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McGregor Drops Six Spots In Latest UFC Rankings

The bigger they are … well, you know the rest.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, tumbled six spots in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings following last Saturday night’s (Oct. 6, 2018) submission loss to current division kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (watch it).

In the 155-pound weight class, “Notorious” fell to No. 2 behind the red-hot Tony Ferguson, who cemented himself atop the lightweight leaderboard by stopping Anthony Pettis in UFC 229’s bloody co-main event (see it again here).

That’s not all.

Here’s how the rankings work, courtesy of UFC.com:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov +6
3 TJ Dillashaw
4 Max Holloway
5 Georges St-Pierre
6 Tyron Woodley
7 Demetrious Johnson
8 Conor McGregor -6
9 Stipe Miocic
9 Henry Cejudo +2
11 Cris Cyborg -1
12 Robert Whittaker
13 Tony Ferguson
14 Amanda Nunes
15 Rose Namajunas

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Jussier Formiga +3
3 Sergio Pettis -1
4 Joseph Benavidez -1
5 Ray Borg -1
6 Deiveson Figueiredo
7 John Moraga
8 Wilson Reis
9 Dustin Ortiz
10 Alexandre Pantoja
11 Brandon Moreno
12 Ben Nguyen
13 Tim Elliott
14 Matheus Nicolau
15 Ulka Sasaki

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Cody Garbrandt
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Marlon Moraes
5 Jimmie Rivera
6 John Lineker
7 Aljamain Sterling
8 John Dodson
9 Pedro Munhoz
10 Cody Stamann
11 Rob Font
12 Alejandro Perez
13 Thomas Almeida
14 Douglas Silva de Andrade
15 Rani Yahya

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Brian Ortega
2 Jose Aldo
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Renato Moicano
5 Chad Mendes
6 Jeremy Stephens
7 Cub Swanson
8 Josh Emmett
8 Mirsad Bektic
10 Chan Sung Jung
11 Alexander Volkanovski
12 Ricardo Lamas
13 Darren Elkins
14 Zabit Magomedsharipov
15 Yair Rodriguez

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Tony Ferguson +1
2 Conor McGregor -1
3 Dustin Poirier
4 Eddie Alvarez
5 Kevin Lee
6 Edson Barboza
7 Justin Gaethje
8 Anthony Pettis
9 Al Iaquinta
10 Nate Diaz
11 Michael Chiesa
12 James Vick
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Dan Hooker
15 Francisco Trinaldo

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Colby Covington (Interim Champion)
2 Darren Till
3 Rafael Dos Anjos
4 Stephen Thompson
5 Robbie Lawler
6 Kamaru Usman
7 Demian Maia
8 Neil Magny
9 Jorge Masvidal
10 Santiago Ponzinibbio
11 Leon Edwards
12 Donald Cerrone
13 Alex Oliveira
14 Gunnar Nelson
15 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Chris Weidman
4 Kelvin Gastelum
5 Jacare Souza
6 Derek Brunson
7 David Branch
8 Paulo Costa
9 Israel Adesanya
10 Brad Tavares
11 Antonio Carlos Junior
12 Uriah Hall
13 Elias Theodorou
14 Krzysztof Jotko
15 Thiago Santos *NR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Jan Blachowicz
4 Ilir Latifi
5 Jimi Manuwa
6 Dominick Reyes +6
7 Corey Anderson -1
8 Glover Teixeira
9 Ovince Saint Preux -2
10 Anthony Smith -1
11 Misha Cirkunov -1
12 Mauricio Rua -1
13 Nikita Krylov +1
14 Patrick Cummins -1
15 Tyson Pedro

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Stipe Miocic
2 Derrick Lewis
3 Curtis Blaydes
4 Francis Ngannou
5 Alexander Volkov
6 Alistair Overeem
7 Junior Dos Santos
8 Aleksei Oleinik
9 Marcin Tybura
10 Mark Hunt
11 Tai Tuivasa
12 Shamil Abdurakhimov
13 Andrei Arlovski
14 Stefan Struve
15 Justin Willis

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2 Jessica Andrade
3 Claudia Gadelha
4 Tatiana Suarez
5 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
6 Tecia Torres
7 Michelle Waterson +1
8 Carla Esparza -1
9 Felice Herrig
10 Cortney Casey
11 Nina Ansaroff
12 Alexa Grasso
13 Randa Markos
14 Angela Hill
15 Mackenzie Dern

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Nicco Montano
3 Katlyn Chookagian
4 Sijara Eubanks
5 Alexis Davis
6 Liz Carmouche
7 Roxanne Modafferi
8 Lauren Murphy
9 Jessica Eye
10 Jessica-Rose Clark
11 Ashlee Evans-Smith
12 Joanne Calderwood
13 Mara Romero Borella
14 Jennifer Maia
15 Andrea Lee

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Holly Holm
2 Ketlen Vieira
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Germaine de Randamie
6 Cat Zingano
7 Aspen Ladd +2
7 Marion Reneau
9 Sara McMann -1
10 Yana Kunitskaya *NR
11 Bethe Correia -1
12 Irene Aldana -1
13 Lucie Pudilova
14 Lina Lansberg -2
15 Tonya Evinger *NR

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change — particularly in the light heavyweight division — in roughly two weeks, as the promotion is set to uncork the UFC Fight Night 138: “Oezdemir vs. Smith” event on Sat., Oct. 27, 2018 inside Moncton Events Centre in New Brunswick, Canada, (more on that fight card here).

For even more upcoming UFC events click here.

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Lesnar Drops His WWE Belt At Summerslam As UFC Run Looms

Brock Lesnar is no longer a WWE champion, making it all the more likely his next appearance will be in the UFC cage.

Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.

Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big Summerslam event from the Barclays Center in New York City, in what many believe is a precursor to his move from pro wrestling back into the UFC.

Those hoping for a more MMA-centric plotline – an appearance from expected opponent and two division UFC champ Daniel Cormier, perhaps – were disappointed to instead see only Braun Strowman appearing ringside in an attempt to cash in his ‘Money in the Bank’ insta-title shot briefcase. Instead, the only thing he got was an ass whupping from Lesnar, who beat Strowman mercilessly with a chair before tossing the briefcase across the arena.

That was enough of a distraction to allow Reigns to catch Lesnar with a spear, pinning him in what was a surprisingly quick main event for a big Summerslam. But as far as MMA fans are concerned, Lesnar has now lost his belt which seemed like an important requirement before he could return to the UFC.

As mentioned, Lesnar is expected to fight Daniel Cormier sometime in early 2019 once he is no longer under suspension from USADA, the drug testing agency that nailed him for clomiphene back in 2016. But according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar hasn’t signed a bout agreement and is only bound to the UFC insofar as he can’t fight MMA for any other promotion.

That leaves the door open for Lesnar once again using the UFC to pry another big contract out of Vince McMahon and the WWE. But Lesnar’s jaunts back and forth from the UFC are big money and big visibility, a win win win for the UFC, Lesnar, and WWE. So unless another strange pro wrestling plot twist occurs, we can all look forward to seeing Lesnar challenge Cormier for the UFC heavyweight belt in early 2019.

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Blue-Chip Prospect Ed Ruth Drops to Welterweight for Next Bout at Bellator 196

Ed Ruth is dropping from middleweight to welterweight for his next Bellator MMA appearance.
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Blue-Chip Prospect Ed Ruth Drops to Welterweight for Next Bout at Bellator 196

Ed Ruth is dropping from middleweight to welterweight for his next Bellator MMA appearance.
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Aaron Pico Drops to Featherweight, Meets Justin Linn at Bellator 183 in San Jose

Aaron Pico has an opponent — and a new weight class — for his sophomore MMA appearance at Bellator 183.
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GLORY 34 results: Robin van Roosmalen drops Gabriel Varga twice, wins featherweight title by TKO

BROOMFIELD Colo.–Robin van Roosmalen (36-6-1) is the new GLORY featherweight champion and his punching power is cause for alarm among the division.

In the main event of the GLORY 34 Superfight Series last night (Fri., Oct. 21, 2016), the former lightweight champion knocked down Gabriel Varga (27-4) twice in the second round inside 1STBANK Center. Van Roosmalen scored a technical knockout (TKO) victory after the fourth round concluded when Varga did not answer the bell for the fifth round and conceded defeat.

Varga, who didn’t have a mouth piece in during the opening round, seemed to have some type of issue with his jaw or perhaps his mouth.

“I already saw after the first round that he was busy with his teeth,” van Roosmalen told MMAMania after the bout. “I think I broke his jaw or knocked one of his teeth out or something. I knew it was only a matter of time because I was going to hit him more. After the fourth round I think I rocked him at the end again, so I almost finished them there too.”

Varga looked good in the first round, but van Roosmalen explained he was feeling Varga out.

“In the first round I wanted to test him because he is a crafty fighter,” the Dutch champion explained. “He’s got good punches. I wanted to see what his distance was and his speed and everything.

Van Roosmalen, 27, changed the whole complexion of the fight when he dropped the Canadian with a huge right hand in the beginning of the second frame, sending him down to the canvas.

“I told you before, they can’t handle the power and explosion at this weight,” van Roosmalen said, sitting ringside showing up the featherweight strap. “Everybody thought this weight cut was going to be hard, but I made this weight easy and without doing anything on the morning of the weigh ins.”

Later on in the second, “Pokerface” knocked Varga down for a second time after ripping a punch to the body of the Canadian.

“He has a tall body and I knew after that first knockdown he was focused on his head, so I went to the body,” he said.

The TKO loss was first of Varga’s professional career.

“Somebody has to be the first,” said van Roosmalen, smiling. “I’m happy about it. Nothing bad about him. He’s a great fighter. I’m glad he gave me this chance. I respect him as a fighter.”

After the bout concluded, the newly-crowned champion told Todd Grisham he wants to win the lightweight title back and become a two-division champion. He was asked about that statement.

“I want to be a two-division champ. For me, I think I’m still the Lightweight because I still think they robbed me the last time,” he said, referring to the split-decision loss to Sittichai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 31. “For me, I’m the two-division reigning belt, but I need a new belt to show everybody else so I can shut them up.”

Will GLORY be okay with him fighting in both divisions?

“I don’t know. I don’t think they have a choice.”

For complete GLORY 34 ‘Holzken vs. Groenhart 3′ results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Manny Pacquiao drops Timothy Bradley twice, earns unanimous decision victory

It wasn’t a fight fans clamored for, but the third meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley appeared to exceed expectations.

Perhaps more importantly, it offered something the first two fights didn’t as Pacquiao dropped Bradley twice in the fight, ultimately earning a unanimous decision victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges all scored is 116-110. MMA Fighting scored it 117-110 for Pacquiao.

The bout started early in a back-and-forth manner as Bradley attempted to use a guile, counterpunching and consistent movement to take away Pacquiao’s trademark combination of power and speed. ‘Desert Storm’ effectively landed his power right hand and through the first half of the bout, appeared to be competitive enough to not let the fight slip away.

That all changed after the seventh round,

Against the ropes, Bradley dodged a right, but ate a short left hand that forced the American to plant both gloves on the canvas. Bradley would later say the whipping turn of Pacquiao after the punch brought him down, but referee Tony Weeks counted it as a knockdown.

Bradley would earn a rebound moment in round 8, but by round 9, his fate was sealed. A crushing left hand in the middle of the ring sent the fighter to his rear, almost flipping backwards from the force of the punch.

By rounds 11 and 12 and with the fight firmly in hand, Pacquiao did just enough to avoid Bradley’s worst, likely knowing he had the fight sealed.

In the end, Pacquiao prevailed, claiming the vacant WBO welterweight title.

“This fight was different than the last two fights that we had because I’m aggressive this time and careful,” Pacquiao told HBO commentator Max Kellerman in the ring post fight.

“Every round I’m looking for a knockout, but, you know, Bradley’s a very good boxer. He’s top boxer, so he deserve it.”

When it came to the question of whether this was Pacquiao’s final bout, the Filipino boxer appeared comfortable in his decision to move on from boxing.

“Well, I have a commitment in my family that I’m going to retire after this,” Pacquiao said. “Maybe I enjoy being a retired man, serving the people,” Pacquiao said of his political ambitions for senate in the Philippines.

As for challenger Timothy Bradley – the fighter who beat Pacquiao under controversial conditions in their first meeting in 2012 – he wasn’t sure what to make of his loss to all-time great Pacquiao. “I don’t even remember, man,” Bradley told Kellerman. “I really don’t. I don’t even remember it.”

“He’s just very quick, very explosive,” Bradley said of Pacquiao. “It’s hard to really judge him. He has quick reflexes and he has experience. He used his experience against me, his ability and he won the fight tonight. Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao. Good job.”

The win brings Pacquiao’s record 58-6-2 while Bradley drops to 33-2-1-1.

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Conor McGregor drops in on superfan’s apartment: ‘This is awesome!’

In a recent episode of UFC Embedded, Conor McGregor drove by a cardboard cutout of himself and an Irish flag on an apartment balcony in the Los Angeles area. McGregor joked that he was going to drop in on the uber fan at some point.

Well, actually, he wasn’t joking at all.

McGregor did indeed crash the fan’s apartment one night and TMZ landed the video.

The fan said he’s had the cutout and flag out since McGregor beat Max Holloway in August 2013.

“I thought I was seeing things,” McGregor said.

McGregor was blown away by that and the fact that the fan had a pair of his orange and green Reebok sneakers.

“I don’t even have them,” McGregor said. “They are unbelievable.”

As stunned as McGregor was, the fan was over-the-moon with happiness. McGregor signed a bunch of merchandise for him before he left.

“The only thing I can say and I hope Conor sees this is that feeling with Jose Aldo when he knocked him out and he became the champ, hands down, that’s what I felt like tonight,” he said as he was nearly moved to tears. “That’s how amazing it was.”

The fan said he puts out the cutout and flag about a week before McGregor fights. On Saturday, McGregor will face Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 196 in Las Vegas.

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Latest UFC rankings update: Donald Cerrone shines in Welterweight debut, drops four Lightweight spots

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its official fighter rankings to reflect the results of its UFC Fight Night 83 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sunday night (Feb. 22, 2016) inside CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Full results here.

Donald Cerrone headlined the event, making a splash in his Welterweight debut by submitting Alex Oliveira in the very first round (see it again here).

Who’s the real “Cowboy” now?

The win didn’t do much for Cerrone’s standing in the Lightweight division, however, as he inexplicably dropped four spots down to No. 9. Other than that, there wasn’t any major movement of note this week.

Here’s what the latest ranking field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Jon Jones
2 Demetrious Johnson
3 Conor McGregor
4 Dominick Cruz +3
4 Rafael dos Anjos
6 Fabricio Werdum -1
7 Luke Rockhold +1
8 Robbie Lawler -2
9 Daniel Cormier +1
10 Jose Aldo -1
11 Chris Weidman
12 TJ Dillashaw
13 Holly Holm
14 Frankie Edgar +1
15 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Henry Cejudo
4 Ian McCall
5 Jussier Formiga
6 Kyoji Horiguchi
7 John Moraga
8 Zach Makovsky
9 Wilson Reis
10 Ali Bagautinov
11 Dustin Ortiz
12 Justin Scoggins
13 Louis Smolka
14 Ray Borg
15 Sergio Pettis

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 TJ Dillashaw
2 Renan Barao
3 Urijah Faber
4 Raphael Assuncao
5 Aljamain Sterling
6 Michael McDonald
7 Thomas Almeida
8 Bryan Caraway
9 Takeya Mizugaki
10 Johnny Eduardo
11 John Lineker
12 Frankie Saenz
13 Jimmie Rivera
14 Eddie Wineland
15 Francisco Rivera

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Max Holloway
5 Ricardo Lamas
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Dennis Bermudez
9 Jeremy Stephens
10 Hacran Dias
11 Darren Elkins
12 Brian Ortega +1
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri -1
14 Nik Lentz
15 Clay Guida

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Rafael dos Anjos
1 Eddie Alvarez
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov
3 Anthony Pettis
4 Tony Ferguson
5 Nate Diaz +1
6 Michael Johnson +1
7 Beneil Dariush +2
8 Edson Barboza
9 Donald Cerrone -4
10 Al Iaquinta
11 Dustin Poirier
12 Bobby Green
13 Michael Chiesa
14 Evan Dunham
15 Rashid Magomedov

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Robbie Lawler
1 Rory MacDonald
2 Stephen Thompson +1
3 Tyron Woodley -1
4 Carlos Condit
5 Johny Hendricks
6 Demian Maia
7 Matt Brown
8 Dong Hyun Kim
9 Neil Magny
10 Tarec Saffiedine
11 Rick Story
12 Kelvin Gastelum
13 Thiago Alves
14 Albert Tumenov
15 Gunnar Nelson

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Luke Rockhold
1 Chris Weidman
2 Jacare Souza
3 Vitor Belfort
4 Lyoto Machida
5 Anderson Silva +2
6 Tim Kennedy -1
7 Michael Bisping -1
8 Robert Whittaker
9 Gegard Mousasi
10 Thales Leites
11 Uriah Hall
12 Derek Brunson +1
13 Rafael Natal -1
14 Dan Henderson
15 Roan Carneiro

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Jon Jones
2 Anthony Johnson
3 Alexander Gustafsson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Ryan Bader
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Rashad Evans
8 Mauricio Rua
9 Jimi Manuwa
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +1
11 Patrick Cummins -1
12 Corey Anderson
13 Gian Villante
14 Ilir Latifi
15 Jan Blachowicz

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Fabricio Werdum
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Stipe Miocic
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Ben Rothwell
5 Junior dos Santos
6 Andrei Arlovski -1
7 Travis Browne
8 Josh Barnett
9 Mark Hunt
10 Frank Mir
11 Roy Nelson
12 Antonio Silva
13 Matt Mitrione
14 Alexey Oliynyk
15 Jared Rosholt

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Carla Esparza
3 Rose Namajunas
4 Tecia Torres
5 Jessica Penne
6 Valerie Letourneau
7 Paige VanZant
8 Michelle Waterson +2
9 Maryna Moroz
10 Joanne Calderwood -2
11 Karolina Kowalkiewicz +1
12 Randa Markos -1
13 Jessica Aguilar
14 Juliana Lima
15 Felice Herrig

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Holly Holm
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Miesha Tate
3 Cat Zingano
4 Amanda Nunes
5 Julianna Pena
6 Sara McMann
7 Jessica Eye
8 Bethe Correia
9 Liz Carmouche
10 Sarah Kaufman
11 Valentina Shevchenko
12 Raquel Pennington +1
13 Germaine de Randamie +1
14 Lauren Murphy *NR
15 Marion Reneau -3

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in a week, as UFC Fight Night 84: “Silva vs. Bisping” lights up O2 Arena in London, England, on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 (for more on that UFC Fight Pass event click here).

Until then, let us know what you think of the latest rankings movement in the comments section below.

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Boxing: Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After Anti-Gay Slurs

The rumors were swirling all morning but on Wednesday afternoon, apparel monolith Nike officially dropped boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao from its roster.
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