Before another exciting year of fights begin in 2022, John Morgan and “Gorgeous” George Garcia look back at the biggest movers in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings during 2021.

Which fighters stood out in shooting up their respective divisions this past year? You can watch the video above for discussion on the fighters who made the biggest jumps this year including:

Ciryl Gane, UFC heavyweight
Jiri Prochazka, UFC light heavyweight
Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight
Anthony Johnson, Bellator light heavyweight
Andre Muniz, UFC middleweight
Sean Brady, UFC welterweight
Yaroslav Amosov, Bellator welterweight
Islam Makhachev, UFC lightweight
AJ McKee, Bellator featherweight
Julianna Peña, UFC women’s bantamweight
Amanda Lemos, UFC women’s strawweight


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