UFC divisional rankings: Jan Blachowicz establishes position as top challenger to Jon Jones

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For the second straight week, the UFC Octagon hosted a deeply meaningful fight in the light heavyweight division. On the heels of Jon Jones retaining his light heavyweight title with a controversial decision win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, Jan Blachowicz knocked out fellow contender Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 167. With the win, Blachowicz jumped Reyes -- who sits as the uncrowned champion in the eyes of many -- to the No. 2 spot in the CBS Sports divisional rankings.

After knocking out Anderson, who became a hot name in discussions over potential future Jones title defenses by knocking out Johnny Walker at UFC 244, Blachowicz made it clear he wants a shot at the champ. "You promised me that on the show when I met you," Blachowicz said. "You are next. Let's do this. Tell me when. Give me the place and time."

Next up on the UFC calendar is UFC Fight Night 168 on Feb. 22 from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The main event features a lightweight showdown between No. 6-ranked Dan Hooker and No. 7-ranked Paul Felder.

At the UFC Fight Night 168 event on Saturday, there are two fights scheduled featuring CBS Sports ranked fighters:

  • Lightweight: No. 6 Dan Hooker vs. No. 7 Paul Felder
  • Flyweight: No. 7 Kai Kara-France vs. Tyson Nam

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Rankings are compiled following the submission of ballots by Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Jack Crosby and Brandon Wise. Without further ado, here's where things stand ahead of the monumental UFC 244 event on Saturday night.

For Brian Campbell's updated Pound for Pound Rankings, click here.

Flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Henry Cejudo (c)

15-2

2. Joseph Benavidez

28-5

3. Jussier Formiga

23-6

4. Deivieson Figueiredo

16-1

T5. Brandon Moreno

16-5

T5. Alexandre Pantoja

21-4

T7. Matt Schnell

14-4

T7. Kai Kara-France

20-8

9. Askar Askarov

11-0-1

10. Tim Elliott

15-10-1

Bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Henry Cejudo (c)

15-2

2. Petr Yan

14-1

3. Aljamain Sterling

18-3

T4. Marlon Moraes

23-6-1

T4. Cory Sandhagen

12-1

6. Pedro Munhoz

18-4

7. Jimmie Rivera

22-4

T8. Raphael Assuncao

27-7

T8. TJ Dillashaw

16-4

10. Song Yadong

15-4-1

Featherweight

Fighter

Record

1. Alexander Volkanovski (c)

22-1

2. Max Holloway

21-5

T3. Korean Zombie

16-5

T3. Zabit Magomedsharipov

18-1

5. Brian Ortega

14-1

6. Yair Rodriguez

12-2

7. Shane Burgos

13-1

8. Chase Hooper

9-0-1

9. Josh Emmett

15-2

10. Jeremy Stephens

28-17

Lightweight

Fighter

Record

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov (c)

28-0

2. Tony Ferguson

25-3

3. Dustin Poirier

25-6

4. Justin Gaethje

21-2

5. Conor McGregor

21-4

6. Dan Hooker

19-8

7. Paul Felder

17-4

8. Kevin Lee

18-5

9. Donald Cerrone

36-14

10. Al Iaquinta

14-6-1

Welterweight

Fighter

Record

1. Kamaru Usman (c)

16-1

2. Jorge Masvidal

35-13

3. Colby Covington

15-2

4. Leon Edwards

18-3

5. Tyron Woodley

19-4-1

T6. Santiago Ponzinibbio

27-3

T6.Stephen Thompson

15-4-1

8. Geoff Neal

13-2

9. Michael Chiesa

17-4

10. Nate Diaz

20-12

Middleweight

Fighter

Record

1. Israel Adesanya (c)

18-0

2. Paulo Costa

13-0

3. Robert Whittaker

20-5

4. Yoel Romero

13-4

5. Jared Cannonier

13-4

6. Derek Brunson

20-7

7. Kelvin Gastelum

15-5

8. Jack Hermansson

20-5

9. Darren Till

18-2-1

10. Uriah Hall

15-9

Light heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Jon Jones (c)

26-1

2. Jan Blachowicz

26-8

3. Dominick Reyes

12-1

4. Thiago Santos

21-7

5. Anthony Smith

32-14

6. Corey Anderson

13-5

7. Volkan Oezdemir

17-4

8. Glover Teixeira

30-7

9. Aleksandr Rakic

12-2

10. Johnny Walker

17-4

Heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Stipe Miocic (c)

19-3

2. Daniel Cormier

22-2

3. Francis Ngannou

14-3

4. Curtis Blaydes

13-2

5. Junior dos Santos

21-7

6. Alexander Volkov

31-7

7. Jairzinho Rozenstruil

10-0

T8. Derrick Lewis?

23-7

T8. Walt Harris

13-7

10. Alistair Overeem

45-18

Women's strawweight

Fighter

Record

1. Weili Zhang (c)?

20-1

2. Jessica Andrade

20-7

3. Tatiana Suarez

8-0

4. Joanna Jedzejczyk

16-3

5. Claudia Gadelha

17-4

6. Nina Ansaroff?

10-6

7. Carla Esparza

14-6

8. Michelle Waterson

17-7

9. Cynthia Carvalho

8-1

10. Rose Namajunas

8-4

Women's flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

19-3

2. Joanne Calderwood

14-4

3. Katlyn Chookagian

12-3

4. Jessica Eye

14-7

5. Roxanne Modafferi

24-16

Women's bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Amanda Nunes (c)

19-4

2. Aspen Ladd

9-1

3. Germaine de Randamie

9-4

4. Irene Aldana

11-5

5. Holly Holm?

12-5

6. Julianna Pena

9-3

7. Ketlen Vieira

10-1

8. Yana Kunitskaya

12-5

T9. Raquel Pennington

10-8

T9. Sara McMann

11-5

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