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Amanda Nunes, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey are the only three female bantamweight fighters now ranked ahead of Valentina Shevchenko in the latest UFC rankings.

Shevchenko jumped four spots to No. 3 after besting former champion Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 this past weekend. Holm, who suffered her second straight loss, fell to fourth.

Raquel Pennington and Katlyn Chookagian also moved up in the Top-15.

Dooho Choi made his debut in the featherweight rankings, coming in at No. 12. Gilbert Melendez returned to the lightweight Top-15 despite losing to Edson Barboza, who jumped Donald Cerrone for fifth.

Eddie Wineland climbed three spots to 12th at bantamweight following his win over Frankie Saenz, who dropped three spots to 15th.

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Valentina Shevchenko’s win against Holly Holm at Fight Night Chicago on FOX rocked the bedrock of the women’s bantamweight divisional rankings Wednesday.Nine of the 15 women on the 135-pound list are in a new spot this week and Shevchenko is the biggest winner. Kyrgyzstan’s Shevchenko moves up four spots into serious title contention at No. 3 behind Ronda Rousey (2) and Miesha Tate (1).RELATED: Complete updated rankings | Shevchenko talks huge win after Fight Night Chicago | Robin Black breaks down the Lawler vs Woodley UFC 201 main event | Pre-order UFC 2 … Read the Full Article Here

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Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino return for another installment of the UFC rankings report in the video above.

The former champion and his co-host discuss all the fall-out from UFC on FOX 20, which featured Valentina Shevchenko’s win over Holly Holm and Edson Barboza’s triumph vs. Gilbert Melendez.

Griffin and Parrino also discuss the upcoming UFC 201 card, which takes place this Saturday night in Atlanta.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC on FOX 20 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sat. night (July 23, 2016) inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and there was a lot to talk about when all was said and done.

You can thank Valentina Shevchenko and Edson Barboza for that.

“Bullet” continued her march through the strawweight division by turning away former champion Holly Holm in the five-round main event. Barboza, meanwhile, put the rest of the 155-pound division on notice by knocking around ex-Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, who debuts at No. 14 after his extended layoff.

Chad Mendes, meanwhile, was pulled from the featherweight list following his USADA suspension.

That’s not all.

Here’s what the latest ranking field looks like courtesy of Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in less than a week — particularly in the welterweight division — as the UFC 201: “Lawler vs. Woodley” pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place this Sat. night (July 30, 2016) inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

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Former champ Holly Holm was a 2-1 favorite over Valentina Shevchenko in their UFC on FOX 20 headliner this past Saturday.

But Shevchenko threw the numbers right out the window and dominated Holm, handing the Rousey-beater her second straight setback.

How far did Holm fall in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings? And how high did Shevchenko climb with her upset? What about Edson Barboza with his win over Gilbert Melendez on the same card?

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Michelle Waterson was an exciting addition to the strawweight division when she made her octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.

It’s been over a year since she submitted Angela Magana at the event. Several injuries served as setbacks for Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), 30, who will finally step back into the cage against Aisling Daly (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 93. The event takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

“If it was up to me, I’d have been fighting last December against Tecia Torres,” Waterson told MMAjunkie while in attendance at UFC on FOX 20. “But I blew my knee in training camp. When my knee got better, I rebroke my hand. It was just a string of injuries. It was my body telling me I needed to slow down and let it heal. That’s what I did and I’m back in the gym training hard. Holly has been motivating me every day getting ready for her fight. I have another teammate fighting next week at Invicta. All those ladies are motivating me to get back in there and go hard.”

Waterson was competing at atomweight in Invicta prior to her UFC career.

With her debut victory she locked up a spot in the official UFC rankings at 115 pounds and also sits at No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.

Still fresh in the division and more than a year out of action, she said she isn’t concerned with her current placement in the division and instead wants to show where she belongs with her work in the cage.

“It is what it is,” Waterson said. “I think I’m like eleventh or something but I’m not really concerned about that. I have a fight coming up and I’ll be able to show everybody what I’ve been working on this past year. My work will speak for itself and I’ll move up the rankings.”

Check out the full video above to hear more from “The Karate Hottie.”

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With eight straight UFC victories and champ Eddie Alvarez, fellow contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and ex-titleholder Rafael dos Anjos ahead of him in the rankings, where does Tony Ferguson go from here?

Ferguson, who remains No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, survived and held off very game late-replacement opponent Lando Vannata this past week at UFC Fight Night 91.

So, what’s next for Ferguson? Does he deserve a title shot? Should it go to Nurmagomedov? Or should Ferguson and Nurmagomedov fight in a title-eliminator? UFC matchmakers are going to need to make a decision soon enough.

In any manner, check out the full rankings above as notables such as John Lineker, Matt Mitrione and Douglas Lima were in action.

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So…crazy month for MMA and the UFC, huh? Big fights happened, big fights didn’t happen and a half-dozen big events have come and gone. 

In the month since the last installment of the Bleacher Report MMA rankings, we’ve seen three major titles change hands, one vacant title was filled, one interim title was created and one interim title (presumably) dissolved. Obviously, that led to massive shakeups in almost every division.

The complete rules can be found here, the full rankings for each individual member of the panel can be found here and the notes for this month are as follows:

  • Jon Jones and Chad Mendes, like Lyoto Machida, will remain on the rankings until receiving an official suspension from either USADA or a state athletic commission for their failed drug tests.
  • Brock Lesnar will not be included in the rankings due to the uncertainty surrounding his return (which, in part, is due to his own drug test issues).
  • Donald Cerrone has been moved up into the welterweight rankings pool.
  • Valerie Letourneau and Joanne Calderwood remain in the strawweight rankings pool.



No. 1- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (40 Points)
No. 2- Claudia Gadelha (36)
No. 3- Rose Namajunas (29)
No. 4- Tecia Torres (25)
No. 5- Jessica Aguilar (22)
No. 6- Carla Esparza (18)
No. 7- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (13)
No. 8- Jessica Andrade (10)
No. 8- Joanne Calderwood (10)
No. 10- Angela Hill (5)
No. 10- Valerie Letourneau (5)

There was a double-whammy of women’s strawweight (more or less) action at UFC Fight Night 89. Joanne Calderwood scored an impressive and important win over Valerie Letourneau, knocking out the Canadian in the third round, working her potent striking game. Also on the card, Randa Markos scored a unanimous decision win over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, working her grappling skills en route to victory. 

More importantly, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her title from Claudia Gadelha in a gutsy effort. Naturally, the win preserved Jedrzejczyk‘s standing in the division but didn’t hurt Gadelha one bit. There is a strong chance they remain the No. 1 and No. 2 at 115 pounds for a very long time.



No. 1- Demetrious Johnson (40)
No. 2- Joseph Benavidez (36)
No. 3- Kyoji Horiguchi (29)
No. 4- Henry Cejudo (28)
No. 5- Jussier da Silva (23)
No. 6- Ian McCall (16)
No. 7- Ali Bagautinov (11)
No. 7- Zach Makovsky (11)
No. 9- Louis Smolka (9)
No. 10- Wilson Reis (8)

Ali Bagautinov reasserted himself as one of the best flyweights in the world at UFC Fight Night 89, putting a beating on Geane Herrera in a lopsided fight. On the flipside, top-10 staple John Moraga was booted clean off the rankings due to a loss to the unknown Matheus Nicolau.


Men’s Bantamweight

No. 1- Dominick Cruz (40)
No. 2- TJ Dillashaw (36)
No. 3- Raphael Assuncao (26)
No. 4- Renan Barao (22)
No. 5- Brian Caraway (20)
No. 6- Marlon Moraes (18)
No. 7- Urijah Faber (11)
No. 8- John Lineker (10)
No. 9- Aljamain Sterling (10)
No. 10- Cody Garbrandt (9)

It was an incredibly active month in the bantamweight division, with ten fights taking place in major MMA promotions. 

In the Octagon, TJ Dillashaw got back in the win column and took some revenge on Raphael Assuncao (who previously beat him in 2013). A few days later, John Lineker punched his way into the rankings by destroying Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91.

In Bellator, Eduardo Dantas recaptured the Bellator bantamweight title from Marcos Galvao with a lopsided unanimous decision win. Injuries and misfortune have repeatedly robbed Dantas of the opportunity to shine in Bellator, but he might just be poised to cement himself as an elite bantamweight.


Women’s Bantamweight

No. 1- Amanda Nunes (37)
No. 2- Holly Holm (34)
No. 3- Ronda Rousey (34)
No. 4- Miesha Tate (31)
No. 5- Julianna Pena (23)
No. 6- Alexis Davis (15)
No. 7- Cat Zingano (14)
No. 8- Tonya Evinger (10)
No. 8- Sara McMann (10)
No. 10- Valentina Shevchenko (5)

For the third time in eight months, the women’s bantamweight title changed hands. The new UFC champion? Amanda Nunes, who took the title off Miesha Tate with an impressive first-round knockout. Nunes further muddies the top of the women’s bantamweight division, which went from being a rock-paper-scissors situation to being a full-on game of Monopoly involving the top-10.

The only woman excluded from that mess is Julianna Pena. The The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner has been electric thus far and posted a huge, impressive win over Cat Zingano at UFC 200. She could easily be the next in line for a shot at the title…and could be the next to win it.



No. 1- Conor McGregor (40)
No. 2- Jose Aldo (36)
No. 3- Frankie Edgar (31)
No. 4- Max Holloway (29)
No. 5- Chad Mendes (24)
No. 6- Charles Oliveira (11)
No. 6- Daniel Straus (11)
No. 6- Cub Swanson (11)
No. 9- Ricardo Lamas (10)
No. 10- Patricio Freire (4)

Just like that, Jose Aldo is a champion again…kind of. The former featherweight king faced off with Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in a fight for the interim featherweight title, with Aldo getting back to his low-risk, high-reward striking style. It paid dividends, too, as he took a fairly decisive win over Edgar. Unfortunately, he’s still stuck waiting for Conor McGregor to either vacate the real featherweight title, or drop back down for the rematch.



No. 1- Eddie Alvarez (39)
No. 2- Khabib Nurmagomedov (36)
No. 3- Rafael dos Anjos (32)
No. 4- Tony Ferguson (27)
No. 5- Will Brooks (24)
No. 6- Nate Diaz (20)
No. 7- Edson Barboza (18)
No. 8- Anthony Pettis (6)
No. 9- Dustin Poirier (5)
No. 10- Michael Chiesa (4)

All three former Bellator champions won in the last 30 days.

Eddie Alvarez provided fans with one of the year’s best feel-good stories. After 13 years of fighting for smaller promotions around the globe, the Underground King made his way to the spotlight in the UFC and made the most of the opportunity by knocking out Rafael dos Anjos.

Will Brooks, who left Bellator last month with the title in hand, made his UFC debut and defeated respected veteran Ross Pearson. It wasn’t an amazing performance, but it was a clean win and could set him up for bigger, better fights.

Finally, Michael Chandler is a champion once again after knocking out Patricky Freire at Dynamite 2. 

Tony Ferguson was brought to the brink of defeat by UFC newcomer Lando Vannata before battling back and scoring a second-round submission win. While it’s being largely forgotten due to the exciting nature of the fight, it is a bit concerning when it comes to Ferguson’s chances of winning the title. He doesn’t lose ground here, but his next fight should be watched closely.



No. 1- Robbie Lawler (40)
No. 2- Stephen Thompson (36)
No. 3- Rory MacDonald (28)
No. 4- Demian Maia (25)
No. 5- Tyron Woodley (24)
No. 6- Carlos Condit (20)
No. 7- Ben Askren (19)
No. 8- Neil Magny (13)
No. 9- Andrey Koreshkov (9)
No. 10- Kelvin Gastelum (2)
No. 10- Gunnar Nelson (2)

Stephen Thompson took another step forward on his rise to the top at UFC Fight Night 89, scoring a decisive win over former contender Rory MacDonald. While it was something of a coming out party for Thompson, it leaves MacDonald’s future uncertain.

The Canadian discussed his rocky relationship with the UFC before the fight and expressed his intent to explore free agency. The loss could very well force him out the door, and where he goes from there is anyone’s guess.

At UFC 200, Johny Hendricks was knocked clean out of the top 10 by Kelvin Gastelum. The TUF18 winner had very little difficulty excelling in striking exchanges against Hendricks and won nearly every scramble. 



No. 1- Michael Bisping (38)
No. 2- Luke Rockhold (37)
No. 3- Chris Weidman (32)
No. 4- Ronaldo Souza (29)
No. 5- Robert Whittaker (18)
No. 5- Gegard Mousasi (18)
No. 7- Lyoto Machida (16)
No. 8- Vitor Belfort (15)
No. 9- Anderson Silva (6)
No. 9- Derek Brunson (6)

This is the only division where pretty much nothing happened in the cage rankings-wise. Elias Theodorou and Tim Boetsch got back in the win column. Tamdan McCrory and Josh Samman ate tough losses. Fans were simultaneously overjoyed and infuriated by the announcement of Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2. 


Light Heavyweight

No. 1- Jon Jones (39)
No. 2- Daniel Cormier (37)
No. 3- Anthony Johnson (32)
No. 4- Alexander Gustafsson (26)
No. 5- Phil Davis (20)
No. 6- Ryan Bader (18)
No. 7- Glover Teixeira (17)
No. 8- Liam McGeary (13)
No. 9- Mo Lawal (9)
No. 10- Ovince Saint Preux (7)

What else can be said about the scuttled UFC 200 main event? Jon Jones was pulled off UFC 200 due to a drug test failure. Anderson Silva stepped in, and looked generally terrible as he was taken down by Daniel Cormier with little trouble, and relied on the referee to help him escape.

There was also Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii but, well, the less said about that fight, the better.



No. 1- Stipe Miocic (40)
No. 2- Fabricio Werdum (35)
No. 3- Cain Velasquez (32)
No. 4- Alistair Overeem (28)
No. 5- Junior dos Santos (24)
No. 6- Ben Rothwell (21)
No. 7- Travis Browne (13)
No. 8- Andrei Arlovski (10)
No. 9- Josh Barnett (6)
No. 10- Derrick Lewis (3)

Cain Velasquez is back! The former heavyweight champion crushed Travis Browne at UFC 200 and looked darn good in the process. He showed off the potent wrestling and brisk pace that helped him twice take the UFC title. 

Over in Russia, Vitaly Minakov demolished Peter Graham in what was, more or less, a squash match. He defeated the Australian kickboxer in just 62 seconds, submitting him with an armbar and reasserting himself as, most likely, the best heavyweight in MMA outside the UFC.


Top Upcoming Fights to Watch

  • Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez (UFC on Fox 20, July 23)
  • Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko (UFC on Fox 20, July 23)
  • Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC 201, July 30)
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley (UFC 201, July 30)
  • Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill (WSOF 32, July 30)
  • Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (UFC Fight Night 92, August 6)

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On Thursday, UFC released their latest “UFC Rankings Report” video, which features UFC Hall Of Famer Forrest Griffin along with Matt Parrino taking a look at how the official UFC rankings were affected by the latest round of UFC events.

As noted, UFC held three consecutive events in three days in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of their International Fight Week, and as a result there was a lot of movement in many of the UFC weight divisions.

Among the changes coming out of International Fight Week is the heavyweight division, as former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has moved into the top ten, replacing Mark Hunt at number eight after beating him via unanimous decision at UFC 200. Hunt, meanwhile, dropped to number nine.

The official description for the latest UFC Rankings Report with Griffin and Parrino, which you can watch above, reads as follows:

“Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino break down the new rankings after three events and three days blew up the pound-for-pound list. Cain Velasquez and Derrick Lewis took big strides as well last weekend.”

To check out all of the top 15 rankings for every weight division in the UFC, including the always fun Pound For Pound list, check out the updated official UFC rankings.

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There was movement all over the place in the rankings thanks to 36 fights over three days in Las Vegas this past week.

UFC 200, the TUF 23 Finale and UFC Fight Night 90 had four title fights between them – and two titles changed hands. Eddie Alvarez took the UFC’s lightweight title from Rafael dos Anjos, and Amanda Nunes tapped out Miesha Tate to win the women’s bantamweight title. So those divisions have new No. 1s.

But where did the other movement come from?

Check out the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

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