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Benson Henderson put himself back in line for another shot at the UFC lightweight crown after climbing back up to number-one in the rankings following his submission victory over Rustam Khabilov. Despite suffering two losses to current 155-pound king Anthony Pettis, Henderson’s victory over the number-11 ranked Khabilov has put him back in contention for a shot at the belt,as well as surprising a number of Betfair fans by producing his first stoppage in over four years, and first in the UFC.

 

While Gilbert Melendez is next in line to face Pettis following their coaching roles in season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, Henderson’s victory at Fight Night Albuquerque sees him leapfrog the former Strikeforce champion in the UFC rankings. Other movement in the top-10 of the lightweight division sees Myles Jury arriving at number-eight following his victory over Diego Sanchez earlier this year, with Michael Johnson slipping one place to ninth.

 

Mark Munoz’ second straight defeat has resulted in him dropping out of the middleweight’s top-15, with his victor Gegard Mousasi further cementing his place in the top-10 following their clash at Fight Night Berlin. Costos Philippous has taken advantage of Munoz’ omission from the latest rankings and climbed to number-nine, with CB Dollaway climbing two places to number-10, with Thales Leites making his first appearance in the top-15.

 

With TJ Dillashaw the new 135-pound champion, the division is look a lot different than it did in the past. As Renan Barao finds himself looking to try secure a chance to win his belt back, number-three ranked Raphael Assuncao is rumoured to be next in line for a shot at the belt. Bryan Caraway’s controversial second-round win over Erik Perez in Albuquerque means he moves to tenth in the bantamweight division with Perez slipping to number-14, with former champion Dominick Cruz dropping to 12th as he continues to work his way back from injury.