Jeremy Kennedy Moves Up Two Spots As Bellator Rankings Updated

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On Tuesday, October 4, the Bellator MMA rankings were updated. This comes following the Bellator 286 event, which was headlined by Patricio Pitbull, who earned a five-round unanimous decision victory against Adam Borics.

Pitbull remained atop the Bellator pound-for-pound rankings after the title defense, while Borics overtook the lightweight-bound AJ McKee (19-1) for the No. 2 slot in the featherweight rankings.

Bellator MMA Rankings Updated

In the co-main event, McKee (19-1) proved successful in his jump up to the lightweight division, putting on a fight for the ages against the ever-exciting Spike Carlyle (14-4) in an all-out war in the event’s co-main event. With the win, McKee debuted at No. 8 in the lightweight rankings, forcing Peter Queally down to No. 9.

Elsewhere on the memorable Bellator 286 main card, Canadian featherweight Jeremy Kennedy (18-3) defeated Aaron Pico (10-4) due to a grisly shoulder injury. Kennedy becomes Canada’s highest-ranked Bellator athlete with the victory, ascending to No. 5 in the talent-stacked featherweight division. The loss dropped Pico one spot to No. 4 in the division’s upper echelon.

Additionally, one-time Bellator bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta (26-4) returned to the win column in his matchup with fellow former Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix competitor Enrique Barzola (18-7), outpointing the Peruvian in a high-octane scrap. Archuleta took sole possession of the division’s No. 3 spot with the win, bumping Magomed Magomedov (19-2) to No. 4. Barzola retained his No. 9 ranking despite the loss.

Hawaii’s Sumiko Inaba (5-0) continued her remarkable start to her professional MMA career, notching her fifth straight victory and maintaining her undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Belgium’s Nadine Mandiau (2-6). The victory saw Inaba vault to No. 8 in her rankings debut at flyweight.

Check out the full Bellator MMA rankings below.

Bellator MMA Rankings

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Jeremy Brand is an experienced MMA writer and columnist. He is the founder of, and has represented the company with media credentials at many mixed martial arts fights. Jeremy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in BC, Canada.

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