Blaydes is the No. 5 ranked fighter in the MMA Fighting Global MMA Rankings. He took a downturn based on his most recent performance, a knockout loss to Derrick Lewis in his previous performance that snapped a four-fight winning streak that had him on the cusp of title contention. Blaydes’ only losses are by knockout against Lewis in addition to a pair of setbacks against current champion Francis Ngannou.
Jairzinho is the No. 7 ranked fighter and kept his place in line due to his most recent performance, a first-round TKO of Augusto Sakai that put him back in the win column after a decision setback against current interim heavyweight champ Ciryl Gane. A certified knockout artist, he has earned 11 of his 12 career wins by way of KO or TKO.
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