UFC rankings update: Cody Garbrandt steals spot on pound-for-pound list

January 3, 2017 9:43 am by Tom Taylor
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With title fights in two divisions, and appearances from a handful of ranked fighters, UFC 207 was a big card for the official UFC rankings. Now that the card is in the rear view mirror, the promotion has updated its rankings, and there has been significant movement in several divisions.

Perhaps the most notable change is Cody Garbrandt’s entrance onto the pound-for-pound list, which followed his bantamweight title winning defeat of pound-for-pound stalwart Dominick Cruz. He now holds the number-five spot on the list, while Cruz dropped five spots to number eight. Unsurprisingly, Garbrandt also usurped the top spot in the bantamweight division’s rankings.

UFC 207’s main event, which saw reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes thwart returning former champion Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds, also caused a shift in the rankings. Nunes, of course, still sits atop the division. Rousey, however, has dropped three spots. Top contenders Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Peña, who fight each other in late January, are now ranked ahead of her.

Notable ranking shifts also occurred in the flyweight division, where Ray Borg leapt ahead three spots with his defeat of Louis Smolka, and in the welterweight division, where Dong Hyun Kim moved ahead two spots for beating Tarec Saffiedine, and Johny Hendricks plummeted five spots after his loss to Neil Magny.

 

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Here’s a full rundown of the updated UFC rankings.

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Jose Aldo
5 Cody Garbrandt *NR
6 Stipe Miocic
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Dominick Cruz
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Amanda Nunes
12 Max Holloway
13 Khabib Nurmagomedov
14 TJ Dillashaw
15 Luke Rockhold *NR

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

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion : Cody Garbrandt
1 Dominick Cruz
2 TJ Dillashaw
3 John Lineker
4 Raphael Assuncao
5 Bryan Caraway
6 Jimmie Rivera
7 Aljamain Sterling
8 Michael McDonald
9 John Dodson
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Eddie Wineland
12 Johnny Eduardo
13 Pedro Munhoz
14 Rani Yahya
15 Erik Perez

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

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

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

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

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

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion : Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Mark Hunt
7 Andrei Arlovski
8 Derrick Lewis
9 Travis Browne
10 Stefan Struve
11 Francis Ngannou
12 Alexander Volkov
13 Daniel Omielanczuk
14 Tim Johnson
15 Luis Henrique *NR

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

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


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