ByJack Sullivan, writer at
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Jack Sullivan

The new UFC Rankings came out on Wednesday, and there has been plenty of movement in multiple divisions. With three, first-round finishes on the main card, it was highly likely that fighters would jump up in the rankings.

The biggest climb came from the main event winner, Michael Johnson. Originally ranked No. 10 in the lightweight division, "The Menace" fell just short of the top five at No. 6. His counterpart, Dustin Poirier, had the biggest drop in the rankings this week. A four-fight win streak had propelled Poirier up to No. 7, since switching from featherweight to lightweight. His first round KO loss did not knock him out of the top 10, but he barely keeps space on the list, as he sits in the No. 10 spot.

The main event fighters were not the only lightweights to move in the rankings. Another fighter on the UFC Fight Night Hidalgo main card, Evan Dunham, fought tough newcomer, Rick Glenn, to a unanimous decision win. His performance didn't make him climb leaps and bounds up the rankings, but it did move him from No. 15 to No. 14, surpassing Rashid Magomedov.

The rest of the fighters that moved in the lightweight division were due to inactivity. Nate Diaz was tied with Edson Barboza at No. 4, but after his duet of fights against Conor McGregor, and his desire only for "money fights," a drop to No. 5 has been noted. Donald Cerrone has been absent from the lightweight division since he lost his title challenge against Rafael dos Anjos in December, 2015. He has won three fights at welterweight since then, as well as three Performance of the Night Awards. He is now ranked No. 7 in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions, while previously sitting in the No. 6 spot at 155.

There was also a shuffle outside the lightweight division, as well. The co-main event saw another first round finish in the middleweight division. Derek Brunson climbed two spots from No. 10 to No. 8, leap-frogging his opponent, Uriah Hall (now No. 10) and Gegard Mousasi (now No. 9).

A few fighters also saw shifts in the rankings, even though they didn't compete this past weekend. The strangest of those happened in the bantamweight division. Despite the card only featuring two bantamweight bouts (with unranked fighters), the division has John Lineker moving above Bryan Caraway, going from No. 4 to No. 3, ahead of his fight in Portland next week.

Many fans — myself included — were wondering why Jimmie Rivera was ranked directly below Urijah Faber after besting the crafty veteran at UFC 203. That is no longer the case, as Rivera is not only ranked above Faber, potential title contender and Team Alpha Male staple, Cody Garbrandt has also moved above his teammate. Rivera moved from No. 7 to No. 5, followed by Garbrandt at No. 6 and Faber at No. 7.

The final adjustments in the rankings were simple swaps: Lorenz Larkin moved up one spot to No. 8 in the welterweight division, ahead of his last opponent, Neil Magny. Yair Rodriguez continues to climb up the featherweight rankings, falling just outside the top 10 at No. 11. He surpassed Hacran Dias, who will take on Andre Fili in Portland next Saturday.


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