USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Jan. 18: Calvin Kattar slides up with incredible win

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Calvin Kattar took a full year off following a one-sided loss to Max Holloway, and the time away appeared to do him some good.

Kattar (23-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) looked absolutely fantastic in the headliner of this past weekend’s UFC on ESPN 32, taking home a dominant decision win over fellow featherweight Giga Chikadze (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC).

With the result, Kattar proved he’s still a very relevant name at the top of the 145-pound division and moves up one slot to No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie featherweight rankings.

Meanwhile, despite suffering a loss, Chikadze’s previous seven-fight winning streak in the octagon is good enough to keep him at No. 12.

Following the first UFC event of 2022, take a look at the latest updates across all divisions using the dropdown menu above. More change seems inevitable following this weekend’s blockbuster UFC 270 event, as well.