UFC rankings update: Junior dos Santos rockets up at heavyweight, flyweight division in chaos

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The official UFC rankings have been updated in the wake of last weekend’s UFC Wichita card, and as expected, there have been some big changes.

Most notably, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has surged up the list at heavyweight on the strength of his stoppage victory over Derrick Lewis. Elsewhere, fighters like Yana Kunitskaya and Blagoy Ivanov have made more minor climbs, while Anthony Rocco Martin has replaced Vicente Luque in the welterweight rankings.

And of course, the rankings for the UFC flyweight division, which has recently been haemorrhaging top talent, remain as chaotic and unintelligible as ever…

See the updated UFC ranking below (via MMA Mania)

Note:
+/- = movement in rankings
*NR = Not previously ranked

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Daniel Cormier 
2 Jon Jones 
3 Khabib Nurmagomedov 
4 Max Holloway 
5 Henry Cejudo 
6 Amanda Nunes 
7 TJ Dillashaw 
8 Conor McGregor 
9 Kamaru Usman 
10 Stipe Miocic 
11 Robert Whittaker 
12 Tony Ferguson 
13 Tyron Woodley 
14 Rose Namajunas 
15 Cris Cyborg

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Jussier Formiga 
2 Joseph Benavidez 
3 Ray Borg 
4 Deiveson Figueiredo 
5 Wilson Reis 
6 Alexandre Pantoja 
7 Alex Perez 
8 Tim Elliott 
9 Rogerio Bontorin
10 TJ Dillashaw +3
11 Magomed Bibulatov -1
12 Eric Shelton -1
13 Ryan Benoit -1
14 Kai Kara-France 
15 Jordan Espinosa *NR

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Marlon Moraes 
2 Raphael Assuncao 
3 Aljamain Sterling 
4 Pedro Munhoz 
5 Dominick Cruz 
6 Cody Garbrandt 
7 Jimmie Rivera 
8 John Lineker 
9 Petr Yan 
10 Cody Stamann 
11 Rob Font 
12 John Dodson 
13 Alejandro Perez 
14 Thomas Almeida 
15 Ricky Simon

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo 
2 Brian Ortega 
3 Frankie Edgar 
4 Alexander Volkanovski 
5 Renato Moicano 
6 Zabit Magomedsharipov 
7 Jeremy Stephens 
8 Cub Swanson 
9 Mirsad Bektic 
10 Josh Emmett 
11 Ricardo Lamas 
12 Yair Rodriguez 
13 Chan Sung Jung 
14 Darren Elkins 
15 Calvin Kattar

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Tony Ferguson 
2 Conor McGregor 
3 Dustin Poirier 
4 Al Iaquinta 
5 Kevin Lee 
6 Edson Barboza 
7 Justin Gaethje 
8 Anthony Pettis 
9 Donald Cerrone 
10 Paul Felder 
11 Gregor Gillespie 
12 Alexander Hernandez 
13 Nate Diaz 
14 James Vick 
15 Charles Oliveira

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Kamaru Usman
1 Tyron Woodley 
2 Colby Covington 
3 Darren Till 
4 Stephen Thompson 
5 Rafael Dos Anjos 
6 Ben Askren 
7 Santiago Ponzinibbio 
8 Robbie Lawler 
9 Demian Maia 
10 Leon Edwards 
11 Jorge Masvidal 
12 Neil Magny 
13 Gunnar Nelson 
14 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos 
15 Rocco Martin *NR

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero 
2 Luke Rockhold 
3 Jacare Souza 
4 Kelvin Gastelum 
5 Israel Adesanya 
6 Chris Weidman 
7 Paulo Costa 
8 Derek Brunson 
9 Jared Cannonier 
10 Brad Tavares 
11 David Branch 
12 Antonio Carlos Junior 
13 Uriah Hall 
14 Elias Theodorou 
15 Anderson Silva

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Daniel Cormier 
2 Alexander Gustafsson 
3 Thiago Santos 
4 Anthony Smith 
5 Jan Blachowicz 
6 Volkan Oezdemir 
7 Corey Anderson 
8 Dominick Reyes 
9 Ilir Latifi 
10 Jimi Manuwa 
11 Glover Teixeira 
12 Ovince Saint Preux 
13 Johnny Walker 
14 Mauricio Rua 
15 Misha Cirkunov

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Stipe Miocic 
2 Francis Ngannou 
3 Junior Dos Santos +5
4 Curtis Blaydes
5 Derrick Lewis -2
6 Alexander Volkov -1
7 Alistair Overeem -1
8 Cain Velasquez -1
9 Aleksei Oleinik 
10 Justin Willis
11 Marcin Tybura -1
12 Tai Tuivasa 
13 Shamil Abdurakhimov 
14 Blagoy Ivanov +1
15 Andrei Arlovski -1

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Jessica Andrade 
2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk 
3 Nina Ansaroff 
3 Tatiana Suarez 
5 Claudia Gadelha 
6 Karolina Kowalkiewicz 
7 Weili Zhang
8 Tecia Torres
9 Michelle Waterson
10 Carla Esparza
11 Cynthia Calvillo
12 Felice Herrig
13 Cortney Casey 
14 Alexa Grasso
15 Randa Markos

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Valentina Shevchenko
1 Jessica Eye 
2 Sijara Eubanks 
3 Katlyn Chookagian 
4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk 
5 Alexis Davis 
6 Liz Carmouche 
7 Joanne Calderwood 
8 Roxanne Modafferi 
9 Lauren Murphy 
10 Andrea Lee 
10 Jessica-Rose Clark 
12 Montana De La Rosa 
13 Mara Romero Borella 
14 Paige VanZant 
15 Antonina Shevchenko

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Germaine de Randamie 
2 Holly Holm 
3 Ketlen Vieira 
4 Raquel Pennington 
5 Cat Zingano
6 Aspen Ladd +1
7 Yana Kunitskaya +2
8 Marion Reneau -2
9 Sara McMann -1
10 Irene Aldana 
11 Tonya Evinger 
12 Bethe Correia 
13 Lina Lansberg 
14 Macy Chiasson 
15 Talita Bernardo

What do you think of these latest UFC rankings?

Stay tuned for the next UFC rankings update after this Saturday’s UFC London card.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/13/2019.