Official UFC rankings updated after UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine and Kawajiri on the move, bantamweights get promoted

Suhaimi Abdullah has updated its "official" consensus rankings following this past Saturday's UFC Fight Night 34 event, which includes three contributions from staff members. Check out the big mixed martial arts (MMA) movers and shakers below.

The latest "official" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings are out with the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 34, which took place last weekend (Sat., Jan. 4, 2014) at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

As expected, there was a major shake-up in the 135-pound division, now that Dominick Cruz has been stripped of the bantamweight title and sent to the locker room with a bum groin. Renan Barao takes over as champion and the rest of the contenders enjoy an unexpected promotion.

That's not all.

Tarec Saffiedine moved up one place after his epic five-rounder against Hyun Gyu Lim last weekend on the "Fight Pass" network, while Tatsuya Kawajiri -- also taking home the "W" at UFC Fight Night 34 -- makes his UFC rankings debut with the No. 14 spot at 145 pounds.

Plenty more where that came from.

Check out the updated rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked):

1. Jon Jones
2. Jose Aldo
3. Cain Velasquez
4.Demetrious Johnson
5. Chris Weidman
6. Renan Barao
7. Anderson Silva
8. Anthony Pettis
9. Benson Henderson
10. Ronda Rousey +1
11. Johny Hendricks -1
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Dominick Cruz
14. Urijah Faber
15. Gilbert Melendez

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. John Dodson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Ian McCall
4. John Moraga
5. John Lineker
6. Jussier Formiga
7. Ali Bagautinov
8. Timothy Elliott
9. Chris Cariaso
10. Zach Makovsky
11. Louis Gaudinot
12. Scott Jorgensen
13. Darrell Montague +1
14. Darren Uyenoyama -1
15. Dustin Ortiz

Champion: Renan Barao
1 .Urijah Faber +1
2.  Michael McDonald +1
3.  Raphael Assuncao +1
4.  Eddie Wineland +1
5.  Brad Pickett +1
6.  TJ Dillashaw +1
7.  Mike Easton +1
8.  Takeya Mizugaki +1
9.  Iuri Alcantara +1
10.  Francisco Rivera +1
11.  Erik Perez +2
12.  Bryan Caraway
13.  Ivan Menjivar +2
14.  Scott Jorgensen
15.  Wilson Reis *NR

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 +1
11. Erik Koch -1
12. Conor McGregor
13. Dennis Bermudez
14. Tatsuya Kawajiri *NR
15. Diego Brandao -1

Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Benson Henderson
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. T.J. Grant
4. Josh Thomson
5. Nate Diaz
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Khabib Nurmagomedov
8. Donald Cerrone
9. Jim Miller
10. Gray Maynard
11. Edson Barboza
12. Bobby Green
13. Michael Johnson +1
14. Rustam Khabilov +1
15. Diego Sanchez -2

1. Johny Hendricks
2. Carlos Condit
3. Robbie Lawler
4. Rory MacDonald
5. Jake Ellenberger
6. Demian Maia
7. Jake Shields
8. Matt Brown
9. Tarec Saffiedine +1
10. Martin Kampmann -1
11. Tyron Woodley
12. Dong Hyun Kim
13. Hector Lombard
14. Josh Koscheck
15. Rick Story

Champion: Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Vitor Belfort
3. Ronaldo Souza
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Michael Bisping
6. Luke Rockhold
7. Mark Munoz
8. Francis Carmont
9. Tim Kennedy
10. Costas Philippou
11. Tim Boetsch
12. Alan Belcher
13. Lorenz Larkin +1
14. Chael Sonnen -1
15. Thales Leites

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. Mauricio Rua
8. Chael Sonnen
9. Gegard Mousasi
10. Ryan Bader
11. Jimi Manuwa
12. Thiago Silva
13. Vitor Belfort
14. Lyoto Machida
15. James Te Huna

Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior Dos Santos
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Travis Browne
4. Daniel Cormier
5. Antonio Silva +1
6. Josh Barnett -1
7. Mark Hunt
8. Alistair Overeem (tie)
8. Stipe Miocic +1 (tie)
10. Frank Mir
11. Roy Nelson
12. Gabriel Gonzaga
13. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
14. Stefan Struve
15. Brendan Schaub

Women's Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Miesha Tate
3. Alexis Davis
4. Sara McMann
5. Jessica Eye
6. Sarah Kaufman
7. Liz Carmouche
8. Amanda Nunes
9. Jessica Andrade
10. Julianna Pena
11. Germaine de Randamie
12. Bethe Correia
13. Raquel Pennington
14. Jessamyn Duke
15. Jessica Rakoczy

There you have it, Maniacs.

As you can see, there is plenty to talk about. Ronda Rousey is now ranked in the top 10 pound-for-pound, Stipe Miocic ties Alistair Overeem at number eight in the 265-pound division and "Crusher" Kawajiri -- despite his career resume -- barely cracked the top 15.

Therefore, sound off in the comment section below. And to compare these to the last official UFC rankings (post UFC 168) click here.

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