USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 11: Nassourdine Imavov makes big leap


Following UFC on ESPN 57, the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings required updating.

In the feature bout of the UFC event at the KFC Yum! Center in Lousiville, Ky., Nassourdine Imavov outstruck former title challenger Jared Cannonier to pick up a TKO victory. Although the stoppage was controversial, Imavov had Cannonier wobbly and in survival mode. Imavov picks up his sixth UFC victory, and climbs from No. 12 to No. 6 in the middleweight division.

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Ranking Criteria

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, non-titleholders 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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