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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 27: Ilia Topuria takes big leap at 145 pounds

There was some notable movement in the MMA landscape over the past week, particularly coming out of UFC on ABC 5 in Jacksonville, Fla.

In the main event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Ilia Topuria continued his emergence as a featherweight contender when he handed a historic beatdown of Josh Emmett en route to a unanimous decision, extending his impressive undefeated record and proving he’s a name on the rise at 145 pounds. The performance claimed him the No. 5 spot in the newest weight class rankings.

The co-headliner, meanwhile, saw another young potential star take another important career step when Maycee Barber emerged victorious from a blood-soaked battle with Amanda Ribas by second-round TKO. “The Future” has now won five consecutive fights, and proving with each performance she belongs near the upper echelon in the women’s flyweight division. With the victory, she advances to No. 15 in the latest divisional rankings.

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