Jake Ellenberger is justifiably excited about joining the Sherdog.com rankings. | Photo: Dave Mandel


The remaining months of 2011 will provide plenty of opportunity for rankings shake-ups, with nearly every division’s top-ranked fighter scheduled for action. Since our last update, however, two UFC champions on opposite ends of the scale have had impressive showings to cement their statuses as No. 1’s.

Jon Jones reaffirmed his status as the world’s preeminent 205-pound fighter in September, as the 24-year-old wunderkind snuffed out tough ex-champ Quinton Jackson with a fourth-round rear-naked choke. At 135 pounds, it was Dominick Cruz who remained the man to beat with a convincing unanimous decision over top contender Demetrious Johnson.

Also at 135, world-ranked flyweight Alexis Vila authored one of the more stunning results in recent memory by destroying Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren to advance in the company’s fifth-season bantamweight tournament.

In another upset shocker, skyrocketing welterweight Jake Ellenberger laid waste to former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields in their Sept. 17 duel. As a result, the Nebraskan enters our 170-pound rankings for the first time.

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