Gegard Mousasi didn't get a shot at Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC on Fuel TV 9 main event as originally planned, but he did pick up his first UFC win by beating the Swedish fighter's teammate, Ilir Latifi, by decision.
Gustafsson was unfortunately forced out of his scheduled contest with Mousasi days before the fight due to a cut. With limited time for the UFC to search for a replacement, Latifi was a natural fit for an event that was held in his home country.
While Gustafsson's exclusion from UFC on Fuel TV 9 was a disappointment for all involved, his cut did not appear to be a major one and shouldn't keep the light heavyweight contender out of action for long.
With UFC on Fuel TV 9 in the rear-view mirror and the TUF 17 finale coming up shortly, here are the official UFC rankings following Saturday's bouts.
UFC on Fuel TV 9 didn't feature any fighters who are currently within striking distance of the pound-for-pound rankings.
The TUF 17 finale won't showcase any top pound-for-pound competitors either, as the event will be headlined by bantamweight contenders Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen.
However, UFC on Fox 7, which takes place on April 20, will see Benson Henderson put his spot among the pound-for-pound best in MMA on the line against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
Several highly-ranked contenders capable of breaking into the pound-for-pound rankings in the near future will also appear on that fight card.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Anderson Silva
- Jon Jones
- Georges St-Pierre
- Jose Aldo
- Benson Henderson
- Cain Velasquez
- Demetrious Johnson
- Renan Barao
- Dominick Cruz
- Frankie Edgar
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Pound-for-Pound Fights
TUF 17 Finale Pound-for-Pound Fights
Matt Mitrione made quick work of Phil DeFries at UFC on Fuel TV 9, but the former TUF contestant will need to do a lot more than that to crack into the heavyweight division's top-10 rankings.
A fighter who is much closer to being considered a heavyweight contender is Travis Browne, who will meet Gabriel Gonzaga at the TUF 17 finale. A win over Gonzaga may not move Browne into the top-10 rankings, but it should put him in position to fight another top-10 opponent in his next appearance.
Despite the lack of big heavyweight fights over the weekend, there were some minor adjustments in the heavyweight rankings.
Frank Mir fell one spot to No. 6, but he'll have a chance to reverse that later this month when he meets former Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier. Roy Nelson also flip-flopped positions with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, moving up by one position, and he'll be able to back up that change by beating Cheick Kongo at UFC 159.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Fabricio Werdum
- Daniel Cormier
- Antonio Silva
- Alistair Overeem (+1)
- Frank Mir (-1)
- Roy Nelson (+1)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1)
- Mark Hunt
- Stefan Struve
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Heavyweight Fights
- Matt Mitrione defeated Phil DeFries by first-round knockout.
TUF 17 Finale Heavyweight Fights
- Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Originally, UFC on Fuel TV 9 could have had a big impact on the light heavyweight division. However, following Alexander Gustafsson's removal from the fight card, the main event featuring Gegard Mousasi became much less meaningful.
Mousasi played it safe in a no-win matchup against UFC newcomer Ilir Latifi, landing jabs from the outside for the majority of the three-round bout.
Though Mousasi held serve with his win, there was a small change in the 205-pound rankings, as Rashad Evans was moved ahead of Mauricio Rua despite coming off one of the worst performances of his career in a defeat against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Lyoto Machida
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Dan Henderson
- Glover Teixeira
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Rashad Evans (+1)
- Mauricio Rua (-1)
- Phil Davis
- Ryan Bader
- Gegard Mousasi
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 10 Gegard Mousasi defeated Ilir Latifi by unanimous decision.
TUF 17 Finale Light Heavyweight Fights
Tom Lawlor avoided back-to-back losses with a come-from-behind submission win at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Though Lawlor got off to a slow start, he was able to catch opponent Michael Kuiper in a guillotine early in the second round.
The UFC's return to Sweden also allowed TUF 17 participant Tor Troeng to compete in his home country. Troeng made the most of the opportunity by submitting fellow reality-series contestant Adam Cella in the opening stanza.
Some moves unrelated to UFC on Fuel TV 9 were made in the middleweight rankings. Luke Rockhold changed spots with Costa Philippou and Ronaldo Souza flip-flopped with light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen, reversing the same changes that were made in the last version of the official rankings.
Official UFC Middleweight Rankings
Champion: Anderson Silva
- Chris Weidman
- Vitor Belfort
- Yushin Okami
- Michael Bisping
- Luke Rockhold (+1)
- Costa Philippou (-1)
- Mark Munoz
- Ronaldo Souza (+1)
- Chael Sonnen (-1)
- Alan Belcher
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Middleweight Fights
- Tor Troeng defeated Adam Cella by first-round submission.
- Tom Lawlor defeated Michael Kuiper by second-round submission.
TUF 17 Finale Middleweight Fights
- Urijah Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith
- Kevin Casey vs. Josh Samman
- Luke Barnatt vs. Colin Hart
- Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
- Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
Nick Diaz and his team are maintaining that he will remain retired unless offered a rematch with Georges St-Pierre or a bout with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Obviously, both of those matchups are extremely unlikely unless Diaz were to return and pick up some wins. The question becomes whether or not this is just talk to leverage Diaz's complaint against the Quebec Athletic Commission.
Though three welterweight bouts took place at UFC on Fuel TV 9, none featured elite 170-pound fighters, so no changes were made in the division's rankings.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Jake Ellenberger
- Demian Maia
- Nick Diaz
- Martin Kampmann
- Tarec Saffiedine
- Robbie Lawler
- Josh Koscheck
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Welterweight Fights
- Adlan Amagov defeated Chris Spang by unanimous decision.
- Ryan LaFlare defeated Ben Alloway by unanimous decision.
- Papy Abedi defeated Besam Yousef by split decision.
TUF 17 Finale Welterweight Fights
Ross Pearson took another step toward the top-10 UFC lightweights on Saturday, when he stopped Ryan Couture with strikes in the second round.
Though he'll still need a few more wins before being considered a serious lightweight contender, Pearson has clearly made the right move in returning to 155 pounds from the featherweight class.
After winning three straight fights, Michael Johnson has begun to plummet, losing to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi in his past two outings. Madadi submitted Johnson on Saturday to avoid a second straight loss of his own.
There won't be any significant lightweight fights at the TUF 17 finale, but a super important title fight between Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez is quickly approaching.
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Benson Henderson
- Gilbert Melendez
- Anthony Pettis
- Gray Maynard
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Donald Cerrone
- T.J. Grant
- Rafael dos Anjos
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Joe Lauzon
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Lightweight Fights
- Ross Pearson defeated Ryan Couture by second-round knockout.
- Reza Madadi defeated Michael Johnson by third-round submission.
TUF 17 Finale Lightweight Fights
Though there weren't any top-10 featherweights competing at UFC on Fuel TV 9, multiple 145-pound prospects made big statements in Sweden.
Highly touted Irishman Conor McGregor knocked out Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut, The Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao quickly submitted Pablo Garza and Akira Corassani picked up a surprising win over the surging Robert Peralta.
While Brandao and McGregor could find themselves in the top-10 rankings at some point, they are still a few wins away from breaking through.
Official UFC Featherweight Rankings
Champion: Jose Aldo
- Chad Mendes
- Ricardo Lamas
- Frankie Edgar
- Chan Sung Jung
- Cub Swanson
- Dennis Siver
- Dustin Poirier
- Clay Guida
- Nik Lentz
- Erik Koch
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Featherweight Fights
- Diego Brandao defeated Pablo Garza by first-round submission.
- Akira Corassani defeated Robbie Peralta by unanimous decision.
- Conor McGregor defeated Marcus Brimage by first-round knockout.
TUF 17 Finale Featherweight Fights
- Bart Palaszewski vs. Cole Miller
- Daniel Pineda vs. Justin Lawrence
- Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Brad Pickett picked up an important win at UFC on Fuel TV 9, besting Mike Easton in a narrow decision.
With the victory, Pickett maintained his No. 5 spot in the bantamweight rankings, while Easton also held onto his No. 9 position by giving the Englishman a tough contest.
Another big bantamweight bout is set to take place at the TUF 17 finale, where Urijah Faber will attempt to take a step toward another shot at a UFC championship.
Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Dominick Cruz
- Renan Barao (interim champion)
- Urijah Faber
- Michael McDonald
- Eddie Wineland
- Brad Pickett
- Raphael Assuncao
- Scott Jorgensen
- Brian Bowles
- Mike Easton
- Ivan Menjivar
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Bantamweight Fights
- No. 5 Brad Pickett defeated No. 9 Mike Easton by split decision.
TUF 17 Finale Bantamweight Fights
- No. 2 Urijah Faber vs. No. 7 Scott Jorgensen
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 and Azamat Gashimov are the only flyweights on the UFC roster not ranked. So, expect some new signings within the next couple of months.
Official UFC Flyweight Rankings
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
- Joseph Benavidez
- John Dodson
- Ian McCall
- John Moraga
- Jussier da Silva
- Louis Gaudinot
- Chris Cariaso
- Darren Uyenoyama
- John Lineker
- Tim Elliott
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Flyweight Fights
TUF 17 Finale Flyweight Fights
That said, the division is set to return in a big way at the TUF 17 finale, where Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano will battle for a title shot and a coaching spot opposite women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on TUF 18.
Because no women's 135-pound bouts took place at UFC on Fuel TV 9, there were no changes in the division's rankings.
Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Ronda Rousey
- Miesha Tate
- Sarah Kaufman
- Liz Carmouche
- Cat Zingano
- Alexis Davis
- Sarah McMann
- Amanda Nunes
- Julie Kedzie
- Germaine de Randamie
- Sheila Gaff
UFC on Fuel TV 9 Women's Bantamweight Fights
TUF 17 Finale Women's Bantamweight Fights
- No. 1 Miesha Tate vs. No. 4 Cat Zingano