May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz before his lightweight bout against Jim Miller during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC fighter rankings: Nate Diaz moves up three spots at lightweight


Following an impressive performance in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, Nate Diaz has moved up three spots in the updated UFC lightweight rankings. Diaz dismantled Gray Maynard with a first-round TKO, which has resulted in his big leap up. Unfortunately for Maynard, he watches himself slide three spots.

Diaz now comes in at No. 5 in the latest rankings, while his teammate Gilbert Melendez remains at No. 2.

Former champion Benson Henderson is still the No. 1 contender, with T.J. Grant and Josh Thomson filling out the top five at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Here is a look at the updated UFC lightweight rankings:

Lighweight Champion: Anthony Pettis

1.  Benson Henderson

2.  Gilbert Melendez

3.  TJ Grant

4.  Josh Thomson

5 . Nate Diaz +3

6 . Rafael dos Anjos

7 . Khabib Nurmagomedov

8 . Gray Maynard -3

9 . Donald Cerrone

10.  Jim Miller

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