Bellator MMA

Entering Bellator 271 this past Friday night as a massive favorite against Sinead Kavanagh, women's flyweight champion Cris Cyborg only had one path to impress observers: score an impressive finish. Cyborg did just that, taking just 92 seconds to knock Kavanagh out.

Still undefeated in Bellator -- and with 25 wins in her previous 26 outings -- Cyborg remains atop both the women's pound-for-pound and featherweight rankings in the Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings. Kavanagh dropped one spot to No. 6 in defeat and Bellator goes back to the drawing board in search of a woman who can give Cyborg a stiff test.

Cyborg debuted in the promotion in January 2020, scoring a TKO over Julia Budd to win the featherweight title. She has now picked up three successful title defenses, all coming by stoppage.

Below are the top-10 pound-for-pound rankings for both the men and women. The full top-10 rankings for each division within the promotion can be found here. The rankings are voted on by 17 members of the media.

Editor's note: CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell is a member of the 17-person voting panel. Bellator and CBS Sports are both owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator Rankings (Nov. 16)

Men's pound-for-pound

Fighter Record

1. AJ McKee


2. Patricio Pitbull


3. Vadim Nemkov


4. Gegard Mousasi


5. Yaroslav Amosov


6. Corey Anderson


7. Ryan Bader


8. Sergio Pettis


9. Michael Page


10. Valentin Moldavsky


Women's pound-for-pound

Fighter Record

1. Cris Cyborg


2. Juliana Velasquez


3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane


4. Liz Carmouche


5. Denise Kielholtz


6. Arlene Blencowe


7. Cat Zingano


8. Kana Watanabe


9. Leah McCourt


10. Leslie Smith


Other notable results

  • Heavyweight: Linton Vassell took a split decision against Tyrell Fortune. Vassell jumped two spots, passing Fortune and former interim title challenger Tim Johnson to move to No. 4. Fortune slid down one spot from No. 5 to No. 6.

  • Featherweight: Aaron Pico ran his winning streak to five with a win over Justin Gonzales. The win moved Pico up one spot to No. 5.

  • Women's featherweight: A former challenger to Cyborg's crown, Arlene Blencowe remains in the No. 1 spot with a decision win over Pam Sorenson. Sorenson held steady at No. 7, though Jessy Miele moved up two spots and into a tie at that No. 7 spot.

  • Heavyweight: Steve Mowry submitted Rakim Cleveland with a first-round kimura. He moved up one spot into a tie with Fortune at No. 6.