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New rankings! Tom Aspinall climbs to No. 6, Dan Hooker drops out of Top 10 following UFC London

UFC Fight Night 204-London 2022 Photo by Kieran Riley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its “official” rankings in the wake of the UFC London mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sat. night (March 19, 2022) inside O2 Arena in London, England.

That’s where hometown hero Tom Aspinall cemented his place among the 265-pound elite, turning away fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov and climbing his way to the sixth rung on the division ladder. “Drago” dropped one spot to No. 7.

Unfortunately, this week’s update also saw the fall of Dan Hooker, who tried to get back to his winning ways by cutting down to featherweight. Instead, he got whooped by 145-pound phenom Arnold Allen and got tossed from the Top 10.

Here’s how UFC compiles its official rankings:

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. Kamaru Usman
2. Israel Adesanya
3. Alexander Volkanovski
4. Francis Ngannou
5. Charles Oliveira
6. Max Holloway
7. Jon Jones
8. Dustin Poirier
9. Petr Yan
10. Glover Teixeira
11. Deiveson Figueiredo
12. Stipe Miocic
13. Brandon Moreno
14. Robert Whittaker
15. Jan Blachowicz

FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

1. Brandon Moreno
2. Askar Askarov
3. Alexandre Pantoja
4. Alex Perez
5. Brandon Royval
6. Kai Kara France
7. Matheus Nicolau +1
8. Rogerio Bontorin -1
9. Matt Schnell
10. David Dvorak
11. Tim Elliott
12. Su Mudaerji
13. Amir Albazi
14. Manel Kape
15. Tagir Ulanbekov

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Aljamain Sterling

1. Petr Yan (Interim champion)
2. T.J. Dillashaw
3. Jose Aldo
4. Cory Sandhagen
5. Rob Font
6. Merab Dvalishvili
7. Dominick Cruz
8. Marlon Vera
9. (T) Pedro Munhoz
9. (T) Song Yadong
11. Frankie Edgar
12. Ricky Simon +1
13. Sean O’Malley -1
14. Marlon Moraes
15. Raphael Assuncao

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Alexander Volkanovski

1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Yair Rodriguez
4. Chan Sung Jung
5. Calvin Kattar
6. Arnold Allen +1
7. Josh Emmett -1
8. Giga Chikadze
9. Bryce Mitchell
10. Dan Ige
11. Sodiq Yusuff
12. Edson Barboza
13. Movsar Evloev
14. Shane Burgos
15. Ilia Topuria

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Charles Oliveira

1. Justin Gaethje
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Islam Makhachev
4. Beneil Dariush
5. Michael Chandler
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Tony Ferguson
8. Gregor Gillespie +1
9. Conor McGregor
10. Rafael Fiziev +1
11. Arman Tsarukyan +1
12. Mateusz Gamrot +1
13. Dan Hooker -5
14. Brad Riddell
15. Diego Ferreira

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Kamaru Usman

1. Colby Covington
2. Gilbert Burns
3. Leon Edwards
4. Vicente Luque
5. Belal Muhammed
6. Stephen Thompson
7. Jorge Masvidal
8. Sean Brady
9. Neil Magny
10. Michael Chiesa
11. Khamzat Chimaev
12. Geoff Neal
13. Li Jingliang
14. Santiago Ponzinibbio
15. Muslim Salikhov

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: Israel Adesanya

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Jared Cannonier
3. Marvin Vettori
4. (T) Derek Brunson
4. (T) Paulo Costa
4. (T) Sean Strickland
7. Jack Hermansson
8. Darren Till
9. Uriah Hall
10. Kelvin Gastelum
11. Nassourdine Imavov
12. Brad Tavares
13. Andre Muniz
14. Chris Weidman
15. Edmen Shahbazyan

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Glover Teixeira

1. Jan Blachowicz
2. Jiri Prochazka
3. Aleksandar Rakic
4. Magomed Ankalaev
5. Anthony Smith
6. Thiago Santos
7. Dominick Reyes
8. Paul Craig +3
9. Volkan Oezdemir -1
10. Jamahal Hill
11. Nikita Krylov -2
12. Johnny Walker
13. Ryan Spann
14. Jim Crute
15. Dustin Jacoby

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Francis Ngannou

1. Ciryl Gane
2. Stipe Miocic
3. Tai Tuivasa
4. Curtis Blaydes
5. Derrick Lewis
6. Tom Aspinall +5
7. Alexander Volkov -1
8. Jairzinho Rozenstruik -1
9. Chris Daukaus -1
10. Marcin Tybura -1
11. Sergei Pavlovich *NR
12. Shamil Abdurakhimov -2
13. Augusto Sakai -1
14. Walt Harris -1
15. Blagoy Ivanov -1

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Valentina Shevchenko
2. Amanda Nunes
3. Rose Namajunas
4. Julianna Pena
5. Weili Zhang
6. Jessica Andrade
7. Holly Holm
8. Carla Esparza
9. Marina Rodriguez
10. Katlyn Chookagian
11. Yan Xiaonan
12. Irene Aldana
13. Lauren Murphy
14. Mackenzie Dern
15. Aspen Ladd

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion: Rose Namajunas

1. Zhang Weili
2. Carla Esparza
3. Marina Rodriguez
4. Yan Xiaonan
5. Mackenzie Dern
6. Nina Nunes
7. Tecia Torres
8. Michelle Waterson
9. Amanda Ribas
10. Amanda Lemos
11. Virna Jandiroba
12. Angela Hill
13. Jessica Penne
14. Brianna Van Buren
15. Luana Pinheiro

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Valentina Shevchenko

1. Jessica Andrade
2. Katlyn Chookagian
3. Lauren Murphy
4. Jennifer Maia
5. Talia Santos
6. Viviane Araujo
7. Joanne Wood
8. Andrea Lee
9. Alexa Grasso +2
10. Jessica Eye
11. Cynthia Calvillo -2
12. Casey O’Neill
13. Manon Fiorot
14. Maycee Barber
15. Erin Blanchfield

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Julianna Pena

1. Amanda Nunes
2. Holly Holm
3. Irene Aldana
4. Aspen Ladd
5. Ketlen Vieira
6. Yana Kunitskaya
7. Raquel Pennington
8. Miesha Tate
9. Sara McMann
10. Macy Chiasson
11. Lina Lansberg
12. Karol Rosa
13. Pannie Kianzad
14. Julia Avila
15. Norma Dumont

There you have it.

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