UFC fighter rankings: Woodley ahead of Condit, LaFlare ranked at welterweight

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The first UFC rankings update in three weeks saw a lot of minor movement, some of which had to do with the results of the Abu Dhabi card.

There was movement in nearly every division of the UFC fighter rankings this time around, even though the latest UFC event didn't feature a lot of relevant bouts. This is the first update in about three weeks for the panel and it appears that some of them decided to make some wholesale changes. Either that or a bunch of new panelists were added. In addition to that, a few fighters were dropped from the rankings for different reasons and that caused some upheaval.

As usual there were only a couple of changes at the top, but a lot of movement at the bottom. So without further ado, let's get to it.

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

P4P - Anthony Pettis moved back ahead of Anderson Silva for the seven spot, with The Spider falling to eight. Gilbert Melendez also fell two spots to 15, allowing Alexander Gustafsson and Urijah Faber to move up one spot to 13 and 14 respectively.

Heavyweight - Roy Nelson's big win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira led to no movement for him as he remains in the nine spot. It did cause Big Nog to drop two spots to 13 though, which bumped Gabriel Gonzaga up to 11 and Stefan Struve up to 12.

Light Heavyweight - Even though there are no arrows next to some of them, there was movement. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was dropped from the list altogether, most likely due to inactivity as the UFC says he's still on the roster. He occupied the seven spot before, which is now held down by Mauricio Rua. Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, and Vitor Belfort all moved up one spot to compensate, as did Rafael Cavalcante. Ovince St. Preux moved up two spots to 13. Anthony Johnson made his debut at 15. Gegard Mousasi finally fell off the list.

Middleweight - Luke Rockhold moved into a tie for fifth with Michael Bisping. Gegard Mousasi moved up two spots to ten, bumping down Costa Philippou and Tim Boetsch. Alan Belcher was dropped from the rankings, presumably for the same reason as Lil Nog (and Martin Kampmann before him). This allowed Brad Tavares to reclaim his 13 spot and Thales Leites re-entered the list at 15.

Welterweight - Tyron Woodley rightfully moved ahead of Carlos Condit for the three spot. Jake Shields was dropped due to his release. This allowed Kelvin Gastelum to move up two spots to 11, while Gunnar Nelson and Erick Silva also moved up one to 13 and 14. Ryan LaFlare made his rankings debut at 15 due to his win over John Howard on Friday.

Lightweight - Michael Johnson moved back ahead of Myles Jury for the 12 spot.

Featherweight - As a result of his win in Abu Dhabi, Clay Guida moved up one spot to eight. This dropped Nik Lentz to nine. Darren Elkins moved up to 12 and Conor McGregor moved up to 13 due to Tatsuya Kawajiri's move down to 14 after the loss.

Bantamweight - Lots of movement here for some reason. Mike Easton dropped two spots to eight, allowing Takeya Mizugaki and Iuri Alcantara to move up one (to six and seven respectively). Dominick Cruz moved up two spots to nine (I'll just pretend that didn't happen). Erik Perez dropped two spots to 11. And Bryan Caraway moved up one spot to 12, bumping FLYWEIGHT Brad Pickett to 13.

Flyweight - Zach Makovsky and Chris Caraiso flop-flopped the nine and ten spots. Dustin Ortiz moved up one spot to 13, bumping Scott Jorgensen down to 14.

Women's Bantamweight - No changes.

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