New rankings! Tyron Woodley exits Top 5 following Colby Covington loss at UFC Vegas 11

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its official rankings in the wake of its UFC Vegas 11 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Sat. night (Sept. 19, 2020) inside the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley continued his 170-pound free fall, dropping to No. 7 following his third consecutive loss, courtesy of longtime rival Colby Covington, who takes over the No. 2 spot with his fifth-round finish.

    Much to the chagrin of Gilbert Burns.

    Despite his sensational 17-second knockout over Gerald Meerschaert (watch it here), undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev will not make his debut in the official rankings just yet, simply because “Borz” has yet to face (and defeat) a ranked opponent.

    Here’s a refresher on how the rankings work, courtesy of

    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 Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, T = tie, *NR = Not previously ranked).


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


    Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

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


    Champion: Petr Yan

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



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



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


    Champion: KAMARU USMAN

    1. Colby Covington +1
    2. Gilbert Burns -1
    3. Leon Edwards
    4. Jorge Masvidal
    5. Stephen Thompson +1
    6. Demian Maia +1
    7. Tyron Woodley -2
    8. Michael Chiesa
    9. Rafael dos Anjos
    10. (T) Vicente Luque
    10. (T) Neil Magny +1
    12. Geoff Neal
    13. Nate Diaz
    14. Anthony Pettis
    15. Robbie Lawler



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


    Champion: VACANT

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


    Champion: STIPE MIOCIC

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


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


    Champion: WEILI ZHANG

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



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


    Champion: AMANDA NUNES

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

    There you have it.

    You can expect these rankings to change around this time next week, particularly in the middleweight division, following this weekend’s UFC 253: “Adesanya vs. Costa” pay-per-view (PPV) event from inside Flash Forum on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.

    For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.

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