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Each week, MMA Junkie reviews the resumes of top fighters across the world’s best promotions to complete the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. Fighters competing in the UFC, Bellator, PFL and other key promotions are eligible for our global rankings.
Week in and week out, top competitors put their rankings on the line when they step into the cage, making these fights matter just a little bit more.
Check below for a breakdown of which ranked fighters are in action this week.
Women’s strawweight: HM Loopy Godinez vs. Angela Hill
May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Lupita Godinez is declared the winner by unanimous decision against Ariane Carnelossi during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Women’s strawweight division: HM Loopy Godinez takes on Angela Hill at UFC on ESPN 41.
Godinez enters her second fight of 2022 on the heels of back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Loma Lookboonmee and Ariane Carnelossi.
Women’s flyweight: No. 10 Ilimi-Lei Macfarlane vs. Bruna Ellen
Women’s flyweight division: No. 10 Ilimi-Lei Macfarlane takes on Bruna Ellen at Bellator 284.
Former Bellator flyweight champion Macfarlane returns for the second time in 2022 looking to snap a two-fight unanimous decision skid. She dropped her title to Juliana Velasquez followed by a loss to Justine Kish in April. These losses were the first two of her 13-fight career.
Women’s strawweight: No. 10 Nina Nunes vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Women’s strawweight division: No. 10 Nina Nunes faces Cynthia Calvillo at UFC on ESPN 41.
Nunes will look to snap a two-fight skid following losses to Tatiana Suarez and Mackenzie Dern. Prior to those outings, she won four straight, taking out Jocelyn JOnes-Lybarger, Angela Hill, Randa Markos, and Claudia Gadelha.
Bantamweight: No. 7 Marlon Vera vs. No. 11 Dominick Cruz
Bantamweight division: No. 7 Marlon Vera meets No. 11 Dominick Cruz at UFC on ESPN 41.
Vera enters his second-straight headliner on a three-fight win streak. Vera has defeated Davey Grant, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font in succession.
Former bantamweight champ Cruz enters his first fight of 2022 as a winner of his two previous outings. He won a split decision over Casey Kenney last March followed by a unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz in December.
Source : MMAJunkie