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Updated UFC Rankings: DJ Moves To No. 5 Overall, Khabib Also Climbs

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Following UFC on FOX 11, the official UFC rankings were once again updated – even though a new set was just released last Friday after The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.

With only a handful of ranked fighters competing on the card, there was little change to the Top-15 overall standings in each weight class.

On the pound-for-pound chart, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson moved past middleweight champion Chris Weidman for fifth overall. Also, Gilbert Melendez and Alexander Gustafsson flip-flopped for 13th and 14th.

Fabricio Werdum, fresh off his decision victory over Travis Browne, officially moved to the role of No. 1 contender, overtaking Junior dos Santos. Werdum will challenge UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for the title later this year, and is now ranked ahead of the fighter – dos Santos – who last defeated him inside the Octagon.

Stipe Miocic and Antonio Rodrigo Noguira each moved up one spot in the heavyweight Top-15.

Yoel Romero was the biggest mover, climbing from No. 14 to No. 11 at middleweight after earning a decision over Brad Tavares. Vitor Belfort also moved back ahead of Lyoto Machida for second.

At lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov placed himself at No. 5 after defeating Rafael dos Anjos, who fell three spots to eighth. Gilbert Melendez, Donald Cerrone and Michael Johnson all improved one position, while Benson Henderson and Edson Barboza dropped one spot each.

Dustin Poirier climbed to fifth at featherweight, overtaking Chan Sung Jung, while Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Bermudez flipped 10th and 11th.

Raphael Assuncao, who was forced to decline a shot at Renan Barao for the bantamweight title, moved to No. 2, while Alex Caceres was placed at 10th in the division.