Ngannou, Gane, Miocic: UFC heavyweight rankings after Aspinall subs Volkov

  • Tom Ward
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Tom Aspinall has shot up the heavyweight leaderboard following his stunning victory over Alexander Volkov.

The UFC‘s rankings of the best MMA fighters in the world now has the Brit behind Derrick Lewis in sixth place.

Volkov had been in sixth, with Surinamese Jairzinho Rozenstruik, 34, seventh and American Chris Daukaus, 32, in eighth.

But the trio have now been dropped one place each to make way for Aspinall, 28, following his first-round submission win over Volkov.

Former champ Stipe Miocic, who was recently linked to an appearance against Jon Jones, is second ahead of Ciryl Gane.

Australia’s Tai Tuivasa, 29, is as high as third, above college wrestler Curtis Blaydes, 31, who has not fought since September 2021.

Derrick Lewis meanwhile also makes up the rest of the top five despite losing two of his last three fights.

Mixed Martial Arts – UFC – Alexander Volkov v Tom Aspinall – O2 Arena, London, Britain – March 19, 2022 Tom Aspinall celebrates winning his fight against Alexander Volkov Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Sergei Pavlovich, who was also victorious this past weekend, narrowly misses out on a spot in the top ten coming in at No.11. Pavlovich was unranked prior to competing against Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Pavlovich’s opponent Abdurakhimov, Augusto Sakai, Walt Harris and Blagoy Ivanov complete the list.

UFC president Dana White

“He fought a real guy who’s seen it all, done it all, durable,” he told reporters.

Mixed Martial Arts – UFC – Alexander Volkov v Tom Aspinall – O2 Arena, London, Britain – March 19, 2022 Alexander Volkov in action against Tom Aspinall Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

“Big, rangy, kicks hard, and went in there and made it look easy.

“So now this kid will break into the top five this week and now he’s in the conversation to fight the best heavyweights in the world.”

The UFC’s official latest heavyweight rankings

Check out the list below…

Jan 22, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Francis Ngannou (red gloves) before his fight against Ciryl Gane during UFC 270 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

(c) Francis Ngannou

1. Ciryl Gane

2. Stipe Miocic

3. Tai Tuivasa

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 25: Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik during their Heavyweight fight during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

4. Curtis Blaydes

5. Derrick Lewis

6. Tom Aspinall

7. Alexander Volkov

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 04: Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

8. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

9. Chris Daukaus

10. Marcin Tybura

11. Sergei Pavlovich

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Curtis Blaydes of United States compete against Shamil Abdurakhimov of Russia in their Heavyweight Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

12. Shamil Abdurakhimov

13. Augusto Sakai

14. Walt Harris

15. Blagoy Ivanov

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Speaking after the fight, Aspinall called out Tuivasa for a main event in the UK.

He said: “I’m a big fan of Tai – big shout-out, Tai.

“The reason why I called out Tai is, first of all, I’m a massive fan of his style.

“Second of all, I’m a massive fan of his personality.

“The crowd goes wild when he fights. And apparently, the crowd goes wild when I fight. So me and him in the U.K., come on, bro.

“What a good time that would be. Let’s line it up [for] the next U.K. card. Get me and Tai on it – please.”

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