USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Aug. 2: Amanda Nunes reclaims No. 1
The women’s bantamweight division has a new name at the top, although it’s a familiar one.
In the main event of UFC 277, Amanda Nunes dominated Julianna Pena over the course of 25 minutes. Whether she knocked Pena off her feet multiple times from strikes or dominated top position on the mat with hard ground and pound, Nunes turned in one of the most complete performances of her career to reclaim the bantamweight title and the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
A couple of other big moves occurred in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions following the pay-per-view event.
Magomed Ankalaev picked up a big win over Anthony Smith, extending his win streak to nine. Entering the week at No. 12, Ankalaev elevates all the way up to No. 6.
At heavyweight, Sergei Pavlovich recorded his fourth-straight first-round finish by picking up a TKO win over Derrick Lewis. Pavlovich elevates from the honorable mentions all the way up to No. 5.
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