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UFC fighter rankings: Justin Gaethje rises at lightweight

Justin Gaethje’s latest win has him moving up some more at 155 pounds.

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy v Gaethje Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

UFC Vancouver has come and gone, and we got to see another Justin Gaethje highlight (no pun intended). The exciting lightweight picked up his third first round finish in a row, cementing him as a contender in the crowded 155-pound division.

After that though, it was slim pickings.

Guys like Uriah Hall and Misha Cirkunov moved up a bit with wins, and Augusto Sakai’s KO of Marcin Tybura in under a minute impressed. But that’s about it.

Here’s a look at the changes this week. There were minor changes in almost every division, but it wasn’t all that relevant.

P4P - Valentna Shevchenko moves up into a tie for 11 with Conor McGregor.

Heavyweight - Walt Harris is up one into a tie for 10. Augusto Sakai is up three to 12. Aleksei Oleinik and Tai Tuivasa fell one spot each to 13 and 14. Maurice Greene enters the rankings at 15.

Light Heavyweight - Volkan Oezdemir drops one spot from a tie for seven to have eight on his own. Johnny Walker is up one into a tie for ten with Aleksandar Rakic. Misha Cirkunov and Nikita Krylov flip-flopp the 13 and 15 spots.

Middleweight - Uriah Hall moves up one spot to 11 after his close win. Brad Tavares is down one to 12. Edmen Shahbazyan enters the rankings at 14. Omari Akhmedov drops one to 15.

Welterweight - Santiago Ponzinibbio and Darren Till flip the seven and eight spots.

Lightweight - As mentioned, Gaethje is up one to four and in prime spot for another big fight. Cerrone falls one to five.

Featherweight - Arnold Allen inexplicably fell three spots to 15, allowing Shane Burgos, Mirsad Bektic, and Ryan Hall to move up one tick to 12 through 14 respectively.

Bantamweight - Raphael Assuncao fell for a tie for four to take over five on his own. Jimmie Rivera is up one to eight, while Cody Garbrandt is down one to nine.

Flyweight - Kai Kara France is back up into a tie for seven with Rogerio Bontorin.

Women’s Bantamweight - No changes.

Women’s Flyweight - Jessica Eye falls from the number one spot, taking over two. Lauren Murphy is up one into a tie for eight. Mara Romero Borella is up one to 13, dropping Antonina Shevchenko to 14.

Women’s Straweight - No changes.

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