaking destruction of Calvin Kattar and now looks like he’ll get a chance to regain the UFC featherweight title later this year.

Whittaker is on quite the run since losing the UFC middleweight title and seems to have earned a rematch with Israel Adesanya.

Honorable Mentions

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, July 27: T.J. Dillashaw makes massive leap

Former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw returned from a two-year suspension with a big win that saw him make a big move in the bantamweight ranks.

Sidelined since January 2019 after he was suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) earned a hard-fought, split-decision win over Cory Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 27 event. The win was key for Dillashaw, who had dropped to No. 13 in USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie bantamweight rankings during his time away, but now climbs all the way back to No. 3, right behind current champ Aljamain Sterling and former titleholder Peter Yan.

Sterling and Yan are slated for a rematch later this year, and Dillashaw is hoping to face the winner and have an opportunity to win back the title he vacated during his suspension.

Following UFC on ESPN 27, take a look at the updated bantamweight rankings, using the dropdown menu above. Also, check out the other divisions, several of which are sure to get shaken up following this weekend’s busy schedule of events, including UFC on ESPN 28 and Bellator 263.

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