UFC Pound for Pound Rankings: Henry Cejudo, Valentina Shevchenko jump after big victories in Chicago

Say what you will about his cringeworthy antics or whether his promotional push has felt deserved, Henry Cejudo put on a performance at UFC 238 that can do nothing but quiet his remaining critics. The flyweight champion moved up to 135 pounds and rallied to stop top contender Marlon Moraes to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously. What's more, the 32-year-old Cejudo did so with a badly swollen ankle while showcasing his heart, cardio and intelligence in how he turned the fight around. 

Whether you buy into the former U.S. Olympic gold medalist's claim that he's now the greatest combat sports athlete in history, it's hard to deny his pound-for-pound credentials following such an impressive victory; the evolution of Cejudo's game was on display, but so was his toughness.  

Cejudo also succeeded in completing a trio of consecutive wins against Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw and Moraes that compares well historically to the best trifectas from Jon Jones (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans), Amanda Nunes (Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey) and Vitor Belfort (Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson). 

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Now a two-division champion, Cejudo is also attempting to capitalize on his shot at crossover stardom. On Monday, he made public demands to UFC for more money and threatened to walk away from the sport if not rewarded. At the same time, though, the new dual-champ said after the fight in Chicago that he's willing to move up to 145 pounds in an attempt to become UFC's first three-division champion. 

On the women's side, Valentina Shevchenko made an incredibly violent statement in the first defense of her flyweight title with a head-kick knockout of Jessica Eye. While there's little question her longtime rival Nunes has carved out a historical place as the current G.O.A.T. of the women's game, Shevchenko did well to remind just how close she is to Nunes in the race for current pound-for-pound queen. A native of Kyrgysztan, Shevchenko is completely at home at her natural weight of 125 pounds and has evolved her game that much more from an offensive standpoint that she gives up so much size to her opponents. 

There are still many who believe Shevchenko deserved the win in her close decision loss to Nunes in their bantamweight title rematch. Considering she's the only fighter to give Nunes trouble during this current run, it would be far from a ridiculous notion to suggest the two rivals settle their beef one final time in a trilogy bout at bantamweight to decide the true best in the game. 

Let's now have a look at how the UFC pound-for-pound rankings were affected after what was an eventful UFC 238 over the weekend. 

Men's pound-for-pound rankings

UFC Power Rankings

Dropped out: none

Just missed: Yoel Romero, Tyron Woodley, Conor McGregor, Brian Ortega, Stipe Miocic

Women's pound-for-pound rankings

Dropped out: None

Just missed: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Tatiana Suarez, Holly Holm, Michelle Waterson, Germane de Randamie

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