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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 9: Belal Muhammad continues upward; Henry Cejudo reenters top five

UFC 288 took place Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. where multiple fighters made a significant impact.

In the main event, Henry Cejudo returned to action for the first time in three years when he lost a close split decision to bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. With the performance, Cejudo is eligible for ranking and inserts in at No. 4.

Co-main event winner Belal Muhammad had an impressive performance as he dominated former UFC title challenger Gilbert Burns for much of 25 minutes to earn a unanimous decision nod – and a jump to No. 3 in our rankings.

Two women’s strawweight contenders, Yan Xiaonan and Virna Jandiroba, also had big, meaningful victories. Xiaonan’s TKO of Jessica Andrade moves her from No. 6 to No. 5. Jandiroba’s unanimous decision victory over Marina Rodriguez shoots her up the rankings from No. 11 to No. 6.

Check out all the latest pound-for-pound and divisional USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings above.

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