UFC rankings update: Nate Diaz exits, Alistair Overeem climbs

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The official UFC rankings have been updated in the wake of Saturday’s UFC St. Petersburg card, and as expected there have been some notable changes. The biggest change, however, seems to be unrelated to the card, as long absent lightweight star Nate Diaz has finally been ejected from the UFC rankings.

In terms of UFC St. Petersburg related changes, Alistair Overeem made a slight climb at heavyweight on the strength of his rousing TKO defeat of Alexey Oleynik.

Here are the updated UFC rankings, with Nate Diaz absent (via MMA Mania):

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

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

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Jussier Formiga
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Alexandre Pantoja
4 Deiveson Figueiredo
5 Wilson Reis
6 Tim Elliott 
7 Rogerio Bontorin 
8 Magomed Bibulatov 
9 Ryan Benoit 
10 Jordan Espinosa 
11 Kai Kara France 
12 Eric Shelton 
13 Alex Perez
14 Raulian Paiva 
15 Matt Schnell

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: VACANT
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 Josh Emmett 
9 Mirsad Bektic 
10 Cub Swanson 
11 Ricardo Lamas 
12 Yair Rodriguez 
13 Chan Sung Jung
14 Darren Elkins
15 Calvin Kattar

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

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Israel Adesanya (Interim Champion)
2 Yoel Romero
3 Luke Rcokhold
4 Ronaldo Souza
5 Kelvin Gastelum
6 Chris Weidman
7 Paulo Costa
8 Derek Brunson
9 Jared Cannonier
10 Jack Hermansson
11 Brad Tavares
12 Antonio Carlos Junior
13 (T) Elias Theodorou +1
13 (T) Uriah Hall
15 Anderson Silva

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

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

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

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Valentina Shevchenko
1 Jessica Eye
2 Katlyn Chookagian
3 Liz Carmouche
4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
7 Roxanne Modafferi +2
5 Joanne Calderwood
7 Alexis Davis -1
8 (T) Lauren Murphy
8 (T) Jennifer Maia +1
10 Andrea Lee
11 Montana De La Rosa
12 Mara Romero Borella
13 Maycee Barber +1
14 Paige VanZant +1
15 Poliana Botelho

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
7 Yana Kunitskaya
8 Marion Reneau
9 Sara McMann
10 Irene Aldana
11 Tonya Evinger 
12 Bethe Correia 
13 Lina Lansberg
14 Macy Chiasson 
15 Talita Bernardo

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/24/2019.