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UFC Rankings Report: Stephen Thompson Soars To Third

Stephen Thompson

Fresh off a first round destruction of Johny Hendricks, Stephen Thompson now finds himself on the edge of title contention.

Thompson vaulted up to third in the latest UFC rankings, settling in behind Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley. “Wonderboy” finished Hendricks, a former champion, this past weekend.

Hendricks fell three spots to fifth behind the three previously mentioned fighters and Carlos Condit.

Albert Tumenov also debuted in the welterweight rankings at No. 14.

There was plenty of movement in the heavyweight divison, as Ben Rothwell and is now fourth, while Jared Rosholt dropped three spots to 15th. Junior dos Santos, Antonio Silva, Matt Mitrione and Alexey Oliynyk all moved up.

Gian Villante and Ilir Latifi are now 13th and 14th at light heavyweight, with Jan Blachowicz joining them in the rankings at 15th.

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva jumped all the way to seventh despite still not competing in over a year, moving ahead of Robert Whittaker, Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites. Rafael Natal climbed to 12th, one spot ahead of Derek Brunson.

Tony Ferguson, Edson Barboza and Dustin Poirier all climbed one spot at lightweight, with Rashid Magomedov moving in at No. 15. Nik Lentz and Clay Guida flip-flopped for 14th at featherweight.

Justin Scoggins debuted in the flyweight Top-15 at 12th, while Ali Bagautinov moved up to 10th and both Dustin Ortiz and Ray Borg fell. Jimmie Rivera and Eddie Wineland switched 13th and 14th in the bantamweight division.

The overall pound-for-pound Top-15 saw Rafael dos Anjos move up two spots to fourth, while Robbie Lawler dropped two positions to sixth. Frankie Edgar is now ranked 15th on the list.

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