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Former title challenger Nate Diaz removed from UFC rankings

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Nate Diaz has been removed from the official UFC rankings, presumably due to absence.

UFC 202: Diaz v McGregor 2 Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

It’s been well over two years since Nate Diaz last made an appearance in the Octagon, and the former lightweight title challenger has finally been removed from the UFC’s official rankings.

Diaz, who was formerly ranked in the UFC’s top-fifteen lightweight rankings, hasn’t fought since his blockbuster rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The Stockton local dropped a majority decision to McGregor after initially submitting the Irishman at UFC 196. Both fights earned Fight of the Night honors and are two of the biggest pay-per-view events in UFC history.

Diaz was originally scheduled to make his return to the Octagon last year against Dustin Poirier, but ‘The Diamond’ withdrew from the bout due to injury. While Diaz refused to accept a replacement fight and remained absent, Poirier went on to capture the interim lightweight title when he beat reigning featherweight champ Max Holloway earlier this month at UFC 236.

It’s not know when Diaz will return to the cage.

Following the UFC’s debut event in St. Petersburg, Russia this past weekend, where 38-year-old MMA veteran Alistair Overeem knocked out Alexey Oleynik in the main event, ‘The Reem’ moved up one spot to No. 6 in the heavyweight rankings.

Check out updated rankings below.

POUND-FOR-POUND

1 Daniel Cormier

2 Jon Jones

3 Khabib Nurmagomedov

4 Henry Cejudo

5 Max Holloway

6 Amanda Nunes

7 Kamaru Usman

8 Dustin Poirier

9 Conor McGregor

10 Robert Whittaker

11 Stipe Miocic

12 Tony Ferguson

13 Tyron Woodley

14 Rose Namajunas

15 Cris Cyborg

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Henry Cejudo

1 Jussier Formiga

2 Joseph Benavidez

3 Alexandre Pantoja

4 Deiveson Figueiredo

5 Wilson Reis

6 Tim Elliott

7 Rogerio Bontorin

8 Magomed Bibulatov

9 Ryan Benoit

10 Jordan Espinosa

11 Kai Kara France

12 Eric Shelton

13 Alex Perez

14 Raulian Paiva

15 Matt Schnell

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: VACANT

1 Marlon Moraes

2 Raphael Assuncao

3 Aljamain Sterling

4 Pedro Munhoz

5 Dominick Cruz

6 Cody Garbrandt

7 Jimmie Rivera

8 John Lineker

9 Petr Yan

10 Cody Stamann

11 Rob Font

12 John Dodson

13 Alejandro Perez

14 Thomas Almeida

15 Ricky Simon

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Max Holloway

1 Jose Aldo

2 Brian Ortega

3 Frankie Edgar

4 Alexander Volkanovski

5 Renato Moicano

6 Zabit Magomedsharipov

7 Jeremy Stephens

8 Josh Emmett

9 Mirsad Bektic

10 Cub Swanson

11 Ricardo Lamas

12 Yair Rodriguez

13 Chan Sung Jung

14 Darren Elkins

15 Calvin Kattar

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

1 Dustin Poirier (Interim Champion)

2 Tony Ferguson

3 Conor McGregor

4 Al Iaquinta

5 Justin Gaethje

6 Kevin Lee

7 Edson Barboza

8 Donald Cerrone -1

9 Anthony Pettis

10 Paul Felder

11 Gregor Gillespie

12 Alexander Hernandez -1

13 James Vick

14 Charles Oliveira

15 Islam Makhachev *NR

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Kamaru Usman

1 Tyron Woodley

2 Colby Covington

3 Rafael Dos Anjos

4 Jorge Masvidal

5 Ben Askren

6 Darren Till

7 Stephen Thompson

8 Anthony Pettis

9 Santiago Ponzinibbio

10 Robbie Lawler

11 Leon Edwards

12 Demian Maia

13 Neil Magny

14 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

15 Vincente Luque

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: Robert Whittaker

1 Israel Adesanya (Interim Champion)

2 Yoel Romero

3 Luke Rcokhold

4 Ronaldo Souza

5 Kelvin Gastelum

6 Chris Weidman

7 Paulo Costa

8 Derek Brunson

9 Jared Cannonier

10 Jack Hermansson

11 Brad Tavares

12 Antonio Carlos Junior

13 (T) Elias Theodorou +1

13 (T) Uriah Hall

15 Anderson Silva

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Daniel Cormier

2 Alexander Gustafsson

3 Thiago Santos

4 Anthony Smith

5 Dominick Reyes

6 Jan Blachowicz

7 Volkan Oezdemir

8 Corey Anderson

9 Ilir Latifi

10 Jimi Manuwa

11 Glover Teixeira

12 Johnny Walker

13 Mauricio Rua

14 Misha Cirkunov

15 Nikita Krylov

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Daniel Cormier

1 Stipe Miocic

2 Francis Ngannou

3 Junior Dos Santos

4 Curtis Blaydes

5 Derrick Lewis

6 (T) Alexander Volkov

6 (T) Alistair Overeem +1

8 Cain Velasquez

9 Aleksei Oleinik

10 Shamil Abdurakhimov

11 Justin Willis

12 Tai Tuivasa

13 Marcin Tybura -3

14 Blagoy Ivanov

15 Andrei Arlovski

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Rose Namajunas

1 Jessica Andrade

2 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

3 Tatiana Suarez

4 Nina Ansaroff

5 Claudia Gadelha

6 Weili Zhang

7 Michelle Waterson

8 Tecia Torres

9 Carla Esparza

10 Karolina Kowalkiewicz -1

11 Cynthia Calvillo

12 Felice Herrig

13 Alexa Grasso

14 Randa Markos

15 Cortney Casey

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Valentina Shevchenko

1 Jessica Eye

2 Katlyn Chookagian

3 Liz Carmouche

4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

7 Roxanne Modafferi +2

5 Joanne Calderwood

7 Alexis Davis -1

8 (T) Lauren Murphy

8 (T) Jennifer Maia +1

10 Andrea Lee

11 Montana De La Rosa

12 Mara Romero Borella

13 Maycee Barber +1

14 Paige VanZant +1

15 Poliana Botelho

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Amanda Nunes

1 Germaine de Randamie

2 Holly Holm

3 Ketlen Vieira

4 Raquel Pennington

5 Cat Zingano

6 Aspen Ladd

7 Yana Kunitskaya

8 Marion Reneau

9 Sara McMann

10 Irene Aldana

11 Tonya Evinger

12 Bethe Correia

13 Lina Lansberg

14 Macy Chiasson

15 Talita Bernardo