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Following UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil, there wasn’t a ton of movement in this week’s USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings. However, there was one very important question to ask: Is Cristiane Justino the best female fighter on the planet.

Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) picked up a second-round TKO win over Lina Lansberg (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 95, marking the 17th consecutive win for “Cyborg,” as well as her 15th career win by knockout.

However, MMAjunkie elected to leave UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczk (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the top slot. The Polish champion boasts a pair of UFC wins over the No. 2-ranked fighter in Claudia Gadelha, as well as wins over current No. 5 Carla Esparza, No. 12 Valerie Letourneau, No. 15 Juliana Lima and honorable mention Jessica Penne.

What do you think? Did we get it right? Check out the women’s pound-for-pound list, as well as all of the rankings above.

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The lightweight division may be the most combustible group in the UFC. A big knockout win in any given week could scramble the Top 10 and provide new contenders hungry for their title shot. Michael Johnson is the latest 155-pounder to shake up the division. “The Menace” finished Dustin Poirier by KO in the first round of their Fight Night Hidalgo main event and moved up four spots to No. 6 in the lightweight division. After the big finish Johnson said he has his eyes set on the title and he wants big fights as he continues trying to KO opponents.RELATED: Official UFC rankings … Read the Full Article Here

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Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino will return to the Octagon this weekend at a catchweight of 140 pounds, simply because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) doesn’t have a 145-pound weight class, but still wants to capitalize on the popularity of the Brazilian smashing machine.

Opposing her will be the talented but relatively unknown Lina Lansberg in the UFC Fight Night 95 five-round main event, locked and loaded for this Saturday night (Sept. 24, 2016) on FOX Sports 1 from inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil.

See the full UFC Brasilia fight card.

Ahead of their mixed martial arts (MMA) brouhaha, “Cyborg” made her debut on the latest UFC rankings list, clocking in at No. 20 behind former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. That probably comes a surprise when you consider the rankings only have room for 15 combatants…

…Which is why Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino of the promotion’s weekly “Rankings Report” went and added another five slots to make room for “Cyborg.” She would have been ranked higher, but Griffin cited her lack of competition thus far in her combat sports career.

Kind of hard to find competition in a division that does not exist.

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Following UFC Fight Night 94, Derek Brunson is the big mover in this week’s USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

Brunson (16-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) stopped Uriah Hall (12-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) for his fourth straight first-round knockout. As a result, he’s jumped from No. 10 in the middleweight rankings to No. 7.

He wasn’t the only fighter on the move, though. Check out all the rankings above.

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It’s been more than a year since Dan Hardy floated the idea of a UFC return, and while he might not meet his original target date, “The Outlaw” hasn’t given up on that goal.

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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defended his title for the first time on Saturday night and his stock is on the rise.Miocic jumped up two spots in the pound-for-pound rankings to No. 6 behind featherweights Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo in the latest official UFC rankings release.Miocic represented his hometown at UFC 203 fighting in front of a raucous Cleveland crowd against Alistair Overeem. Miocic made it three-straight first-round knockouts and is now just one title defense away from tying the heavyweight record of two successful defenses.RELATED: Watch it again – Order the UFC 203 re … Read the Full Article Here

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC 203 mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place last Saturday night (Sept. 10, 2016) inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (full results here).

And there was a lot to talk about.

In the five-round main event, Stipe Miocic flattened Alistair Overeem to retain his heavyweight title (video). The UFC 203 co-main event, meanwhile, gave Fabricio Werdum his second victory over Travis Browne (replay). “Haha” took a tumble in the rankings as a result, as did longtime bantamweight contender Urijah Faber.

You can thank Jimmie Rivera for that (see it).

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 Demetrious Johnson
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Conor McGregor
5 Jose Aldo
6 Stipe Miocic +2
7 Eddie Alvarez -1
8 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Robbie Lawler
12 Luke Rockhold
13 Rafael Dos Anjos
14 TJ Dillashaw
15 Frankie Edgar

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

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

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Max Holloway
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Cub Swanson
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Jeremy Stephens
8 Charles Oliveira
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Brian Ortega
11 Hacran Dias
12 Yair Rodriguez
13 Darren Elkins
14 Dooho Choi
15 Mirsad Bektic

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Eddie Alvarez
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Rafael Dos Anjos
3 Tony Ferguson
4 Nate Diaz
4 Edson Barboza
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Michael Chiesa
9 Beneil Dariush
10 Michael Johnson
11 Will Brooks
12 Gilbert Melendez
13 Al Iaquinta
14 Rashid Magomedov
15 Evan Dunham

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

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

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

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Josh Barnett +1
7 Mark Hunt +1
8 Andrei Arlovski +1
9 Travis Browne -3
10 Derrick Lewis
11 Roy Nelson
12 Ruslan Magomedov
13 Stefan Struve
14 Francis Ngannou
15 Antonio Silva

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

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in less than a week, as the UFC Fight Night 94: “Poirier vs. Johnson” event takes place this Saturday night (Sept. 17, 2016) on FOX Sports 1 inside State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas (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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With UFC 203 in the books, this week’s USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings have a few changes.

Chief among them is bantamweight Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who earned a clearcut decision win over Urijah Faber (33-10 MMA, 9-6 UFC) at the weekend event. With the result, Rivera now boasts an impressive 19-fight winning streak and earns his way in to the top 10 for the first time in his career.

UFC women’s strawweight Jessica Andrade (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) also made a nice run up the charts with her first-round finish of Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). Meanwhile, despite a few key contests in in the featured bouts of UFC 203, the top of the heavyweight ranks stayed largely unaffected.

Check out all the rankings above.

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With only a few ranked fighters in action, the latest UFC rankings saw little change following UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett.

On the heels of his submission win, Josh Barnett climbed two spots to seventh in the heavyweight division. Andrei Arlovski, who lost to Barnett, fell three positions to ninth.

Travis Browne, who is in action this Saturday vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203, moved up to sixth.

Jimmie Rivera and Takeya Mizugaki flip-flopped 12th and 13th at bantamweight, while Valerie Letourneau moved to eighth and Michelle Waterson fell to 12th at strawweight.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC Fight Night 93 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016) inside Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, (full results here), and there was a lot to talk about after the dust settled.

Josh Barnett was one of the biggest winners of the night, taking out Andrei Arlovski via rear-naked choke (see it again here). For his efforts, “Warmaster” climbed up two spots to No. 7 in the heavyweight standings. Alexander Gustafsson (No. 2) and Ryan Bader (No. 4), however, didn’t improve their positions, as both stayed idle following their respective wins over Jan Blachowicz and Ilir Latifi.

Learn more about those victories here and here.

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 Demetrious Johnson
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Conor McGregor
5 Jose Aldo
6 Eddie Alvarez
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Stipe Miocic
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Robbie Lawler
12 Luke Rockhold
13 Rafael Dos Anjos
14 TJ Dillashaw
15 Frankie Edgar

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

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

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Max Holloway
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Cub Swanson
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Jeremy Stephens
8 Charles Oliveira
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Brian Ortega
11 Hacran Dias
12 Yair Rodriguez
13 Darren Elkins
14 Dooho Choi
15 Mirsad Bektic

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Eddie Alvarez
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Rafael Dos Anjos
3 Tony Ferguson
4 Nate Diaz
4 Edson Barboza
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Michael Chiesa
9 Beneil Dariush
10 Michael Johnson
11 Will Brooks
12 Gilbert Melendez
13 Al Iaquinta
14 Rashid Magomedov
15 Evan Dunham

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

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

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

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Travis Browne +1
7 Josh Barnett +2
8 Mark Hunt
9 Andrei Arlovksi -3
10 Derrick Lewis
11 Roy Nelson
12 Ruslan Magomedov
13 Stefan Struve
14 Francis Ngannou
15 Antonio Silva

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

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in less than a week — particularly in the Heavyweight division — as the UFC 203 pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place this Saturday (Sept. 10, 2016) inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (more on that card here).

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

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