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Leon Edwards breaks into Top 5 following latest UFC rankings update

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has updated its official rankings in the wake of the UFC on ESPN 4 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sat. night (July 20, 2019) inside AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Get complete results and play-by-play here.

Welterweight contender Leon Edwards shot up to No. 4 on the 170-pound chart, thanks to his lopsided decision win over Rafael dos Anjos, who dropped one spot to No. 5 in defeat. This will undoubtedly make it easier for “Rocky” to secure his Jorge Masvidal grudge match, as “Gamebred” sits one spot above him at No. 3.

Elsewhere on the card, Walt Harris inched his way closer to the Top 10 by planishing heavyweight veteran Aleksei Oleinik (see it again here), while Jennifer Maia turned away longtime veteran Roxanne Modafferi to jump two spots to No. 4 in the women’s flyweight division.

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, T = tie, *NR = Not previously ranked).

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov +1
3 Jon Jones -1
4 Henry Cejudo
5 Amanda Nunes
6 Max Holloway
7 Kamaru Usman
8 Dustin Poirier +2
9 Stipe Miocic +2
10 Robert Whittaker -2
11 Tony Ferguson +1
12 Conor McGregor -2
13 Valentina Shevchenko
14 Tyron Woodley
15 Jessica Andrade

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Jussier Formiga
3 Alexandre Pantoja
4 Deiveson Figueiredo
5 Sergio Pettis +1
6 Tim Elliott -1
7 Brandon Moreno +3
8 Rogerio Bontorin -1
9 Jordan Espinosa -1
10 Ryan Benoit -2
11 Kai Kara France
12 Alex Perez
13 Raulian Paiva
14 Matt Schnell
15 Mark de la Rosa

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Henry Cejudo
1 Marlon Moraes
2 Aljamain Sterling
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Petr Yan
5 Pedro Munhoz
6 Dominick Cruz
7 Cody Garbrandt
8 Jimmie Rivera
9 Corey Sandhagen
10 Cody Stamann
11 Rob Font
12 John Dodson
13 Song Yadong
14 Urijah Faber
15 Thomas Almeida

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Alexander Volkanovski
2 Brian Ortega
3 Jose Aldo
4 Frankie Edgar
5 Zabit Magomedsharipov
6 Chan Sung Jung
7 Yair Rodriguez
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Josh Emmett
10 Renato Moicano
11 Calvin Kattar
12 Arnold Allen
13 Shane Burgos
14 Ryan Hall
15 Mirsad Bektic

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Dustin Poirier (Interim Champion)
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Conor McGregor
4 Donald Cerrone
5 Justin Gaethje
6 Al Iaquinta
7 Edson Barboza
8 Kevin Lee
9 Anthony Pettis
10 Paul Felder
11 Charles Oliveira
12 Gregor Gillespie
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Dan Hooker *NR
15 Islam Makhachev -1

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Kamaru Usman
1 Tyron Woodley
2 Colby Covington
3 Jorge Masvidal
4 Leon Edwards +8
5 Rafael Dos Anjos -1
6 Darren Till -1
7 Stephen Thompson -1
8 Anthony Pettis -1
9 Santiago Ponzinibbio -1
10 Ben Askren -1
11 Robbie Lawler -1
12 Demian Maia -1
13 Neil Magny
14 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
15 Vincente Luque

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Israel Adesanya (Interim Champion)
2 Yoel Romero
3 Kelvin Gastelum
4 Jack Hermansson
5 Ronaldo Souza
6 Chris Weidman
7 Paulo Costa
8 Derek Brunson
9 Jared Cannonier
10 Ian Heinisch
11 Uriah Hall
12 Brad Tavares
13 Antonio Carlos Junior
14 David Branch
15 Anderson Silva

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Thiago Santos
3 Anthony Smith
4 Dominick Reyes
5 (T) Jan Blachowicz
5 (T) Alexander Gustafsson
7 Volkan Oezdemir
8 Corey Anderson
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Glover Teixeira
11 Aleksandar Rakic
12 Johnny Walker
13 Mauricio Rua
14 Nikita Krylov
15 Misha Cirkunov

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Stipe Miocic
2 Francis Ngannou
3 Junior Dos Santos
4 Curtis Blaydes
5 Derrick Lewis
6 Alexander Volkov
7 Alistair Overeem
8 Cain Velasquez
9 Shamil Abdurakhimov +1
10 Blagoy Ivanov +1
11 Walt Harris +3
12 Aleksei Oleinik -3
13 Tai Tuivasa -1
14 Marcin Tybura -1
15 Augusto Sakai

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Jessica Andrade
1 Rose Namajunas
2 Tatiana Suarez
3 Nina Ansaroff
4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5 Claudia Gadelha
6 Weili Zhang
7 Michelle Waterson
8 Tecia Torres
9 Carla Esparza
10 Alexa Grasso
11 Cynthia Calvillo
12 Felice Herrig
13 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
14 Cortney Casey
15 Yan Xiaonan

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Valentina Shevchenko
1 Jessica Eye
2 Katlyn Chookagian
3 Liz Carmouche
4 Jennifer Maia +2
5 Joanne Calderwood -1
6 Andrea Lee +1
7 Alexis Davis +1
8 Roxanne Modafferi -3
9 Lauren Murphy
10 Mara Romero Borella
11 Montana De La Rosa
12 Maycee Barber
13 Paige VanZant
14 Poliana Botelho
15 Antonina Shevchenko

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Germaine de Randamie
2 Ketlen Vieira
3 Holly Holm
4 Julianna Pena
5 Aspen Ladd
6 Raquel Pennington
7 Cat Zingano
8 Yana Kunitskaya
9 Marion Reneau
10 Irene Aldana
11 Sara McMann
12 Macy Chiasson
13 Lina Lansberg
14 Sijara Eubanks
15 Viviane Araujo

There you have it.

You can expect these standings to change around this time next week, particularly in the featherweight division, after the UFC 240: “Holloway vs. Edgar” pay-per-view (PPV) event this Sat. night (July 27, 2019) from inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (more on that fight card here).

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