Michael Bisping enters UFC pound-for-pound rankings

BY foxsports • June 7, 2016

Newly minted UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has seen a lot of "firsts" the past week.

He fought in his first UFC title fight last Saturday against Luke Rockhold, winning by first-round knockout despite taking the fight on just 17 days' notice. With the win, he became the first fighter from Britain to be crowned UFC champion.

And if that wasn't enough, Bisping cracked the UFC pound-for-pound rankings for the first time in his 10-year UFC career.

"The Count" made his debut this week at ninth in the pound-for-pound rankings after taking the middleweight division's top spot. Rockhold, who was previously ranked as high as third, pound for pound, tumbled all the way to 13th.

Bisping's ranking places him above full champions Stipe Miocic (11th) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12th), but below featherweight No. 1-contender Jose Aldo (8th) and interim champ Jon Jones (1st).

UFC strawweight Jessica Andrade also made her UFC 115-pound rankings debut at seventh, behind Karolina Kowalkiewicz and ahead of Maryna Moroz. Andrade was incredibly effective and impressive Saturday against Jessica Penne, landing 117 significant strikes over a round-and-half.

Also making moves in the latest rankings are featherweight Max Holloway, who swapped spots with previously third-ranked Chad Mendes after winning his ninth straight, and Dustin Poirier, Brian Ortega and Dan Henderson, who all jumped two spots following their respective wins at UFC 199.

Check out the full list of UFC rankings here.



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