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Latest UFC rankings update literally adds insult to injury for former champ, Nicco Montano

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Tatiana Suarez’ stock, meanwhile, has skyrocketed!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view (PPV) this past weekend (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) with UFC 228, which took place inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Headlining in “The Lonestar State” was a Welterweight showdown between division champion, Tyron Woodley, against the previously undefeated 170-pound up-and-comer, Darren Till. “The Chosen One” dominated from the start, routing “The Gorilla” en route to an impressive second round d’arce choke submission (watch it). No harm, no foul, though, as Till’s stock didn’t drop whatsoever, according to the latest rankings update at UFC.com. Former women’s Flyweight champion, Nicco Montano, was not as fortunate, dropping two spots in the rankings. And she didn’t even end up fighting. Indeed, Montano had health-related complications cutting weight and was sent to the hospital as a precaution. She was subsequently removed from her scheduled bout with No. 1-ranked contender, Valentina Shevchenko, and then stripped of her belt, which she learned about on social media.

Ah, only these types of things can happen in the good ‘ole UFC. Anyway, 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. Daniel Cormier
  2. Conor McGregor
  3. T.J. Dillashaw
  4. Max Holloway
  5. Georges St-Pierre
  6. Tyron Woodley +1
  7. Demetrious Johnson -1
  8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  9. Stipe Miocic
  10. Cris Cyborg +1
  11. Henry Cejudo +1
  12. Robert Whittaker -2
  13. Tony Ferguson
  14. Amanda Nunes
  15. Rose Namajunas

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Henry Cejudo

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

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: T.J. Dillashaw

  1. Cody Garbrandt
  2. Dominick Cruz
  3. Raphael Assuncao
  4. Marlon Moraes
  5. Jimmie Rivera
  6. John Lineker
  7. Aljamain Sterling +1
  8. John Dodson -1
  9. Pedro Munhoz
  10. Cody Stamann
  11. Rob Font
  12. Alejandro Perez
  13. Thomas Almeida
  14. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  15. Rani Yahya

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Max Holloway

  1. Brian Ortega
  2. Jose Aldo
  3. Frankie Edgar
  4. Renato Moicano
  5. Chad Mendes
  6. Jeremy Stephens
  7. Cub Swanson
  8. Josh Emmett
  9. Mirsad Bektic +1
  10. Chan Sung Jung
  11. Alexander Volkanovski
  12. Ricardo Lamas
  13. Darren Elkins
  14. Zabit Magomedsharipov +1
  15. Yair Rodriguez -1

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

  1. Conor McGregor
  2. Tony Ferguson
  3. Dustin Poirier
  4. Eddie Alvarez
  5. Kevin Lee
  6. Edson Barboza
  7. Justin Gaethje
  8. Anthony Pettis
  9. Al Iaquinta
  10. Nate Diaz
  11. Michael Chiesa
  12. James Vick
  13. Alexander Hernandez
  14. Dan Hooker
  15. Islam Makhachev

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Tyron Woodley

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

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. Paulo Costa
  9. Israel Adesanya
  10. Brad Tavares
  11. Antonio Carlos Junior
  12. Thiago Santos
  13. Uriah Hall
  14. Elias Theodorou
  15. Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Daniel Cormier

  1. Alexander Gustafsson
  2. Volkan Oezdemir
  3. Ilir Latifi
  4. Jan Blachowicz
  5. Jimi Manuwa
  6. Corey Anderson
  7. Ovince Saint Preux
  8. Glover Teixeira
  9. Anthony Smith
  10. Misha Cirkunov
  11. Mauricio Rua
  12. Dominick Reyes
  13. Patrick Cummins
  14. Tyson Pedro
  15. Sam Alvey

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Daniel Cormier

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

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Rose Namajunas

  1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  2. Jessica Andrade
  3. Claudia Gadelha
  4. Tatiana Suarez +5
  5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz -1
  6. Tecia Torres -1
  7. Michelle Waterson
  8. Carla Esparza -2
  9. Felice Herrig -1
  10. Cortney Casey
  11. Nina Ansaroff
  12. Alexa Grasso
  13. Randa Markos
  14. Angela Hill
  15. Mackenzie Dern

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Vacant

  1. Valentina Shevchenko +2
  2. Nicco Montano -2
  3. Katlyn Chookagian
  4. Sijara Eubanks -2
  5. Alexis Davis
  6. Liz Carmouche
  7. Roxanne Modafferi -2
  8. Lauren Murphy -1
  9. Jessica Eye -1
  10. Jessica-Rose Clark -1
  11. Ashlee Evans-Smith -1
  12. Joanne Calderwood -1
  13. Mara Romero Borella -1
  14. Andrea Lee -1
  15. Jennifer Maia

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. Irene Aldana +1
  12. Lina Lansberg -1
  13. Lucie Pudilova
  14. Sarah Moras
  15. Gina Mazany

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change -- particularly in the Heavyweight division -- in about a week, as the promotion is set to uncork UFC Fight Night 136: “Hunt vs. Oleinik” this weekend (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) inside Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia (more on that fight card here).

For even more upcoming UFC events click here.