UFC 228 was an action-packed card full of excitement, but it didn’t do much to the rankings on the men’s side. No fighter in any of the male weight classes moved more than a single spot this week except for Robert Whittaker at P4P, for example. But the women’s divisions? There were many changes there.
Tatiana Suarez’s dominant win over Carla Esparza shot her up the women’s strawweight rankings, making her a viable title contender. And the stripping of Nicco Montano’s women’s flyweight title for not being able to fight at UFC 228 changed the entire landscape of that division’s rankings.
So without further ado, let’s get to it.
P4P – Tyron Woodley’s big win over Darren Till moved him up one spot from seven to six, bumping former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson down to seven. Robert Whittaker inexplicably dropped two spots from ten to 12, allowing Cris Cyborg to enter the top ten and Henry Cejudo to take the 11 spot.
Heavyweight – No changes.
Light Heavyweight – No changes.
Middleweight – No changes.
Welterweight – No changes.
Lightweight – No changes.
Featherweight – Mirsad Bektic moved up into a tie for eight with Josh Emmett. Zabit Magomedshapirov’s crafty submission win at UFC 228 moved him up one spot to 14, dropping his original opponent, Yair Rodriguez, to 15.
Bantamweight – Aljamain Sterling’s win and John Dodson’s loss saw them flip the seven and eight spots.
Flyweight – Dustin Ortiz moved up one to nine, dropping Alexandre Pantoja to ten.
Women’s Bantamweight – Irene Aldana’s hard-fought UFC 228 win saw her move up one spot to 11, dropping Lina Lansberg to 12.
Women’s Flyweight – There’s no more champ. Valentina Shevchenko remains the top contender. Former champ Nicco Montano actually comes in at two, below Shevchenko. Sijara Eubanks drops two to four. Roxanne Modafferi fell two spots into a tie for six. Lauren Murphy, Jessica Eye, Jessica-Rose Clark, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Joanne Calderwood, Mara Romero Borella, and Andrea Lee all dropped one spot to 8-14 respectively.
Women’s Strawweight – Saurez moved up a huge five spots to the four position with her win. Karolina Kowalkiewicz fell one spot to five with her knockout loss. Tecia Torres fell one to six. Esparza is down eight after getting her butt kicked by Suarez. Felice Herrig is down one to nine.