Welcome to the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA Rankings.
Each Monday, MMAjunkie.com publishes an updated list of the top 15 fighters, as well as three honorable mentions (in alphabetical order), in the eight primary male weight divisions. The rankings also appear monthly in the print edition of USA TODAY.
Only one ranked fighter was in action this past week as No. 11-ranked bantamweight Tyson Nam suffered a head-kick knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at World Series of Fighting 2. As a result, Nam dropped out of the rankings, and Eduardo Dantas, Marcos Galvao, Yuri Alcantara and Mike Easton each moved up a spot, and for the first time, T.J. Dillashaw cracked the Top 15. Additionally, Moraes has earned a spot on our honorable mention list.
This week, honorable mention Mikhail Zayats meets Emanuel Newton at Bellator 94 in a tournament final that will have an impact on our light-heavyweight rankings.
Check out the full rankings below, or simply click on the Rankings tab above.
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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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