UFC Rankings Report: Romero Now Among the Elite in Middleweight Rankings

June 29, 2015 1:45 pm by BJPENN.COM News
Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero

“UFC Fight Night 70” has come and gone and we saw some major shifts in the middleweight division! Yoel Romero’s dominant victory over Lyoto Machida propelled him into the top five of the middleweight division.

With Romero moving up to the third spot, this knocked Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida down a peg. Machida remains in the top five, splitting the spot with former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

Michael Bisping and his next opponent Thales Leites swapped spots as Bisping is now ranked directly above him at #9.

The women of the strawweight division saw some shifts as well. The popular Paige VanZant stepped above #8 ranked Maryna Moroz to earn the #7 spot in the division. Randa Markos and Tecia Torres is all that’s between VanZant and a top-five spot, now.

Check out the official rankings below!

Pound-For-Pound

1. Jose Aldo 

2. Chris Weidman
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Ronda Rousey
5. TJ Dillashaw
6. Fabricio Werdum
7. Rafael dos Anjos 

8. Robbie Lawler 

9. Daniel Cormier 

10. Cain Velasquez
11. Anderson Silva +2
12. Renan Barao
13. Anthony Pettis -2
14. Frankie Edgar
15. Johny Hendricks 


Flyweight
Champion: Demetrious Johnson

1. John Dodson 

2. Joseph Benavidez 

3. Jussier Formiga 

4. Ian McCall 

5. Henry Cejudo
6. John Moraga
7. John Lineker
8. Kyoji Horiguchi
9. Zach Makovsky 

10. Chris Cariaso 

11. Dustin Ortiz 

12. Wilson Reis 

13. Chico Camus
14. Ray Borg
15. Brad Pickett

Bantamweight
Champion: TJ Dillashaw

1. Renan Barao 

2. Dominick Cruz 

3. Raphael Assuncao 

4. Urijah Faber 

5. Michael McDonald 

6. Eddie Wineland 

7. Aljamain Sterling +1
8. Johnny Eduardo -1
8. Takeya Mizugaki
10. Francisco Rivera
11. Bryan Caraway
12. Iuri Alcantara 

13. Frankie Saenz 

14. Thomas Almeida 

15. Erik Perez

Featherweight
Champion: Jose Aldo

1. Frankie Edgar 
+1
2. Chad Mendes 
-1
3. Conor McGregor 

4. Ricardo Lamas 

5. Max Holloway 

6. Cub Swanson 

7. 
Charles Oliveira +1
8. Dennis Bermudez -1
9. Nik Lentz 

10. Clay Guida 

11. Jeremy Stephens 

12. Hacran Dias +2
13. Tatsuya Kawajiri -1
14. Dennis Siver -1
15. Darren Elkins

Lightweight
Champion: Rafael dos Anjos

1. Anthony Pettis 

2. Donald Cerrone
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
4. Eddie Alvarez
5. Gilbert Melendez
6. Michael Johnson
7. Benson Henderson
8. Edson Barboza
9. Myles Jury
10. Josh Thomson 

11. Bobby Green 

12. Tony Ferguson 

13. Al Iaquinta 

14. Beneil Dariush 

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. Jake Ellenberger 

10. 
Rick Story
11. Thiago Alves

12. 
Neil Magny
13. Kelvin Gastelum
14. Ryan LaFlare
15. Gunnar Nelson

Middleweight
Champion: Chris Weidman

1. Luke Rockhold 

2. Jacare Souza 

3. Yoel Romero 
+3
4. 
Vitor Belfort -1
5. Lyoto Machida -1
5. Anderson Silva 

7. Gegard Mousasi
8. Tim Kennedy 

9. Michael Bisping 
+1
10. Thales Leites 
-1
11. CB Dollaway 

12. Costas Philippou 

13. Dan Henderson
14. Robert Whittaker 

15. Roan Carneiro 


Light Heavyweight
Champion: Daniel Cormier

1. Anthony Johnson 

2. Alexander Gustafsson 

3. Ryan Bader
4. Glover Teixeira +1
5. Rashad Evans 
-2
6. Ovince Saint Preux 

7. Jimi Manuwa 

8. Mauricio Rua 

9. Rampage Jackson 

10. Rafael Cavalcante 

11. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 

12. Jan Blachowicz 

13. Fabio Maldonado 

14. Patrick Cummins 

15. Gian Villante 


Heavyweight
Champion: Fabricio Werdum
1. Cain Velasquez

2. Junior Dos Santos 

3. Stipe Miocic 

4. Andrei Arlovski 

5. Travis Browne 

6. Josh Barnett 

7. Mark Hunt +1
8. Ben Rothwell -1

9. Alistair Overeem
10. Frank Mir
11. Roy Nelson 

12. Antonio Silva 

13. Matt Mitrione 

14. Stefan Struve 

15. Alexey Oliynyk

Women’s Strawweight
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1. Carla Esparza 

2. Claudia Gadelha 

3. Jessica Penne 

4. Rose Namajunas 

5. Tecia Torres 

6. Randa Markos 

7. Paige VanZant +1
8. Maryna Moroz -1
9. Joanne Calderwood 

10. Felice Herrig 

11. Juliana Lima 

12. Heather Clark +1
13. Aisling Daly -1
14. Valerie Letourneau 

15. Angela Hill 


Women’s Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey

1. Cat Zingano 

2. Miesha Tate 

3. Alexis Davis 

4. Sara McMann 

5. Jessica Eye 

6. Sarah Kaufman 

7. Bethe Correia 

8. Amanda Nunes 

9. Liz Carmouche 

10. Holly Holm 

11. Marion Reneau 

12. Julianna Pena 

13. Jessica Andrade 

14. Germaine de Randamie 

15. Raquel Pennington

Some would say that Romero needs another fight before he enters title talks, but ranked at number three, could he challenge for the belt?

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