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At this past Friday's Bellator 265, Cheick Kongo seemed just moments away from his first stoppage loss since 2013 before he turned everything around in dramatic fashion. Kongo managed a come-from-behind TKO win over Sergei Kharitonov in the main event from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Kongo was badly hurt in Round 1 of the fight but came back to rock Kharitonov before taking the fight to the ground and securing a rear-naked choke for the win in the second round. The win got Kongo back into the win column after suffering a split decision loss to Tim Johnson in his most recent outing.

Kongo remains in the No. 3 spot in the heavyweight division in the Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings and stays in the hunt for a third shot at the heavyweight championship.

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 (Aug. 24)

Men's pound-for-pound

Fighter Record

1. AJ McKee

18-0

2. Patricio Pitbull

32-5

3. Vadim Nemkov

12-2

4. Gegard Mousasi

47-7-2

5. Ryan Bader

27-6

6. Yaroslav Amosov

26-0

7. Sergio Pettis

21-5

8. Douglas Lima

32-9

9. Corey Anderson

15-5

10. Juan Archuleta

25-3

Women's pound-for-pound

Fighter Record

1. Cris Cyborg

23-2

2. Juliana Velasquez

11-0

3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

11-1

4. Julia Budd

15-3

5. Liz Carmouche

15-7

6. Denise Kielholtz

13-8 6-3

7. Arlene Blencowe

14-8

8. Cat Zingano

12-4

9. Kana Watanabe

10-0-1

10. Leslie Smith

12-8-1

Other notable results

  • Welterweight: Logan Storley picked up a split decision victory over Dante Schiro. The win kept Storley in the No. 5 spot at 170 pounds.
  • Bantamweight: Jornel Lugo also maintained his ranking after picking up a victory. Lugo beat Keith Lee with a rear-naked choke in a 140-pound catchweight bout.