Cody Garbrandt makes biggest jump in shifting bantamweight rankings

Cody Garbrandt, right, is once again making his impact felt in the men's bantamweight rankings. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Bantamweights are on the move. With the retirement (for now?) of former two-division champion Henry Cejudo, Marlon Moraes has moved up from No. 2 to the top spot in the ESPN men's 135-pound rankings.

Right behind Moraes is Aljamain Sterling, who needed less than a minute and a half to submit fellow contender Cory Sandhagen on June 6. Petr Yan, whom UFC president Dana White has said will fight Jose Aldo for the vacant title, moves up a spot to No. 3.

The bantamweight who makes the biggest jump, though, is former champion Cody Garbrandt, who on that same June 6 card broke out of a three-fight skid and an absence of more than a year by scoring a one-punch knockout of Raphael Assuncao. He's back.

Bantamweights aside, there is movement in several divisions. Check out my rankings within each MMA weight classes by clicking on the links below.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of June 9.

Heavyweight - Light heavyweight - Middleweight - Welterweight
Lightweight - Men's featherweight - Men's bantamweight - Men's flyweight
Women's bantamweight - Women's flyweight - Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: Aug. 15 vs. Daniel Cormier


2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: Aug. 15 vs. Stipe Miocic


3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 15-3
Last: W (KO1) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, May 9
Next: TBD


4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 14-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Alexander Volkov, June 20
Next: TBD


5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Jan. 25
Next: Aug. 15 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik


6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 23-7
Last: W (UD) Ilir Latifi, Feb. 8
Next: Aug. 8 vs. Alexey Oleinik


7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 31-8
Last: L (UD) Curtis Blaydes, June 20
Next: TBD


8. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD


9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Record: 10-1
Last: L (KO1) Francis Ngannou, May 9
Next: Aug. 15 vs. Junior dos Santos


10. Alistair Overeem

Record: 46-18, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Walt Harris, May 16
Next: TBD


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 26-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, Feb. 8
Next: TBD


2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD vs. Vadim Nemkov


3. Dominick Reyes

Record: 12-1
Last: L (UD) Jon Jones, Feb. 8
Next: TBD


4. Jan Blachowicz

Record: 26-8
Last: W (KO1) Corey Anderson, Feb. 15
Next: TBD


5. Thiago Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD


6. Corey Anderson

Record: 13-5
Last: L (KO1) Jan Blachowicz, Feb. 15
Next: TBD


7. Glover Teixeira

Record: 31-7
Last: W (TKO5) Anthony Smith, May 13
Next: TBD


8. Anthony Smith

Record: 33-15
Last: L (TKO5) Glover Teixeira, May 13
Next: Aug. 29 vs. Aleksandar Rakic


9. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 17-5
Last: L (KO2) Jiri Prochazka, July 11
Next: TBD


10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SD) Volkan Oezdemir, Dec. 21
Next: Aug. 29 vs. Anthony Smith


MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 19-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, March 7
Next: TBD


2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Oct. 6
Next: July 25 vs Darren Till


3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD


4. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 7
Next: TBD vs. Uriah Hall


5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jack Hermansson, Sept. 28
Next: TBD


6. Darren Till

Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (SD) Kelvin Gastelum, Nov. 2
Next: July 25 vs Robert Whittaker


7. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Darren Till, Nov. 2
Next: July 18 vs. Jack Hermansson


8. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jared Cannonier, Sept. 28
Next: July 18 vs. Kelvin Gastelum


9. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-8 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Jan Blachowicz, Nov. 16
Next: TBD


10. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD


WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 17-1
Last: W (UD) Jorge Masvidal, July 11
Next: TBD


2. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 35-14
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, July 11
Next: TBD


3. Colby Covington

Record: 15-2
Last: L (TKO5) Kamaru Usman, Dec. 14
Next: TBD


4. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-7
Last: W (UD) Rory MacDonald, Oct. 26
Next: TBD vs. Gegard Mousasi


5. Leon Edwards

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: TBD


6. Gilbert Burns

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 19-3
Last: W (UD) Tyron Woodley, May 30
Next: TBD


7. Tyron Woodley

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 19-5-1
Last: L (UD) Gilbert Burns, May 30
Next: TBD


8. Rory MacDonald

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26
Next: TBD


9. Stephen Thompson

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 15-4-1
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, Nov. 2
Next: TBD


10. Michael Chiesa

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, Jan. 25
Next: TBD


LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: TBD vs. Justin Gaethje


2. Justin Gaethje

Record: 22-2
Last: W (TKO5) Tony Ferguson, May 9
Next: TBD vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov


3. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-4
Last: L (TKO5) Justin Gaethje, May 9
Next: TBD


4. Dustin Poirier

Record: 26-6
Last: W (UD) Dan Hooker, June 27
Next: TBD


5. Dan Hooker

Record: 20-9
Last: L (UD) Dustin Poirier, June 27
Next: TBD


6. Paul Felder

Record: 17-5
Last: L (SD) Dan Hooker, Feb. 22
Next: TBD


7. Conor McGregor

Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Jan. 18
Next: TBD


8. Charles Oliveira

Record: 29-8, 1 NC
Last: W (SUB3) Kevin Lee, March 14
Next: TBD


9. Michael Chandler

Record: 20-5
Last: W (KO1) Sydney Outlaw, Dec. 28
Next: TBD


10. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD


MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 22-1
Last: W (SD) Max Holloway, July 11
Next: TBD


2. Max Holloway

Record: 21-6
Last: L (SD) Alexander Volkanovski, July 11
Next: TBD


3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: TBA


4. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD vs. Pedro Carvalho


5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9
Next: TBD


6. Yair Rodriguez

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18
Next: TBD


7. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 16-5
Last: W (TKO1) Frankie Edgar, Dec. 21
Next: TBD


8. Calvin Kattar

Record: 21-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jeremy Stephens, May 9
Next: July 15 vs. Dan Ige


9. Josh Emmett

Record: 16-2
Last: W (UD) Shane Burgos, June 20
Next: TBD


10. Shane Burgos

Record: 13-2
Last: L (UD) Josh Emmett, June 20
Next: TBD


MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Marlon Moraes

Previous ranking: 2
Record: 23-6-1
Last: W (SD) Jose Aldo, Dec. 14
Next: TBD


2. Aljamain Sterling

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 19-3
Last: W (SUB1) Cory Sandhagen, June 6
Next: TBD


3. Petr Yan

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 15-1
Last: W (TKO5) Jose Aldo, July 11
Next: TBD


4. Cody Garbrandt

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 12-3
Last: W (KO2) Raphael Assuncao, June 6
Next: TBD


5. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-6
Last: L (SD) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 14
Next: July 11 vs. Petr Yan


6. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SUB1) Aljamain Sterling, June 6
Next: TBD


7. Pedro Munhoz

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: Aug. 15 vs. Frankie Edgar


8. Raphael Assuncao

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 27-8
Last: L (KO2) Cody Garbrandt, June 6
Next: TBD


9. Dominick Cruz

Previous ranking: 10
Record: 22-2
Last: L (TKO2) Henry Cejudo, May 9
Next: TBD


10. Jimmie Rivera

Previous ranking: Unranked
Record: 22-4
Last: L (UD) Petr Yan, June 8, 2019
Next: July 25 vs. Cody Stamann


MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Danny Kingad, Oct. 12
Next: TBD vs. Adriano Moraes


2. Deiveson Figueiredo

Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, Feb. 29
Next: July 18 vs. Joseph Benavidez


3. Joseph Benavidez

Record: 28-6
Last: L (TKO2) Deiveson Figueiredo, Feb. 29
Next: July 18 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo


4. Brandon Moreno

Record: 16-5-1
Last: W (UD) Kai Kara-France, Dec. 14
Next: TBD


5. Alex Perez

Previous ranking: 10
Record: 24-5
Last: W (TKO2) Jussier Formiga, June 6
Next: TBD


6. Alexandre Pantoja

Previous record: 5
Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Matt Schnell, Dec. 21
Next: July 18 vs. Askar Askarov


7. Askar Askarov

Record: 11-0-1
Last: W (UD) Tim Elliott, Jan. 18
Next: July 18 vs. Alexandre Pantoja


8. Kai Kara-France

Record: 21-8, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Tyson nam, Feb. 23
Next: TBD


9. Jussier Formiga

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 23-8
Last: L (TKO1) Alex Perez, June 6
Next: TBD


10. Rogerio Bontorin

Previous ranking: 9
Record: 16-2
Last: L (UD) Ray Borg, Feb. 15
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 20-4
Last: W (UD) Felicia Spencer, June 6
Next: TBD


2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-4
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD


3. Aspen Ladd

Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7
Next: TBD


4. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: TBD


5. Irene Aldana

Record: 12-5
Last: W (KO1) Ketlen Vieira, Dec. 14
Next: Aug. 1 vs. Holly Holm


6. Holly Holm

Record: 13-5
Last: W (UD) Raquel Pennington, Jan. 18
Next: Aug. 1 vs. Irene Aldana


7. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-1
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, Dec. 14
Next: TBD


8. Raquel Pennington

Record: 11-8
Last: W (UD) Marion Reneau, June 20
Next: TBD


9. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD


10. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Aspen Ladd, Dec. 7
Next: TBD


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO3) Katlyn Chookagian, Feb. 8
Next: TBD


2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Kate Jackson, Dec. 21
Next: TBD


3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 14-3
Last: W (UD) Antonina Shevchenko, May 30
Next: TBD


4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: TBD


5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: TBD vs. Mandy Bohm


6. Jessica Eye

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 15-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo
Next: TBD


7. Jennifer Maia

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 17-6-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 2
Next: TBD vs. Viviane Araujo


8. Roxanne Modafferi

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 24-17
Last: L (UD) Lauren Murphy, June 20
Next: TBD


9. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-2
Last: L (UD) Jessica Eye, Dec. 14
Next: TBD vs. Jennifer Maia


10. Lauren Murphy

Record: 13-4
Last: W (UD) Roxanne Modafferi, June 20
Next: TBD


STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 21-1
Last: W (SD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, March 7
Next: TBD


2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record: 16-4
Last: L (SD) Zhang Weili, March 7
Next: TBD


3. Jessica Andrade

Record: 20-8
Last: L (SD) Rose Namajunas, July 11
Next: TBD


4. Rose Namajunas

Record: 9-4
Last: W (SD) Jessica Andrade, July 11
Next: TBD


5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 9-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD


6. Carla Esparza

Record: 16-6
Last: W (SD) Michelle Waterson, May 9
Next: July 25 vs. Marina Rodriguez


7. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 18-4
Last: W (SD) Angela Hill, May 16
Next: TBD


8. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD


9. Marina Rodriguez

Record: 12-0-2
Last: MD Cynthia Calvillo, Dec. 7
Next: July 25 vs. Carla Esparza


10. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-8
Last: L (SD) Carla Esparza, May 9
Next: TBD