About one month shy of his 39th birthday, “The Reem” went into
hostile territory at UFC St. Petersburg, survived an early
onslaught from Russian foe Alexey
Oleynik and earned his second consecutive Octagon triumph on
the strength of a well-placed knee followed by powerful
ground-and-pound at the 4:45 mark of the opening stanza. Overeem
believes a three-fight winning streak would merit a heavyweight
title shot, and considering the state of the division, he might not
be wrong. For now, he stands pat at No. 8 in our latest heavyweight
Horiguchi continued his brilliant run in Rizin Fighting
Federation, scoring a first-round stoppage of fellow UFC veteran
Nguyen at Rizin 15 in Yokohama, Japan. That makes 12 straight
victories for Horiguchi — including nine in Rizin — and potentially
sets up a rematch with Darrion
Caldwell at Madison Square Garden at Bellator 222 in June.
While inactivity at 125 pounds results in Horiguchi’s removal from
the flyweight rankings, his recent string of excellence vaults him
Lineker into the fifth spot at bantamweight.
Meanwhile, beloved women’s pioneer Roxanne
Modafferi earns the 10th spot at flyweight following a mild
upset victory over Antonina
Shevchenko. “The Happy Warrior” replaces Rin Nakai, who
has been out of action since February 2018.