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UFC rankings: Marlon 'Chito' Vera climbs to No. 5 with latest win

Check out the new look of the UFC bantamweight division's official rankings following UFC on ESPN 35.

Marlon Vera has mad it clear he plans on one day holding UFC gold. He took another step in that direction with his latest win and now holds the No. 5 position in the promotion's latest updated official rankings.

At this past weekend's UFC on ESPN 35 event, Vera (21-7-1 MMA, 13-6 UFC) scored a thrilling decision win over Rob Font (19-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in a Las Vegas headliner, and "Chito" slides up three spots with the result, now residing at No. 5. With the loss, Font drops two slots to No. 7, with Merab Dvalishvili now between the two opponents in the No. 6 spot.

The bantamweight division is filled with capable contenders all targeting a matchup with undisputed champion Aljamain Sterling, though it appears T.J. Dillashaw may have the inside track on the next title shot.

The latest official bantamweight rankings are listed below. Check out the full updated rankings at

UFC bantamweight champion: Aljamain Sterling

  1. Petr Yan
  2. T.J. Dillashaw
  3. Jose Aldo
  4. Cory Sandhagen
  5. Marlon Vera +3
  6. Merab Dvalishvili
  7. Rob Font -2
  8. Dominick Cruz -1
  9. Yadong Song
  10. Pedro Munhoz -1
  11. Frankie Edgar
  12. Ricky Simon
  13. Sean O'Malley
  14. Marlon Moraes
  15. Jack Shore