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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its official fighter rankings following the FOX Sports 1 action at UFC Fight Night 74: “Holloway vs. Oliveira,” which took place last Sun. night (Aug. 23, 2015) inside SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Canada.

But that’s not the big story in this week’s rankings shake up.

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva was recently suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) and as a result, will no longer be eligible to be ranked at either middleweight or pound-for-pound. Bad news for “The Spider,” but great news for the rest of the 185-pound competition.

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 Jose Aldo
2 Chris Weidman
3 Demetrious Johnson
4 Ronda Rousey
5 TJ Dillashaw
6 Robbie Lawler +1
7 Fabricio Werdum -1
8 Rafael dos Anjos
9 Daniel Cormier
10 Cain Velasquez
11 Conor McGregor +2
12 Anthony Pettis -1
13 Frankie Edgar +1
14 Johny Hendricks +1
15 Joanna Jedrzejczyk *NR

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 John Dodson
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Jussier Formiga
4 Ian McCall
5 Henry Cejudo
6 John Moraga
7 Kyoji Horiguchi
8 John Lineker
9 Zach Makovsky
10 Dustin Ortiz
11 Chris Cariaso
12 Ray Borg +1
13 Wilson Reis -1
14 Chico Camus
15 Justin Scoggins

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

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

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

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Chris Weidman
1 Luke Rockhold
2 Jacare Souza
3 Yoel Romero
4 Vitor Belfort
5 Lyoto Machida
6 Gegard Mousasi +1
7 Tim Kennedy +1
8 Michael Bisping +1
9 Thales Leites +1
10 CB Dollaway +1
11 Dan Henderson +1
12 Robert Whittaker +2
13 Derek Brunson
14 Roan Carneiro +1
15 Tim Boetsch *NR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Anthony Johnson
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Ryan Bader
5 Rashad Evans
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Jimi Manuwa
8 Mauricio Rua
9 Rampage Jackson
10 Patrick Cummins
11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
12 Jan Blachowicz
13 Fabio Maldonado
14 Rafael Cavalcante
15 Ilir Latifi

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

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

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change — especially in the flyweight division — when the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) event goes down a week from Saturday night (Sept. 5, 2015) inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. To check out the entire “Johnson vs. Dodson 2” fight card and line up click here.

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

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its official fighter rankings and one name is notably absent for the first time since the promotion began the arbitrary number game.

Anderson Silva, long considered one of the top middleweights on the planet and a pound-for-pound great, has been erased from the rankings following a one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for doping.

It’s a mixed message being sent by an organization which recently posted a statement about the suspension on its website, praising the former UFC champion’s “great career” and looking forward to his return in 2016.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise as Jon Jones was similarly scrubbed from the rankings in April following his involvement in an alleged felony hit and run car accident.

In other UFC rankings news, Polish strawweight fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk has squeaked into the pound-for-pound top 15 rankings, making her the second woman to make it onto the list in the organization’s history.

It looks like only a few of the categories were updated since there’s been little change since we last shared the rankings on Monday (Aug. 10).

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 Jose Aldo
2 Chris Weidman
3 Demetrious Johnson
4 Ronda Rousey
5 TJ Dillashaw
6 Fabricio Werdum
7 Robbie Lawler
8 Rafael dos Anjos
9 Daniel Cormier
10 Cain Velasquez
11 Anthony Pettis +1
12 Conor McGregor +1
13 Frankie Edgar +1
14 Johny Hendricks +1 
15 Joanna Jedrzejczyk *NR

FLYWEIGHT

Champion : Demetrious Johnson
1 John Dodson
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Jussier Formiga
4 Ian McCall
5 Henry Cejudo
6 John Moraga
7 Kyoji Horiguchi
8 John Lineker -1
9 Zach Makovsky
10 Dustin Ortiz +1
11 Chris Cariaso -1
12 Wilson Reis
13 Ray Borg +1
14 Chico Camus -1 
15 Justin Scoggins

BANTAMWEIGHT

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

FEATHERWEIGHT

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

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion : Rafael dos Anjos
1 Anthony Pettis
2 Donald Cerrone
3 Khabib Nurmagomedov
4 Eddie Alvarez
5 Michael Johnson
5 Benson Henderson +2
7 Edson Barboza -1
8 Myles Jury
9 Tony Ferguson
10 Beneil Dariush +2
11 Al Iaquinta
12 Bobby Green -2
13 Dustin Poirier
14 Nate Diaz
15 Jorge Masvidal

WELTERWEIGHT

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion : Chris Weidman
1 Luke Rockhold
2 Jacare Souza
3 Yoel Romero
4 Vitor Belfort
5 Lyoto Machida
6 Gegard Mousasi +1
7 Tim Kennedy +1
8 Michael Bisping +1
9 Thales Leites +1
10 CB Dollaway +1
11 Dan Henderson +1
12 Derek Brunson +3
13 Robert Whittaker
14 Roan Carneiro
15 Tim Boetsch *NR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion : Daniel Cormier
1 Anthony Johnson
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Glover Teixeira +1
4 Ryan Bader -1
5 Rashad Evans
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Jimi Manuwa
8 Mauricio Rua
9 Rampage Jackson
10 Patrick Cummins
11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
12 Jan Blachowicz
13 Fabio Maldonado
14 Rafael Cavalcante
15 Ilir Latifi

HEAVYWEIGHT

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

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion : Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Carla Esparza
3 Rose Namajunas
4 Jessica Penne
5 Tecia Torres
6 Randa Markos
7 Paige VanZant +1
8 Maryna Moroz -1
9 Joanne Calderwood
10 Michelle Waterson
11 Jessica Aguilar
12 Felice Herrig
13 Juliana Lima
14 Aisling Daly
15 Heather Clark

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion : Ronda Rousey
1 Miesha Tate
2 Cat Zingano
3 Alexis Davis
4 Amanda Nunes +3
5 Sarah Kaufman
6 Jessica Eye
7 Sara McMann -3
8 Bethe Correia
9 Holly Holm
10 Liz Carmouche
11 Julianna Pena
12 Marion Reneau
13 Jessica Andrade
14 Germaine de Randamie
15 Lauren Murphy

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Anderson Silva’s failed drug tests leading up to and after his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz in January not only resulted in “The Spider” being suspended for a year and being leveled with a hefty fine, it has also shaken up the official UFC rankings quite a bit.

The standard procedure in the UFC when a fighter is popped for failing a drug test is for that fighter to be immediately removed from the official UFC rankings, which is why longtime top-ten ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez was taken off of the list after UFC issued a statement on his failed drug test at UFC 188.

With Silva popping hot at UFC 183 and UFC issuing their statement after his horrendous Nevada Athletic Commission hearing on Thursday, “The Spider” is no longer in any of the official UFC rankings, which has moved a lot of people around in the middleweight division, and has had an impact on the pound-for-pound rankings.

Silva was ranked number six in the middleweight division, so everyone who was ranked from 7-13 has moved up a spot. Additionally, Silva was number 11 on the pound-for-pound list, and now that he is gone, UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has entered the list at number 15.

Check out the complete official UFC rankings at UFC.com.

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