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UFC fighter rankings: Makhachev cracks top five at lightweight, McGregor drops again

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There is a new title contender in the mix at 155 pounds.

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UFC Fight Night: Islam Makhachev v Thiago Moises Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC Vegas 31 had a lot of good fights. Eight of the ten bouts did not go the distance, and we got to see a returning former champion having her hand raised and a new title contender emerging out of the main event.

Islam Makhachev’s fourth-round submission win sees him moving well up at lightweight in this week’s rankings, which former champ Conor McGregor continues to plummet and is barely hanging in the top ten. The co-main event saw Miesha Tate re-emerge on the scene, and she took a prime rankings spot at women’s bantamweight already.

And...that’s about it.

Here’s a look at the changes this week:

Men’s P4P - Robert Whittaker dropped from a tie for 11 to take over 12 on his own.

Heavyweight - No changes.

Light Heavyweight - No changes.

Middleweight - Chris Weidman actually moves up one somehow to 12, dropping Brad Tavares to 13. Andre Muniz enters at 15.

Welterweight - No changes.

Lightweight - Makhachev rises four big spots to sit at number five. Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos drop one each to six and seven. McGregor falls two more spots to nine. Arman Tsarukyan is up one to 14. Moises drops a spot to 15 after falling short in the headliner.

Featherweight - No changes.

Bantamweight - No changes.

Flyweight - No changes.

Women’s P4P - No changes.

Women’s Bantamweight - Tate re-enters the rankings in the eight spot. Four fighters - Sara McMann, Macy Chiasson, Lina Lansberg, and Pannie Kianzad - drop one each to nine through 12 respectively.

Women’s Flyweight - No changes.

Women’s Strawweight - Marina Rodriguez moves back up into a tie for five with her next opponent, Mackenzie Dern.