UFC rankings update: Daniel Cormier’s retirement causes pound-for-pound shuffle

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The official UFC rankings have been updated after last weekend’s UFC Vegas 9 card, and despite the lack of big names on the bill, there have been some interesting changes.

On of the biggest changes to the UFC rankings stems from the UFC Vegas 9 main event, in which Alistair Overeem thumped Augusto Sakai en route to a fifth-round TKO win. This performance, which moved Overeem onto a two-fight win-streak, was enough to push him into the No. 5 spot in the heavyweight division.

The other biggest change to the new UFC rankings stems from the retirement of former two-division champion Daniel Cormier. Having hung up the gloves, Cormier has been plucked from the pound-for-pound rankings, allowing for a slew of other fighters to rise and Francis Ngannou to make his debut.

His retirement had a similar affect on the heavyweight rankings.

See the new UFC rankings below (via MMA Mania):

Note:
+/- = movement in rankings
*NR = Not previously ranked
(T) = Tie

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND RANKINGS

1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Stipe Miocic
4. Israel Adesanya
5. Kamaru Usman
6. Alexander Volkanovski
7. Justin Gaethje +1
8. Dustin Poirier +1
9. Max Holloway +1
10. Conor McGregor +1
11. Petr Yan +1
12. Robert Whittaker +2
13. Tony Ferguson +2
14. Deiveson Figueiredo -1
15. Francis Ngannou *NR

FLYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

1. Joseph Benavidez
2. Brandon Moreno
3. Askar Askarov
4. Alex Perez
5. Alexandre Pantoja
6. Jussier Formiga
7. Kai Kara France
8. Rogerio Bontorin
9. Matt Schnell
10. Brandon Royval
11. Tim Elliott
12. Raulian Paiva
13. Jordan Espinosa
14. David Dvorak
15. Amir Albazi

BANTAMWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: Petr Yan

1. Marlon Moraes
2. Aljamain Sterling
3. Cody Garbrandt
4. Cory Sandhagen
5. Frankie Edgar
6. Pedro Munhoz
7. Jose Aldo
8. Jimmie Rivera
9. Raphael Assuncao
10. Rob Font
11. Dominick Cruz
12. Cody Stamann
13. Merab Dvalishvili
14. Song Yadong
15. Marlon Vera

FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
4. Chan Sung Jung
5. Yair Rodriguez
6. Calvin Kattar
7. Josh Emmett
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Arnold Allen
10. Dan Ige
11. Sodiq Yusuff
12. Ryan Hall
13. Shane Burgos
14. Jose Aldo
15. Edson Barboza

LIGHTWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

1. Justin Gaethje
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Tony Ferguson
4. Conor McGregor
5. Dan Hooker
6. Charles Oliveira
7. Paul Felder
8. Diego Ferreira
9. Al Iaquinta
10. Kevin Lee
11. Beneil Dariush
12. Islam Makhachev
13. Gregor Gillespie
14. Donald Cerrone
15. Drew Dober

WELTERWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Gilbert Burns
2. Colby Covington
3. Leon Edwards
4. Jorge Masvidal
5. Tyron Woodley
6. Stephen Thompson
7. Demian Maia
8. Michael Chiesa
9. Rafael dos Anjos
10. Vicente Luque
11. Neil Magny
12. Geoff Neal
13. Nate Diaz
14. Anthony Pettis
15. Robbie Lawler

MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Paulo Costa
3. Jared Cannonier
4. Jack Hermansson
5. Yoel Romero
6. Darren Till
7. Derek Brunson
8. Kelvin Gastelum
9. Uriah Hall
10. Chris Weidman +1
11. Edmen Shahbazyan -1
12. Brad Tavares
13. Omari Akhmedov
14. Marvin Vettori +1
15. Ian Heinisch -1

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: VACANT

1. Dominick Reyes
2. Thiago Santos
3. Jan Blachowicz
4. Glover Teixeira
5. Aleksandar Rakic
6. Jiri Prochazka
7. Volkan Oezdemir
8. Anthony Smith
9. Nikita Krylov
10. Misha Cirkunov
11. Johnny Walker
12. Ryan Spann
13. Magomed Ankalaev
14. Mauricio Rua -1
15. Paul Craig

HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Francis Ngannou
2. Curtis Blaydes
3. Jairzinho Rozenstruik +1
4. Derrick Lewis +1
5. Alistair Overeem +1
6. Alexander Volkov +2
7. Junior dos Santos
8. Walt Harris +2
9. (T) Augusto Sakai
9. (T) Shamil Abdurakhimov +2
11. Aleksei Oleinik +1
12. Sergei Pavlovich +2
13. (T) Ciryl Gane
13. (T) Blagoy Ivanov +2
15. Tanner Boser *NR

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND RANKINGS

1. Amanda Nunes
2. Weili Zhang
3. Valentina Shevchenko
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
6. Jessica Andrade
7. Tatiana Suarez
8. Holly Holm
9. Germaine De Randamie
10. Aspen Ladd
11. Katlyn Chookagian
12. Claudia Gadelha
13. Cynthia Calvillo
14. Julianna Pena
15. Nina Ansaroff

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

1. Rose Namajunas
2. Jessica Andrade
3. Tatiana Suarez
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5. Nina Ansaroff
6. Claudia Gadelha
7. Carla Esparza
8. Michelle Waterson
9. Marina Rodriguez
10. Yan Xiaonan
11. Tecia Torres
12. Amanda Ribas
13. Angela Hill
14. Virna Jandiroba
15. Mackenzie Dern

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Katlyn Chookagian
2. Cynthia Calvillo
3. Jennifer Maia
4. Lauren Murphy
5. Jessica Eye
6. Joanne Calderwood -1
7. Viviane Araujo +1
8. Roxanne Modafferi -1
9. Andrea Lee
10. Maycee Barber
11. Alexis Davis +1
12. Montana De La Rosa -1
13. Antonina Shevchenko
14. Alexa Grasso
15. Gillian Robertson

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

1. Germaine de Randamie
2. Holly Holm
3. Aspen Ladd
4. Julianna Pena
5. Raquel Pennington
6. Irene Aldana
7. Ketlen Vieira
8. Yana Kunitskaya
9. Sara McMann
10. Marion Reneau
11. Lina Lansberg
12. Macy Chiasson
13. Pannie Kianzad
14. Julia Avila
15. Sijara Eubanks

What do you think of the new UFC rankings?