USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 21: Patchy Mix, Lerone Murphy move up


Following Bellator Champions Series: Paris and UFC Fight Night 241, the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings required updating.

In the feature bout of the UFC event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, rising featherweight contender Lerone Murphy defeated the always-exciting Edson Barboza in a dominant display to remain undefeated in his pro career.

At Accor Arena in Paris, France, Patchy Mix recorded a successful defense of his Bellator title by edging out a split decision nod in the main event over Magomed Magomedov.

Both fighters moved up in the rankings in their respective divisions following their impressive performances.

Check out all the latest pound-for-pound and divisional USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings above.

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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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