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UFC fighter rankings: New top contender at women’s bantamweight, flyweight exodus continues

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UFC Beijing was about as irrelevant as it gets in terms of the UFC rankings. The card did have three top-ten heavyweights in the headlining bouts, but that’s pretty much it. With much of the card featuring local talent, no one else was in the rankings before or cracked the rankings with their victories.

There were a few changes despite the lack of relevancy in China though. Women’s bantamweight has a new number-one contender (or at least someone who is tied for the spot now). And flyweight continues to be in flux as the UFC seemingly wraps up the division.

Here’s a look at the changes for this week.

P4P – No changes.

Heavyweight – Francis Ngannou’s quick win over Curtis Blaydes in China seems him trending positively in the rankings for the first time in a while, moving up one spot from four to three. Blaydes drops to three.

Light Heavyweight – No changes.

Middleweight – No changes.

Welterweight – No changes.

Lightweight – No changes.

Featherweight – No changes.

Bantamweight – No changes.

Flyweight – Two more fighters, Ulka Sasaki and Justin Scoggins, are officially gone to Rizin. Alexandre Pantoja moves up into a tie for eight with Wilson Reis. Ryan Benoit is up one to 14. Said Nurmagomedov enters the rankings at 15.

Women’s Bantamweight – Germaine de Randamie moved up into a tie for the top contender spot with Holly Holm. This is a weeeeak division.

Women’s Flyweight – Joanne Calderwood moved up into a tie for 11 with Ashlee Evans-Smith.

Women’s Strawweight – Cynthia Calvillo inches back up a bit, moving up one spot to 12. Alexa Grasso drops one to 13.

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