South African Dricus Du Plessis, who scored a sensational victory over Robert Whittaker in a challenge match over the weekend, topped the UFC middleweight rankings, climbing four places in the top ten of the best fighters in the division.
The updated rating is published on the official website of the organization.
Finishing Whittaker with a TKO in the second round at UFC 290 in Las Vegas, Du Plessis won the world’s strongest league for the sixth victory in a row and became the main candidate to fight the defending champion Israel Adesanya.
A title fight between Israel Adesanya and Drikus Du Plessis could take place on September 9 at UFC 293 in Sydney, however, while the implementation of this plan is in doubt.
Another fighter who moved up the middleweight rankings was American Sean Strickland, who a week earlier finished with a second-round TKO of Abus Magomedov and moved from seventh to sixth in the division.