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It's been only a few days since the UFC hosted their year end event which proved to be a night of surprises. There's a new men's bantamweight champion and the former queen of the Octagon was pushed further from her throne. So, it makes sense that when the new UFC fighter rankings were revealed there were quite a few changes.

Take a look at all the changes to the rankings:

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pound for Pound Rankings:

When former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was defeated by Cody Garbrandt, it wasn't just the belt he lost. He was also dropped heavily on the pound for pound rankings. He was formerly ranked at #3, and now sits at #8, a full five spaces below his former spot.

Garbrandt is now ranked in the #5 pound for pound spot, this being the first time he has appeared on the pound for pound rankings.

Due to the shifting of Cruz, Michael Bisping and Tyron Woodley were both moved down one place, and Max Holloway was dropped down two spaces.

Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and featherweight champion Jose Aldo both moved up in rankings because of the shuffle.

We also see the addition of Luke Rockhold in the #15 spot, even though he was not previously ranked.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Flyweight Rankings:

When Ray Borg defeated Louis Smolka via unanimous decision at UFC 207, it was thought that his place on the rankings would be affected — and it was. He was brought up three places, and is now ranked at #10.

Because of his movement Brandon Moreno, Zach Makovsky and Louis Smolka were all dropped one ranking each. Tim Elliott was moved up one spot to #14 and Sergio Pettis dropped down to #15.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Men's Bantamweight Rankings:

One of the biggest shockers from UFC 207 was the crowning of a new bantamweight king — Cody Garbrandt.

Obviously, the rankings were affected due to having to move Garbrant to the championship slot, and the former champion, Dominick Cruz to the #1 spot.

Because of that shift, TJ Dillashaw, John Lineker and Raphael Assuncao all moved down one space in the rankings. Somewhat of a headscratcher is Bryan Caraway, who moved UP two spaces, shifting Jimmie Rivera down two. Neither man fought on UFC 207, but because of the shifting of the other fighters, they likely got a second wind.

We also see Eddie Wineland move up two spaces, as well as Pedro Munhoz and Rani Yahya moving up one space. Erik Perez rounds off the top 15, this being his first time being ranked.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Women's Bantamweight Rankings:

It was a big night for the both the men and women's bantamweight divisions. The upset of the night was easily seeing former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey TKO'd by Amanda Nunes in just :48 seconds.

The rankings shifted accordingly.

Rousey dropped three spaces to the #4 spot, forcing Valentina Shevchenko, Juliana Pena and Holly Holm up one space.

Down towards the lower half of the rankings, we saw movement as well. Germaine de Randamie, Ashlee Evans-Smith, and Jessica Eye all moved up one position. Alexis Davis moved up one position and newcommer (to the rankings) Leslie Smith rounds out the top 15.

Featherweight Rankings:

Nothing too major happened in featherweight but Dennis Bermudez moved down one space, Darren Elkins moved up one and Mirsad Bektic moved down one as well.

Lightweight Rankings:

There were no changes made to the lightweight rankings.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Welterweight Rankings:

This division saw some of the most changes in rankings — thanks to Johny Hendricks who didn't just lose his bout, but also missed weight ... again. Due to his loss to Neil Magny, he was moved from the #6 spot to the #11 spot, dropping him out of the top 10.

With the drastic shifting of Hendricks, these fighters all moved up in ranking by one space: Lorenz Larkin (who is a current free agent), Rick Story and Gunnar Nelson. Dong Hyun Kim, who won at UFC 207 by split decision, moved up two spaces.

Tarec Saffiedine lost to Kim at UFC 207 and moved down to the #13 spot, shifting Jorge Masvidal and Matt Brown up one space and Jake Ellenberger down one.

Middleweight Rankings:

There was movement in the middleweight rankings, yet none of the fighters who changed rankings fought at UFC 207. Regardless, the shifting was minimal and will likely change again when there is some more substantial action in the top 10.

Vitor Belfort, Krzysztof Jotko and Thales Leites all moved down the rankings by one spot.

Tim Kennedy and Tim Boetsch both moved up one space.

Light Heavyweight Rankings:

The light heavyweight division saw almost no movement with the exception of Gian Villante and Patrick Cummins flipping spots. Neither fighter was on the UFC 207 card, but Villante still moved up one space.

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Per Haljestam-USA TODAY

Heavyweight Rankings:

The heavyweight division saw a total of eight fighters move up one space, sadly it was due to the removal of Josh Barnett, who was flagged by USADA last week.

Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Derrick Lewis, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Alexander Volkov, Daniel Omielanczuk and Tim Johnson. Also, a new addition to the heavyweight rankings is Luis Henrique, who rounds off the list at #15.

Women's Strawweight Rankings:

No strawweights fought on UFC 207, but they did have quite a big weekend at UFC Sacramento on Dec. 17. Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson faced off in the main event where we saw Waterson defeat PVZ via a rear-naked choke in the first round.

That's likely why she was moved down in rankings this week from #9 to #10.

Also affected were Jessica Penne, who went down one space, and Valerie Letourneau, who went down two. Alexa Grasso moved up two spaces, and Juliana Lima is up one.

Who do you think should have changed rank?


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