ONE’s Athlete Rankings just experienced some major movement.
After a couple of breakout performances in ONE Championship’s last two events, three mixed martial arts divisions have gone through some glaring changes.
The least drastic change happened in the flyweight mixed martial arts division.
After the shakeup, this is what the flyweight rankings now look like:
- #1: Demetrious Johnson
- #2: Yuya Wakamatsu
- #3: Kairat Akhmetov (+1)
- #4: Danny Kingad (-1)
- #5: Reece McLaren
The flyweight division may have seen only those two athletes trading places, but the bantamweight division experienced almost a complete makeover.
In the heavier weight class, John “Hands of Stone” Lineker remained the unquestioned #1 contender.
But after him, the rest of the rankings have been shaken up like a snow globe.
Kwon knocked out former titleholder and #2-ranked contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon with a body shot to take his place. Loman, on the other hand, defeated previously ranked #3-contender Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev via first-round TKO to claim his slot in the rankings.
Belingon fell to the #5 spot to round out the bantamweight division rankings. His move pushed Saadulaev and previous #5-ranked contender Shoko Sato off the list.
This is what the bantamweight rankings look like now:
- #1: John Lineker
- #2: Kwon Won Il (NR)
- #3: Stephen Loman (NR)
- #4: Fabricio Andrade
- #5: Kevin Belingon (-3)
Finally, the lightweight mixed martial arts division saw a new entry.
That stellar display introduced him into the lightweight ranking’s #5 spot, which means previous #5-ranked contender Timofey Nastyukhin tumbled off the list.
This is what the lightweight rankings now look like:
- 1: Christian Lee
- 2: Dagi Arslanaliev
- 3: Shinya Aoki
- 4: Iuri Lapicus
- 5: Saygid Izagakhmaev (NR)
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