UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 160

Sean SmithAnalyst IMay 28, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 160

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    Cain Velasquez defended the UFC heavyweight title for the first time on Saturday. In winning a rematch with Antonio Silva, Velasquez remained atop the heavyweight UFC rankings and took a step closer to becoming the greatest heavyweight in the promotion's history.

    The UFC 160 co-main event produced Velasquez's next challenger and a rubber match for the heavyweight championship. Junior dos Santos knocked out Mark Hunt and earned Fight of the Night honors in the process, but more importantly, he earned an opportunity to take back the UFC title.

    On June 8, the UFC will return with UFC on Fuel TV 10, which will be headlined by TUF: Brazil 2 coaches Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The event will serve as the finale for the reality series, so a new TUF winner will also be crowned.

    With UFC 160 in the books and UFC on Fuel TV 10 ahead, let's take a look at the latest official UFC rankings


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    Cain Velasquez took an important step at UFC 160, successfully defending the heavyweight title for the first time by stopping Antonio Silva.

    Despite his victory, though, Velasquez didn't budge in the pound-for-pound rankings. The heavyweight champion currently sits behind Benson Henderson, who has already defended his belt three times. Even though he wouldn't surpass Henderson in terms of title defenses, another dominant victory over Junior dos Santos in the coming months could boost Velasquez into the top five.

    No top-10 pound-for-pound fighters will appear at UFC on Fuel TV 10, though Fabricio Werdum could put himself very near a title shot with a win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.


    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 160 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 6 Cain Velasquez defeated Antonio Silva by first-round knockout.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None


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    While Cain Velasquez held onto his position atop the heavyweight division by beating Antonio Silva on Saturday, Junior dos Santos also remained the top-ranked contender in the weight class by knocking out Mark Hunt.

    Already considered the top two fighters in the heavyweight division, Velasquez and Dos Santos stayed put in the heavyweight rankings. Silva did not drop at all following his expected loss in a rematch with Velasquez, while Hunt only dipped slightly after putting together a Fight of the Night performance against Dos Santos. With his recent knockout loss to Silva looking slightly worse due to the UFC 160 results, Alistair Overeem fell below the rising Roy Nelson.

    UFC on Fuel TV 10 will see an important bout between two Brazilian heavyweights. Undefeated since returning to the Octagon, Fabricio Werdum will try to take one step closer to a title shot by beating a veteran who won't go away easily in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.


    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

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


    UFC 160 Heavyweight Fights

    • (C) Cain Velasquez defeated No. 4 Antonio Silva by first-round knockout.
    • No. 1 Junior dos Santos defeated No. 10 Mark Hunt by third-round knockout.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 3 Fabricio Werdum vs. No. 8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Light Heavyweight

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    Glover Teixeira didn't have much of a chance to improve his light heavyweight ranking against replacement opponent James Te-Huna at UFC 160. He did hold his ground, though, with a first-round submission.

    With the bout between Teixeira and Te-Huna being the only light heavyweight matchup at UFC 160, there were no alterations to the division's rankings.

    At UFC on Fuel TV 10, Thiago Silva will return from a six-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana. The fighter plagued with injuries and failed drug tests over recent years will welcome Rafael Cavalcante to the Octagon. Cavalcante also failed a drug test following his most recent outing and was suspended for 12 months.


    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 160 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Glover Teixeira defeated James Te-Huna by first-round submission.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante


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    No middleweights competed at UFC 160, but the division's rankings were changed slightly from the previous version.

    Still riding the hype from a win over Chris Camozzi in his UFC debut, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza surpassed Costa Philippou and entered the top five. Philippou was supposed to be the fighter to welcome Souza to the Octagon, but he suffered an injury and was replaced by Camozzi.

    Several middleweights will be in action at UFC on Fuel TV 10. On the main card, TUF veteran Daniel Sarafian will look to earn his first UFC win against promotional newcomer Eddie Mendez.


    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Anderson Silva

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


    UFC 160 Middleweight Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Middleweight Fights

    • Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez
    • Ronny Markes vs. Derek Brunson
    • Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola


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    With a win over Rick Story, Mike Pyle took a step closer to title contention, but his victory was not decisive enough to catapult him into the top-10 rankings. Robert Whittaker also picked up an important victory at UFC 160, defeating fellow TUF winner Colton Smith. Additionally, Stephen Thompson got back on track by beating Nah-Shon Burrell.

    None of Saturday's welterweights broke into the official rankings, but some did show they have the potential to get there eventually.

    Erick Silva is certainly a 170-pound fighter with the potential to break into those rankings, and he'll return to the Octagon at UFC on Fuel TV 10 for a bout with Strikeforce veteran Jason High. The final fight of the TUF: Brazil 2 welterweight tournament will also be contested on the main card.


    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 160 Welterweight Fights

    • Mike Pyle defeated Rick Story by split decision.
    • Robert Whittaker defeated Colton Smith by third-round knockout.
    • Stephen Thompson defeated Nah-Shon Burrell by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Welterweight Fights

    • Erick Silva vs. Jason High
    • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
    • TUF: Brazil 2 final (TBA)


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    TJ Grant may have made the biggest statement of any fighter who competed at UFC 160, knocking out Gray Maynard to become the top contender in the lightweight division. As a result of his win, Grant traded places with Maynard in the lightweight rankings and is now only ranked behind champion Benson Henderson, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez and featherweight title challenger Anthony Pettis.

    Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov also picked up wins at 155 pounds on Saturday, but neither made any noise in the official rankings.

    After an important event for the lightweight class, no 155-pound fighters will compete at UFC on Fuel TV 10 in Brazil.


    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Benson Henderson

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


    UFC 160 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 3 TJ Grant defeated No. 5 Gray Maynard by first-round knockout.
    • No. 6 Donald Cerrone defeated K.J. Noons by unanimous decision.
    • Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Lightweight Fights

    • None


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    Dennis Bermudez squeaked by Max Holloway to keep his winning streak going on Saturday. Though his performance wasn't enough to make him a top-10 featherweight, the time is coming for Bermudez to get a shot at a highly ranked 145-pound opponent.

    Jeremy Stephens also picked up a win in his featherweight debut at UFC 160. He has some work to do to prove himself in the division, but it appears the veteran made the right call in dropping to 145 pounds.

    UFC on Fuel TV 10 will feature several TUF: Brazil veterans, as Rony Jason, Godofredo Pepey and Rodrigo Damm look to climb the featherweight ranks.


    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 160 Featherweight Fights

    • Dennis Bermudez defeated Max Holloway by split decision.
    • Jeremy Stephens defeated Estevan Payan by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Featherweight Fights

    • Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson
    • Godofredo Pepey vs. Felipe Arantes
    • Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota


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    George Roop shook up the bantamweight division by stopping Brian Bowles at UFC 160. After a slow start, Roop caught Bowles with a stiff jab in the second round and was able to finish the fight with some follow-up punches.

    As a result of his loss, former WEC champion Bowles was dropped from the bantamweight rankings, which allowed T.J. Dillashaw to slide into the 10th position.

    Vaughan Lee will have an opportunity to cause some more drama in the 135-pound class at UFC on Fuel TV 10, where he will meet the highly ranked Raphael Assuncao. With a win in Assuncao's home country of Brazil, Lee could make a big move into the top-10 rankings.


    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. Mike Easton (+1)
    9. Ivan Menjivar (+1)
    10. T.J. Dillashaw (NR)


    UFC 160 Bantamweight Fights

    • George Roop defeated Brian Bowles by second-round knockout.


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 6 Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee


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    There were no flyweight bouts contested at UFC 160, and there won't be any on the UFC on Fuel TV 10 fight card.

    In fact, the flyweight class is on break for almost the entirety of June and July.

    The 125-pound division will make its return on July 27, when Demetrious Johnson defends his belt against John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8.


    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 
    8. Chris Cariaso 
    9. Darren Uyenoyama 
    10. Tim Elliott


    UFC 160 Flyweight Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 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 160 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fuel TV 10 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None