Picture the MMA scene in 2011. Mirko Cro Cop retired after losing to Roy Nelson, Andrei Arlovski snapped an 0-4 stretch by beating the likes of Ray Lopez and Travis Fulton, and Ben Rothwell almost got armbarred by Mark Hunt. It's 2015 now (in case you're not aware) and Arlovski, Rothwell, and Cro Cop are all ranked UFC heavyweights as of this week. Mirko secured his spot at #15 with his win over Gabriel Gonzaga last Saturday in Poland. This is real life and we're all witnesses.
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Pound-for-Pound: Rafael dos Anjos (8th) moves above Robbie Lawler (9th) on the only P4P list.
Women's Strawweight. Maryna Moroz's shocking win over Joanne Calderwood was enough to get her ranked, but somehow not enough to get her ranked above Calderwood. In fact, Calderwood only moved down one spot to 7th, while Moroz is positioned at 9th. Jessica Penne also rose to 3rd, sending Rose Namajunas to 4th. Randa Markos took Calderwood's previous 6th spot, while Bec Rawlings was left off the list after Moroz bumped down everyone ranked below 10th.
Flyweight. Ali Bagautinov is gone from the rankings, which meant everyone from 7th-15th moved upwards. Brad Pickett, astonishingly, returns to the list at 15th, because that's how the UFC rankings roll. Zach Makovsky actually jumped two spots from 9th to 7th, ahead of upcoming title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi. Dustin Ortiz also had his own two-spot ascension to 11th, ahead of Tim Elliott.
Bantamweight. Mitch Gagnon goes up to 13th while Erik Perez drops to 14th.
Women's Bantamweight. Liz Carmouche overtakes Amanda Nunes, swapping 9th for 8th.
Featherweight. No changes.
Lightweight. Eddie Alvarez climbs to 9th while Josh Thomson falls to round out the top 10. Jim Miller, who fights this week, gets bumped to 12th while Tony Ferguson dips to 13th.
Welterweight. Hector Lombard was pulled from the rankings due to his steroids suspension, so everyone else below him moves up a spot. Neil Magny enters the list at 15.
Middleweight. Thales Leites ups his top 10 status to 9th, which means Michael Bisping slips to 10th.
Light Heavyweight. Patrick Cummins rises two spots to 13th, dropping Fabio Maldonado to 14th and Dan Henderson (who is at middleweight) closes out the top 15.
Heavyweight. Gabriel Gonzaga was dropped from the rankings, which benefited Stefan Struve who is now 14th. Mirko Cro Cop rounds out the list.