Shevchenko claimed the championship when she defeated former world champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk last December and has appeared impressive in subsequent defenses against Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche, so much so that her status among the UFC’s elite fighters, regardless of gender or weight class, has risen.
The UFC’s official rankings were updated this week after last weekend’s event in Mexico City and while there wasn’t a great deal of movement other than Shevchenko moving up one place to 11th position, leapfrogging the notorious Irishman in the process.
The rankings are voted on by a series of media professionals who are asked to vote upon who they consider to be the top fighters in each weight class. The champion, or interim champion, of a division is not eligible for voting and will be placed at the top of the list.
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