UFC Rankings Update – Jamahal Hill Cracks Top-10, Paulo Costa, Sean Strickland Both Climb To #4

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 22, 2022

    The UFC has released their official rankings update this Tuesday afternoon following the culmination of last weekend’s UFC Vegas 48 card – with event headliner, Jamahal Hill cracking the light heavyweight top-10, while both Paulo Costa, and Sean Strickland join Derek Brunson – all surprisingly sitting at #4 in the official middleweight pile.

    Hill, who headlined UFC Vegas 48 against Brazilian striker, Johnny Walker, stopped the Straight Blast Gym staple with a thunderous first round knockout – dropping the #10 ranked contender before the three-minute mark with a clipping shot.

    As a result of the victory, paired with his December decimation of Jimmy Crute, Hill has overtaken Walker and landed at #10 in the official light heavyweight pile.

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    For Walker, the charismatic striker suffered his fourth defeat from his five most recent outings, as well as his second knockout loss in the promotion off the back of a high-profile defeat against upcoming Bellator light heavyweight title challenger, Corey Anderson.

    In the promotion’s middleweight division, we’ve now got three contenders sitting at #4 in the official rankings.

    Off the back of his second round knockout loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC 271 earlier this month, the aforenoted, Brunson retains his rank at #4, while the above-mentioned duo of Costa and Strickland now join the North Carolina native with the trio tied at #4.

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    Costa, a one-time middleweight title challenger suffered his second straight defeat back in October against fellow one-time title chaser, Marvin Vettori, dropping a judging loss at the light heavyweight limit.

    Scoring his sixth successive win at UFC Vegas 47 earlier this month, Strickland moved to #5 in the official 185lbs rankings off the back of his split decision win over Jack Hermansson, however, has since jumped to #4 to sit alongside Costa and Brunson.