Nurmagomedov and Shabliy climbed in the Bellator rankings

Nurmagomedov and Shabliy climbed in the Bellator rankings

Russian fighters Usman Nurmagomedov and Alexander Shabliy, who won early victories in the quarterfinal matches of the lightweight Grand Prix last weekend at the Bellator 292 tournament in San Jose, have significantly improved their positions in the official ranking of the organization.

In particular, the reigning Bellator lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov, who finished with Benson Henderson’s rear naked choke in the middle of the starting five-minute period, climbed two lines in the list of the best fighters of the organization, regardless of weight, closing the top five of the P4P Bellator rating.

Alexander Shabliy, who finished with a TKO of Azerbaijani Tofik Musaev in the third round, also moved up two positions, becoming the second number in the Bellator lightweight division.

The third Russian participant in the event, the former interim Bellator heavyweight champion, Valentin Moldavsky, who already lost by knockout to Linton Vassell in the first round, lost to the British first place in the ranking, dropping to second place in the top ten of the division.