The new UFC rankings are out, and the biggest stories out of UFC 225 are the young talents making big moves up their respective weight classes. Mirsad Bektic and Tai Tuivasa both cracked the top-10, while Sergio Pettis is now behind only Henry Cejudo in the list of flyweight contenders.
One thing to note is the removal of bantamweight Bryan Caraway, who is coming off a loss against Cody Stamann at UFC 222. Caraway was pulled in this update, and we don’t know why. It could be that he’s a free agent and hasn’t re-signed, or it’s something else. We’ll keep an eye out on that situation.
The full UFC rankings can be viewed here.
Pound-for-Pound: Robert Whittaker rose two spots to #11, sending Tony Ferguson and Amanda Nunes respectively down to #12 and #13. Stipe Miocic also overtook Georges St-Pierre for the #2 spot.
Women’s Strawweight: No changes
Men’s Flyweight: Sergio Pettis’ narrow win over Joseph Benavidez sees him ranked #2, up three spots from last week. Henry Cejudo takes Benavidez’s old spot as #1 contender, while Benavidez drops two notches to #3. Ray Borg and Jussier Formiga dipped to #4 and #5 respectively.
Women’s Flyweight: No changes
Men’s Bantamweight: Bryan Caraway’s removal from the rankings bumped everyone below him up one spot. Pedro Munhoz now assumes the #9 spot, Cody Stamann #10, Rob Font #11, Thomas Almeida #12, Brett Johns #13, Alejandro Perez #14, and Eddie Wineland returns to the rankings at #15.
Women’s Bantamweight: No changes
Men’s Featherweight: Mirsad Bektic switched places with Ricardo Lamas after beating him by split decision on Saturday. Bektic is now #7, while Lamas falls to #11.
Women’s Featherweight: No rankings
Lightweight: No changes
Welterweight: As a result of his interim title win, Colby Covington is now the #1 ranked contender, while Rafael dos Anjos falls two spots to #3, behind Darren Till. Stephen Thompson also dropped an additional spot, and he’s now #4.
Middleweight: No changes
Light Heavyweight: No changes
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa enters the top-10 with his win over Andrei Arlovski, as he climbs three spots to #9. Arlovski is now down in 11th, and Stefan Struve got bumped to 12th. Curtis Blaydes is the #2 ranked contender after his smashing of Alistair Overeem, who slipped down to 4th. Mark Hunt also climbed one notch to #6, while Junior dos Santos fell from #5 to #7 for some reason.