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Lorenz Larkin

The welterweight division was shaken up in the latest UFC rankings, as Donald Cerrone climbed seven spots to No. 7 following his finish of Rick Story.

Lorenz Larkin, who earned his biggest win yet over Neil Magny, jumped into the Top-15 and is now sitting at No. 9 overall.

Demian Maia, Carlos Condit, Kelvin Gastelum and Johny Hendricks all moved up, as well, while Story, Gunnar Nelson and Matt Brown fell.

Cody Garbrandt climbed two spots to sixth at bantamweight, while Cortney Casey debuted in the strawweight division at No. 14 following her win.

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Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino discuss the latest batch of UFC rankings in this edition of “Rankings Report.”

The welterweight division saw plenty of change, as Donald Cerrone and Lorenz Larkin moved into the Top-10.

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It looks as though former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender, Rory MacDonald, will make good on his promise to shake up the mixed martial arts (MMA) world and part ways with the Las Vegas-based fight promotion.

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming.

“Red King,” who ran out his contract earlier this year on the heels of a unanimous decision loss to Stephen Thompson, is expected to sign with Bellator MMA by the end of the week, according to MMA Fighting.

Not only did UFC refuse to match the competing offer, it straight up removed the Canadian from the official fighter rankings.

MacDonald (18-4), still just 27 years old, was previously ranked No. 3 at 170 pounds, despite back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and the aforementioned “Wonderboy.” That said, he also holds wins over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, among others.

So … if and when MacDonald inks with Bellator MMA, who would you like to see him fight first?

Immediate title shot?

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With UFC 202 in the books, a new set of rankings is out – and features the re-entry of a “Cowboy” to the chart.

Donald Cerrone’s impressive win over Rick Story on the UFC 202 main card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was his third straight stoppage victory since moving up from lightweight to welterweight. And that was enough to get him back into a divisional top 15. “Cowboy” had been absent from the rankings since leaving the lightweight division to move up to welterweight, and with the win over Story he started the long climb back up, now at 170 pounds.

Check out the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings above following this past Saturday’s monumental UFC 202.

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Sure, UFC 202 is all about the rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, but the co-main event could see a UFC title challenger emerge.

The light heavyweight co-feature between Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira is a big one at 205 pounds. Johnson checks in at No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, with Teixeira at No. 5. It won’t be the fight that fills the headlines this week, but it could very well determine the next title challenger in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

The welterweight matchup between Donald Cerrone and Rick Story could also have a big impact on the landscape of the 170-pound rankings. But, of course, Diaz and McGregor will be the focus of everyone’s attention, and the fight could potentially impact the look of three different weight classes.

Check out the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings above ahead of UFC 202.

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Mark Hunt hasn’t been much of a fan of all things mixed martial arts (MMA) as of late. After going nuts on United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA), his employers over at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Brock Lesnar for the handling of “Beast Incarnate’s” failed drug tests after UFC 200, “Super Samoan” is now bashing the rankings system.

After a fan pointed out to Hunt that Lesnar — as well as Jon Jones — was removed from the official UFC rankings list following his recent transgression, the fearsome striker wasn’t impressed.

Not exactly the type of disciplinary action he was looking for, apparently.

Then again, Hunt isn’t the first to clown on the relevance of having official rankings, especially when it comes to handing out title shots.

Dan Henderson was recently gifted a shot at Middleweight champion Michael Bisping at “The Count’s” request, despite the fact that he sits at No. 12, while other top contenders such as Ronaldo Souza (No. 3) were left sitting in the dark with no one to play with.

What a “joke!”

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CHECK OUT THE FULL RANKINGS HEREYair Rodriguez continued his perfect run in the UFC with another victory over the weekend. “El Pantera” out-lasted Alex Caceres in a ninja-like, 25-minute spectacle in the main event of Fight Night Salt Lake City.On Tuesday in the official UFC rankings release, Rodriguez jumped two spots to No. 11 in the featherweight rankings as a reward for his performance. The Mexican prospect now turns his attention to the Top 10 of the division as he’ll likely get a serious step up in competition next time inside the Octagon.A quick browse through the rest … Read the Full Article Here

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UFC Fight Night 92 featured a few big fights, especially in the featherweight division, but the athletes that picked up big wins find themselves in difficult positions.

Featherweights Yair Rodriguez, Dennis Bermudez and Cub Swanson all proved victorious in Salt Lake City, but each find themselves stuck in their current position with a number of talented fighters currently in the 145-pound division.

Of course, featherweight kingpin Conor McGregor is back in action at next week’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas, though it’s in a welterweight rematch with Nate Diaz. Featherweight is one of the busiest divisions in the sport, but it’s a logjam at the top, at least for now.

Check out the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings above, including the loaded featherweight division.

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While Tyron Woodley found his way into the overall Top-10 of the latest UFC rankings, Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar are now out.

Woodley, who won the welterweight title with a victory over Robbie Lawler recently, comes in at No. 9 on the pound-for-pound chart.

Jones and Lesnar, who both failed drug tests around UFC 200, were removed from the rankings along with Lyoto Machida.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz is ranked second in the strawweight division on the heels of her strong UFC start.

Francis Ngannou, Antonio Silva, Misha Cirkunov and Jake Ellenberger are among those newly ranked in their respective divisions.

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Well, we can officially erase Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar from the official UFC rankings.

Jones and Lesnar, both of whom failed their USADA tests leading up to UFC 200 last month, were pulled from the official rankings when the promotion updated the lists for each weight class on Monday.

Jones, who sat at number one as the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in the 205-pound division, and was also ranked in the always popular “Pound-For-Pound” list, is no longer featured in either category.

Likewise for part-time WWE Superstar and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in the Heavyweight division. Lesnar landed at number eight in the official UFC Heavyweight rankings after his victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, despite the fact that it was his first and only fight in the past five years.

Additionally, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, who was a ranked contender in the UFC Middleweight (185-pound) division, has also been pulled due to USADA issues.

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