A new champion has been crowned, and an old champion is eligible for the rankings again. UFC 193 featured one of the more shocking headliner results in recent memory, with Holly Holm knocking Ronda Rousey out to claim the UFC women's bantamweight belt. That obviously moved her to the top of the list in that division. Her teammate, recently-reinstated phenom Jon Jones, is right back at the top of the contender's list in his division too. Strangely though, he's not getting the P4P love he was getting before.
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Anyway, onto the full update.
P4P - Rousey plummeted seven spots from four to eleven. Frankly, I'm surprised she's still ranked at all. This allowed T.J. Dillashaw to move up one spot to four. Jones makes his re-debut on the list at five, which is criminally low for the former pound-for-pound king. Conor McGregor dropped one spot to 12, while Anthony Pettis dropped one spot to 15.
Heavyweight - Mark Hunt moved up one spot to seven, bumping Ben Rothwell to eight. That's due to his knockout win over Antonio Silva at UFC 193. Bigfoot dropped one spot to 12, giving Roy Nelson a bump to 11. Jared Rosholt (zzz) wrestled his way onto the list at 14.
Light Heavyweight - Jones is up to the number one contender, which is the right decision (for once). Everyone else on the list dropped a spot, with the exception of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (who somehow moved up one spot to 11) and Corey Anderson (who dropped three spots to 13). Oh yeah, Gian Villante made his rankings debut in the 15 spot too.
Middleweight - Robert Whittaker was the big mover at 185 this week due to his big win over Uriah Hall. That jumped him five spots to nine. In response to that, five men dropped a spot - Thales Leites (10), Hall (11), C.B. Dollaway (12), Derek Brunson (13), and Dan Henderson (14).
Welterweight - Oddly, Thiago Alves (who pulled out of a fight later this month), moved up one spot to 12, bumping Neil Magny (who stepped in on late notice for Matt Brown and will fight this weekend), to 13.
Lightweight - Only one change, with Myles Jury taking the nine spot from Beneil Dariush, dropping the latter to ten.
Featherweight - No changes.
Bantamweight - Bryan Caraway moved ahead of Thomas Almeida for the six spot. Suuuuure.
Flyweight - After being passed by him last week, Louis Smolka moved into a tie for the 13 spot with Chris Cariaso this week.
Women's Bantamweight - Holm's move up to the champion spot predictably dropped everyone that was previously above her down a spot. That means Ronda Rousey is the number one contender (just writing that feels weird), with Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Amanda Nunes, Sarah Kaufman, Julianna Pena, and Sara McMann occupying spots 2-7.
Women's Strawweight - Valerie Letourneau's solid performance in her title fight moved her up two spots from eight to six. This dropped Paige VanZant to seven and Randa Markos to eight. Maryna Moroz also passed Michelle Waterson for the ten spot.