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Luke Rockhold, Paige VanZant Climb In UFC Rankings

Paige VanZant

Behind his dominating victory over Lyoto Machida, Luke Rockhold finds himself securely in the No. 1 spot in the UFC’s middleweight division rankings.

Rockhold climbed four spots, jumping ahead of Machida, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Vitor Belfort. The former Strikeforce champion scored a submission win over Machida.

Max Holloway, who bested Cub Swanson this past weekend, moved up three spots at featherweight to No. 6. However, he is still one behind Swanson.

Another major mover was Paige VanZant, as the female strawweight climbed five spots to seventh off her win over Felice Herrig.

Aljamain Sterling, who scored a win over Takeya Mizugaki, is now ranked 10th at bantamweight after not being ranked before. The Serra-Longo fighter is unbeaten in his career.

Other fighters who climbed up the rankings include Jussier Formiga, Kyoji Horiguchi, Eddie Wineland, Michael Johnson, Tony Ferguson, Al Iaquinta, Ryan LaFlare, Fabio Maldonado and Amanda Nunes.

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