UFC fighter rankings update: Swanson moves into top 3 while Te Huna, Palelei fall out of top 15

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Following his FOTN win over Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson cemented his place as one of the UFC's top 3 featherweights in the latest rankings update.

This past weekend's double dose of UFC Fight Nights ultimately was lacking in ranked fighters, save for the main event in San Antonio between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens. Swanson's unanimous decision win not only greatly helped his rankings position, but he's all but earned himself a title shot and a rematch against one of Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes.

A couple of spots involving fighters who weren't even competing last week were flip-flopped as panelists were added and removed, otherwise all of the action was really in the featherweight division. You can view the individual rankings here, which include Bloody Elbow's own Fraser Coffeen.

Pound-for-Pound: No changes.

Heavyweight: Soa Palelei's brief run as a ranked heavyweight came to an end, but Jared Rosholt, who is now 3-0 in the UFC, didn't benefit at all. Brendan Schaub moves up to #15 while Andrei Arlovski is bumped to #14.

Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua (#8) moved ahead of Ryan Bader (#9) because ummm ... Pride nostalgia, I guess. James Te Huna, whose loss to Nate Marquardt was at middleweight, drops out of the top 15 at LHW entirely. Ryan Jimmo takes his place at #15 while Fabio Maldonado rises to #14.

Middleweight: Brad Tavares drops out of the rankings and is replaced by Thales Leites (#15).

Welterweight: No changes.

Lightweight: Michael Johnson (#8) flips spots with Myles Jury (#9), who Johnson lost to in December 2012. Bobby Green (#12) also swapped positions with #13 Edson Barboza.

Featherweight: Now comes the biggest shake-up in the rankings. Cub Swanson moves two spots to 2nd while Frankie Edgar falls to #3. Despite a win over Hacran Dias, Ricardo Lamas is bumped down from 3rd to 4th. Charles Oliveira enters the rankings at #14 while Tatsuya Kawajiri rounds out the bottom end of the top 15. Even in a losing effort, Jeremy Stephens goes up to 10th, dropping Dennis Bermudez to 11th, while Conor McGregor moves into a tie with Darren Elkins in 12th. Lastly, Nik Lentz rises to #7, while Clay Guida falls to 8th and Dennis Siver to 9th.

Bantamweight: Movin' on up one spot each are Takeya Mizugaki (#5), Bryan Caraway (#8), and Alex Caceres (#11), at the expense of Eddie Wineland (#6), Johnny Eduardo (#9), and Dominick Cruz (#12).

Flyweight: Brad Pickett rounds out the top 10 as Tim Elliott drops to #11.

Women's Bantamweight: No changes.

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