Official UFC rankings updated after TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz locks Gray Maynard in the lightweight cellar

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC.com has updated its "official" consensus rankings following this past Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale event (which includes three contributions from MMAmania.com). Check out the big mixed martial arts (MMA) movers and shakers below.

Sorry folks, but I'm having a hard time taking these rankings seriously.

Before we even get to the changes at 155 pounds, which were brought about by the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada (results), we should go ahead and address the silliness in the 170-pound division.

Rory MacDonald has reclaimed his number three spot -- sending Robbie Lawler back down to number four -- without even lifting a finger. That comes as a surprise to me (and hopefully to you, as well), considering that just last month, "Ruthless" unseated "Ares" from that spot with a hard-fought win at UFC 167 (proof).

I guess someone had rankers remorse, or perhaps the panel has recruited more Canadians.

Anyway, Nate Diaz is back in the top five after slapping around Gray Maynard back on Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center (replay), which means "The Bully" has tumbled to number eight and could be one loss away from dropping out of the top 10.

Or worse.

Below are the updated UFC.com rankings (+/- = movement in rankings):

Pound-for-Pound
1. Jon Jones
2. Georges St-Pierre
3. Jose Aldo
4. Anderson Silva
5. Cain Velasquez
6. Renan Barao
7. Demetrious Johnson
8. Anthony Pettis
9. Chris Weidman
10. Ben Henderson

Flyweight
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. Joseph Benavidez
2. John Dodson
3. Ian McCall
4. John Moraga
5. John Lineker
6. Jussier Formiga
7. Chris Cariaso
8. Ali Bagautinov
9. Tim Elliott
10. Louis Gaudinot

Bantamweight
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1. Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2. Urijah Faber
3. Michael McDonald
4. Eddie Wineland
5. Raphael Assuncao -1
6. Brad Pickett
7. Scott Jorgensen
8. T.J. Dillashaw
9. Mike Easton
10. Takeya Mizugaki

Featherweight
Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Ricardo Lamas
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Cub Swanson
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Dennis Siver
8. Nik Lentz
9. Clay Guida
10. Darren Elkins

Lightweight
Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Ben Henderson
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. T.J. Grant
4. Josh Thomson
5. Nate Diaz +3
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Khabib Nurmagomedov
8. Gray Maynard -3
9. Donald Cerrone
10. Jim Miller

Welterweight
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
1. Johny Hendricks
2. Carlos Condit
3. Rory MacDonald +1
4. Robbie Lawler -1
5. Jake Ellenberger
6. Demian Maia
7. Jake Shields
8. Martin Kampmann +1
9. Matt Brown -1
10. Nick Diaz

Middleweight
Champion: Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Vitor Belfort
3. Ronaldo Souza
4. Michael Bisping
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Luke Rockhold
7. Mark Munoz
8. Francis Carmont
9. Constantinos Philippou
10. Tim Kennedy

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Rashad Evans
4. Phil Davis
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6. Dan Henderson
7. Chael Sonnen
8. Gegard Mousasi
9. Mauricio Rua
10. Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior dos Santos
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Antonio Silva
5. Travis Browne
6. Josh Barnett
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir
9. Stipe Miocic
10. Roy Nelson

Women's Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Miesha Tate
3. Alexis Davis +1
4. Sara McMann -1
5. Sarah Kaufman
6. Liz Carmouche
7. Jessica Eye
8. Amanda Nunes
9. Jessica Andrade +1
10. Germaine de Randamie -1

Thoughts?

Let's get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to the last official UFC rankings click here.

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