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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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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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Derek Brunson confident Herb Dean made ‘great stoppage’ in Uriah Hall fight: ‘You can’t get put in those spots’

Derek Brunson continued his torrid run through the UFC middleweight division on Saturday when he finished Uriah Hall with a flurry of punches less than two minutes into their co-headlining battle at UFC Fight Night 94.

Brunson down Hall with a scorching left hook in an early exchange, then swarmed with five follow-up shots on the ground, none of which landed flush. And though referee Herb Dean ultimately received some flak online for the ensuing stoppage, Brunson believes Dean’s decision saved Hall from an even worse night.

“If I hit anybody with that left hook, they’re going down,” Brunson said Monday on The MMA Hour. “The left hook was what did it. There is no way he was recovering. And you know what, I’m not trying to lobby or say it wasn’t an early stoppage, because honestly I don’t care. My job was to go show up and fight and to sign my show and win bonus, and that’s what I did. So after that, my job was done.

“But my wrestling coach [put it] the best, because he’s defending me on Facebook and stuff on the FOX thread, but he said ‘you think a guy who’s a three-time All-American is going to let him get back to his feet?’ Which, obviously he would’ve gotten to his feet a little drunk and his equilibrium would’ve been off still. That’s impossible for him to recover there. I’m going to be punching for five minutes.”

Brunson, 32, has now won five straight fights in the UFC middleweight division. The last four of those victories have all ended in first-round knockouts, demonstrating the evolution of Brunson from a North Carolinian wrestler to a legitimate and well-rounded force in the 185-pound ranks.

But none of those performances were more impressive that Brunson’s ability to outstrike a decorated striker like Hall, and even Brunson admits he was surprised the fight ended when it did.

“Just looking at him, he was pretty out,” Brunson, who will face Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101 next, said. “And then Herb Dean stopped it in the middle, and I was thinking, I was like, ‘what are you doing, Herb?’ I thought he was going to get more time, so I was going to posture up and keep punching. But in my opinion, I think that was a great stoppage because he was limp, he was out, and the fans don’t see every angle.

“Uriah Hall got up and he was single-legging Herb, but that’s the thing with him also. When you have a fighter who’s been punched a lot and been knocked out a lot of times, they’re not going to be able to recover. They’re going to look like they were knocked out. Uriah Hall hasn’t been knocked out, so his chin is relatively good, so he can recover faster. So he goes out and come backs and it’s like he was never out. But he keeps taking those types of punches, he’ll just be out-out.”

Hall initially protested the stoppage inside the cage, however he was woozy standing up, and in his dazed state he also briefly attempted a takedown on Dean.

Considering that the entire sequence took place in a matter of seconds and Hall appeared to mount little defense while on the floor, it is an inherently tough call for any referee to make in real-time. Nonetheless, it is also a call that Brunson knows is entirely out of his own hands, and the Jackson-Wink fighter pointed to the lack of post-fight outrage from Hall as reason enough to feel comfortable with Dean’s decision.

“As a fighter, you know,” Brunson said. “Uriah Hall hasn’t said anything. He hasn’t posted on any social media. He hasn’t said anything, because as a fighter, you know. You can’t get caught in those positions. It’s martial arts, it’s about protecting yourself. The fans want to see more. They’re there to see fights, they want to see more, they want to see people get put unconscious, whatever. But you can’t get put in those spots.”

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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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UFC Rankings: Rua Jumps Three Spots

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua moved up to No. 6 in the latest rankings after his knockout win over James Te Huna. Rua climbed past Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Gegard Mousasi. There was little movement otherwise within the divisions, as Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping flipped spots in middleweight. Mark Hunt, […]

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TUF 18 Finale: Female Fighters Will Receive Spots On Card

All eight fighters who made up the first female season of The Ultimate Fighter will receive bouts inside the Octagon – just not all this Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. Shayna Baszler and Sarah Moras both suffered injuries and will not be able to compete this weekend. The finals, consisting of Julianna Pena […]

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SB Nation women’s rankings: Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg take top spots

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You would be excused if, back in April, you weren’t 100 percent sold on the idea that Cris Cyborg had come all the way back from where she was before sitting out all of 2012. No personal offense to Australia’s Fiona Muxlow, who accepted a short-notice replacement bout against Cyborg and flew halfway around the world to fight her on April 5, but she doesn’t make for the most accurate barometer of Cyborg’s skills.

After Cyborg mauled respected veteran Marloes Coenen to claim the inaugural Invicta featherweight title on July 14, though, there’s little question left that Cyborg and Ronda Rousey are the two top women’s fighters in mixed martial arts, which was where we left off when the two were sniping at each other back in Strikeforce.

Rousey, the undefeated UFC bantamweight champion, maintained her unanimous hold on the top spot in the SB Nation pound-for-pound women’s poll. Cyborg solidified her No. 2 spot by claiming all six second-place ballots.

It’s a fight we won’t see any time soon, of course. The fighters compete in different promotions. Rousey, as an A-list pay-per-view draw, has all the leverage on dictating terms of such a fight. She’s made it clear that even if they both fought in the same promotion, Cyborg would have to come down and meet her at bantamweight if she wished to fight.

So until those hurdles are cleared, Rousey vs. Cyborg is another one to add to the list of superfights on the back burner.

As for the remainder of this month’s poll, all 10 fighters who comprised the last poll also remain in the rankings this time. But there were some changes underneath Cat Zingano, who held on to her No. 3 spot. Among them, Jessica Aguilar and Sarah Kaufman flipped the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, even though neither competed in the interim; Jessica Eye moved up a spot after defeating Carina Damm; and Coenen dropped from seven to 10 after the loss to Cyborg.

(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues).

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1. Ronda Rousey (7-0, 60 points): With a rematch against a fighter she’s already beaten in Miesha Tate and a spot on what promises to be one of the biggest events in UFC history, things are looking pretty rosy for WMMA’s standard-bearer.

2. Cris Cyborg (12-1, 1 NC, 54 points): An impressive win for the undisputed best women’s featherweight fighter. But who’s left to challenge her at 145 pounds?

3. Cat Zingano (8-0, 43 points): Barring a major upset by Tate at UFC 168, Zingano seems in good position to keep the title shot she lost through injury, unless she chooses to take a fight to stay busy in the interim.

4. Jessica Aguilar (15-4, 36 points): No next fight on tap as of this writing for the American Top Team fighter, who most consider the world’s best strawweight.

5. Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 30 points): The former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion dives right into the deep end when she meets undefeated Sara McMann in her UFC debut on the Aug. 28 Fight Night card.

6. Miesha Tate (13-4, 25 points): Tate’s dropped two of her past three fights — and had to rally to beat Julie Kedzie in her sole win during that time — but she has the opportunity to erase a rough couple years when she meets Rousey.

7. Megumi Fujii (26-2, 20 points): The pioneering Japanese fighter has announced that her bout on the Oct. 5 Vale Tudo Japan event will be her last. An opponent has yet to be named.

8. Jessica Eye (10-1, 18 points): The up-and-coming flyweight kept busy between Bellator bouts by defeating veteran Carina Damm on an independent event in Cleveland.

9. Alexis Davis (14-5, 15 points): It’s hard to figure why Davis would drop in the standings after winning a unanimous decision over tough veteran Rosi Sexton in her UFC debut, but there you have it.

10. Marloes Coenen (21-6, 10 points): Coenen’s only losses over the past 4 1/2 years are twice to Cyborg and once to Tate.

Others receiving votes: Sara McMann 8, Barb Honchak 7, Carla Esparza 3, Zoila Frausto Gurgel 1.

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Urijah Faber takes on Hong Kong’s tourist spots

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Monson, Parisyan Scratched from Superior Challenge 8; Linderman, Marcus Davis to Fill Spots

Former UFC talents Jeff Monson and Karo Parisyan have bowed out of their planned bouts with Ilir Latifi and David Bielkheden at Superior Challenge 8.
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