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Latest UFC rankings update: Stephen Thompson, Khabib Nurmagomedov retain No. 1 spots after UFC 209

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the pay-per-view (PPV) market last Saturday night (March 4, 2017) for UFC 209: "Woodley vs. Thompson 2," which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion's most recent mixed martial arts (MMA) event was headlined by Tyron Woodley, who squeaked past Stephen Thompson in a five-round rematch for the "The Chosen One's" welterweight championship (highlights).

As a result, "Wonderboy" retained his spot as No. 1 in the division, as did former lightweight co-headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was not punished by the rankings committee for withdrawing from last weekend's Tony Ferguson fight (more on that here).

Here's how the rankings work, courtesy of UFC.com:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Jose Aldo
5 Cody Garbrandt
6 Stipe Miocic
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Tyron Woodley +1
9 Dominick Cruz -1
10 Michael Bisping
11 Amanda Nunes
12 Max Holloway
13 TJ Dillashaw +1
14 Khabib Nurmagomedov -1
15 Yoel Romero

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Jussier Formiga
4 Wilson Reis
5 Sergio Pettis
6 Ian McCall +1
7 Dustin Ortiz -1
8 Ray Borg
9 Brandon Moreno
10 Tim Elliott
11 John Moraga
12 Louis Smolka
13 Ben Nguyen
14 Alexandre Pantoja
15 Ryan Benoit

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

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

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

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Stephen Thompson
2 Robbie Lawler
3 Demian Maia
4 Carlos Condit
5 Neil Magny
6 Jorge Masvidal
7 Dong Hyun Kim
8 Donald Cerrone
9 Gunnar Nelson
10 Tarec Saffiedine
11 Kamaru Usman
12 Ryan LaFlare +1
13 Jake Ellenberger -1
14 Matt Brown
15 Santiago Ponzinibbio

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Jacare Souza
4 Chris Weidman
5 Gegard Mousasi
6 Robert Whittaker
7 Anderson Silva
8 Derek Brunson +1
9 Vitor Belfort -1
10 Kelvin Gastelum
11 Krzysztof Jotko
12 Thales Leites
13 Uriah Hall
14 Sam Alvey +1
15 Tim Boetsch -1

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Anthony Johnson
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Jimi Manuwa +1
5 Ryan Bader -1
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Corey Anderson
8 Volkan Oezdemir +1
9 Ovince Saint Preux -1
10 Ilir Latifi
11 Rogerio Nogueira
12 Gian Villante
13 Patrick Cummins
14 Jan Blachowicz
15 Misha Cirkunov *NR

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Francis Ngannou
7 Derrick Lewis
8 Mark Hunt
9 Andrei Arlovski
10 Travis Browne
11 Stefan Struve
12 Alexander Volkov
13 Daniel Omielanczuk
14 Aleksei Oleinik
15 Tim Johnson

WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3 Jessica Andrade
4 Rose Namajunas
5 Tecia Torres
6 Michelle Waterson
7 Joanne Calderwood
8 Carla Esparza
9 Randa Markos
10 Maryna Moroz +1
11 Paige VanZant -1
12 Felice Herrig
13 Jessica Aguilar
14 Jessica Penne
15 Justine Kish

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

I'm okay with "The Eagle" retaining his spot, but the fact that Nate Diaz and Yair Rodriguez both dropped two spots without fighting -- and without someone behind them gaining serious traction -- should tell you everything you need to know about the validity of these rankings.

You can expect these standings to change in less than a week -- especially in the middleweight division -- when UFC Fight Night 106: "Belfort vs. Gastelum" takes place on FOX Sports 1 this Sat. night (March 1, 2017) in Fortaleza, Brazil (full details here).

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

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