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Ranking Each UFC Weight Class After UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterFebruary 25, 2013

Ranking Each UFC Weight Class After UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche

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    As I do after every UFC event, I submitted my final ballot for the Feb. 25 edition of the official UFC rankings early this morning. 

    There were a few changes, which I'll highlight in the following slides. And there are rumblings going around the mixed martial arts community that Ronda Rousey deserves a slot in the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings after submitting Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157.

    Was I brave enough to include Rousey? You'll have to read on to find out. 

    As always, you can find the comprehensive rankings, and individual ballots for each voting member, here on UFC.com. The individual ballots have not been updated yet; for example, there's still a space where I voted for Jon Fitch last week prior to his UFC dismissal. I'm assuming they'll be updated by the time you read this, but they're off at the time of publication.

    Without further ado, let's get started.

Pound for Pound

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    1. Anderson Silva
    2. Jon Jones
    3. Jose Aldo
    4. Georges St-Pierre
    5. Benson Henderson
    6. Dominick Cruz
    7. Demetrious Johnson
    8. Renan Barao
    9. Cain Velasquez
    10. Gilbert Melendez

    Notes: Dan Henderson falls out of the top 10 after losing to Lyoto Machida. There was some controversy about the Machida decision, which I don't really understand. I thought it was clear that Machida won the first two rounds quite easily, and I can't give Henderson credit for aggression when Machida made him miss with most of his big power strike attempts.

    With Henderson falling out, Gilbert Melendez moves into my top 10. He'll face Benson Henderson for the lightweight title next month.

Heavyweight

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    CHAMPION: Cain Velasquez

    1. Junior Dos Santos
    2. Fabricio Werdum
    3. Daniel Cormier
    4. Antonio Silva
    5. Alistair Overeem
    6. Frank Mir
    7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    8. Roy Nelson
    9. Stefan Struve
    10. Mark Hunt

    Notes: I dropped Shane Carwin from my latest ballot due to inactivity. I don't know when he'll return, or even if he'll return, so he's out of the rankings until he does.

    Everyone moves up one spot, leaving a slot open at No. 10, which I've filled with Mark Hunt. It's amazing that it's the year 2013 and Mark Hunt is in the top ten rankings, but there you go. He'll take on Stefan Struve this weekend in Japan.

Light Heavyweight

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    CHAMP: Jon Jones

    1. Lyoto Machida
    2. Alexander Gustafsson
    3. Dan Henderson
    4. Phil Davis
    5. Glover Teixeira
    6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
    7. Rashad Evans
    8. Mauricio Rua
    9. Gegard Mousasi
    10. Ryan Bader

    Notes: There's very little movement here since my last ballot, but it's all at the very top: Lyoto Machida moves into the No. 1 contender spot (down from No. 2 on my last ballot) after beating Dan Henderson at UFC 157. Henderson, meanwhile, moves down only two spots to No. 3 since he wasn't absolutely outclassed by Machida.

    In other top 10 light heavyweight news: No. 10 Ryan Bader takes on No. 5 Glover Teixeira at UFC 160, while it looks like a bout between Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua will be materializing sooner than later. That's if Evans gets his way, of course, but the fight makes total sense.

Middleweight

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    CHAMP: Anderson Silva

    1. Chris Weidman
    2. Vitor Belfort
    3. Chael Sonnen
    4. Mark Munoz
    5. Michael Bisping
    6. Yushin Okami
    7. Luke Rockhold
    8. Hector Lombard
    9. Constantinos Phillipou
    10. Brian Stann

    Notes: The only major change since my last ballot here comes with Brian Stann entering the top 10. He wasn't included on previous ballots because he wasn't available for me to rank at middleweight, just light heavyweight. That's not an issue anymore, and Stann is on the list. He'll take on the unranked Wanderlei Silva this weekend at UFC on Fuel 8.

Welterweight

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    CHAMP: Georges St-Pierre

    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Nick Diaz
    4. Demian Maia
    5. Rory MacDonald
    6. Martin Kampmann
    7. Jake Ellenberger
    8. Tarec Saffiedine
    9. Matt Brown
    10. Robbie Lawler

    Notes: A few big changes in this division. Josh Koscheck, who I previously ranked at No. 9, falls out of the rankings after being crushed by Robbie Lawler, who enters the rankings at No. 10 after his big win. A lot of you may disagree with me, but Lawler's win was a big one over a ranked opponent. You might say that Mike Pyle is more deserving, and you'd have a case. But I believe Lawler's win was more important than any of Pyle's past few consecutive wins.

    Also entering the rankings is Matt Brown at No. 9. There was an extra spot in the rankings because of the firing of Jon Fitch, who was previously ranked at No. 8. 

Lightweight

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    CHAMP: Benson Henderson

    1. Gilbert Melendez
    2. Gray Maynard
    3. Anthony Pettis
    4. Nate Diaz
    5. Jim Miller
    6. T.J. Grant
    7. Donald Cerrone
    8. Rafael dos Anjos
    9. Pat Healy
    10. Jamie Varner

    Notes: There are literally no changes at lightweight this month. The only news on this ballot concerns Anthony Pettis, who is scheduled to fight Jose Aldo later this year. That was the plan, at least, until Aldo's camp allegedly told Dana White that Aldo didn't believe Pettis deserved a shot at his title. White is determined to make that fight happen, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Featherweight

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    CHAMP: Jose Aldo

    1. Chad Mendes
    2. Frankie Edgar
    3. Ricardo Lamas
    4. Chan Sung Jung
    5. Cub Swanson
    6. Clay Guida
    7. Dennis Siver
    8. Hatsu Hioki
    9. Nik Lentz
    10. Dustin Poirier

    Notes: No ranked fighters in this division competed at UFC 157, so there are no changes this month. In the coming months, however, there are plenty of fantastic fights on the docket here.

Bantamweight

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    CHAMP: Dominick Cruz
    IC: Renan Barao

    2. Urijah Faber
    3. Michael McDonald
    4. Eddie Wineland
    5. Brad Pickett
    6. Scott Jorgensen
    7. Rafael Assuncao
    8. Mike Easton
    9. T.J. Dillashaw
    10. Erik Perez

    Notes: Ivan Menjivar, who I ranked No. 9 in the last rankings, falls out after his submission loss to Urijah Faber. Faber, meanwhile, moves up one spot past Michael McDonald into the top contender spot, but he'll likely need one more win while he waits for the eventual Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao title unification fight to play out.

    Moving into the rankings is Erik Perez, who is just 1-0 in the UFC but 13-4 overall. He has a very bright future.

Flyweight

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    CHAMP: Demetrious Johnson

    1. Joseph Benavidez
    2. John Dodson
    3. John Moraga
    4. Ian McCall
    5. Jussier da Silva
    6. Louis Gaudinot
    7. John Lineker
    8. Chris Cariaso
    9. Darren Uyenoyama
    10. Phil Harris

    Notes: The only change this month comes at #10; Ulysses Gomez, who I ranked there on my previous ballot, falls out after being cut by the UFC. In his place moves Phil Harris.

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