UFC rankings update: Weili Zhang zips past Valentina Shevchenko on P4P list

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The official UFC rankings have been updated after last Saturday’s UFC 248 card, and in a fairly surprising twist, not much has changed. That’s probably because UFC 248 featured precisely zero ranked fighters outside the main and co-main events.

That being said, the updated UFC rankings do feature some interesting changes. Most notably, Weili Zhang has surpassed Valentina Shevchenko on the women’s pound-for-pound list on the strength of her UFC 248 defeat of Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Daniel Cormier has also finally been removed from the UFC light heavyweight rankings, clearing the path for a host of other light heavyweights to move up.

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

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

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND RANKINGS

1. Jon Jones
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
3. Henry Cejudo
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Israel Adesanya +1
6. Daniel Cormier -1
7. Kamaru Usman
8. Alexander Volkanovski
9. Conor McGregor
10. Tony Ferguson
11. Max Holloway
12. Dustin Poirier
13. Tyron Woodley
14. Robert Whittaker
15. Dominick Reyes

MEN’S FLYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: VACANT

1. Deiveson Figueiredo
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Jussier Formiga
4. Alexandre Pantoja
5. Brandon Moreno
6. Askar Askarov
7. Kai Kara France
8. Rogerio Bontorin
9. Alex Perez
10. Matt Schnell
11. Tim Elliott
12. Jordan Espinosa
13. Raulian Paiva
14. Mark De La Rosa
15. Tyson Nam

MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: HENRY CEJUDO

1. Marlon Moraes
2. Aljamain Sterling
3. Petr Yan
4. Cory Sandhagen
5. Raphael Assuncao
6. Jose Aldo
7. Pedro Munhoz
8. Jimmie Rivera
9. Cody Garbrandt
10. Rob Font
11. Cody Stamann
12. John Dodson
13. Song Yadong
14. Marlon Vera
15. Raoni Barcelos

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

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

LIGHTWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

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

WELTERWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

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

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: JON JONES

1. Dominick Reyes
2. Thiago Santos
3. Anthony Smith
4. Jan Blachowicz
5. Corey Anderson
6. Volkan Oezdemir +1
7. Alexander Gustafsson +1
8. Glover Teixeira +1
9. Aleksandar Rakic +1
10. Johnny Walker +1
11. Misha Cirkunov +1
12. Nikita Krylov +1
13. Magomed Ankalaev +2
14. Ronaldo Souza
15. Mauricio Rua *NR

Note: Daniel Cormier has been ejected from the light heavyweight rankings after 2+ years at heavyweight. 

HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Daniel Cormier
2. Francis Ngannou
3. Curtis Blaydes
4. Junior dos Santos
5. Derrick Lewis
6. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
7. Alexander Volkov
8. Alistair Overeem
9. Walt Harris
10. Shamil Abdurakhimov
11. Blagoy Ivanov
12. Aleksei Oleinik
13. Augusto Sakai
14. Sergei Pavlovich
15. Ciryl Gane

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND RANKINGS

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

STRAWWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Rose Namajunas
3. Tatiana Suarez
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5. Nina Ansaroff
6. Claudia Gadelha
7. Carla Esparza
8. Michelle Waterson
9. Marina Rodriguez
10. Cynthia Calvillo
11. Yan Xiaonan
12. Felice Herrig
13. Tecia Torres
14. Alexa Grasso
15. Angela Hill

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Jessica Eye
2. Katlyn Chookagian
3. Joanne Calderwood
4. Jennifer Maia
5. Roxanne Modafferi
6. Lauren Murphy
7. Viviane Araujo
8. Andrea Lee
9. Maycee Barber
10. Alexis Davis
11. Montana De La Rosa
12. Antonina Shevchenko
13. Ji Yeon Kim
14. Molly McCann
15. Poliana Botelho

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT RANKINGS

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

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

What do you think of the updated UFC rankings?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 3/11/2020.