Official UFC rankings updated after UFC Fight Night 37: Michael Johnson rockets to near Top 10 status

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC.com has updated its "official" consensus rankings following this past Saturday's UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" in London, England, which includes three contributions from MMAmania.com staff members. Check out the latest 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 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa," which took place last Saturday (March 8, 2014) inside O2 Arena in London, England.

To see all the "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" news that's fit to print, including results, check out our comprehensive event stream here.

After chasing Melvin Guillard for the better part of three rounds, much to the chagrin of company president Dana White, Michael Johnson was able to secure an important decision win that moved him up the rankings three places, leap-frogging Edson Barboza, Bobby Green and Rustam Khabilov to land at No. 11.

That leaves "The Menace" just on the outside looking in at the Top 10 thanks to a three-fight win streak that also includes victories over Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau.

Elsewhere on the list, Demian Maia was able to move up one Welterweight spot over Matt Brown for no apparent reason, while Brad Pickett plummeted seven Bantamweight spots even though he defeated Neil Seery this past weekend via unanimous decision.

It's probably because he's now a Flyweight, making his 125-pound rankings debut at No. 11.

Whatever ... check out the updated UFC.com rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked):

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

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

Bantamweight
Champion: Renan Barao
1. Urijah Faber
2. Michael McDonald
3. Raphael Assuncao -1
4. Eddie Wineland
5. TJ Dillashaw
6. Takeya Mizugaki +1
7. Mike Easton +1
8. Iuri Alcantara +1
9. Dominick Cruz +1
10. Erik Perez +2
11. Francisco Rivera
12. Alex Caceres +1
13. Brad Pickett -7
14. Bryan Caraway
15. Wilson Reis

Featherweight
Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Franke Edgar
3. Ricardo Lamas
4. Cub Swanson
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Dennis Siver
8. Nik Lentz
9. Clay Guida
10. Jeremy Stephens
11. Darren Elkins
12. Dennis Bermudez
14. Conor McGregor +1
13. Tatsuya Kawajiri -1
15. Erick Koch

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

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

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

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Rashad Evans
4. Phil Davis
5. Daniel Cormier
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7. Mauricio Rua
8. Dan Henderson
9. Chael Sonnen
10. Ryan Bader
11. Jimi Manuwa
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Gegard Mousasi
14. James Te Huna
15. Rafael Cavalcante

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

Women's Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Alexis Davis
3. Miesha Tate
4. Sara McMann
5. Sarah Kaufman
6. Jessica Eye
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

As you can see, there is plenty to talk about.

And you can expect these numbers to change this weekend after UFC 170, which features several significant bouts in the Welterweight division, including Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley and Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard.

Wowza!

To check out the entire UFC 170 and line up click here.

Until then, sound off in the comment section below. And to compare these to the last official UFC rankings click here.

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