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Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar pulled from UFC fighter rankings following anti-doping violations

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Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sent its official rankings into the shop for repairs last weekend — swiftly and quietly — to remove interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former heavyweight titleholder Brock Lesnar, and ex-middleweight kingpin Lyoto Machida.

What do those three mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have in common?

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which zapped Jones and Lesnar for traces of anti-estrogen before and after the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, not long after putting Machida out to pasture for his supplement use.

Suspensions are pending for all three cases.

As a result, here are the updated fighter rankings courtesy of UFC.com Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Daniel Cormier +2
4 Conor McGregor +2
5 Jose Aldo +2
6 Eddie Alvarez +2
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk +2
8 Stipe Miocic +2
9 Tyron Woodley *NR
10 Michael Bisping +1
11 Robbie Lawler -7
12 Rafael Dos Anjos +1
13 Luke Rockhold -1
14 TJ Dillashaw
15 Frankie Edgar

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Kyoji Horiguchi +1
3 Jussier Formiga
5 Ian McCall
6 Wilson Reis +1
7 Zach Makovsky -1
8 Ali Bagautinov
9 Louis Smolka
10 John Moraga
11 Matheus Nicolau
12 Dustin Ortiz
13 Justin Scoggins
14 Ray Borg
15 Sergio Pettis

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 TJ Dillashaw
2 Urijah Faber
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Bryan Caraway
5 John Lineker
6 Aljamain Sterling
7 Michael McDonald
8 Cody Garbrandt
9 John Dodson
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Takeya Mizugaki
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Jimmie Rivera
14 Johnny Eduardo -1
15 Frankie Saenz

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Max Holloway
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Cub Swanson
6 Charles Oliveira
7 Jeremy Stephens
8 Dennis Bermudez
9 Brian Ortega
10 Hacran Dias
11 Darren Elkins
12 Dooho Choi
13 Yair Rodriguez
14 Tatsuya Kawajiri
15 Mirsad Bektic

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Eddie Alvarez
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Rafael Dos Anjos
3 Tony Ferguson
4 Nate Diaz
5 Edson Barboza
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Anthony Pettis
8 Dustin Poirier
9 Michael Chiesa
10 Michael Johnson
11 Beneil Dariush
12 Will Brooks
13 Al Iaquinta
14 Gilbert Melendez
15 Rashid Magomedov

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Robbie Lawler -1
2 Stephen Thompson -1
3 Rory MacDonald -1
4 Demian Maia -1
5 Carlos Condit
6 Kelvin Gastelum ….View full article

Source:: mma mania