- UFC saw some major rankings changes after last weekend's UFC 199. Michael Bisping jumped to #9 on the pound-for-pound list, while Luke Rockhold fell ten spots to #13. Dustin Poirier cracked the top-10 lightweight rankings at #9, as Brian Ortega did at Featherweight, coming in at #10. Jessica Andrade went from being unranked all the way to #7 as a strawweight. You can see the full rankings at this link.
- The UFC reinstated the media credentials of MMA Fighting and Ariel Helwani Monday night after being removed from UFC 199 and subsequently 'banned for life.'
UFC's statement is below:
"Following a conversation with the editorial team at SB Nation, UFC will not prevent MMAFighting.com from receiving media credentials to cover live UFC events. We respect the role the media plays in our sport and beyond, including MMAFighting's ability to report news. However, in our opinion, we believe the recurring tactics used by its lead reporter extended beyond the purpose of journalism. We feel confident our position has now been adequately communicated to the SB Nation editorial team.
UFC's goal as the world's leading mixed martial arts promotion is to cultivate interest in its world-class athletes and events, and deliver for the fans. We will continue to introduce this sport and its athletes to new fans across the world, and we will do so by working alongside media across all platforms."