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UFC fighter rankings: Welterweight undergoes major shakeup

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The results of UFC 171 turned the welterweight division's rankings on their head.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

As expected, the newest set of official UFC fighter rankings featured a ton of changes in the 170-pound division. UFC 171 featured four welterweight bouts in the top six fights on the card, and all had a major effect. There were some minor changes in other divisions as well, but nothing as drastic as at 170. Oh yeah, they have a champion now too. So that helps.

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 passed Anderson Silva for the seven spot, bumping the legend to eight.

Heavyweight - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Gabriel Gonzaga flip-flopped the 11 and 12 spots, with Big Nog ahead of Gonzaga now.

Light Heavyweight - Rafael Cavalcante moved up one spot to 14, bumping James Te Huna to 15. And Gegard Mousasi is still ranked at 13, despite being at middleweight now.

Middleweight - Brad Tavares passed the semi-retired Alan Belcher for the 13 spot, bumping Belcher to 14.

Welterweight -Okay, here we go. Hendricks is now the champ, obviously. Robbie Lawler's close fight with him bumped him up two spots to the number one contender slot. Behind him at two is Rory MacDonald, who also moved up two spots. Carlos Condit dropped one spot to three while the man that beat him, Tyron Woodley, moved up seven spots to number four. Jake Ellenberger stayed still at five. Hector Lombard moved up six spots to number six, and Matt Brown moved up one to seven. Demian Maia dropped one to eight. Jake Shields plummeted five spots to 11, three lower than a guy he beat a few months ago in Maia. That makes zero sense. Mike Pyle moved up one spot to 12, and three new fighters made their rankings debuts - Kelvin Gastelum at 13, Gunnar Nelson at 14, and Erick Silva at 15. The last two make little sense to me, especially Silva.

Lightweight - Edson Barboza moved up one spot to 11, bumping Michael Johnson to 12. Myles Jury made his rankings debut at 13 after his win over Diego Sanchez, who dropped out of the top 15. As a result, Bobby Green and Rustam Khabilov also fell one spot to 14 and 15 respectively.

Featherweight - Dennis Bermudez cracked the top ten with his dominating victory of Jimy Hettes, settling into the ten spot. That bumped Jeremy Stephens down one spot to 11 and Darren Elkins one spot down to 12.

Bantamweight -Francisco Rivera moved up one spot, taking ten away from Erik Perez. Perez dropped to 11.

Flyweight - Scott Jorgensen and Dustin Ortiz flip-flopped 13 and 14.

Women's Bantamweight - No changes.