Watch Now: Highlights: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker (1:32)

This past Saturday, Dustin Poirier went to war with Dan Hooker in a battle of top five lightweights. Poirier, fighting for the first time since losing the interim lightweight title in a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, showed heart and determination in overcoming the early charge of Hooker to take over the fight late and pick up the unanimous decision victory.

Poirier's win set up an interesting situation in the CBS Sports UFC rankings. Tony Ferguson was ranked No. 2 in the division before a one-sided loss to Justin Gaethje dropped him a spot. After Poirier defeated Hooker, a debate emerged over whether he had done enough to jump Ferguson or if he would remain at No. 4. After the votes from the CBS panel were tallied, Poirier and Ferguson were deadlocked in a tie for the No. 3 spot. Hooker remained at No. 5 following the competitive loss to Poirier.

There is no UFC event this coming weekend, the next event is UFC 251 on July 11, the first of the "Fight Island" series of fights from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

At UFC 251, there are six fights involving CBS Sports ranked fighters:

  • Welterweight: No. 1 Kamaru Usman (c) vs. No. 5 Gilbert Burns
  • Featherweight: No. 1 Alexander Volkanovski vs. No. 2 Max Holloway
  • Bantamweight: No. 1 Petr Yan vs. No. 8 Jose Aldo
  • Women's Strawweight: No. 2 Jessica Andrade vs. No. 9 Rose Namajunas
  • Light Heavyweight: No. 7 Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
  • Flyweight: No. 10 Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

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Rankings are compiled following the submission of ballots by Brent Brookhouse, Brian Campbell, Jack Crosby and Brandon Wise. Without further ado, here's where things stand ahead of Saturday's card.

For Brian Campbell's updated Pound for Pound Rankings, click here.

Flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Deivieson Figueiredo

17-1

2. Joseph Benavidez

28-6

3. Brandon Moreno

17-5

4. Alexandre Pantoja

21-4

5. Matt Schnell

14-4

6. Kai Kara-France

21-8

7. Askar Askarov

11-0-1

8. Alex Perez

24-5

9. Jussier Formiga

23-8

10. Raulian Paiva

19-3

Bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Petr Yan

14-1

2. Aljamain Sterling

19-3

3. Marlon Moraes

23-6-1

T4. Cody Garbrandt

12-3

T4. Cory Sandhagen

12-2

T4. Pedro Munhoz

18-4

7. Jimmie Rivera

22-4

T8. Jose Aldo

28-6

T8. Raphael Assuncao

27-8

10. Sean O'Malley

12-0

Featherweight

Fighter

Record

1. Alexander Volkanovski (c)

22-1

2. Max Holloway

21-5

T3. Korean Zombie

16-5

T3. Zabit Magomedsharipov

18-1

5. Brian Ortega

14-1

6. Yair Rodriguez

12-2

7. Josh Emmett

16-2

8. Calvin Kattar

21-4

9. Dan Ige

14-2

10. Shane Burgos

13-2

Lightweight

Fighter

Record

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov (c)

28-0

2. Justin Gaethje

22-2

T3. Tony Ferguson

25-4

T3. Dustin Poirier

26-6

5. Dan Hooker

20-9

6. Conor McGregor

21-4

7. Charles Oliveira

29-8

8. Paul Felder 

17-5

9. Al Iaquinta

14-6-1

10. Islam Makhachev

18-1

Welterweight

Fighter

Record

1. Kamaru Usman (c)

16-1

2. Jorge Masvidal

35-13

3. Leon Edwards

18-3

4. Colby Covington

15-2

5. Gilbert Burns

19-3

6. Stephen Thompson

15-4-1

7. Tyron Woodley

19-5-1

8. Geoff Neal

13-2

9. Santiago Ponzinibbio

27-3

10. Michael Chiesa

17-4

Middleweight

Fighter

Record

1. Israel Adesanya (c)

19-0

2. Paulo Costa

13-0

3. Robert Whittaker

20-5

4. Jared Cannonier

13-4

5. Yoel Romero

13-5

6. Derek Brunson

20-7

7. Kelvin Gastelum

15-5

8. Jack Hermansson

20-5

9. Darren Till

18-2-1

10. Uriah Hall

15-9

Light heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Jon Jones (c)

26-1

2. Jan Blachowicz

26-8

3. Dominick Reyes

12-1

4. Thiago Santos

21-7

5. Corey Anderson

13-5

6. Glover Teixeira

31-7

7. Volkan Oezdemir

17-4

8. Anthony Smith

32-15

9. Aleksandr Rakic

12-2

10. Nikita Krylov

26-7

Heavyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Stipe Miocic (c)

19-3

2. Daniel Cormier

22-2

3. Francis Ngannou

15-3

4. Curtis Blaydes

14-2

5. Junior dos Santos

21-7

6. Derrick Lewis

23-7

7. Alistair Overeem

46-18

8. Alexander Volkov

31-8

9. Walt Harris

13-8

10. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

10-1

Women's strawweight

Fighter

Record

1. Weili Zhang (c) 

21-1

T2. Jessica Andrade

20-7

T2. Tatiana Suarez

8-0

T2. Joanna Jedzejczyk

16-4

5. Claudia Gadelha

18-4

6. Nina Ansaroff 

10-6

7. Carla Esparza

15-6

8. Michelle Waterson

17-8

9. Rose Namajunas

8-4

10. Angela Hill

12-8

Women's flyweight

Fighter

Record

1. Valentina Shevchenko (c)

19-3

2. Joanne Calderwood

14-4

3. Katlyn Chookagian

12-3

4. Cynthia Calvillo

9-1-1

5. Lauren Murphy

13-4

Women's bantamweight

Fighter

Record

1. Amanda Nunes (c)

19-4

2. Aspen Ladd

9-1

3. Germaine de Randamie

9-4

4. Irene Aldana

11-5

5. Holly Holm 

12-5

6. Julianna Pena

9-3

7. Ketlen Vieira

10-1

8. Yana Kunitskaya

12-5

9. Raquel Pennington

11-8

10. Sara McMann

11-5