Magny reclaims the No. 9 spot at 170 pounds in this edition of the
Sherdog.com rankings, bumping Ben Askren to
No. 10 and Jake Shields
to the list of contenders. Over the past two years, Magny has gone
on a remarkable 10-1 inside the Octagon, proving himself against
fellow contenders such as Kelvin
Gastelum and Tim Means,
often on short notice. Lombard, who was removed from the rankings
in 2015 due to a yearlong suspension, remains outside of the top
Samoan slugger Mark Hunt
needed just one punch to knock out Frank Mir and
move up the heavyweight rankings. The 41-year-old walk-off king
advances to No. 8 in this update, bumping Travis
Browne down one to No. 9.
World Series of Fighting lightweight ace Justin
Gaethje enters the fray at 155 pounds following his fourth
successful title defense, a first-round finish of Brian
Foster. While unbeaten Gaethje has not yet had the opportunity
to test himself against the division’s true elite, his results in
the WSOF cage cannot be overlooked: nine wins in nine fights, with
eight via stoppage.
Finally, No. 5 strawweight Carla
Esparza has been removed from the rankings due to one year of
inactivity with no upcoming fight. Esparza, who dropped her UFC
belt to Joanna
Jedrzejczyk in March 2015, underwent shoulder surgery in June.
As a result of her exit, Rose
Namajunas enters the rankings at the vacant No. 10 position,
Inoue rejoins the list of 115-pound contenders.