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Khabib pulled from UFC rankings, Derek Brunson cracks Top 5 in latest update

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UFC 229 Khabib v McGregor: Press Conference Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

The official UFC rankings were updated this week to reflect the results from last weekend’s UFC Vegas 22 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, where longtime middleweight veteran Derek Brunson slid into the Top 5 after his commanding performance over 185-pound loudmouth Kevin Holland.

Elsewhere on the charts, there was movement on both the pound-for-pound and lightweight lists now that Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired from combat sports and vacated his 155-pound title, which is up for grabs when Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira collide at UFC 262.

Here’s how the rankings are compiled:

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

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

1. Brandon Moreno
2. Askar Askarov
3. Alexandre Pantoja
4. Alex Perez
5. Joseph Benavidez
6. Brandon Royval
7. Kai Kara France
8. Matt Schnell
9. Rogerio Bontorin
10. Tim Elliott
11. David Dvorak
12. Raulian Paiva
13. Su Mudaerji
14. Matheus Nicolau
14. Amir Albazi

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Aljamain Sterling

1. Petr Yan
2. Cory Sandhagen
3. Rob Font
4. Cody Garbrandt
5. Jose Aldo
6. Marlon Moraes
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Pedro Munhoz
9. Dominick Cruz
10. Raphael Assuncao
11. Jimmie Rivera
12. Merab Dvalishvili
13. Cody Stamann
14. Kyler Phillips
15. Marlon Vera

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. Dan Ige
9. Jeremy Stephens
10. Arnold Allen +1
11. Sodiq Yusuff -1
12. Shane Burgos
13. Bryce Mitchell
14. Edson Barboza
15. Movsar Evloev

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: VACANT

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

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: KAMARU USMAN

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

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: ISRAEL ADESANYA

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

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Jan Blachowicz

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

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

1. Francis Ngannou
2. Derrick Lewis
3. Curtis Blaydes
4. Ciryl Gane
5. Alexander Volkov
6. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
7. Shamil Abdurakhimov
8. Walt Harris
9. Augusto Sakai
10. Chris Daukaus
11. Marcin Tybura
12. Blagoy Ivanov
13. Tom Aspinall
14. Sergei Pavlovich
15. Aleksei Oleinik

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. Yan Xiaonan
12. Nina Ansaroff
13. Carla Esparza
14. Cynthia Calvillo
15. Claudia Gadelha

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: WEILI ZHANG

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

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

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

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: AMANDA NUNES

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

There you have it.

You can expect these rankings to change around this time next week, particularly in the heavyweight division, following the UFC 260: “Miocic vs. Ngannou 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat. night (March 27) from inside APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.