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

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