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.
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.
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.
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