When it involves the USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie rankings, it’s irregular for a fighter to head from unranked straight into the tip 5. And yet, that’s the case this week with Vadim Nemkov.
Nemkov, beforehand left out at gentle heavyweight, defeated Ryan Bader this past Friday at Bellator 244 to became the 205-pound champion, and he didn’t accurate take hold of. He steamrolled his diagram with a vicious second-round TKO to became the major Russian to claim an MMA group’s gentle heavyweight belt.
The place does that attach him within the division, per our most up-to-date rankings? The total diagram at No. 4.
Nemkov isn’t the most attention-grabbing one to manufacture major strikes coming out of the weekend as Frankie Edgar became profitable in his bantamweight debut, earning a break up decision take hold of over Pedro Munhoz this past Saturday at UFC on ESPN 15.
Edgar, the pale gentle-weight champion and featherweight contender, now finds himself squarely amongst the elite at 135 pounds, grabbing the No. 5 space in our rankings.
What went into these drastic strikes? Survey the video above as MMA Junkie rankings chair “Pleasing” George Garcia explains them with John Morgan in this week’s edition of the rankings file.