Rankings update following UFC Houston, The Korean Zombie is back

February 9, 2017 8:45 am by Evan Bell
Korean Zombie

This past weekend, the UFC hit Houston, Texas for ‘UFC Houston’, a highly anticipated night of fights topped off by the long awaited return of the beloved Korean Zombie following nearly 4 years away from the sport.

The Korean Zombie seized the moment as he was able to make a triumphant return to the Octagon and knock out Dennis Bermudez in the very first round, cementing his place in the featherweight division once again. In the co-main event, Felice Herrig picked up a major win over undefeated Alexa Grasso to continue her recent string of wins in the women’s strawweight division.

Felice Herrig

Following the event, changes were made to the UFC’s official rankings, which you can see below. Fighters whose names are bold were involved in fights this past weekend in Houston:

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 Yair Rodriguez
9 Chan Sung Jung *NR
10 Brian Ortega
11 Dennis Bermudez -2
12 Dooho Choi -1
13 Mirsad Bektic
14 Darren Elkins -2
15 Renan Barao -1

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

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

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

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

Curtis Blaydes Adam Milstead

One notable mention who didn’t crack the top 15 rankings in their division is heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, who picked up an incredibly dominant 2nd round TKO win over Adam Milstead after a knee injury from numerous takedown slams from Blaydes injured Milstead’s knee.

In addition, James Vick’s main card submission win over Abel Trujillo in the third round was an extremely major win for ‘The Texecutioner’.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/9/2017.


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