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UFC fighter rankings: Israel Adesanya cracks top five at middleweight

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If you weren’t sure about UFC 234 being almost entire irrelevant before, the rankings should be the final nail in the coffin on that idea. Despite this being a PPV, there was a decided lack of ranked fighters and movement based on the outcomes of the fights.

About the only thing of interest came in the main event, when Israel Adesanya defeated Anderson Silva. It apparently earned him a title shot, but who really knows about that. What we do know is that he’s now a top five contender at 185, based on what the rankings panel has to say.

Anyway, here’s a look at the few changes coming out of the Melbourne show. Hopefully this weekend’s show in Phoenix has a little more going for it.

P4P – No changes.

Heavyweight – No changes.

Light Heavyweight – No changes.

Middleweight – Adesanya is up one to five, passing the man that thinks he’s overrated – Chris Weidman. He’s down to six.

Welterweight – No changes.

Lightweight – No changes.

Featherweight – No changes.

Bantamweight – Ricky Simon is in the rankings for the first time at 14 after his convincing win over formerly-ranked Rani Yahya. Petr Yan falls one to 15.

Flyweight – Things are kicking about as usual due to all the removals. Wilson Reis is up two to four. Alex Perez, Tim Elliott, Rogerio Bontorin, and Magomed Bibulatov are up one each to seven through ten respectively. Eric Shelton is up two to 11. T.J. Dillashaw is hilariously up one to 13. Kai Kara-France enters at 14 after a UFC 234 win.

Women’s Bantamweight – No changes.

Women’s Flyweight – Montana De La Rosa’s easy UFC 234 win has her up three spots to 11. Mara Romero Borella fell two spots to 13. Andrea Lee and Paige VanZant are down one each to 14 and 15.

Women’s Strawweight – No changes.


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