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UFC rankings: Conor McGregor bounced from Top 5, Michael Chandler debuts above Tony Ferguson

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McGregor also fell to No. 15 on the pound-for-pound chart.

UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

How the mighty have fallen.

Back in January 2018, Conor McGregor was the reigning lightweight champion, with interim titleholder Tony Ferguson ranked No. 1 at 155 pounds. Seemed like those two were destined to fight but then again, this is MMA and there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion.

Especially when it comes to “El Cucuy.”

Fast-forward three years and McGregor is no longer part of the Top 5 whereas Ferguson is barely holding on, teetering perilously in the No. 5 slot. You can thank the UFC 257 pay-per-view (PPV) event for that, where Bellator MMA import Michael Chandler and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier shook things up at 155 pounds.

“Iron” takes over the No. 4 seat while “The Diamond” captures the No. 1 spot.

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).

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov
2. Jon Jones
3. Israel Adesanya
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Kamaru Usman
6. Alexander Volkanovski
7. Dustin Poirier
8. Max Holloway
9. Deiveson Figueiredo
10. Petr Yan
11. Justin Gaethje
12. Robert Whittaker
13. Francis Ngannou +1
14. Jan Blachowicz +1
15. Conor McGregor -2

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

1. Brandon Moreno
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Askar Askarov
4. Alex Perez
5. Alexandre Pantoja
6. Brandon Royval
7. Kai Kara France +1
8. (T) Rogerio Bontorin -1
8. (T) Matt Schnell +1
10. Raulian Paiva
11. Tim Elliott +1
12. David Dvorak -1
13. Amir Albazi +2
14. Su Mudaerji *NR
15. Tyson Nam -2

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Petr Yan

1. Aljamain Sterling
2. Cory Sandhagen
3. Cody Garbrandt
4. Frankie Edgar
5. Rob Font
6. Jose Aldo
7. Marlon Moraes
8. Pedro Munhoz
9. Jimmie Rivera
10. Raphael Assuncao
11. Dominick Cruz
12. Merab Dvalishvili
13. Cody Stamann
14. Song Yadong
15. Casey Kenney

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
4. Yair Rodriguez
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Calvin Kattar
7. Josh Emmett
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Arnold Allen
10. Sodiq Yusuff
11. Dan Ige
12. Shane Burgos
13. Bryce Mitchell +1
14. Ryan Hall -1
15. Edson Barboza

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

1. Dustin Poirier +1
2. Justin Gaethje -1
3. Charles Oliveira
4. Michael Chandler *NR
5. Tony Ferguson
6. Conor McGregor -2
7. Rafael dos Anjos
8. Dan Hooker -2
9. Paul Felder -1
10. Diego Ferreira -1
11. Al Iaquinta -1
12. Kevin Lee -1
13. Beneil Dariush -1
14. Islam Makhachev -1
15. Gregor Gillespie -1

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

1. Colby Covington
2. Gilbert Burns
3. Leon Edwards
4. Jorge Masvidal
5. Stephen Thompson
6. Michael Chiesa +2
7. Tyron Woodley -1
8. Demian Maia -1
9. (T) Neil Magny
9. (T) Vicente Luque +1
11. Geoff Neal
12. Li Jingliang
13. Belal Muhammed
14. Robbie Lawler
15. Khamzat Chimaev

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Paulo Costa
3. Jared Cannonier
4. Darren Till
5. Marvin Vettori
6. Jack Hermansson
7. Derek Brunson
8. Uriah Hall +1
9. Kelvin Gastelum -1
10. Kevin Holland
11. Chris Weidman
12. Edmen Shahbazyan
13. Brad Tavares +1
14. Omari Akhmedov -1
15. Ian Heinisch

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Jan Blachowicz

1. Glover Teixeira
2. Thiago Santos
3. Dominick Reyes
4. Aleksandar Rakic
5. Jiri Prochazka
6. Anthony Smith
7. Volkan Oezdemir
8. Nikita Krylov
9. Johnny Walker
10. Misha Cirkunov
11. Magomed Ankalaev
12. Jim Crute
13. Ryan Spann
14. Paul Craig
15. Jamall Hill

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Francis Ngannou
2. Curtis Blaydes
3. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
4. Derrick Lewis
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Alexander Volkov
7. Ciryl Gane
8. Shamil Abdurakhimov
9. Augusto Sakai
10. Aleksei Oleinik
11. (T) Junior dos Santos
11. (T) Walt Harris
13. Blagoy Ivanov
14. Sergei Pavlovich
15. Marcin Tybura -1

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Amanda Nunes
2. Valentina Shevchenko
3. Weili Zhang
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Jessica Andrade
6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
7. Germaine De Randamie
8. Holly Holm
9. Aspen Ladd
10. Katlyn Chookagian
11. Nina Ansaroff
12. Yan Xiaonan
13. Carla Esparza +2
14. Cynthia Calvillo -1
15. Claudia Gadelha -1

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

1. Rose Namajunas
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3. Yan Xiaonan
4. Carla Esparza
5. Nina Ansaroff
6. Marina Rodriguez +2
7. Claudia Gadelha -1
8. Michelle Waterson -1
9. Tecia Torres
10. Amanda Ribas
11. Mackenzie Dern
12. Angela Hill
13. Virna Jandiroba
14. Felice Herrig
15. Livinha Souza

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Katlyn Chookagian
3. Lauren Murphy
4. Jennifer Maia
5. Cynthia Calvillo
6. Joanne Calderwood +1
7. Viviane Araujo +2
8. Jessica Eye -2
9. Roxanne Modafferi -1
10. Maycee Barber
11. Andrea Lee
12. Alexis Davis
13. Talia Santos
14. Antonina Shevchenko
15. Alexa Grasso

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

1. Germaine de Randamie
2. Holly Holm
3. Aspen Ladd
4. Raquel Pennington
5. Irene Aldana
6. Julianna Pena +1
7. Ketlen Vieira -1
8. Yana Kunitskaya
9. Sara McMann
10. Marion Reneau
11. Lina Lansberg
12. Macy Chiasson
13. Pannie Kianzad
14. Sijara Eubanks
15. Julia Avila

There you have it.

You can expect these rankings to change early next month, particularly in the heavyweight division, following the UFC Vegas 18: “Overeem vs. Volkov” mixed martial arts (MMA) event from on Feb. 6 from inside APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.