By making history, Zhang Weili makes leap in divisional rankings

Zhang Weili made a big move in the strawweight rankings after capturing the UFC's 115-pound title on Aug. 31. AFP/Getty Images

What a difference a week makes. On Sept. 7, Khabib Nurmagomedov put on another dominant performance, successfully defending his UFC lightweight championship by choking out Dustin Poirier. For the 28-0 Nurmagomedov, it was his 12th UFC victory -- the best start in promotion history.

He does not budge in the ESPN 155-pound rankings, though, as he already was No. 1.

A week earlier, on Aug. 31, Zhang Weili made history by becoming the first Chinese champion in the UFC. And her 42-second victory over Jessica Andrade to capture the strawweight championship also gave her a big boost in the 115-pound rankings. She sits at the top now, after going into the fight at No. 7.

Check out my rankings within each MMA weight division by clicking on the links below.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current, rankings as of Sept. 13.

Heavyweight - Light heavyweight - Middleweight - Welterweight
Lightweight - Men's featherweight - Men's bantamweight - Men's flyweight
Women's bantamweight - Women's flyweight - Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 14-3
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, June 29
Next: TBD

4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 12-2, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Shamil Abdurakhimov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-6
Last: L (TKO1) Francis Ngannou, June 29
Next: Nov. 9 vs. Alexander Volkov

6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 21-7
Last: L (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, March 9
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Blagoy Ivanov

7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 30-7
Last: L (KO3) Derrick Lewis, Oct. 6
Next: Nov. 9 vs. Junior dos Santos

8. Alistair Overeem

Record: 45-17, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO1) Aleksei Oleinik, April 20
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Walt Harris

9. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

10. Cheick Kongo

Record: 30-10-2, 1 NC
Last: NC Ryan Bader, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT(up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 25-1, 1 NC
Last: W (SD) Thiago Santos, July 6
Next: TBD

2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

3. Anthony Smith

Record: 32-14
Last: W (SUB4) Alexander Gustafsson, June 1
Next: TBD

4. Thiago Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD

5. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 24-9
Last: W (KO2) Luke Rockhold, July 6
Next: TBD

6. Corey Anderson

Record: 12-4
Last: W (UD) Ilir Latifi, Dec. 29
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Johnny Walker

7. Dominick Reyes

Record: 11-0
Last: W (SD) Volkan Oezdemir, March 16
Next: Oct. 18 vs. Chris Weidman

8. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 16-4
Last: W (TKO2) Ilir Latifi, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

9. Glover Teixeira

Record: 30-7
Last: W (SD) Nikita Krylov, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-1
Last: W (KO1) Jimi Manuwa, June 1
Next: TBD

MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-4
Last: W (SD) Yoel Romero, June 9, 2018
Next: Oct. 6 vs. Israel Adesanya

2. Israel Adesanya

Record: 17-0
Last: W (UD) Kelvin Gastelum, April 13
Next: Oct. 6 vs. Robert Whittaker

3. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, April 13
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Darren Till

4. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

5. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-4
Last: L (UD) Paulo Costa, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

6. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Ronaldo Souza, April 27
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Jared Cannonier

7. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-7, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Jack Hermansson, April 27
Next: TBD

8. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD

9. Gegard Mousasi

Record: 45-7-2
Last: L (MD) Rafael Lovato Jr., June 22
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Lyoto Machida

10. Derek Brunson

Record: 20-7
Last: W (UD) Ian Heinisch, Aug. 17
Next: TBD


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WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 15-1
Last: W (UD) Tyron Woodley, March 2
Next: TBD

2. Colby Covington

Record: 15-1
Last: W (UD) Robbie Lawler, Aug. 3
Next: TBD

3. Tyron Woodley

Record: 19-4-1
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, March 2
Next: TBD

4. Rory MacDonald

Record: 21-5-1
Last: W (UD) Neiman Gracie, June 14
Next: Oct. 26 vs. Douglas Lima

5. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 34-13
Last: W (KO1) Ben Askren, July 6
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Nate Diaz

6. Leon Edwards

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: TBD

7. Douglas Lima

Record: 31-7
Last: W (KO2) Michael Page, May 11
Next: Oct. 26 vs. Rory MacDonald

8. Rafael dos Anjos

Record: 29-12
Last: L (UD) Leon Edwards, July 20
Next: TBD

9. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Record: 27-3
Last: W (KO4) Neil Magny, Nov. 17
Next: TBD

10. Stephen Thompson

Record: 14-4-1
Last: L (TKO2) Anthony Pettis, March 23
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Vicente Luque

LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

2. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-3
Last: W (TKO2) Donald Cerrone, June 8
Next: TBD

3. Dustin Poirier

Record: 25-6
Last: L (SUB3) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

4. Donald Cerrone

Record: 36-13, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO1) Justin Gaethje, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

5. Justin Gaethje

Record: 21-2
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

6. Al Iaquinta

Record: 14-5-1
Last: L (UD) Donald Cerrone, May 4
Next: Oct. 6 vs. Dan Hooker

7. Paul Felder

Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Edson Barboza, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

8. Michael Chandler

Record: 19-5
Last: L (TKO1) Patricio Freire, May 11
Next: TBD

9. Patricio Freire

Record: 29-4
Last: W (TKO1) Michael Chandler, May 11
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Juan Archuleta

10. Charles Oliveira

Record: 27-8, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Nik Lentz, May 18
Next: TBD

MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Max Holloway

Record: 21-4
Last: W (UD) Frankie Edgar, July 28
Next: TBD

2. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 20-1
Last: W (UD) Jose Aldo, May 11
Next: TBD

3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: TBD

4. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-5
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, May 11
Next: TBD

5. Patricio Freire

Record: 29-4
Last: W (TKO1) Michael Chandler, May 11
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Juan Archuleta

6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Record: 17-1
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, March 2
Next: TBD

7. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 15-5
Last: W (TKO1) Renato Moicano, June 22
Next: TBD

8. Frankie Edgar

Record: 28-15
Last: L (UD) Max Holloway, July 28
Next: TBD

9. Jeremy Stephens

Record: 28-16
Last: L (UD) Zabit Magomedsharipov, March 2
Next: Sept. 21 vs. Yair Rodriguez

10. Josh Emmett

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO2) Mirsad Bektic, July 13
Next: TBD


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MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Marlon Moraes

Record: 22-6-1
Last: L (TKO3) Henry Cejudo, June 8
Next: TBD

3. Aljamain Sterling

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, June 8
Next: TBD

4. Dominick Cruz

Record: 22-2
Last: L (UD) Cody Garbrandt, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

5. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-1
Last: W (UD) Raphael Assuncao, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

6. Petr Yan

Record: 13-1
Last: W (UD) Jimmie Rivera, June 8
Next: TBD

7. Raphael Assuncao

Record: 27-7
Last: L (UD) Cory Sandhagen, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

8. Pedro Munhoz

Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: TBD

9. Kyoji Horiguchi

Record: 28-2
Last: L (TKO1) Kai Asakura, Aug. 18
Next: TBD

10. Cody Garbrandt

Record: 11-3
Last: L (TKO1) Pedro Munhoz, March 2
Next: TBD

MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: TBD

2. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 29-3-1
Last: W (UD)Tatsumitsu Wada, Aug. 2
Next: TBD

3. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-5
Last: W (TKO2) Jussier Formiga, June 29
Next: TBD

4. Deiveson Figueiredo

Record: 16-1
Last: W (UD) Alexandre Pantoja, July 27
Next: Oct. 12 vs Tim Elliott

5. Jussier Formiga

Record: 23-6
Last: L (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, June 29
Next: TBD

6. Alexandre Pantoja

Record: 21-4
Last: L (UD) Deiveson Figueiredo, July 27
Next: TBD

7. Rogerio Bontorin

Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO1) Raulian Paiva, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

8. Alex Perez

Record: 21-5
Last: L (TKO1) Josephj Benavidez, Nov. 30
Next: TBD

9. Matt Schnell

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SUB) Jordan Espinosa, Aug. 3
Next: TBD

10. Adriano Moraes

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Geje Eustaquio, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 18-4
Last: W (TKO1) Holly Holm, July 6
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Germaine de Randamie

2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-3
Last: W (TKO1) Aspen Ladd, July 13
Next: Dec. 14 vs. Amanda Nunes

3. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-0
Last: W (SD) Cat Zingano, March 3, 2018
Next: TBD

4. Aspen Ladd

Record: 8-1
Last: L (TKO1) Germaine de Randamie, July 13
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Yana Kunitskaya

5. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: TBD

6. Holly Holm

Record: 12-5
Last: L (TKO1) Amanda Nunes, July 6
Next: Oct. 5 vs. Raquel Pennington

7. Raquel Pennington

Record: 9-7
Last: L (UD) Germaine de Randamie, Nov. 11
Next: Oct. 5 vs. Holly Holm

8. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD

9. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-4, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, March 9
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Aspen Ladd

10. Marion Reneau

Record: 9-5-1
Last: L (UD) Yana Kunitskaya, March 9
Next: Sept. 21 vs. Irene Aldana

WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Liz Carmouche, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO3) Veta Arteaga, April 27
Next: TBD

3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 12-2
Last: W (UD) Joanne Calderwood, June 8
Next: Nov. 2 vs Jennifer Maia

4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: TBD

6. Jessica Eye

Record: 14-7, 1 NC
Last: L (KO2) Valentina Shevchenko, June 8
Next: Dec. 14 vs Viviane Araujo

7. Jennifer Maia

Record: 17-5-1
Last: W (UD) Rosanne Modafferi, July 20
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Katlyn Chookagian

8. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-1
Last: W (UD) Alexis Davis, July 27
Next: Dec. 14 vs Jessica Eye

9. Andrea Lee

Record: 11-3
Last: L (SD) Joanne Calderwood, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

10. Roxanne Modafferi

Record: 23-16
Last: L (UD) Jessica Maia, July 20
Next: TBD


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STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 20-1
Last: W (TKO1) Jessica Andrade, Aug. 31
Next: TBD

2. Jessica Andrade

Record: 20-7
Last: L (TKO1) Zhang Weili, Aug. 31
Next: TBD

3. Rose Namajunas

Record: 8-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, May 11
Next: TBD

4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record: 15-3
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Dec. 8
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Michelle Waterson

5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 8-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD

6. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-6
Last: W (UD) Karolina Kowalkiewicz, March 30
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

7. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD

8. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Randa Markos, July 6
Next: Dec. 7 vs. Cynthia Calvillo

9. Alexa Grasso

Record: 11-2
Last: W (UD) Karolina Kowalkiewicz, June 8
Next: Sept. 21 vs. Carla Esparza

10. Carla Esparza

Record: 14-6
Last: W (UD) Virna Jandiroba, April 27
Next: Sept. 21 vs. Alexa Grasso