Bellator’s Latest Rankings Update Includes Fighter No Longer With Promotion

Jessy Miele Bellator MMA
Jessy Miele Credit: Bellator MMA

Women’s featherweight Jessy Miele saw her ranking in the Bellator women’s featherweight division improve to #7 when the latest rankings update was released on Tuesday.

There’s only one problem: Miele is no longer with the promotion. The longtime featherweight has a fight booked in St. Catharines, Ontario against Sarah Kaufman this weekend at BTC 13.

Promotion officials confirmed to Cageside Press that Miele will be removed from the rankings, but for now, she remains in the #7 slot. In fact, she actually climbed two spots in the featherweight division in Tuesday’s update. That saw Talita Nogueira drop below her.

Sinead Kavanagh, who was just knocked out by Cris Cyborg at Bellator 271, dropped to the #6 spot in the division.

Miele (9-5) last competed for Bellator a year ago, losing a unanimous decision against Janay Harding. In her three fight run with the promotion, she posted a 1-2 record, also losing a decision against Julia Budd. Her lone win in the organization came via split decision against the aforementioned Nogueira.

Bellator’s rankings are voted upon by members of the media, including a representative from Cageside Press. Tuesday’s update saw heavyweight Linton Vassell move up two spots to #4 in the division following his win against Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 271. Steve Mowry, who was also victorious at Friday’s event, moved to #6 at heavyweight.