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Latest UFC rankings update: Tony Ferguson leapfrogs Khabib Nurmagomedov, earns No. 1 contender status with Rafael dos Anjos win

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Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around UFC Fight Night 98, which took place last Saturday night (Nov. 5, 2016) inside Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico (results), featuring a pivotal Lightweight main event between former division champion, Rafael dos Anjos, against scorching-hot Tony Ferguson, winner of eight consecutive matches -- an unrivaled streak that dates back more than three years.

"El Cucuy" made it nine in a row, going toe-to-toe with dos Anjos for five full, action-packed rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory (watch video highlights here). In the process, he took dos Anjos' position atop the Lightweight rankings, leapfrogging No. 2-ranked contender, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

So much for a "missed opportunity."

Nonetheless, if Conor McGregor and the new UFC has taught fight fans anything, it's that rankings don't matter much. Especially if "Notorious" is able to topple Lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, this weekend (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) at UFC 205 inside Madison Square Garden. Not to mention, Nurmagomedov will also be in action this weekend against top-ranked contender, Michael Johnson (No. 6) after the promotion "used" him as a pawn to get the McGregor vs. Alvarez deal done.

Talk about drama.

Here's what the latest ranking field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Conor McGregor
5 Jose Aldo
6 Stipe Miocic
7 Eddie Alvarez
8 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Robbie Lawler
12 Luke Rockhold +1
13 T.J. Dillashaw +1
14 Cris Cyborg +1
15 Amanda Nunes *NR

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Jussier Formiga
4 Kyoji Horiguchi
5 Ian McCall
6 Wilson Reis
7 Zach Makovsky
8 Ali Bagautinov
9 John Moraga
10 Dustin Ortiz +1
11 Justin Scoggins +1
12 Louis Smolka +1
13 Brandon Moreno +1
14 Ray Borg +1
15 Sergio Pettis *NR

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 TJ Dillashaw
2 John Lineker
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Jimmie Rivera
5 Bryan Caraway
6 Cody Garbrandt
7 Urijah Faber
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 Michael McDonald
10 John Dodson
11 Thomas Almeida
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Johnny Eduardo
14 Takeya Mizugaki
15 Rani Yahya

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Jose Aldo (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Max Holloway
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Cub Swanson
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Jeremy Stephens
8 Charles Oliveira
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Brian Ortega
11 Yair Rodriguez
12 Darren Elkins
13 Mirsad Bektic +2
14 Dooho Choi -1
15 Renan Barao -1

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Eddie Alvarez
1 Tony Ferguson +2
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov -1
3 Rafael Dos Anjos -1
4 Nate Diaz
5 Edson Barboza
6 Michael Johnson
7 Michael Chiesa
8 Beneil Dariush +1
9 Donald Cerrone -1
10 Dustin Poirier
11 Gilbert Melendez
12 Francisco Trinaldo
13 Evan Dunham +1
14 Al Iaquinta -1
15 Will Brooks *NR

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Robbie Lawler
2 Stephen Thompson
3 Demian Maia
4 Carlos Condit
5 Kelvin Gastelum
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Johny Hendricks
8 Lorenz Larkin
9 Neil Magny
10 Dong Hyun Kim
11 Rick Story
12 Gunnar Nelson
13 Tarec Saffiedine
14 Matt Brown
15 Jake Ellenberger

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Luke Rockhold
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jacare Souza
4 Yoel Romero
5 Gegard Mousasi
6 Anderson Silva
7 Robert Whittaker
8 Derek Brunson
9 Vitor Belfort
10 Uriah Hall
11 Thales Leites
12 Tim Kennedy
13 Dan Henderson
14 Rafael Natal
15 Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Anthony Johnson
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Ryan Bader
5 Jimi Manuwa
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Mauricio Rua
8 Rashad Evans
9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
10 Nikita Krylov
11 Corey Anderson
12 Ilir Latifi
13 Patrick Cummins
14 Misha Cirkunov
15 Gian Villante

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Josh Barnett
7 Mark Hunt
8 Andrei Arlovski
9 Travis Browne
10 Derrick Lewis
11 Roy Nelson
12 Stefan Struve
13 Francis Ngannou
14 Antonio Silva
15 Daniel Omielanczuk

WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3 Carla Esparza
4 Rose Namajunas
5 Jessica Andrade
6 Tecia Torres
7 Joanne Calderwood
8 Paige VanZant
9 Valerie Letourneau
10 Maryna Moroz
11 Jessica Aguilar
12 Michelle Waterson
13 Jessica Penne
14 Cortney Casey
15 Juliana Lima

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Miesha Tate
2 Ronda Rousey
3 Valentina Shevchenko
4 Holly Holm
5 Julianna Pena
6 Cat Zingano
7 Sara McMann
8 Raquel Pennington
9 Liz Carmouche
10 Bethe Correia
11 Germaine de Randamie
12 Ashlee Evans-Smith
13 Jessica Eye
14 Katlyn Chookagian
15 Marion Reneau

There you have it.

As mentioned earlier, you can expect these standings -- particularly at Lightweight -- to go haywire if either (or both) McGregor and Nurmagomedov with this weekend. For more on that fight card, UFC 205: "McGregor vs. Alvarez," click here.

Until then, let us know what you think of the latest rankings movement in the comments section below.