New Rankings! Costa Erases Romero From No. 2 Spot

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) overhauled its official rankings in the wake of the UFC 241 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Aug. 17, 2019), which took place inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and featured multiple top-ranked fighters (get full results here).

Former heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tumbled several spots on the promotion’s pound-for-pound list, thanks to a fourth-round technical knockout loss to Stipe Miocic (highlights). They also switched places on the heavyweight chart, where “DC” is now ranked No. 2.

Middleweight bruiser Paulo Costa turned away Yoel Romero to announce his contendership at 185 pounds (video replay here), taking over the No. 2 spot in the process. “Soldier of God” drops one place to No. 3 after his unanimous decision defeat.

In the UFC 241 co-main event, Nate Diaz captured a sweep on the judges’ scorecards to debut at No. 7 in the welterweight rankings, sending former lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, down to No. 12 in defeat (see it again here).

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, T = tie, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Jon Jones +1
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov +1
3. Henry Cejudo +1
4. Stipe Miocic +7
5. Amanda Nunes +1
6. Max Holloway -1
7. Daniel Cormier -6
8. Dustin Poirier -1
9. Kamaru Usman -1
10. Tony Ferguson
11. Robert Whittaker -2
12. Valentina Shevchenko
13. Conor McGregor
14. Tyron Woodley
15. Jessica Andrade

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: HENRY CEJUDO

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

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: HENRY CEJUDO

1. Marlon Moraes
2. Aljamain Sterling
3. Cory Sandhagen +6
4. Petr Yan
5. Raphael Assuncao -2
6. Pedro Munhoz -1
7. Dominick Cruz -1
8. Cody Garbrandt -1
9. Jimmie Rivera -1
10. Cody Stamann
11. Rob Font
12. John Dodson
13. Song Yadong
14. Urijah Faber
15. Thomas Almeida

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: MAX HOLLOWAY

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

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

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

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Tyron Woodley
2. Colby Covington
3. Jorge Masvidal
4. Leon Edwards
5. Rafael dos Anjos
6. Darren Till
7. Nate Diaz *NR
8. Santiago Ponzinibbio +1
9. Stephen Thompson -2
10. Demian Maia
11. Ben Askren
12. Anthony Pettis -5
13. Robbie Lawler -1
14. Elizeu dos Santos -1
15. Vicente Luque -1

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ROBERT WHITTAKER

1. Israel Adesanya (Interim champion)
2. Paulo Costa +5
3. Yoel Romero -1
4. Kelvin Gastelum -1
5. Jack Hermansson -1
6. Ronaldo Souza -1
7. Chris Weidman -1
8. Derek Brunson
9. Jared Cannonier
10. Ian Heinisch
11. Brad Tavares
12. Uriah Hall
13. Antonio Carlos Junior
14. Anderson Silva
15. Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: JON JONES

1. Daniel Cormier
2. Thiago Santos
3. Anthony Smith
4. Dominick Reyes
5. Jan Blachowicz
6. Alexander Gustafsson
7. (T) Volkan Oezdemir
7. (T) Corey Anderson
9. Glover Teixeira
10. Aleksandar Rakic
11. Johnny Walker
12. Ilir Latifi
13 Nikita Krylov
14 Mauricio Rua
15 Misha Cirkunov

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Daniel Cormier -1
2. Francis Ngannou
3. Junior dos Santos
4. Curtis Blaydes
5. Derrick Lewis
6. Alexander Volkov
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Cain Velasquez
9. Shamil Abdurakhimov
10. Blagoy Ivanov
11. Walt Harris
12. Aleksei Oleinik
13. Tai Tuivasa
14. Marcin Tybura
15. Augusto Sakai

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: JESSICA ANDRADE

1. Rose Namajunas
2. Tatiana Suarez
3. Nina Ansaroff
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5. Claudia Gadelha
6. Weili Zhang
7. Michelle Waterson
8. Carla Esparza
9. Alexa Grasso
10. Marina Rodriguez
11. Cynthia Calvillo
12. Felice Herrig
13. Tecia Torres
14. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
15. Cortney Casey

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

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

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

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

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change in roughly two weeks, particularly in the strawweight division, after the UFC Fight Night 157: “Andrade vs. Zhang” event later this month (Sat., Aug. 31, 2019) from inside Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.

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