While the UFC was on hiatus this past weekend, that didn’t stop new World Series of Fighting featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan from making an impact in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA rankings.
The 28-year-old “Insane” one earned his eighth straight win with a first-round submission of Waylon Lowe at this past Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 5 event and moved up from the honorable mention section to the No. 15 slot in the latest 145-pound rankings.
There’s a potential for a couple of big moves this weekend, as “UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson” features a pair of title fights in the co-headlining slots, as well as a big fight at 155 pounds. Will Jon Jones keep his slot as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, or will he be the latest champ to fall in surprising fashion?
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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