Strawweight champion Weili Zhang has surprisingly moved above flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in the latest UFC’s women’s pound-for-pound rankings update.

The first ever Chinese UFC champion made a successful first title defence against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 this past weekend. Zhang earned a razor thin split decision victory in an all-time great fight in the co-main event.

According to the media members in charge of the UFC rankings system, that win was enough to make her the #2 female fighter. That’s above Ukrainian Shevchenko who sits in third and one spot below double-champ Amanda Nunes who tops the list.

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This is quite the surprise considering Shevchenko has had a long reign at the top of MMA. ‘Bullet’ is the inaugural flyweight UFC champion and has three defences of her 125lb title.

Last time out she dominated and stopped top flyweight contender Katlyn Chookagian‘ at UFC 247. Besides that her record is littered with big wins over stars in the sport including Holly Holm, Liz Carmouche, Julian Pena and Joanna Jedrezejcyzk – who she beat much easier than Zhang did. Check out the full updated womens pound-for-pound rankings below.

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  1. Amanda Nunes
  2. Weili Zhang +1
  3. Valentina Shevchenko -1
  4. Jessica Andrade
  5.  Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  6. Rose Namajunas
  7.  Tatiana Suarez
  8. Holly Holm -1
  9. Germaine De Randamie
  10. Aspen Ladd
  11. Katlyn Chookagian
  12.  Jessica Eye
  13. Julianna Pena
  14. Nina Ansaroff
  15. Claudia Gadelha

Should Weili Zhang be rated above Valentina Shevchenko in the women’s P4P rankings?

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