Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings: AJ McKee takes over pound-for-pound No. 1 with win over Patricio Pitbull

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AJ McKee is now Bellator’s prime pound-for-pound male fighter after scoring one of many largest wins in promotion historical past this previous Saturday. McKee stopped Bellator’s Greatest of All-Time in the main event of Bellator 263, submitting Patricio Pitbull to win the featherweight championship and take house the $1 million prize for profitable the Featherweight World Grand Prix.

Along with shifting to the highest of the pound-for-pound rankings, McKee now stands atop the featherweight rankings, the place he might reign for years as he has improved with each outing in his Bellator profession.

As for Pitbull, he dropped from No. 1 at pound-for-pound to No. 2 and now sits on the No. 1 contender spot at featherweight. He’s nonetheless the promotion’s prime light-weight, holding that title since a knockout victory over Michael Chandler in Might 2019.

Beneath are the top-10 pound-for-pound rankings for each the women and men. The complete top-10 rankings for every division throughout the promotion can be found here. The rankings are voted on by 17 members of the media.

Editor’s observe: CBS Sports activities insider Brian Campbell is a member of the 17-person voting panel. Bellator and CBS Sports activities are each owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator Rankings (Aug. 3)

Males’s pound-for-pound

1. AJ McKee


2. Patricio Pitbull


3. Vadim Nemkov


4. Gegard Mousasi


5. Ryan Bader


6. Yaroslav Amosov


7. Sergio Pettis


8. Douglas Lima


9. Corey Anderson


10. Juan Archuleta


Ladies’s pound-for-pound

1. Cris Cyborg


2. Juliana Velasquez


3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane


4. Julia Budd


5. Liz Carmouche


6. Denise Kielholtz

13-8 6-3

7. Arlene Blencowe


8. Cat Zingano


9. Kana Watanabe


10. Leslie Smith


Different notable outcomes

  • Featherweight: Mads Burnell defeated Emmanuel Sanchez in a hard-fought bout, taking a unanimous determination victory. Burnell jumped six spots within the featherweight rankings to No. 2. Sanchez fell from No. 2 to No. 4 in defeat.
  • Light-weight: Usman Nurmagomedov picked up a first-round TKO of Manny Muro, a extra spectacular displaying for Nurmagomedov than in his debut. Nurmagomedov debuts within the rankings at No. 7.
  • Light-weight: Islam Mamedov additionally cracked the rankings this week, coming off a Bellator 263 win over Brent Primus by cut up determination. Mamedov checked in at No. 8. | Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings: AJ McKee takes over pound-for-pound No. 1 with win over Patricio Pitbull


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