Fightful MMA Weekly Rankings (10/6/21): Thiago Santos Climbs Light Heavyweight Ranks Following UFC Vegas 38

Welcome to Fightful MMA's weekly fighter rankings (as of 10/6/21).

UFC Vegas 38 has come-and-gone. This past weekend saw Thiago Santos knock-off fellow Light Heavyweight contender Johnny Walker in the evening's main event which earned the Brazilian contender a surge into the top-10 at 205-pounds.

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Men’s Pound-For-Pound

  1. Kamaru Usman (19-1) — UFC Welterweight Champion
  2. Jon Jones (26-1) — UFC
  3. Francis Ngannou (16-3) — UFC Heavyweight Champion
  4. Alex Volkanovski (22-1) — UFC Featherweight Champion
  5. Jan Blachowicz (28-8) — UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
  6. Israel Adesanya (21-1) — UFC Middleweight Champion
  7. Charles Oliveira (31-8) — UFC Lightweight Champion
  8. Ciryl Gane (10-0) — UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
  9. Stipe Miocic (20-4) — UFC
  10. Dustin Poirier (28-6) — UFC
  11. Max Holloway (22-6) — UFC
  12. Robert Whittaker (23-5) — UFC
  13. Brandon Moreno (19-5) — UFC Flyweight Champion
  14. Colby Covington (16-2) — UFC
  15. Aljamain Sterling (20-3) — UFC Bantamweight Champion

Women’s Pound-For-Pound

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Women's Featherweight & Bantamweight Champion
  2. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) — UFC Women's Flyweight Champion
  3. Cris Cyborg (24-2) — Bellator Women's Featherweight Champion
  4. Rose Namajunas (10-4) — UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
  5. Kayla Harrison (11-0) — PFL
  6. Germaine De Randamie (10-4) — UFC
  7. Weili Zhang (21-2) — UFC
  8. Holly Holm (14-5) — UFC
  9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) — UFC
  10. Juliana Velasquez (12-0) — Bellator Women's Flyweight Champion
  11. Jessica Andrade (22-9) — UFC
  12. Carla Esparza (18-6) — UFC
  13. Julianna Peña (10-4) — UFC
  14. Julia Budd (15-3) — PFL
  15. Norma Dumont (6-1) — UFC

Heavyweight

  1. Francis Ngannou (16-3) — UFC Heavyweight Champion
  2. Ciryl Gane (10-0) — UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
  3. Stipe Miocic (20-4) — UFC
  4. Derrick Lewis (25-8) — UFC
  5. Curtis Blaydes (15-3) — UFC
  6. Alexander Volkov (33-9) — UFC
  7. Valentin Moldavsky (11-1) — Bellator Heavyweight Champion
  8. Tom Aspinall (11-2) - UFC
  9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3) — UFC
  10. Marcin Tybura (22-6) — UFC
  11. Timothy Johnson (15-7) — Bellator
  12. Cheick Kongo (31-11) — Bellator
  13. Augusto Sakai (15-3-1) — UFC
  14. Chris Daukaus (12-3) — UFC
  15. Fabricio Werdum (24-9) — PFL

Light Heavyweight

  1. Jan Blachowicz (28-8) — UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
  2. Vadim Nemkov (13-2) — Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion
  3. Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1) — UFC
  4. Glover Teixeira (32-7) — UFC
  5. Ryan Bader (28-6) — Bellator
  6. Phil Davis (22-6) — Bellator
  7. Aleksandar Rakic (14-2) — UFC
  8. Thiago Santos (22-9) — UFC — (+2)
  9. Dominick Reyes (12-3) — UFC — (-1)
  10. Corey Anderson (15-5) — Bellator — (-1)
  11. Anthony Smith (35-16) — UFC
  12. Anthony Johnson (23-6) — Bellator
  13. Magomed Ankalaev (15-1) — UFC
  14. Nikita Krylov (27-8) — UFC
  15. Volkan Oezdemir (17-5) — UFC

Middleweight

  1. Israel Adesanya (21-1) — UFC Middleweight Champion
  2. Robert Whittaker (23-5) — UFC
  3. Gegard Mousasi (48-7) — Bellator Middleweight Champion
  4. Jared Cannonier (14-5) — UFC
  5. Derek Brunson (23-7) — UFC
  6. Paulo Costa (13-1) — UFC
  7. Marvin Vettori (17-5-1) — UFC
  8. Sean Strickland (24-3) — UFC
  9. Jack Hermansson (22-6) — UFC
  10. Darren Till (18-4-1) — UFC
  11. Kelvin Gastelum (16-8) — UFC
  12. Uriah Hall (17-10) — UFC
  13. Brendan Allen (17-4) — UFC
  14. Kevin Holland (21-7) — UFC
  15. Edmen Shahbazyan (11-2) — UFC

Welterweight

  1. Kamaru Usman (19-1) — UFC Welterweight Champion
  2. Colby Covington (16-2) — UFC
  3. Gilbert Burns (20-4) — UFC
  4. Leon Edwards (19-3) - UFC
  5. Vicente Luque (21-7-1) — UFC
  6. Stephen Thompson (16-5-1) — UFC
  7. Yaroslav Amosov (26-0) — Bellator Welterweight Champion
  8. Michael Chiesa (18-5) — UFC
  9. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) — UFC
  10. Douglas Lima (32-9) — Bellator
  11. Belal Muhammad (19-3) — UFC
  12. Ray Cooper III (23-7-1) — PFL
  13. Li Jingliang (18-6) — UFC
  14. Robbie Lawler (29-15) — UFC
  15. Neil Magny (25-8) — UFC

Lightweight

  1. Charles Oliveira (31-8) — UFC Lightweight Champion
  2. Dustin Poirier (28-6) — UFC
  3. Beneil Dariush (21-4-1) — UFC
  4. Justin Gaethje (22-3) — UFC
  5. Islam Makhachev (20-1) — UFC
  6. Conor McGregor (22-6) — UFC
  7. Michael Chandler (22-6) — UFC
  8. Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13) — UFC
  9. Tony Ferguson (25-6) — UFC
  10. Dan Hooker (21-10) — UFC
  11. Gregor Gillespie (14-1) — UFC
  12. Brad Riddell (10-1) — UFC
  13. Diego Ferreira (14-3) — UFC
  14. Rafael Fiziev (10-1) — UFC
  15. Arman Tsarukyan (17-2) — UFC

Featherweight

  1. Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) — UFC Featherweight Champion
  2. Max Holloway (22-6) — UFC
  3. AJ McKee (18-0) — Bellator Featherweight Champion
  4. Brian Ortega (15-2) — UFC
  5. Patricio Pitbull (32-5) — Bellator
  6. Giga Chikadze (14-2) — UFC
  7. Calvin Kattar (22-5) — UFC
  8. Yair Rodriguez (13-2) — UFC
  9. Korean Zombie (17-6) — UFC
  10. Arnold Allen (17-1) — UFC
  11. Josh Emmett (16-2) — UFC
  12. Movsar Evloev (14-0) — UFC
  13. Dan Ige (15-4) — UFC
  14. Edson Barboza (22-10) — UFC
  15. Movlid Khaybulaev (18-0-1) — PFL

Bantamweight

  1. Aljamain Sterling (20-3) — UFC Bantamweight Champion
  2. Petr Yan (15-2) — UFC
  3. TJ Dillashaw (17-4) — UFC
  4. Cory Sandhagen (14-3) — UFC
  5. Rob Font (19-4) — UFC
  6. Jose Aldo (30-7) — UFC
  7. Cody Garbrandt (12-4) — UFC
  8. Merab Dvalishviili (14-4) — UFC
  9. Dominick Cruz (23-3) — UFC
  10. Marlon Moraes (23-9-1) — UFC
  11. Sergio Pettis (21-5) — Bellator Bantamweight Champion
  12. Pedro Munhoz (19-6) — UFC
  13. Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3) — Bellator
  14. John Lineker (33-9) — ONE Bantamweight Champion
  15. Frankie Edgar (24-9-1) — UFC

Flyweight

  1. Brandon Moreno (19-5-2) — UFC Flyweight Champion
  2. Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) — UFC
  3. Adriano Moraes (19-3) — ONE Flyweight Champion
  4. Askar Askarov (13-0) — UFC
  5. Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1) — ONE
  6. Alexandre Pantoja (24-5) — UFC
  7. Matheus Nicolau (16-2-1) — UFC
  8. Alex Perez (24-6) — UFC
  9. Brandon Royval (12-6) — UFC
  10. Kai Kara-France (22-9) — UFC
  11. Rogerio Bontorin (17-3) — UFC
  12. Manel Kape (16-6) — UFC
  13. David Dvorak (20-3) — UFC
  14. Jose Torres (10-1-1) — Brave CF Flyweight Champion
  15. Matt Schnell (15-6) — UFC

Women’s Featherweight

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Women's Featherweight & Bantamweight Champion
  2. Cris Cyborg (24-2) — Bellator Women's Featherweight Champion
  3. Kayla Harrison (11-0) — PFL
  4. Norma Dumont (6-1) — UFC
  5. Julia Budd (15-3) — PFL
  6. Felicia Spencer (8-3) — UFC
  7. Megan Anderson (11-5) — UFC
  8. Pam Sorensen (9-3) — Invicta FC Women's Featherweight Champion
  9. Larissa Pacheco (15-4) — PFL
  10. Cat Zingano (12-4) — Bellator
  11. Leah McCourt (5-1) — Bellator — (+2)
  12. Arlene Blancowe (14-8) — Bellator — (-1)
  13. Leslie Smith (12-9-1) — Bellator — (-1)
  14. Leah Letson (5-1) — UFC
  15. Janay Harding (6-5) — Bellator

Women’s Bantamweight

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4) — UFC Women's Featherweight & Bantamweight Champion
  2. Germaine De Randamie (10-4) — UFC
  3. Holly Holm (14-5) — UFC
  4. Julianna Peña (10-4) — UFC
  5. Irene Aldana (13-6) — UFC
  6. Aspen Ladd (9-1) — UFC
  7. Yana Kunitskaya (14-6) — UFC
  8. Ketlen Vieira (11-2) — UFC
  9. Raquel Pennington (12-8) — UFC
  10. Meisha Tate (19-7) — UFC
  11. Macy Chiasson (7-1) — UFC
  12. Sara McMann (12-6) — UFC
  13. Josiane Nunes (8-2) — UFC
  14. Pannie Kianzad (15-6) — UFC
  15. Karol Rosa (14-3) — UFC

Women’s Flyweight

  1. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) — UFC Women's Flyweight Champion
  2. Jessica Andrade (22-9) — UFC
  3. Juliana Velasquez (12-0) — Bellator Women's Flyweight Champion
  4. Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) — UFC
  5. Liz Carmouche (16-7) — UFC
  6. Lauren Murphy (14-6) — UFC
  7. Jennifer Maia (19-7-1) — UFC
  8. Cynthia Calvillo (9-3-1) — UFC
  9. Joanne Calderwood (15-6) — UFC
  10. Ilima Lei-MacFarlane (11-1) — Bellator
  11. Alexa Grasso (13-3) — UFC
  12. Viviane Araujo (9-3) — UFC
  13. Taila Santos (18-1) — UFC
  14. Roxanne Modaferri (25-18) — UFC
  15. Maycee Barber (9-2) — UFC

Women’s Strawweight

  1. Rose Namajunas (10-4) — UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
  2. Weili Zhang (21-2) — UFC
  3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) — UFC
  4. Carla Esparza (18-6) — UFC
  5. Marina Rodriguez (14-1) — UFC
  6. MacKenzie Dern (11-1) — UFC
  7. Yan Xionan (13-2) — UFC
  8. Tecia Torres (13-5) — UFC
  9. Claudia Gadelha (18-5) — UFC
  10. Amanda Lemos (10-1-1) — UFC
  11. Amanda Ribas (10-2) — UFC
  12. Michelle Waterson (18-9) — UFC
  13. Angela Hill (13-10) — UFC
  14. Nina Nunes (10-7) — UFC
  15. Virna Jandiroba (17-2) — UFC

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