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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on FX 8

Sean SmithAnalyst IOctober 7, 2016

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on FX 8

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    Vitor Belfort could be looking at his third UFC title shot in as many calendar years after scoring his second straight knockout win in the UFC on FX 8 main event against Luke Rockhold.

    The final Strikeforce middleweight champion, Rockhold would have been a strong candidate for a title shot of his own had he defeated Belfort in his UFC debut. However, after finishing Rockhold and Michael Bisping before him, Belfort is now at the top of the heap of 185-pound contenders.

    Heading into Saturday's fights, Belfort was ranked No. 2 in the middleweight division behind upcoming title challenger Chris Weidman. Did that change with the results from UFC on FX 8?

    With UFC on FX 8 in the books and UFC 160 ahead, let's take a look at the latest official UFC rankings

Pound-for-Pound

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    No top-10 pound-for-pound fighters competed at UFC on FX 8, but Vitor Belfort could have an opportunity to join that group of elite fighters soon. With wins in all of his 185-pound bouts since losing to champion Anderson Silva, Belfort has done enough to earn a rematch with his fellow Brazilian or possibly meet a new titleholder in Chris Weidman.

    There were no changes to the pound-for-pound rankings this time around, but Antonio Silva could shake things up with one punch on Saturday.

    At UFC 160, Cain Velasquez will attempt to close the gap between himself and the top-five pound-for-pound UFC fighters by defending the heavyweight championship against Silva. Only 12 months ago, Velasquez pummeled Silva en route to a first-round finish in a non-title bout.

     

    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 on FX 8 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 160 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 6 Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva

Heavyweight

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    No heavyweight fights were featured on the UFC on FX 8 fight card, but the division returns in a big way next Saturday.

    In addition to the heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva, UFC 160 will feature a potential slugfest between former titleholder Junior dos Santos and rapidly rising veteran striker Mark Hunt. It is highly likely that the winner of that contest will fight for the belt later on in 2013.

    Though there were no heavyweight bouts at UFC on FX 8, there was one slight change in the division's rankings. Previously tied with Alistair Overeem at No. 5, Roy Nelson is now alone in the sixth position.

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 160 Heavyweight Fights

    • (C) Cain Velasquez vs. No. 4 Antonio Silva
    • No. 1 Junior dos Santos vs. No. 9 Mark Hunt

Light Heavyweight

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    Fabio Maldonado likely saved his UFC roster spot with a victory over Roger Hollett on Saturday, but the only light heavyweight winner from UFC on FX 8 is still miles away from the top-10 rankings.

    With no elite light heavyweights competing at UFC on FX 8, there were no adjustments to the division's rankings.

    At UFC 160, Glover Teixeira will attempt to maintain his momentum and undefeated UFC record in a fight against James Te-Huna. Teixeira was originally booked to fight fellow top-10 light heavyweight Ryan Bader, but Te-Huna stepped up as an injury replacement for the TUF winner.

     

    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. Rashad Evans 
    7. Mauricio Rua 
    8. Phil Davis
    9. Gegard Mousasi
    10. Ryan Bader

     

    UFC on FX 8 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Fabio Maldonado defeated Roger Hollett by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 160 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Glover Teixeira vs. James Te-Huna

Middleweight

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    Former Strikeforce champions Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza had very different outcomes in their UFC debuts on Saturday. Rockhold was knocked out in the first round of his fight with Vitor Belfort, while Souza picked up a submission win over Chris Camozzi in his first trip to the Octagon.

    Despite making a statement with his knockout of Rockhold, Belfort did not surpass Chris Weidman in the middleweight rankings. Rockhold fell two spots and now sits below Souza, who he defeated while competing under the Strikeforce banner. As a result of Souza's rise, Mark Munoz also dropped.

    After one of its most important events of 2013, the middleweight division will go on break for UFC 160. 

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Anderson Silva

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 2 Vitor Belfort defeated No. 7 Luke Rockhold by first-round knockout.
    • No. 6 Ronaldo Souza defeated Chris Camozzi by first-round submission.
    • Rafael Natal defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 160 Middleweight Fights

    • None

Welterweight

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    Paulo Thiago reigned victorious in the lone welterweight bout on the UFC on FX 8 fight card. His win likely saved him from being released from the UFC roster, but beating a UFC newcomer like Michel Prazeres didn't do much of anything for him in the divisional rankings.

    No movement occurred among the top-10 welterweights, but a couple fighters could make their case for a spot on the list this Saturday.

    On the cusp of title contention for the past few years, Rick Story and Mike Pyle will meet in a pivotal bout at UFC 160. Additionally, TUF winners Colton Smith and Robert Whittaker will meet to determine whether TUF 16 or TUF: Smashes produced the better champion.

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Welterweight Fights

    • Paulo Thiago defeated Michel Prazeres by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 160 Welterweight Fights

    • Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story
    • Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker
    • Stephen Thompson vs. Nah-Shon Burrell

Lightweight

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    Rafael dos Anjos extended his winning streak to four fights against Evan Dunham on Saturday. However, the Brazilian's decision victory in his home country came with much controversy, as he was out-struck and out-wrestled by Dunham in the three-round matchup.

    Gleison Tibau and Francisco Trinaldo also took small steps closer to the top of the lightweight division at UFC on FX 8. Lucas Martins also picked up his first UFC win with a knockout of Jeremy Larsen.

    Dos Anjos hung onto his top-10 position by beating Dunham, and T.J. Grant surpassed Donald Cerrone in the lightweight rankings ahead of his big fight with Gray Maynard.

    Multiple top lightweights will compete at UFC 160, where the division's next title challenger could be determined in the matchup between Maynard and Grant. Donald Cerrone will also try to return to a top-five position with a victory in a bout against Strikeforce veteran K.J. Noons.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Benson Henderson

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 10 Rafael dos Anjos defeated Evan Dunham by unanimous decision.
    • Francisco Trinaldo defeated Mike Rio by first-round submission.
    • Gleison Tibau defeated John Cholish by second-round submission.
    • Lucas Martins defeated Jeremy Larsen by third-round knockout.

     

    UFC 160 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 3 Gray Maynard vs. No. 5 T.J. Grant
    • No. 6 Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons
    • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo

Featherweight

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    Nik Lentz held onto his top-10 ranking with a win over Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 8. Though he faded in the third round, Lentz's wrestling was strong enough in the first two frames to give him some room for error in the final stanza.

    With his victory over Dias, Lentz rose to the No. 9 slot in the featherweight rankings, bumping Erik Koch down by one position.

    At UFC 160, UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens will make his 145-pound debut. Furthermore, bright prospects Dennis Bermudez and Max Holloway will battle for a step up in competition.

     

    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 (+1)
    10. Erik Koch (-1)

     

    UFC on FX 8 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 9 Nik Lentz defeated Hacran Dias by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 160 Featherweight Fights

    • Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway
    • Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan

Bantamweight

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    Yuri Alcantara picked up his first bantamweight win at UFC on FX 8 and can now start looking to climb the ladder with bigger fights. His opponent, UFC newcomer Iliarde Santos, took the fight on short notice and may now return to the flyweight division.

    No top-10 bantamweight competed at UFC on FX 8, so there were no changes in this edition of the official rankings.

    Brian Bowles will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 160, where he'll take on abnormally tall bantamweight George Roop. Recently winning in his return to the division, Roop will have a chance to make a big move with this matchup against a former WEC champion.

     

    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 on FX 8 Bantamweight Fights

    • Yuri Alcantara defeated Iliarde Santos by first-round knockout.

     

    UFC 160 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 8 Brian Bowles vs. George Roop

Flyweight

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    In a rare event with multiple flyweight fights, Jussier Formiga and John Lineker picked up important wins at 125 pounds. Though they've both already lost inside the Octagon, Formiga and Lineker should now be considered potential title challengers in a division that is slowly developing.

    The results from this past weekend's bouts caused Lineker to surpass Chris Cariaso in the flyweight rankings.

    No flyweight bouts will be held at UFC 160 or in any events until Demetrious Johnson defends his belt against John Moraga in July.

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 5 Jussier Formiga defeated No. 8 Chris Cariaso by unanimous decision.
    • No. 7 John Lineker defeated Azamat Gashimov by second-round knockout.

     

    UFC 160 Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    The women's bantamweight division is in the midst of a lull in action as it slowly expands. 

    No females competed inside the Octagon at UFC on FX 8 and none will until UFC 161, where Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton will make their UFC debuts.

    In the meantime, champion Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano will begin their roles as coaches on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter on Fox Sports 1.

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

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

     

    UFC on FX 8 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 160 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

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