UFC Rankings Update – Khamzat Chimaev Leaps To #3 With UFC 273 Win Over Gilbert Burns

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 12, 2022
    Khamzat Chimaev

    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.

    See also  UFC 275 Commentary Booth - Joe Rogan Misses International Card, Michael Bisping Makes Singapore Trip

    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.

    See also  Deiveson Figueiredo Calls For Increase In Fight Purse, Threatens To Leave Flyweight Division

    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.

    See also  Jorge Masvidal Claims Conor McGregor Is 'Scared' To Fight Him: 'I'm The Biggest Fight Of Your Life'

    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.