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UFC 177: Correia, Soto Advance In Rankings On Performances

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bethe-correia-ufc-fight-night-33UFC 177 women’s bantamweight winner Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (9-0) advances in the latest UFC Fighter Rankings after a dominant fight stoppage against veteran fighter Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-9) in the second round on Saturday in Sacramento, California. In spite of a 1-0 deficit in the takedown category, Correia won the striking part of the fight with 97 strikes against 19 by Baszler, which includes the flurry of shots that led to the fight’s finish.

The Brazilian moves up from the No. 10 to the No. 9 contender while Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (11-3) falls from the No. 9 to No. 10 contender in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Cat “Alpha” Zingano (8-0) remains the No. 1 contender in the division for a shot at champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (10-0).

The men’s bantamweight division saw the most movement in the ranking with five fighters changing places in the rankings.

TJ Dillashaw (12-2) successfully defended his bantamweight crown against Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-3) on a last minute fill-in after Renan “The Baron” Barao (34-2, 1 NC) passed out and was treated in a hospital while failing to make weight. Soto’s surprise performance earned him a jump to the No. 15 contender spot while Barao didn’t fall out of the No. 1 contender spot.

Barao, after missing weight, is facing the reality that he will have to win a fight or more to get another title shot or he may even be forced to move up a weight class to get a shot sooner. Meanwhile Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (31-7) is rumored to need just a little work to be the next fighter with a title shot. Faber may need to win a couple of fights to earn a shot at “Team Alpha Male” teammate Dillashaw’s title.

Eddie Winland (21-10-1) switches spots with Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2) as Winland is now the No. 5 contender and Mizugaki is the No. 6. Johnny Eduardo (27-9) also switches spots with Bryan “Kid Lightning” Caraway (19-7) as Eduardo becomes the No. 8 contender and Caraway falls to the No. 9 spot.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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