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UFC 298 Shakes Up Fighter Rankings: New Faces and Major Shifts Across Divisions

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In the aftermath of the electrifying UFC 298 event, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's rankings have undergone significant transformations, highlighting the dynamic nature of the sport. The latest updates reveal substantial shifts in fighters' standings across various divisions, including a notable shake-up in the coveted pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings.

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Ilia Topuria, emerging as the new featherweight champion, has made a spectacular entrance into the P4P rankings, securing the 5th spot and signaling his ascent in the UFC hierarchy. This development has caused a ripple effect, with former featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovski descending to the 7th position, no longer within the top 5 of the P4P rankings. Leon Edwards and Alex Pereira, on the other hand, have capitalized on their recent successes, climbing to the 3rd and 4th spots, respectively, underscoring their growing influence in the sport.

The men’s bantamweight division witnessed Merab Dvalishvili ascend to the top rank following a decisive victory over Henry Cejudo, marking a significant milestone in his career. This victory not only propelled Dvalishvili to the forefront but also triggered adjustments within the division's hierarchy, with fighters such as Cory Sandhagen, Petr Yan, and Marlon Vera securing the 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions, respectively.

In the welterweight ranks, Irish sensation Ian Garry made headlines by surging to the 6th spot after outperforming Geoff Neal, showcasing his prowess and ambition in the division. The middleweight category saw its own set of advancements, with Brendan Allen, Jack Hermansson, and Anthony Hernandez climbing to the 6th, 9th, and 13th positions, respectively, reflecting their recent victories and performance enhancements.

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The heavyweight division also experienced minor adjustments, with Marcos Rogerio de Lima moving up to claim the 14th spot. Meanwhile, the women’s strawweight division saw Amanda Ribas ascend to the 7th position, while Mackenzie Dern experienced a slight dip, settling into the 8th spot. Amanda Lemos, with her impressive performances, has secured the 3rd position, indicating a significant reshuffling in the division's competitive landscape.

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