Undefeated UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev has made huge steps toward securing his first shot at promotional gold – with official UFC rankings panellists placing the now-11-0 contender at #3 in the official 170lb stack off the back of his UFC 273 victory.
Khamzat Chimaev, who entered his main card outing with one-time title chaser, Gilbert Burns at the #11 ranked contender, managed to improve on his undefeated record with a close, hard-fought unanimous decision win over the Brazilian – forced the distance for the first time in his professional career.
Khamzat Chimaev has been linked to a pairing with Colby Covington next
Upon the release of the new, updated UFC rankings, Khamzat Chimaev, a trainee of AllStars MMA in Sweden – landed at #3 in the official welterweight pile – cracking the top-3 for the first time in his promotional tenure.
As a result, Khamzat Chimaev replaces expected next title challenger, Leon Edwards at #3, with the Birmingham native replacing Burns at #2 behind the #1 ranked, Colby Covington – with the Brazilian subsequently falling to #4 in the welterweight stack.
Following his victory over former interim champion, Petr Yan in the night’s co-main event, undisputed 135lb kingpin, Aljamain Sterling has now entered the official pound-for-pound rankings at #12 – with the bantamweight rankings unmoved.
Event headliner, Alexander Volkanovski successfully knocked back challenger, Chan Sung Jung with a one-sided fourth round knockout – promoting him to the #2 rank in the official pound-for-pound list – behind just welterweight titleholder, Kamaru Usman.
As a result of his second title challenge defeat, Jung has since dropped to #5 at featherweight, with recent January winner, Calvin Kattar promoted to #4.
A random shuffle at lightweight now sees two #1 contenders in the division – with former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier joining incoming title chaser, Justin Gaethje at the top of the heap – beneath soon to be common-foe, champion, Charles Oliveira.
Another big winner from UFC 273 was strawweight grappler, Mackenzie Dern – who scored a hugely impressive decision win over Tecia Torres – moved to the #4 rank at 115lbs, while Torres switched places, dropping to #5.
Also making a significant leap up the rankings is one-time bantamweight title challenger, Raquel Pennington who turned in an impressive striking display against Aspen Ladd – once more cracking the top-5 at 135lbs with a move to #4 in the stack.