Fabricio Werdum took one step closer to a UFC title shot at UFC on Fuel TV 10, submitting fellow top-10 heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
With his win on Saturday, Werdum has now won three times since returning to the UFC roster, making him one of the top candidates to meet the winner of a likely rubber match between champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior dos Santos.
UFC on Fuel TV 10 also crowned the winner of TUF: Brazil 2, as replacement finalist Leonardo Santos submitted William Macario despite having lost in the semifinals of the competition. In beating Macario, Santos earned himself a guaranteed UFC contract and a chance to compete at the highest level.
With UFC on Fuel TV 10 in the books and UFC 161 ahead, let's take a look at the latest official UFC rankings.
No top pound-for-pound fighters competed at UFC on Fuel TV 10, but Fabricio Werdum could soon have a chance to join these rankings following his submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Again, no top-10 pound-for-pound competitors will be featured at UFC 161, as interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao was forced off the fight card due to injury.
However, Anderson Silva will soon put his No. 1 spot in the pound-for-pound rankings on the line when he meets Chris Weidman in the UFC 162 main event in July.
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 10 Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC 161 Pound-for-Pound Fights
At UFC on Fuel TV 10, Fabricio Werdum remained undefeated since his return to the UFC roster. "Vai Cavalo" patiently awaited his opportunity and locked up an armbar on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when the opportunity was presented.
Despite the win, Werdum did not surpass Junior dos Santos nor Daniel Cormier in the heavyweight rankings.
Still, Werdum could be next in line for a title shot behind Dos Santos, who is expected to meet Cain Velasquez later in 2013.
At UFC 161, Roy Nelson will attempt to remain a top-five heavyweight with a victory over Stipe Miocic. Nelson accepted the bout as a replacement to help bolster a fight card damaged by injuries.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Roy Nelson
- Alistair Overeem
- Frank Mir
- Travis Browne (+1)
- Mark Hunt (+1)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-2)
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 3 Fabricio Werdum defeated No. 10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by second-round submission.
UFC 161 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 5 Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
- Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Thiago Silva picked up his first official win since August 2009 on Saturday. After failing multiple drug tests over recent years, Silva knocked out UFC newcomer Rafael Cavalcante to return to the win column at UFC on Fuel TV 10.
After such a long drought without a victory, Silva's performance in Brazil was not enough to vault him into the light heavyweight rankings. However, he may have now set himself up with an opportunity to compete against a highly ranked opponent.
Though UFC on Fuel TV 10 had no impact on the 205-pound rankings, UFC 161 is sure to cause some movement. Veterans Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans will meet in the main event, with both fighters looking to prove they are still capable of contending for a championship.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Lyoto Machida
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Dan Henderson
- Glover Teixeira
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Rashad Evans
- Mauricio Rua
- Phil Davis
- Gegard Mousasi
- Ryan Bader
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Light Heavyweight Fights
- Thiago Silva defeated Rafael Cavalcante by first-round knockout.
UFC 161 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 3 Dan Henderson vs. No. 6 Rashad Evans
- Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
In their home country of Brazil, Daniel Sarafian and Caio Magalhaes picked up big wins at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Both middleweights submitted their respective opponents, though they'll need to keep on winning in order to break into the 185-pound rankings.
With no elite middleweights competing on Saturday, the division's rankings remained unchanged. But it has to be only a matter of time until now-light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is removed from the list of top-10 middleweights.
Since no middleweight fights will be contested at UFC 161, we'll have to wait until UFC 162 to see any significant change in the 185-pound rankings. That event will see Chris Weidman challenge Anderson Silva for the middleweight championship.
Official UFC Middleweight Rankings
Champion: Anderson Silva
- Chris Weidman
- Vitor Belfort
- Yushin Okami
- Michael Bisping
- Ronaldo Souza
- Costa Philippou
- Luke Rockhold
- Mark Munoz
- Chael Sonnen
- Tim Boetsch
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Middleweight Fights
- Daniel Sarafian defeated Eddie Mendez by first-round submission.
- Caio Magalhaes defeated Karlos Vemola by second-round submission.
UFC 161 Middleweight Fights
Erick Silva was the big welterweight winner at UFC on Fuel TV 10, where he picked up a submission win over Strikeforce veteran Jason High. A welterweight winner of TUF was also crowned at the event, as Leonardo Santos came from behind to submit William Macario.
Though Silva is on the verge of being considered a serious title contender, his win over High was not enough to raise him into the top 10 of the welterweight class.
More fringe contenders will appear at UFC 161, where Tyron Woodley will try to keep his momentum going with a win over Jake Shields, who will be returning to the welterweight division following a short stay at 185 pounds.
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 10 Welterweight Fights
- Erick Silva defeated Jason High by first-round submission.
- Ildemar Alcantara defeated Leandro Silva by unanimous decision.
- Leonardo Santos defeated William Macario by second-round submission.
UFC 161 Welterweight Fights
- Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Shields
- Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
UFC on Fuel TV 10 provided a rare break in action for the loaded lightweight division.
Still, a slight adjustment was made in the 155-pound rankings. After being bumped down two spots following a loss to TJ Grant, Maynard was likely aided by some voters who were tardy for the previous version of the rankings and moved back ahead of Josh Thomson.
While UFC 161 won't see any elite lightweight competing, Sam Stout will return to the Octagon in an event that showcases two 155-pound contests.s
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Benson Henderson
- Gilbert Melendez
- Anthony Pettis
- TJ Grant
- Gray Maynard (+1)
- Josh Thomson (-1)
- Donald Cerrone
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Pat Healy
- Rafael dos Anjos
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Lightweight Fights
UFC 161 Lightweight Fights
- Sam Stout vs. James Krause
- John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke
Multiple featherweight bouts were on display at UFC on Fuel TV 10, but none of them had any impact on the 145-pound rankings.
TUF winner Rony Jason remained undefeated inside the Octagon by beating Mike Wilkinson, while TUF runner-up Godofredo Pepey was stopped in the first round by Felipe Arantes. A third featherweight participant from TUF: Brazil also appeared on Saturday, and Rodrigo Damm picked up a decision victory over Mizuto Hirota.
No 145-pound matchups will be seen at UFC 161, but Anthony Pettis' debut in the division against champion Jose Aldo is approaching.
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 10 Featherweight Fights
- Rony Jason defeated Mike Wilkinson by first-round submission.
- Felipe Arantes defeated Godofredo Pepey by first-round knockout.
- Rodrigo Damm defeated Mizuto Hirota by split decision.
UFC 161 Featherweight Fights
At UFC on Fuel TV 10, Raphael Assuncao continued his undefeated streak since making the move to the bantamweight division. Assuncao took an unexpected step down in competition and picked up an expected victory by submitting Vaughan Lee on Saturday.
So heavily favored heading into the matchup, Assuncao's win over Lee didn't do anything for him in the rankings. However, the fight looked good on TJ Dillashaw, who holds a quicker submission win over Lee than the one Assuncao picked up.
While multiple bantamweight bouts will be featured at UFC 161, neither of them are expected to cause any shift in the 135-pound rankings.
Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Dominick Cruz
- Renan Barao (interim champion)
- Urijah Faber
- Michael McDonald
- Eddie Wineland
- Brad Pickett
- Raphael Assuncao
- Scott Jorgensen
- Mike Easton
- TJ Dillashaw (+1)
- Ivan Menjivar (-1)
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Bantamweight Fights
- No. 6 Raphael Assuncao defeated Vaughan Lee by second-round submission.
UFC 161 Bantamweight Fights
- Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
- Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
There were no flyweight bouts contested at UFC on Fuel TV 10, and there won't be any on the UFC 161 fight card.
However, the UFC did make a recent addition to the flyweight division by signing Ali Bagautinov, a 27-year-old Russian with wins in his past eight bouts.
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
- Joseph Benavidez
- John Dodson
- Ian McCall
- John Moraga
- Jussier Formiga
- Louis Gaudinot
- John Lineker
- Chris Cariaso
- Darren Uyenoyama
- Timothy Elliott
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Flyweight Fights
UFC 161 Flyweight Fights
The women's bantamweight division has seen a lull in action as it slowly expands.
However, females will return to the Octagon at UFC 161, where Alexis Davis will look to validate her top-10 ranking by beating the non-ranked Rosi Sexton.
All the while, most attention toward the women's bantamweight class will be aimed at TUF 18, which will be coached by champion Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate. Following a Cat Zingano injury, Tate filled in as a coach on the show despite coming off a loss.
Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Ronda Rousey
- Cat Zingano
- Sarah Kaufman
- Miesha Tate
- Sara McMann
- Liz Carmouche
- Alexis Davis
- Amanda Nunes
- Julie Kedzie
- Germaine de Randamie
- Sheila Gaff
UFC on Fuel TV 10 Women's Bantamweight Fights
UFC 161 Women's Bantamweight Fights
- No. 6 Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton