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Despite knocking out Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem still finds his name behind that of the former champion in the latest UFC rankings.

Overeem did climb four spots to No. 5, one position behind dos Santos. Andrei Arlovski also benefited from the dos Santos loss, moving up to second.

Nate Diaz made the biggest climb of the week, vaulting seven spots to No. 8 at lightweight after besting Michael Johnson. Khabib Nurmagomedov slipped ahead of Donald Cerrone for second.

Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood moved up a spot each at strawweight, while Karolina Kowalkiewicz debuted at No. 12.

There was also plenty of movement in the overall Top-15, as Rafael dos Anjos is now eighth, while Daniel Cormier dropped to 10th.

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Carlos Condit secured his shot at the UFC welterweight title with a win over Dong Hyun Kim, and you can see the complete fight replay right here.

Condit challenges Robbie Lawler on January 2 at UFC 195.

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Robbie Lawler was still looking to get himself pointed in the right direction towards the UFC title when he stepped inside the Octagon with Josh Koscheck.

A few minutes later, and Lawler showed why he is called “Ruthless.”

Lawler returns to action at UFC 195 in a few weeks, defending his welterweight title against Carlos Condit.

In the video below, relive the Lawler-Koscheck bout from UFC 157 in 2013.

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Alistair Overeem has achieved greatness at every stop along his MMA career.

Except one.

After defeating Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 17, Overeem is hopeful to achieve that goal next, as he wants to face the winner of Fabricio Werdum-Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title.

“I’ve had like 85 fights – it’s something on the inside, I just keep fighting. I’m not done yet. I haven’t gotten the UFC belt yet. That’s the only fight on my radar. Fabricio Werdum has something that I need,” he said, during an interview on the post-fight show.

Overeem earned his 40th career win this past weekend, but believes he has found a career-rebirth by joining up with the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in New Mexico. He also credited his decision to “add some of my coaches from Europe” to his camp.

As for his win over “Cigano,” Overeem stated that he was “ready for everything.”

“We were ready for him to stop blasting,” he said. “He’s a very dangerous opponent, so you have to stay patient. I don’t make any mistakes. You have to force them to make mistakes.

“I’m good anywhere. We were even waiting for Junior to try to take me down.”

The bout was the final one on Overeem’s contract, leaving him to explore other offers moving forward.

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Rafael dos Anjos heard all the talk about not being deserving of wearing the UFC lightweight title.

Saturday night at UFC on FOX 17, dos Anjos showed he is No. 1 at 155 pounds, finishing Donald Cerrone in just over a minute and retaining his title.

“I am so happy,” he said. “I proved I come to this division to stay. All the accusations people were throwing at me, I am here with my belt.

“This is just the beginning of my career.”

Dos Anjos (25-7) picked up his five consecutive victory, including his third finish, adding a second win over Cerrone to his resume. He won the title this past March by besting Anthony Pettis after stringing together wins over Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Jason High.

Right from the start, dos Anjos attacked the body of “Cowboy,” landing with a knee to the left side of his midsection and following up with a kick. Once Cerrone was hurt, the Brazilian didn’t let up.

“Donald Cerrone is a great opponent. It is not easy to win eight fights straight in the lightweight division,” dos Anjos said. “But I have the best team around me and I am surrounded by great people.”

Immediately after disposing of Cerrone, dos Anjos sent out a challenge to Conor McGregor. The reigning UFC featherweight champion mentioned his desire to compete for a second UFC belt, and dos Anjos is more than willing to welcome him to 155.

“Mr. McGregor, if you want to come to the lightweight division, this is my division. Stay in featherweight,” he said. “I will fight you in Brazil. I will go to Ireland.

“I am here to stay.”

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