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UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt, Jury, Horiguchi Net Rankings Jumps

Mark Hunt UFCHeavyweight Mark Hunt, lightweight Myles Jury and flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi turned their wins at UFC Fight Night 52 into improvement in the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighter Rankings. The UFC releases fighter rankings every Monday following weekend events based on event results and fighter improvements.

Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (10-8-1) earned a knockout of the night bonus for becoming the first man to knockout “Big Country” Roy Nelson (21-10) in the octagon. Hunt caught Nelson with an uppercut while against the cage in the second round of their fight on Saturday. Hunt moves up a spot from the No. 6 ranked contender to the No. 5 ranked contender in the heavyweight division as Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett (33-7) drops from No. 5 to No. 6. Nelson drops from the No. 8 to the No. 9 spot in his loss while Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-6, 1 NC) gains a spot moving from No. 9 to No. 8 in the rankings.

Myles “Fury” Jury (15-0) not only stayed unbeaten as a professional fighter, but also moved up a spot in the lightweight rankings with his first round knockout of Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (35-10, 1 NC) on Saturday. Jury moves from the No. 9 to the No. 8 contender spot in the rankings as Jim Miller (24-5, 1 NC) drops from eight to nine in the rankings.

Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) dominated “The Heat” Jon Delos Reyes (7-4), scoring a first round stoppage after out-striking his opponent 31-13. Horiguchi’s performance was solid enough to warrant a jump in the polls as he moves from his spot at fourteen into the number thirteen spot in the flyweight rankings. Louis “Goodnight” Gaudinot (7-3) dropped from the No. 13 ranking down to No. 14.

The remaining ranked fighter with a win was Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (15-5) whose impressive performance against Rin Nakai (16-1) handed her opponent her first professional lost and held her No. 2 ranking in the women’s bantamweight division steady.