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Fresh off his convincing victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson was voted to the No. 1 spot in the UFC light heavyweight division rankings.

Johnson is expected to face Jon Jones for the title later this year after winning all three of his Octagon bouts upon his return. Gustafsson, who lost for the first time since falling to Jones in 2013, is now second.

The 205-pound division saw plenty of movement, as Ryan Bader vaulted two spots to No. 5, while Jimi Manuwa, Shogun Rua and Rafael Cavalcante all moved up a spot over Dan Henderson. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also climbed up to No. 13 ahead of Fabio Maldonado.

Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Phil Davis each fell one spot.

At middleweight, Gegard Mousasi and Tim Boetsch passed Tim Kennedy and Mark Munoz for seventh and 13th; Conor McGregor is now third at featherweight and Dennis Siver 11th; and Brad Pickett is 13th, one spot ahead of Wilson Reis.

Fabricio Werdum, the interim UFC heavyweight champion, moved into the overall Top-15, while Ronda Rousey flipped with T.J. Dillashaw for seventh and Vitor Belfort did the same with Dominick Cruz for 14th.

Two small movements went down in the women’s divisions, as Tecia Torres passed Joanne Calderwood for fifth at strawweight and Holly Holm did the same at bantamweight with Germaine de Randamie for 13th.

The rankings will be updated once again next week after UFC 183, which features Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley and Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon.

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John Kavanagh, the head coach for SBG Ireland and Conor McGregor, recently told NewsTalk Breakfast that a planned title fight between McGregor and Jose Aldo might take place in July.

Initial expectations were for the bout to highlight the Memorial Day weekend pay-per-view from Las Vegas in May, but that might be too soon.

“It’s not 100-percent yet,” Kavanagh said. “There was talk of a May date. It may now actually be later in the year.”

Kavanagh has been telling supporters for “Notorious” to “hold on” until something is officially announced by the UFC in regards to purchasing flights and booking hotels.

McGregor (17-2) earned another stoppage victory this month when he topped Dennis Siver, immediately exiting the Octagon and getting in the face of Aldo (25-1), the reigning UFC featherweight champion. He has won three straight “Performance of the Night” bonuses, is on a 13-fight win streak and has finished 12 of those opponents.

Aldo is the only fighter to hold the UFC featherweight crown, successfully defending it seven times, including wins over Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar. He is unbeaten in his last 18 dating back to 2005 and a bout at lightweight.

ufc 183

Check out the first installment in the UFC 183 Embedded series, as the search goes out for Nick Diaz.

The enigma and former UFC title contender returns to action this Saturday night vs. Anderson Silva in the main event.

All of the Embedded videos will be posted in our Video section on FightLine:

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Miesha Tate is well-known around not only the female MMA world, but the sport as a whole.

Tate, a one-time title contender, returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 183 vs. Sara McMann. Having competed twice previously against reigning champion Ronda Rousey, “Cupcake” found a new sense of motivation by the call-out from the U.S. Olympic silver medalist.

“I’m going to show you what that entails,” said Tate, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie Radio, when asked about the challenge. “It motivates me to think I’m going to stop her in her tracks and I’m going to continue to move forward.”

Tate (15-5) has earned two straight wins since losing her first two bouts with the UFC, including a victory over fellow title-contender Liz Carmouche. This past September, she downed Rin Nakai in Japan.

McMann (8-1), who also owns two Octagon wins and is also a former UFC title contender, used social media to push for a meeting with Tate.

“As a competitor, I have to admit that there’s a part of me that knows she wants to take what I have and I want to take that opportunity from myself,” she said. “I don’t want her to have the other half of my paycheck. Screw that.”

In terms of a game plan for the standout wrestler, Tate has that all mapped out.

“She’s got her bread and butter, and she sticks to that,” she said. “My goal is going to be to push her out of those comfort zones. I can’t let her settle in and make herself at home.”

ufc 183

Check out all three segments to “Countdown to UFC 183″ in the videos below, including a detailed look at the injury suffered by Anderson Silva.

The former UFC middleweight champion returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 183 vs. Nick Diaz.

Along with Silva-Diaz, Countdown highlights the co-main event between welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley, along with looking at lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta.

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