UFC rankings update: Max Holloway rockets up the pound-for-pound list

UFC rankings update: Max Holloway rockets up the pound-for-pound list

Last weekend, in the main event of UFC 212, interim UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway stepped onto the canvas with undisputed featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a compelling featherweight title unification fight. As many expected, it was an interesting battle from the opening bell.

The fight began with Aldo efficiently navigating his Hawaiian foe’s substantial reach advantage, blasting into range to land crackling, multi-punch combos on the interim champion. This trend continued until the end of the second round. In the third, however, Aldo began to fade abruptly while Holloway simultaneously cranked up the offense. Before the third round ended, Holloway was being peeled off of his legendary foe by the referee, signalling a career-changing title win.

Now the UFC’s undisputed UFC featherweight king, and riding high on an eleven-fight win-streak, Holloway is one of the most talked about fighters in MMA. According to the official UFC rankings, he’s also one of the top-five pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

Now several days from Holloway’s incredible UFC 212 win, the promotion has updated its official ranking. The most significant change in these updated rankings  is that Holloway has catapulted from the number-10 spot on the pound-for-pound list to number five.

Here are the updated UFC Rankings in the wake of UFC 212:

POUND-FOR-POUND

1 Demetrious Johnson

2 Conor McGregor

3 Daniel Cormier

4 Stipe Miocic

5 Max Holloway

6 Cody Garbrandt

7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

8 Dominick Cruz

9 Tyron Woodley

10 Jose Aldo

11 Michael Bisping

12 Amanda Nunes

13 TJ Dillashaw

14 Khabib Nurmagomedov

15 Frankie Edgar

FLYWEIGHT

Champion : Demetrious Johnson

1 Joseph Benavidez

2 Henry Cejudo

3 Ray Borg

4 Wilson Reis

5 Jussier Formiga

6 Sergio Pettis

7 Brandon Moreno

8 Tim Elliott

9 Ian McCall

10 Dustin Ortiz

11 John Moraga

12 Ben Nguyen

13 Louis Smolka

14 Alexandre Pantoja

15 Ryan Benoit

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion : Cody Garbrandt

1 Dominick Cruz

2 TJ Dillashaw

3 Raphael Assuncao

4 John Lineker

5 Jimmie Rivera

6 Bryan Caraway

7 John Dodson

8 Aljamain Sterling

9 Thomas Almeida

10 Marlon Moraes

11 Pedro Munhoz

12 Eddie Wineland

13 Matthew Lopez

14 Johnny Eduardo

15 Rob Font

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion : Max Holloway

1 Jose Aldo

2 Frankie Edgar

3 Ricardo Lamas

4 Cub Swanson

5 Chan Sung Jung

6 Anthony Pettis

7 Yair Rodriguez

8 Jeremy Stephens

9 Brian Ortega

10 Dennis Bermudez

11 Renato Moicano

12 Darren Elkins

13 Dooho Choi

14 Mirsad Bektic

15 Renan Barao

LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion : Conor McGregor

1 Khabib Nurmagomedov

2 Tony Ferguson

3 Eddie Alvarez

4 Edson Barboza

5 Rafael Dos Anjos

6 Michael Johnson

7 Michael Chiesa

8 Nate Diaz

9 Dustin Poirier

10 Beneil Dariush

11 Al Iaquinta

12 Kevin Lee

13 Evan Dunham

14 Gilbert Melendez

15 Francisco Trinaldo

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion : Tyron Woodley

1 Demian Maia

2 Stephen Thompson

3 Robbie Lawler

4 Jorge Masvidal

5 Neil Magny

6 Carlos Condit

7 Dong Hyun Kim

8 Donald Cerrone

9 Gunnar Nelson

10 Kamaru Usman

11 Tarec Saffiedine

12 Ryan LaFlare

13 Santiago Ponzinibbio

14 Leon Edwards

15 Matt Brown

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion : Michael Bisping

1 Yoel Romero

2 Luke Rockhold

3 Robert Whittaker

4 Gegard Mousasi

5 Jacare Souza

6 Chris Weidman

7 Anderson Silva

8 Derek Brunson

9 David Branch

10 Krzysztof Jotko

11 Vitor Belfort

12 Thales Leites

13 Uriah Hall

14 Sam Alvey

15 Daniel Kelly

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion : Daniel Cormier

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Jimi Manuwa

3 Glover Teixeira

4 Volkan Oezdemir

5 Mauricio Rua

6 Corey Anderson

7 Ovince Saint Preux

8 Misha Cirkunov

9 Ilir Latifi

10 Rogerio Nogueira

11 Patrick Cummins

12 Tyson Pedro

13 Gian Villante

14 Jan Blachowicz

15 Gadzhimurad Antigulov

HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion : Stipe Miocic

1 Fabricio Werdum

2 Cain Velasquez

3 Alistair Overeem

4 Junior Dos Santos

5 Francis Ngannou

6 Derrick Lewis

7 Mark Hunt

8 Andrei Arlovski

9 Travis Browne

10 Alexander Volkov

11 Stefan Struve

12 Tim Johnson

13 Marcin Tybura

14 Aleksei Oleinik

15 Daniel Omielanczuk

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion : Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1 Claudia Gadelha

2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz

3 Rose Namajunas

4 Jessica Andrade

5 Tecia Torres

6 Michelle Waterson

7 Joanne Calderwood

8 Carla Esparza

9 Randa Markos

10 Maryna Moroz

11 Cortney Casey

12 Paige VanZant

13 Felice Herrig

14 Cynthia Calvillo

15 Jessica Aguilar

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion : Amanda Nunes

1 Valentina Shevchenko

2 Julianna Pena

3 Ronda Rousey

4 Raquel Pennington

5 Holly Holm

6 Sara McMann

7 Cat Zingano

8 Liz Carmouche

9 Alexis Davis

10 Germaine de Randamie

11 Bethe Correia

12 Marion Reneau

13 Katlyn Chookagian

14 Ketlen Vieira

15 Ashlee Evans-Smith

Are you surprised to see Max Holloway so high up the pound-for-pound list?

This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 6/8/2017.

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