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UFC fighter rankings: Jack Hermansson cracks top five at middleweight

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Jack Hermansson is officially a contender in the UFC’s middleweight division.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Miami- Souza vs Hermansson Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC’s event in Fort Lauderdale had a few changes to the main event, and what was left as the headliner didn’t exactly seem to be hard to predict outcome-wise on the surface. But Jack Hermansson didn’t care what people thought was going to happen - he went out there and defeated the great Jacare Souza.

Hermansson’s efforts moved himself into the top five in a rapidly-evolving middleweight division, while Jacare’s last gasp at a title shot might be gone forever.

In addition to that, Cory Sandhagen announced himself to fans with a big win, which sees him enter the rankings for the first time at 135 pounds.

Here’s a look at all of the changes for this week.

P4P - No changes.

Heavyweight - Tai Tuivasa moves up one spot into a tie for 11 with Justin Willis. Augusto Sakai enters the rankings for the first time after a close win over Andrei Arlovski.

Light Heavyweight - Glover Teixeira moved up one spot to ten after beating Ion Cutelaba. Jimi Manuwa falls out of the top ten to 11.

Middleweight - As mentioned, things were quite shook up by the Hermansson win over Jacare. Kelvin Gastelum is up one to four. Hermansson is up huge - five spots to sit at number five. Souza dropped two to six. Chris Weidman, Paulo Costa, Derek Brunson, and Jared Cannonier are all down one each to occupy seven through ten. Uriah Hall falls from a tie for 13 to take over 14 on his own.

Welterweight - No changes.

Lightweight - No changes.

Featherweight - No changes.

Bantamweight - Sandhagen enters the ranking at eight after his exciting victory over John Lineker. Lineker fell two to ten. Five fighters - Cody Stamann, Rob Font, John Dodson, Alejandro Perez, and Thomas Almeida - fell one spot each to 11 through 15.

Flyweight - No changes.

Women’s Bantamweight - No changes.

Women’s Flyweight - Jojo Calderwood fell from a tie for five into six on her own.

Women’s Strawweight - No changes.