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Amy Kaplan

The UFC rankings have been shook up, and I don't think it's a shock to anyone why.

Three of the UFC's most famous fighters have been removed from the top 15 rankings due to potential USADA violations. Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar and Lyoto Machida who were all at one time UFC poster boys have all been erased from the their divisions rankings.

Jones, the most controversial of the trio, was removed from his previous interim title number one spot, and presumably stripped of the title; although the UFC has made no official announcement. Jones was set to face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in order to unify the title, but was removed from the bout just a few days before due to testing positive for two estrogen blockers. He was also high on the pound for pound list.

Lesnar, also on UFC 200 was removed from the listings due to failing two tests, also due to estrogen blockers. Lesnar was making his return to the cage after five years and defeated Mark Hunt via unanimous decision. His results did not come out until after the fight. He had held the number eight spot on the heavyweight rankings.

Machida was removed after admitting to taking a banned substance during an out-of-competition test. He claims he was not aware the substance was banned. This is odd as his admission happened back in April, and he was just removed this weekend. He had held the number eight spot as a middleweight.

You can view the changes in the graph below. The green arrows indicate when a fighter has moved up in rank.

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