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Latest UFC rankings update: Curtis Blaydes, Sergio Pettis take over No. 2 spots

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the “Windy City” last Saturday night (June 9, 2018) with its UFC 225: “Whittaker vs. Romero” pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event, held inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The results (see them here) caused a major shake up in a couple of divisions, both good and bad.

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes continued his rise up the 265-pound ladder, stopping Alistair Overeem (video) and taking over the No. 2 spot. Likewise, Sergio Pettis outscored Joseph Benavidez to make himself the second-best guy at 125 pounds (recap).

As for Ricardo Lamas ... he’s probably not in the best mood this week.

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 Stipe Miocic +1
3 Georges St-Pierre -1
3 Conor McGregor
5 Daniel Cormier
6 Max Holloway
7 TJ Dillashaw
8 Tyron Woodley
9 Khabib Nurmagomedov
10 Cris Cyborg
11 Robert Whittaker +2
12 Tony Ferguson -1
13 Amanda Nunes -1
14 Cody Garbrandt
15 Rose Namajunas

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Henry Cejudo +1
2 Sergio Pettis +3
3 Joseph Benavidez -2
4 Ray Borg -1
5 Jussier Formiga -1
6 John Moraga
7 Wilson Reis
8 Alexandre Pantoja
9 Brandon Moreno
10 Dustin Ortiz
11 Ben Nguyen
12 Matheus Nicolau
13 Tim Elliott
14 Deiveson Figueiredo
15 Magomed Bibulatov

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Cody Garbrandt
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Marlon Moraes
5 Jimmie Rivera
6 John Lineker
7 John Dodson
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 Pedro Munhoz +1
10 Cody Stamann +1
11 Rob Font +1
12 Thomas Almeida +1
13 Brett Johns +1
14 Alejandro Perez +1
15 Eddie Wineland *NR

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Brian Ortega
2 Jose Aldo
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Jeremy Stephens
5 Cub Swanson
6 Josh Emmett
7 Mirsad Bektic +4
8 Chan Sung Jung
9 Renato Moicano
10 Darren Elkins
11 Ricardo Lamas -4
12 Zabit Magomedsharipov
13 Myles Jury
14 Dooho Choi
15 Calvin Kattar

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Conor McGregor
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Dustin Poirier
5 Kevin Lee
6 Edson Barboza
7 Justin Gaethje
8 Nate Diaz
9 Michael Chiesa
10 Al Iaquinta
11 James Vick
12 Anthony Pettis
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Paul Felder
15 Olivier Aubin-Mercier

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Colby Covington (Interim Champion) +3
2 Darren Till
3 Rafael Dos Anjos -2
4 Stephen Thompson -1
5 Robbie Lawler
6 Kamaru Usman
7 Demian Maia
8 Neil Magny
9 Jorge Masvidal
10 Santiago Ponzinibbio
11 Donald Cerrone
12 Gunnar Nelson
13 Leon Edwards
14 Alex Oliveira
15 Dong Hyun Kim

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Chris Weidman
4 Kelvin Gastelum
5 Jacare Souza
6 Derek Brunson
7 David Branch
8 Brad Tavares
9 Lyoto Machida
10 Uriah Hall
11 Paulo Costa
12 Thiago Santos
12 Antonio Carlos Junior
14 Elias Theodorou
15 Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Ilir Latifi
5 Jan Blachowicz
6 Jimi Manuwa
7 Mauricio Rua
7 Ovince Saint Preux
9 Corey Anderson
10 Misha Cirkunov
11 Dominick Reyes
12 Patrick Cummins
13 Tyson Pedro
14 Gadzhimurad Antigulov
15 Sam Alvey

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Francis Ngannou
2 Curtis Blaydes +2
3 Alexander Volkov
4 Alistair Overeem -2
5 Derrick Lewis
6 Mark Hunt +1
7 Junior Dos Santos -2
8 Marcin Tybura
9 Tai Tuivasa +3
10 Aleksei Oleinik
11 Andrei Arlovski -2
12 Stefan Struve -1
13 Shamil Abdurakhimov
14 Justin Willis
15 Junior Albini

WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2 Jessica Andrade
3 Claudia Gadelha
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5 Tecia Torres
6 Carla Esparza
7 Michelle Waterson
8 Felice Herrig
9 Tatiana Suarez
10 Cortney Casey
11 Alexa Grasso
12 Randa Markos
13 Nina Ansaroff
14 Joanne Calderwood
15 Angela Hill

WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Nicco Montano
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Sijara Eubanks
3 Alexis Davis
4 Lauren Murphy
5 Katlyn Chookagian
6 Liz Carmouche
7 Barb Honchak
8 Roxanne Modafferi
9 Jessica-Rose Clark
10 Jessica Eye
11 Ashlee Evans-Smith
12 Andrea Lee
13 Mara Romero Borella
14 Paige VanZant
15 Gillian Robertson

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Holly Holm
2 Ketlen Vieira
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Germaine de Randamie
6 Cat Zingano
7 Marion Reneau
8 Sara McMann
9 Aspen Ladd
10 Bethe Correia
11 Lina Lansberg
12 Irene Aldana
13 Lucie Pudilova
14 Sarah Moras
15 Gina Mazany

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change -- particularly in the welterweight division -- in roughly two weeks, as the promotion is set to uncork its UFC Fight Night 132: “Cerrone vs. Edwards” mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Sat., June 23, 2018 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore (more on that fight card here).

For even more upcoming UFC events click here.