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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).

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Sorry (Again) Nicco, But Latest UFC Rankings Have Been Updated

Tatiana Suarez’ stock, meanwhile, has skyrocketed!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view (PPV) this past weekend (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) with UFC 228, which took place inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Headlining in “The Lonestar State” was a Welterweight showdown between division champion, Tyron Woodley, against the previously undefeated 170-pound up-and-comer, Darren Till. “The Chosen One” dominated from the start, routing “The Gorilla” en route to an impressive second round d’arce choke submission (watch it). No harm, no foul, though, as Till’s stock didn’t drop whatsoever, according to the latest rankings update at UFC.com. Former women’s Flyweight champion, Nicco Montano, was not as fortunate, dropping two spots in the rankings. And she didn’t even end up fighting. Indeed, Montano had health-related complications cutting weight and was sent to the hospital as a precaution. She was subsequently removed from her scheduled bout with No. 1-ranked contender, Valentina Shevchenko, and then stripped of her belt, which she learned about on social media.

Ah, only these types of things can happen in the good ‘ole UFC. Anyway, 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. Conor McGregor
  3. T.J. Dillashaw
  4. Max Holloway
  5. Georges St-Pierre
  6. Tyron Woodley +1
  7. Demetrious Johnson -1
  8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  9. Stipe Miocic
  10. Cris Cyborg +1
  11. Henry Cejudo +1
  12. Robert Whittaker -2
  13. Tony Ferguson
  14. Amanda Nunes
  15. Rose Namajunas

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Henry Cejudo

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

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: T.J. Dillashaw

  1. Cody Garbrandt
  2. Dominick Cruz
  3. Raphael Assuncao
  4. Marlon Moraes
  5. Jimmie Rivera
  6. John Lineker
  7. Aljamain Sterling +1
  8. John Dodson -1
  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
  9. Mirsad Bektic +1
  10. Chan Sung Jung
  11. Alexander Volkanovski
  12. Ricardo Lamas
  13. Darren Elkins
  14. Zabit Magomedsharipov +1
  15. Yair Rodriguez -1

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

  1. Conor McGregor
  2. Tony Ferguson
  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. Islam Makhachev

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. Gunnar Nelson
  14. Alex Oliveira
  15. Curtis Millender

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. Thiago Santos
  13. Uriah Hall
  14. Elias Theodorou
  15. Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Daniel Cormier

  1. Alexander Gustafsson
  2. Volkan Oezdemir
  3. Ilir Latifi
  4. Jan Blachowicz
  5. Jimi Manuwa
  6. Corey Anderson
  7. Ovince Saint Preux
  8. Glover Teixeira
  9. Anthony Smith
  10. Misha Cirkunov
  11. Mauricio Rua
  12. Dominick Reyes
  13. Patrick Cummins
  14. Tyson Pedro
  15. Sam Alvey

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. Mark Hunt
  9. Marcin Tybura
  10. Tai Tuivasa
  11. Aleksei Oleinik
  12. Andrei Arlovski
  13. Stefan Struve
  14. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  15. Justin Willis

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Rose Namajunas

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

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Vacant

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

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. Marion Reneau
  8. Sara McMann
  9. Aspen Ladd
  10. Bethe Correia
  11. Irene Aldana +1
  12. Lina Lansberg -1
  13. Lucie Pudilova
  14. Sarah Moras
  15. Gina Mazany

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change — particularly in the Heavyweight division — in about a week, as the promotion is set to uncork UFC Fight Night 136: “Hunt vs. Oleinik” this weekend (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) inside Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia (more on that fight card here).

For even more upcoming UFC events click here.

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Midnight Mania! Swanson Gone From UFC Rankings, Just Shrugs

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Cub Swanson, recently ranked 4th at featherweight, has been removed from the UFC’s rankings.

Now a free agent, he opted to fight out his last contracted bout against Brian Ortega, and despite tearing Ortega apart standing, found himself in the death grip of a standing guillotine from Ortega, who tapped him out in the second round. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Swanson.


His response to the rankings snub? An emoji shrug. Swanson, who has put together four and six-fight winning streaks under the UFC banner without receiving a title shot, has learned to be stoic.

Cub isn’t the first to be removed from UFC rankings during negotiations, a ploy the UFC has attempted before against Nate Diaz. Marc Ratner ended up getting grilled for that omission by Congressman Markwayne Mullins, the primary sponsor of the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act, which would introduce into MMA an independent belt and ranking system, one that an individual promotion like the UFC would not be able to control.

Swanson has said previously he isn’t looking for fancy cars, but with a newly minted child, he is looking for financial stability. Hopefully, no matter where he lands, he finds it.


Insomnia

Watch Steve-O get put to sleep by Chuck Liddell while they were filming their YouTube Red show in Peru:

Ronda Rousey’s new management team should set up fights against fighters managed by Meisha Tate.

Derrick Lewis is a content machine and this street fight ended with a standing rear-naked choke, which is obviously required viewing.

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And this is just funny.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

This collection of Nick Diaz quotes on Twitter reminded me why people like him.

I especially like the first one.

In person, Diaz is just as funny.

Werdum faked the chair throw then stood on top of it. Volkov played along by not kicking it out from under him.

The tattoos Dana White needed in the new UFC video game to really round out his appearance.

@danawhite in the #ufcgame

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This looks like it could be fun

This is a pretty awesome action shot by Mike Jackson


Quick Hits and Good Reads


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

This throw was massive

Great triangle choke

Nice combination work for the knockout

You want this guy on your bar fight team

I love MMA

Ran right into it

This makes me want to go learn some Olympic lifts

Calf slicers are always sweet

This kid tried to apply a kimura in a wrestling match he was losing

Was this old-school stoppage a fair one?


Random Land

This workout looks interesting for developing rotational power and strength

Raptor vs. canine is one of my favorite animal kingdom matchups

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Latest UFC rankings update: Francis Ngannou, Sijara Eubanks claim No. 1 spots

With UFC 218 in the books, and Alistair Overeem in the cemetery, it’s time to revisit the (cough) “official” UFC rankings, updated in the wake of last weekend’s big pay-per-view (PPV) event in Detroit, which also mark the debut of the women’s flyweight division following The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26 Finale.

As expected, UFC 220 headliner Francis Ngannou and Sijara Eubanks took over the top spots, just below their respective champions. The former punched his way into the upper echelon by detonating “Demolition Man” (video), while the latter was slated to contend for the title before last Thursday’s scale fail (details).

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 Demetrious Johnson
2 Georges St-Pierre
3 Conor McGregor
4 Max Holloway
5 Daniel Cormier
6 TJ Dillashaw
7 Stipe Miocic
8 Tyron Woodley
9 Tony Ferguson
10 Cris Cyborg
11 Cody Garbrandt
12 Amanda Nunes
12 Robert Whittaker +1
14 Joanna Jedrzejczyk +1
15 Dominick Cruz *NR

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

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Cody Garbrandt
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Jimmie Rivera
5 John Lineker
6 Bryan Caraway
7 Marlon Moraes
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 John Dodson
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Pedro Munhoz
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Brett Johns *NR
14 Rob Font -1
15 Matthew Lopez -1

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ricardo Lamas
4 Cub Swanson
5 Chan Sung Jung
6 Brian Ortega
7 Yair Rodriguez
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Darren Elkins
10 Renato Moicano
11 Dennis Bermudez
12 Dooho Choi
13 Mirsad Bektic
14 Myles Jury
15 Jason Knight

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

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Stephen Thompson
2 Robbie Lawler
3 Colby Covington
4 Rafael Dos Anjos
5 Demian Maia
6 Jorge Masvidal
7 Darren Till
8 Carlos Condit
9 Donald Cerrone
10 Santiago Ponzinibbio
11 Neil Magny
12 Kamaru Usman
13 Gunnar Nelson
14 Dong Hyun Kim
15 Yancy Medeiros *NR

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
1 Robert Whittaker (Interim Champion)
2 Yoel Romero
3 Luke Rockhold
4 Jacare Souza
5 Chris Weidman
6 Kelvin Gastelum
7 Michael Bisping
8 Derek Brunson
9 Anderson Silva
10 David Branch
11 Uriah Hall
12 Vitor Belfort
13 Krzysztof Jotko
14 Lyoto Machida
15 Paulo Costa

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Jimi Manuwa
5 Ovince Saint Preux
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Misha Cirkunov
8 Corey Anderson
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Patrick Cummins
11 Rogerio Nogueira
12 Gadzhimurad Antigulov
13 Tyson Pedro
14 Jared Cannonier
15 Jan Blachowicz

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Francis Ngannou +3
2 Alistair Overeem -1
3 Fabricio Werdum -1
4 Cain Velasquez -1
5 Mark Hunt
6 Derrick Lewis
7 Alexander Volkov
8 Marcin Tybura
9 Curtis Blaydes
10 Stefan Struve
11 Aleksei Oleinik
12 Andrei Arlovski
13 Junior Albini
14 Travis Browne
15 Tim Johnson

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2 Jessica Andrade
3 Claudia Gadelha
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5 Tecia Torres
6 Cynthia Calvillo +1
7 Michelle Waterson -1
8 Felice Herrig +1
9 Carla Esparza -1
10 Alexa Grasso
11 Cortney Casey
12 Paige VanZant
13 Joanne Calderwood
14 Randa Markos
15 Maryna Moroz

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Nicco Montano
1 Sijara Eubanks *NR
2 Lauren Murphy *NR
3 Roxanne Modafferi *NR
4 Barb Honchak *NR
5 Montana De La Rosa *NR
6 DeAnna Bennett *NR
7 Rachael Ostovich *NR
8 Jessica Rose Clark *NR
9 Mara Romero Borella *NR
10 Shana Dobson *NR
11 Gillian Robertson *NR
12 Kalindra Faria *NR
13 Melinda Fabian *NR
14 Bec Rawlings *NR
15 Emily Whitmire *NR

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Holly Holm
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Ronda Rousey
6 Cat Zingano
7 Sara McMann
8 Ketlen Vieira
9 Germaine de Randamie
10 Alexis Davis
11 Liz Carmouche
12 Marion Reneau
13 Katlyn Chookagian
14 Bethe Correia
15 Leslie Smith

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in roughly one week — especially in the featherweight division — when the UFC Fight Night 123 event on FOX Sports 1, headlined by the 145-pound showdown between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega, takes place inside Save Mart Center in Fresno, California (more on that fight card here).

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

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Latest UFC rankings update: Tony Ferguson cracks pound-for-pound list following UFC 216

It was another wild and wacky weekend for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), thanks to the UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee” pay-per-view (PPV) bonanza on Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which means a new set of official rankings.

Tony Ferguson crowned himself interim lightweight champion by submitting Kevin Lee in the main event (replay), cracking the promotion’s pound-for-pound list in the process. That’s the same list where Demetrious Johnson holds the top spot, to complement his reign atop the flyweight division, due in part to this dominant performance.

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 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Max Holloway +1
3 Stipe Miocic
5 Daniel Cormier
6 Cody Garbrandt
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Tyron Woodley
9 Dominick Cruz
10 Jose Aldo -1
11 Cris Cyborg
12 Michael Bisping
13 Tony Ferguson *NR
14 Amanda Nunes -1
15 Robert Whittaker -1

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

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Cody Garbrandt
1 Dominick Cruz
2 TJ Dillashaw
3 Jimmie Rivera
4 Raphael Assuncao
5 John Lineker
6 Bryan Caraway
7 Aljamain Sterling
8 John Dodson
9 Thomas Almeida
10 Marlon Moraes
11 Eddie Wineland
12 Pedro Munhoz
13 Rob Font
14 Matthew Lopez
15 Johnny Eduardo

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ricardo Lamas
4 Cub Swanson
5 Chan Sung Jung
6 Brian Ortega
7 Yair Rodriguez
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Darren Elkins
10 Renato Moicano
11 Dennis Bermudez
12 Dooho Choi
13 Mirsad Bektic
14 Myles Jury
15 Jason Knight

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Tony Ferguson (Interim Champion) +1
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov -1
3 Edson Barboza +1
4 Eddie Alvarez -1
5 Justin Gaethje
6 Nate Diaz
7 Kevin Lee
8 Dustin Poirier
9 Michael Johnson
10 Michael Chiesa
11 Al Iaquinta
12 Beneil Dariush
13 Anthony Pettis
14 Evan Dunham
15 Mairbek Taisumov

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Robbie Lawler
2 Stephen Thompson
3 Demian Maia
4 Jorge Masvidal
5 Rafael Dos Anjos
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Carlos Condit
8 Colby Covington
9 Santiago Ponzinibbio
10 Neil Magny
11 Kamaru Usman
12 Gunnar Nelson
13 Dong Hyun Kim
14 Alex Oliveira
15 Mike Perry

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Robert Whittaker (Interim Champion)
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Yoel Romero
4 Jacare Souza
5 Chris Weidman
6 Anderson Silva
7 Derek Brunson
8 Kelvin Gastelum
9 David Branch
10 Uriah Hall
11 Vitor Belfort
12 Krzysztof Jotko
13 Brad Tavares *NR
14 Tim Boetsch
15 Thiago Santos

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Jimi Manuwa
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Corey Anderson
8 Misha Cirkunov
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Patrick Cummins
11 Rogerio Nogueira
12 Gadzhimurad Antigulov
13 Tyson Pedro
14 Gian Villante
15 Jared Cannonier

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Alistair Overeem
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Francis Ngannou
5 Mark Hunt
6 Derrick Lewis
7 Alexander Volkov
8 Marcin Tybura
9 Aleksei Oleinik
10 Stefan Struve
11 Junior Albini
12 Andrei Arlovski
12 Curtis Blaydes +1
14 Travis Browne
15 Tim Johnson

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Jessica Andrade
2 Claudia Gadelha
3 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
4 Rose Namajunas
5 Tecia Torres
6 Michelle Waterson
7 Cynthia Calvillo
8 Carla Esparza
9 Felice Herrig
10 Paige VanZant
11 Alexa Grasso
12 Cortney Casey
13 Joanne Calderwood
14 Randa Markos
15 Maryna Moroz

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Holly Holm
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Ronda Rousey
6 Cat Zingano
7 Sara McMann
8 Germaine de Randamie
9 Ketlen Vieira
10 Alexis Davis
11 Liz Carmouche
12 Marion Reneau
13 Katlyn Chookagian
14 Bethe Correia
15 Leslie Smith

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in roughly one week — especially in the welterweight division — when the UFC Fight Night 121 event on Fight Pass, headlined by the 170-pound showdown between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, takes place inside Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland (more on that fight card here).

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

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Kevin Lee Doesn’t Believe in Rankings

According to official UFC rankings, Kevin Lee isn’t even a top five lightweight. But thanks to Conor McGregor sailing the seas on a yacht made of hundred dollar bills, and Khabib Nurmagomedov being about as reliable as a yacht made of Cheetos, Lee is facing Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main […]

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Kevin Lee Doesn’t Believe in Rankings

According to official UFC rankings, Kevin Lee isn’t even a top five lightweight. But thanks to Conor McGregor sailing the seas on a yacht made of hundred dollar bills, and Khabib Nurmagomedov being about as reliable as a yacht made of Cheetos, Lee is facing Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main […]

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Kevin Lee doesn’t give a f—k about UFC rankings so don’t bother mentioning them

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is creating an interim lightweight title because Conor McGregor has yet to defend his 155-pound strap and won’t commit to a return date, so the promotion was forced to keep the assembly line moving.

Putting Tony Ferguson into the UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) main event made sense from a rankings standpoint, as “El Cucuy” is ranked No. 2 in the division, but a few eyebrows were raised when it was announced the Kevin Lee, ranked No. 7, would be his opponent.

That said, the rankings don’t mean shit, according to the defiant “Motown Phenom,” who had a few choice words for the mixed martial arts (MMA) media during Thursday’s pre-fight gathering in “Sin City.”

Transcribed by MMA Fighting:

“Them rankings, they don’t matter. Y’all make the rankings. I don’t give a fuck about them rankings. The only thing everybody above us in this division got on me is some years, is some time. That’s it. So, when you look at the rankings, they don’t really matter. You look at some of these dudes who are in the top 25, top 30, they’re tough enough, they would beat any of the guys in the top five. They got Nate Diaz, who’s got 10, 11 losses, in the top five. It don’t make sense. They’ve got Justin Gaethje, who’s only got one fight against — apparently beating Mike Johnson in this game is really something, because you’ve got Khabib (Nurmagomedov) up there at No. 1 and [he doesn’t] fight, you’ve got Gaethje with one fight up above me. The rankings don’t even mean shit. So you can say I’m No. 7. You can say whatever you want to say. I say I’m No. 1 and it’s going to be proven on Oct. 7.”

See the top 15 at 155 pounds right here.

Lee (16-2) is the winner of five straight, finishing his last four victims by way of knockout or submission. Ferguson (22-3) has captured nine in a row, turning away two former champions in the process.

UFC 216 takes place Oct. 7, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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In a span of two days, Jon Jones has lost his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, his light heavyweight title and now, his spot atop the Las Vegas-based promotion’s rankings.
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Junior dos Santos bounced from UFC rankings in wake of potential anti-doping violation

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has been removed from the promotion’s official rankings in the wake of his provisional suspension.

“Cigano” was popped by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) late last week after testing positive for an unnamed substance and while the Brazilian maintains his innocence, his hands are tied until his formal hearing.

Here’s what the revised heavyweight rankings look like, courtesy of UFC.com:

Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Alistair Overeem
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Francis Ngannou +1
5 Mark Hunt +1
6 Derrick Lewis +1
7 Alexander Volkov +1
8 Stefan Struve +1
9 Marcin Tybura +1
10 Aleksei Oleinik +1
11 Andrei Arlovski +1
12 Junior Albini +1
13 Travis Browne +1
14 Curtis Blaydes +1
15 Tim Johnson *NR

This division needs a serious makeover.

Dos Santos was pulled from his UFC 215 showdown against Francis Ngannou in the wake of his disappointing news, but “The Predator” is hoping to remain on the card and calling out fellow contenders for the Edmonton pay-per-view (PPV), like this guy.

The show must go on.

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