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UFC fighter rankings: Montano, Pena out, women’s divisions shaken up

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All three of the UFC’s women’s divisions saw a significant number of changes in this week’s rankings update.

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MMA: TUF 26 Finale Montano vs Modafferi
Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nicco Montano (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Roxanne Modafferi (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC 231 was quite the show in terms of flipping the rankings around. There are two new top contenders in divisions, multiple people jumped more than five spots, and for the first time in a long time, two fighters are ranked in multiple divisions.

The biggest changes undoubtedly came in the women’s divisions. With a few upsets at UFC 231 and the removal of both Nicco Montano and Julianna Pena for inactivity, things look very different in those three divisions than they did just a week ago.

Here’s a look at all the changes coming out of the Toronto show.


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P4P - Max Holloway is up one to four following his win over Brian Ortega. T.J. Dillashaw is down one to five.

Heavyweight - Shamil Abdurakhimov, Andrei Arlovski, and Stefan Struve are all up one spot each to 12-14 respectively. Blagoy Ivanov is in at 15.

Light Heavyweight - Thiago Santos finally gets ranked in the division, shooting all the way into the seven spot after his big win over Jimi Manuwa. Dominick Reyes drops one spot to eight. Manuwa is down two to nine. Corey Anderson, Ovince Saint Preux, Glover Teixeira, Shogun Rua, Misha Cirkunov, and Nikita Krylov all fell one spot each to 10-15 respectively.

Middleweight - No changes.

Welterweight - Gunnar Nelson’s bloody victory over Alex Oliveira moved him up two spots to 12. Donald Cerrone is down one to 13, and should fall out soon if he’s returning to lightweight. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is up one to 14. Oliveira is down two to 15.

Lightweight - Michael Chiesa is up one to nine, bumping Nate Diaz down to ten.

Featherweight - No changes.

Bantamweight - Rob Font climbs one spot into the top ten, dropping Cody Stamann to 11.

Flyweight - Yet another defection from the division has caused some changes. Alex Perez, Tim Elliott, Magomed Bibulatov, Said Nurmagomedov, and Ryan Benoit are all up one to 10-14. Eric Shelton is in at 15.

Women’s Bantamweight - Holly Holm dropped from a tie for top contender into the number two spot on her own. The removal of Pena, who previously occupied the four spot, caused everyone else to move up one spot. Talita Bernardo enters the rankings for the first time at 15.

Women’s Flyweight - Jessica Eye’s split-decision win over Katlyn Chookagian saw her rocket up eight spots to become the new top contender. As mentioned, Montano is out. Sijara Eubanks is up two spots to two, despite her stated intentions to move to bantamweight. Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche are up one spot each to four and five. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the only person besides Thiago Santos currently ranked in two divisions now, as she enters the 125 rankings at number six. Lauren Murphy is down one to eight. Jessica-Rose Clark and Ashlee Smith-Evans are up one each to nine and ten. Maria Romero Borella is up one to 12. Andrea Lee is up two to 13. Montana De La Rosa re-enters the rankings at 15.

Women’s Strawweight - Jessica Andrade is the new top contender now that Joanna is down one spot to two. Nina Ansaroff’s huge win over Claudia Gadelha saw her fly up eight spots to three. She is tied there with Tatiana Suarez. Gadelha dropped two to five, while Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Michele Waterson, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, and Cortney Casey all fell one spot each to 6-11 respectively.