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Lewis on rise in latest rankings

 
Derrick Lewis’ ferocious knockout of Travis Browne this past Sunday was enough to move him up in the heavyweight rankings; but not by much.

In Monday’s release of the latest UFC rankings, Lewis jumped from No. 8 to No. 7, past Mark Hunt, in the heavyweight division. Lewis KO’d Browne in the second round of their main event tilt at Fight Night Halifax, which gave “The Black Beast” his sixth consecutive win with five of those coming via knockout. Still, it wasn’t enough to pass rising star Francis Ngannou or any of the division’s veteran staples.

Browne dropped to No. 10 behind Andrei Arlovski after suffering his fourth loss in five fights.

In other rankings related news from Fight Night Halifax, women’s strawweight fighter Randa Markos leaped from un-ranked to ninth after her win over former champ Carla Esparza, who fell five spots to No. 8.

Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio also joined the rankings at No. 15 after defeating Nordine Taleb. Johny Hendricks, who made his middleweight debut Sunday, does not appear in the 185-pound ranks despite his victory over Hector Lombard.

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