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T.J. Dillashaw Leaps Into Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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New UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw jumped into the pound-for-pound Top-15 in the latest release of the UFC official rankings. Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao over the weekend at UFC 173.

Dillashaw is now ranked No. 11 on the list, right behind UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Barao, who was third overall, fell to No. 8, allowing champions Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson, Chris Weidman and Anthony Pettis to all pass him.

The bantamweight division saw some movement, as Johnny Eduardo improved three spots, cracking the Top-10 at No. 9. Former champion Dominick Cruz remains ranked despite having not fought in over two years.

Matt Brown, who was just announced for a fight later this year against Robbie Lawler, moved up to No. 5 in the welterweight division. Lawler, fresh off a finish of Jake Ellenberger, is the top-ranked contender to Johny Hendricks.

Ellenberger fell two spots after the loss, as Hector Lombard also passed him.

Daniel Cormier is now ranked ahead of both Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira at No. 2 in the light heavyweight division. Cormier asked to be the next man to challenge Jon Jones for the belt after Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson later this summer.

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