Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Man of the Hour
By: Tristen Critchfield Jul 11, 2018
Though he may never fully escape the shadow of archrival Jon Jones,
Cormier now has his own moment in the sun to which he can
Already in possession of the
Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title, the
American Kickboxing Academy ace laid claim to the undisputed
heavyweight crown with a first-round knockout of Stipe
Miocic at UFC
226 on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The end came 4:33
into Round 1, as Cormier joined Conor
McGregor as the only fighters in UFC history to hold
championships in two weight classes simultaneously. The landmark
win moved “DC” all the way to the heavyweight penthouse in the
latest Sherdog.com divisional rankings.
Some of Cormier’s contemporaries did not fare quite as well.
Ngannou, who held down the No. 2 spot in the heavyweight
division prior to UFC 226, lost a unanimous decision to Derrick
Lewis in one of the worst fights in the promotion’s history.
Neither Ngannou nor Lewis seemed willing to engage in their co-main
event, as they circled one another for 15 forgettable minutes and
combined to land just 31 total strikes. UFC President Dana White
called it an “abomination.” Nevertheless, the previously
10th-ranked Lewis climbs to the No. 5 position, while Ngannou
tumbles four spots to No. 6.