UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 158

Sean SmithAnalyst IMarch 18, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 158

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    Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz finally settled their differences at UFC 158, where the former defended his welterweight championship via decision.

    The fight card also produced St-Pierre's next title challenger, Johny Hendricks. Hendricks picked up his sixth straight win by defeating former interim champion Carlos Condit in a back-and-forth battle.

    Prior to UFC 158, many had believed Hendricks was a more deserving contender than Diaz, so this weekend's fights may have set up one of the toughest challenges of St-Pierre's title reign. The event's bouts also caused some notable movement throughout the 170-pound class.

    Here are the official UFC rankings following Saturday's bouts.

Pound-for-Pound

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    With a win over Nick Diaz at UFC 158, Georges St-Pierre continued his long reign as welterweight champion. Though he's won 10 straight UFC title fights, St-Pierre did not surpass Jon Jones for the No. 2 spot in the official pound-for-pound rankings.

    Jones has defended his championship in four consecutive fights, but his finishing ability and perceived dominance appear to be earning him an edge over St-Pierre in these rankings.

    A win over Carlos Condit on Saturday and his sixth straight overall victory may have pushed Johny Hendricks closer to being a Top-10 pound-for-pound UFC fighter, but he only received votes from two media members in this edition. 

    Having solidified himself as the top welterweight contender, though, Hendricks will soon have a chance to burst into the rankings when he faces St-Pierre.

     

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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

     

    UFC 158 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 3 Georges St-Pierre def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

Heavyweight

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    After Mark Hunt broke through by beating Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8, there were no heavyweight fights contested at UFC 158 this past weekend.

    The next UFC event, UFC on Fuel TV 9 in April, will feature a bout between big men Matt Mitrione and Phil DeFries. However, it is unlikely that matchup will have any impact on the Top-10 rankings, as Mitrione is coming off a first-round knockout loss to No. 8 Roy Nelson.

    One fight that will cause change in the heavy rankings is a bout between Hunt and Junior dos Santos, which was put together as a result of an Alistair Overeem injury.

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

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

     

    UFC 158 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Heavyweight Fights

    • Matt Mitrione vs. Phil DeFries

Light Heavyweight

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    There were no 205-pound fights in Montreal, Canada over the weekend. However, the division will heat back up soon at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden.

    That event will be headlined by a light heavyweight tussle between Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. 

    Mousasi will be making his Octagon debut on the April card, while Gustafsson will attempt to keep himself near the front of the line for a title shot.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

     

    UFC 158 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 2 Alexander Gustafsson vs. No. 10 Gegard Mousasi

Middleweight

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    Chris Camozzi picked up his fourth straight win at UFC 158, beating Nick Ring via decision. While Camozzi is still in need of a signature win to break into the Top-10 rankings, he's starting to earn some recognition as his winning streak grows.

    Though no Top-10 middleweights competed on Saturday, there were some slight adjustments in the division's rankings.

    Most notably, Hector Lombard was dropped off the list and replaced with Alan Belcher. Both fighters were last seen losing to Yushin Okami via decision.

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Anderson Silva

    1. Chris Weidman
    2. Vitor Belfort
    3. Yushin Okami
    4. Michael Bisping
    5. Costa Philippou (+1)
    6. Luke Rockhold (-1)
    7. Mark Munoz
    8. Chael Sonnen (+1)
    9. Ronaldo Souza (-1)
    10. Alan Belcher (NR)

     

    UFC 158 Middleweight Fights

    • Chris Camozzi def. Nick Ring by split decision.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Middleweight Fights

    • Tom Lawlor vs. Michael Kuiper
    • Tor Troeng vs. Adam Cella

Welterweight

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    UFC 158 was one of the most important events in UFC welterweight history.

    The fight card featured six 170-pound bouts, all featuring current or potential contenders.

    Georges St-Pierre maintained his spot atop the division by beating Nick Diaz, while Johny Hendricks cemented himself as next in line to take a shot at the champion's belt. Diaz dipped in the rankings as a result of his performance in Saturday's title fight.

    Jake Ellenberger, Jordan Mein and Rick Story all made big statements and could be in Hendricks' position not long from now.

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Rory MacDonald (+1)
    4. Jake Ellenberger (+2)
    5. Demian Maia 
    6. Nick Diaz (-3)
    7. Martin Kampmann
    8. Tarec Saffiedine
    9. Robbie Lawler
    10. Josh Koscheck

     

    UFC 158 Welterweight Fights

    • (C) Georges St-Pierre def. No. 6 Nick Diaz by unanimous decision.
    • No. 1 Johny Hendricks def. No. 2 Carlos Condit by unanimous decision.
    • No. 4 Jake Ellenberger def. Nate Marquardt by knockout at 3:00 of the first round.
    • Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision.
    • Jordan Mein def. Dan Miller by technical knockout at 4:42 of the first round.
    • Rick Story def. Quinn Mulhern by technical knockout at 3:05 of the first round.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Welterweight Fights

    • Adlan Amagov vs. Chris Spang
    • Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare
    • Besam Yousef vs. Papy Abedi

Lightweight

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    The lightweight bouts fought at UFC 158 featured 155-pounders who still have a long way to climb before sniffing the Top-10 rankings. John Makdessi and Mike Ricci did take steps in the right direction, though, with their wins over Colin Fletcher and Daron Cruickshank.

    Despite the lack of hugely important lightweight fights on Saturday, the 155-pound rankings were adjusted slightly for this edition.

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 could prove much more meaningful to the lightweight class than this past weekend, as the fight card will feature Ross Pearson welcoming Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture to the Octagon. It's doubtful the winner of that fight will emerge as a Top-10 lightweight immediately, but he could put himself within striking distance. 

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Benson Henderson

    1. Gilbert Melendez
    2. Anthony Pettis
    3. Gray Maynard
    4. Nate Diaz
    5. Jim Miller
    6. Donald Cerrone
    7. T.J. Grant
    8. Rafael dos Anjos
    9. Khabib Nurmagomedov (+1)
    10. Joe Lauzon (-1)

     

    UFC 158 Lightweight Fights

    • Mike Ricci def. Colin Fletcher by unanimous decision.
    • John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Lightweight Fights

    • Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture
    • Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi

Featherweight

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    With his quick knockout of Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158, Darren Elkins extended his winning streak to five fights. That was not enough for Elkins to join the strengthening list of 145-pound contenders, but it should earn him the opportunity to fight a highly ranked featherweight in his next appearance.

    Like UFC 158, it doesn't appear that any UFC on Fuel TV 9 featherweight contests would catapult their winners into the Top-10 rankings.

    That doesn't mean there aren't some solid 145-pound bouts to be seen on the card, though.

    Diego Brandao and Pablo Garza are both very promising and could also put together a Fight of the Night candidate against one another. Likewise, Marcus Brimage has looked strong lately and will be tested by a highly touted UFC debutant in Conor McGregor.

     

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

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

     

    UFC 158 Featherweight Fights

    • Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho by technical knockout at 3:06 of the first round.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Featherweight Fights

    • Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
    • Robbie Peralta vs. Akira Corassani
    • Marcus Brimage vs. Conor McGregor

Bantamweight

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    T.J. Dillashaw continued his rise toward the top of the bantamweight division at UFC 158, knocking out Issei Tamura in impressive fashion.

    Though the win didn't place Dillashaw in the Top 10, it did help him gather multiple votes from the participating media. One has to believe Dillashaw will get a shot at a contender in his next outing.

    George Roop also picked up a win in the 135-pound division on Saturday. Though he didn't look as strong as Dillashaw, Roop's length makes him an interesting addition to the UFC bantamweight division.

    At UFC on Fuel TV 9, Top-10 bantamweights Brad Pickett and Mike Easton will attempt to get back on track toward a title shot. It's not far-fetched to guess Dillashaw could meet the winner of that matchup.

     

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Dominick Cruz

    1. Renan Barao (interim champion)
    2. Urijah Faber
    3. Michael McDonald
    4. Eddie Wineland
    5. Brad Pickett
    6. Raphael Assuncao
    7. Scott Jorgensen
    8. Brian Bowles
    9. Mike Easton
    10. Ivan Menjivar

     

    UFC 158 Bantamweight Fights

    • T.J. Dillashaw def. Issei Tamura by knockout at 0:26 of the second round.
    • George Roop def. Reuben Duran by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 5 Brad Pickett vs. No. 9 Mike Easton

Flyweight

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    There were no flyweight bouts at UFC 158, and there won't be any at UFC on Fuel TV 9.

    This division is coming along slowly, but the fights have been entertaining and should continue to be so when the UFC eventually deepens the 125-pound talent pool.

    For now, Phil Harris is the only flyweight on the UFC roster not ranked, and he is coming off a win. So, expect some new signings within the next couple of months.

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

     

    UFC 158 Flyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    Like the flyweight division, the newly minted women's bantamweight division is going to go through some lulls as it builds.

    There were no women's fights on Saturday and won't be any in Sweden, but that doesn't mean the UFC didn't have news on the division recently.

    At UFC 158, UFC president Dana White announced champion Ronda Rousey would coach opposite the winner of an upcoming bout between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

    1. Miesha Tate
    2. Sarah Kaufman (+1)
    3. Liz Carmouche (-1)
    4. Cat Zingano (+1)
    5. Alexis Davis (-1)
    6. Sarah McMann
    7. Amanda Nunes
    8. Julie Kedzie (-1)
    9. Germaine de Randamie
    10. Sheila Gaff (NR)

     

    UFC 158 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fuel TV 9 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None