UFC fighter rankings: Jeremy Stephens cracks top 10, Cruz rising at 135

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In the latest edition of the UFC fighter rankings, Jeremy Stephens is rising fast at featherweight while Ben Henderson is free-falling in the PBP category.

UFC on Fox 10 was one of the least relevant Fox cards that the UFC has put on so far, but the results were still enough to cause a few ripples in the official UFC fighter rankings. The new top 15 lists are becoming more stable overall with less movement at the bottom that isn't related to a fight outcome, but they're still a work in progress for many of the panelists apparently.

You can check out the full rankings here, and use the dropdown menu to see the individual picks of the four BE contributors (myself, T.P. Grant, Fraser Coffeen, and Stephie Daniels).

I'll stick to breaking it down division-by-division, since that seems to work better for most.

P4P - Despite his debatable win at UFC on Fox 10, Ben Henderson took a big hit in the P4P rankings. He dropped three spots to number 12, which bumped Ronda Rousey, Johny Hendricks, and Vitor Belfort up one spot respectively.

Heavyweight - Stipe Miocic's big win over Gonzaga in the co-main event was enough to move him up one spot to seven. That dropped Mark Hunt to eight.

Light Heavyweight - Mauricio Rua passed Dan Henderson for the six spot ahead of their rematch in Brazil.

Middleweight - No changes.

Welterweight - No changes.

Lightweight - No changes.

Featherweight - Jeremy Stephens' win over Elkins was enough for him to make his rankings debut in the number ten slot. Elkins dropped one spot to 11, and Erik Koch, Conor McGregor, Dennis Bermudez, and Tatsuya Kawajiri also dropped a spot.

Bantamweight - Despite not fighting since 1954, Dominick Cruz moved up two spots this week to number ten in the rankings. This bumped Francisco Rivera and Erik Perez down one spot each. Yeah, I don't get it either.

Flyweight - No changes.

Women's Bantamweight - Sara McMann dropped from a tie for third to own the fourth spot herself.

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