New Rankings! ‘Stylebender’ Cracks Middleweight Top 5

The UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) event was expected to organize some of the clutter in the men’s 185-pound weight class. Unfortunately, things got a bit messier with the late-injury suffered by Robert Whittaker, which canceled his Kelvin Gastelum fight in last weekend’s main event “Down Under.”

More on that unfortunate turn of events here.

In the UFC 234 co-main event, Israel Adesanya established himself as the new middleweight No. 1 contender, outpointing Anderson Silva to fight the winner of Whittaker vs. Gastelum. Since we don’t have a winner, “The Last Stylebender” can take another fight, or simply wait on the sidelines for the next crack at the crown.

Either way, Adesanya (16-0) will do it as the No. 5-ranked contender.

Here’s how the rankings work, courtesy of UFC.com:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. 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 Tyron Woodley
7 Amanda Nunes
8 Georges St-Pierre
9 TJ Dillashaw
10 Conor McGregor
11 Stipe Miocic
12 Robert Whittaker
13 Tony Ferguson
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 +2
6 Alexandre Pantoja
7 Alex Perez +1
8 Tim Elliott +1
9 Rogerio Bontorin +1
10 Magomed Bibulatov +1
11 Eric Shelton +2
12 Ryan Benoit
13 TJ Dillashaw +1
14 Kai Kara-France *NR
15 Matt Schnell

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

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Brian Ortega
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Alexander Volkanovski
5 Renato Moicano
6 Jeremy Stephens
7 Cub Swanson
8 Mirsad Bektic
9 Josh Emmett
10 Ricardo Lamas
11 Yair Rodriguez
12 Chan Sung Jung
13 Zabit Magomedsharipov
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 James Vick
11 Gregor Gillespie
12 Nate Diaz
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Charles Oliveira
15 Francisco Trinaldo

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Jacare Souza
4 Kelvin Gastelum
5 Israel Adesanya +1
6 Chris Weidman -1
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 Anthony Smith
4 Jan Blachowicz
5 Volkan Oezdemir
6 Corey Anderson
6 Thiago Santos
8 Dominick Reyes
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Jimi Manuwa
11 Glover Teixeira
12 Ovince Saint Preux
13 Mauricio Rua
14 Misha Cirkunov
15 Johnny Walker

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

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 Tecia Torres
8 Michelle Waterson
9 Carla Esparza
10 Felice Herrig
11 Cortney Casey
12 Cynthia Calvillo
13 Alexa Grasso
14 Randa Markos
15 Mackenzie Dern

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 Jessica-Rose Clark
11 Montana De La Rosa +3
12 Ashlee Evans-Smith
13 Mara Romero Borella -2
14 Andrea Lee -1
15 Paige VanZant -1

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change around this time next week, particularly in the men’s heavyweight division, as the promotion is set to uncork the UFC on ESPN: “Ngannou vs. Velasquez” event on Sun., Feb. 17, 2019 inside Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona (more on that fight card here).

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