UFC rankings: Nate Diaz removed from official list of top 15 lightweights


Joining him in rankings purgatory is T.J. Grant.

Well ... this is interesting.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight slugger Nate Diaz was ranked as high as No. 6 in the "official" UFC rankings (see them here), published back on April 28, 2014, in the wake of the UFC 172 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Baltimore, Maryland.

What a difference a week makes.

Despite the fact that no UFC event was held last weekend -- the typical precursor to an update in rankings -- Diaz (17-9) has mysteriously vanished from the list of top 15 lightweights. So too, has T.J. Grant, who hasn't seen action for nearly a year due to a lingering concussion.

Take a look:

Lightweight
Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Gilbert Melendez
2. Benson Henderson
3. Josh Thomson +1
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov +1
5. Donald Cerrone +2
6. Rafael dos Anjos +2
7. Jim Miller +2
8. Gray Maynard +2
9. Myles Jury +2
10. Michael Johnson +2
11. Edson Barboza +2
12. Bobby Green +2
13. Rustam Khabilov +2
14. Jorge Masvidal *NR
15. Joe Lauzon *NR

+/- = movement in rankings, *NR = Not previously ranked.

Ironically, both men are coming off technical knockout victories over Gray Maynard, who moves up two spots to No. 8 in their absence. While most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are likely to understand why Grant is no longer eligible, the exclusion of Diaz will probably raise a few eyebrows.

Because of stuff like this.

The promotion may have opted to remove him since Diaz has not competed for nearly six months, for a variety of reasons, and currently has no fight lined up. No official explanation was given, but I'm sure we'll be hearing from Diaz -- who likes to air his dirty laundry on Twitter -- sooner, rather than later.

Stay tuned.

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