With heavyweight Stipe Miocic and welterweight Josh Burkman each picking up career-boosting victories at this past weekend’s UFC 161 and World Series of Fighting 3 events, respectively, the USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com MMA rankings saw a shake-up in those divisions.
After a busy weekend of key contests, things slow down a bit in this coming week. No. 11 light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal does compete at Wednesday’s Bellator 96 event, where he meets Seth Petruzelli in the opening round of a four-man “Summer Series” 205-pound tournament.
The rankings take into account a fighter's wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.
Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they've been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.
Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they're not inactive for more than 24 months.
To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter's primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, fighters can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won't be ranked in a new weight class until they've had their first fight at that weight.
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