UFC fighter rankings: Three UFN winners make rankings debut

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The latest UFC event didn't lead to many major changes in the official UFC rankings, but there were a few. And those included three new entrants on the heels of wins in Cincinnati.

The latest UFC Fight Night had a lot of big moments that may have surprised some fans, and those results have been reflected in the latest edition of the fighter rankings. Three new fighters made their rankings debut directly as a result of wins in Cincinnati. Instead of a bunch of meaningless preamble this time around, I'm just going to get down to business and go through the changes in each division.

P4P - Alexander Gustafsson passed Gilbert Melendez for the 13 spot.

Heavyweight - Soa Palelei made his debut in the rankings after his win on Saturday. He's in at the 15 spot. The only other change saw Brendan Schaub move up one spot to 13, bumping Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to 14.

Light Heavyweight - Rafael Cavalcante moved to number 12, bumping Vitor Belfort to 13.

Middleweight - Vitor's not having much luck in any division, as he fell from two to three at 185. Lyoto Machida took over the number two spot. Constantinos Philippou also moved up two spots to ten after his UFN win, dropping Gegard Mousasi to 11 and Yoel Romero to 12.

Welterweight - Matt Brown's win over Erick Silva helped him leapfrog Hector Lombard for the six spot, dropping the former Bellator 185-pound champ to seven. Ryan LaFlare also passed Silva for the 14 spot.

Lightweight - The lightweight rankings are still referencing the removal of Nate Diaz and T.J. Grant, hence all the  green arrows. Donald Cerrone is up to five, Rafael dos Anjos (who beat Cerrone less than a year ago) is at 6, Jim Miller is in at 7, Myles Jury is at 8, Gray Maynard holds on at 9, and Michael Johnson rounds out the top 10. Rustam Khabilov is up to 11. Jorge Masvidal is in at 14, and Joe Lauzon has the 15 spot.

Featherweight - Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier flip-flopped the five and six spots. Clay Guida and Dennis Siver flipped seven and eight. And Dennis Bermudez moved into the top 10, bumping Jeremy Stephens to 11.

Bantamweight - Eddie Wineland only fell one spot to five despite his shocking loss to unranked Johnny Eduardo. T.J. Dillashaw took over the four spot. Francisco Rivera moved up to 11 with Erik Perez going to 12. Eduardo made his rankings debut at 12. That dropped Alex Caceres, Bryan Caraway, and Wilson Reis a spot to 13, 14, and 15 respectively.

Flyweight - Title challenger Ali Bagautinov moved up one spot to four, bumping John Moraga to five. Chris Cariaso's big win moved him up two spots to eight, which dropped Tim Elliott two spots to ten. Kyoji Horiguchi made his debut in the 14 spot. Scott Jorgensen fell one spot to 15.

Women's Bantamweight - No changes.

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