UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 161
Rashad Evans picked up an important win over Dan Henderson at UFC 161, avoiding a third consecutive loss in the process.
While Evans still has some work to do to make up for his deflating defeat against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, he's back on the track toward title contention. Meanwhile, Henderson is quickly headed in the wrong direction at 42 years old.
Stipe Miocic also rebounded in a big way on Saturday, out-boxing Roy Nelson for three rounds in an upset victory. Competing in the final fight of his UFC contract, Nelson's wallet is likely to take a hit from his poor performance over the weekend.
With UFC 161 in the books and UFC 162 ahead, let's take a look at the latest official UFC rankings.
With Renan Barao injured and forced off the fight card, no top pound-for-pound fighters competed at UFC 161 on Saturday.
Barring more injury woes, though, UFC 162 could have a major impact on the pound-for-pound rankings. Anderson Silva will try to remain atop the rankings and defend his middleweight championship, while Frankie Edgar will try to prove he still belongs in the top 10 by picking up his first win since October 2011.
Silva's bout with Chris Weidman will be his first at 185 pounds in 12 months. Edgar will take a step down in competition and meet Charles Oliveira after appearing in seven straight title fights.
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 161 Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC 162 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 1 Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman
- No. 10 Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
After rising to No. 5 in the heavyweight rankings, Roy Nelson turned in the worst performance of his UFC career on Saturday. Nelson's predictable boxing led to him being picked apart by the quicker and better conditioned Stipe Miocic.
With his loss at UFC 161, Nelson dropped two spots to the No. 7 position. In all likelihood, he will drop another spot or two when the next version of these rankings is published. "Big Country" still sits above Miocic due to delayed voters.
With Miocic entering the top-10 rankings, along with a surprise entrance from new UFC signee Josh Barnett, Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira were bumped out of the list of top contenders.
While Barnett has the potential to become a UFC heavyweight title challenger once again, it's surprising to see him in these rankings prior to his Octagon return. His biggest wins under the Strikeforce banner came against Sergei Kharitonov and Brett Rogers.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Alistair Overeem (+1)
- Frank Mir (+1)
- Roy Nelson (-2)
- Stipe Miocic (NR)
- Travis Browne (-1)
- Josh Barnett (NR)
UFC 161 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 8 Stipe Miocic defeated No. 7 Roy Nelson by unanimous decision.
- Shawn Jordan defeated Pat Barry by knockout in the first round.
UFC 162 Heavyweight Fights
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman
At UFC 161, Dan Henderson slipped further from light heavyweight title contention and closer to calling it quits. While Henderson isn't ready to retire right now, his decision loss to Rashad Evans on Saturday was a dagger to his hopes of making one last UFC title run.
Evans' rebound win catapulted him upward in the light heavyweight rankings. He now sits above Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, whom he'd lost to in his previous outing. Conversely, Henderson plunged three positions.
With Henderson falling, Glover Teixeira inched closer to the top of the 205-pound rankings. Though he owns zero wins over current top-10 light heavyweights, the Brazilian is the No. 3 contender as the division currently stands.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Lyoto Machida
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Glover Teixeira (+1)
- Rashad Evans (+2)
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Dan Henderson (-3)
- Mauricio Rua
- Phil Davis
- Gegard Mousasi
- Ryan Bader
UFC 161 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 4 Rashad Evans defeated No. 6 Dan Henderson by split decision.
- Ryan Jimmo defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision.
UFC 162 Light Heavyweight Fights
With no middleweight bouts contested at UFC 161, the division's rankings held steady from the previous version.
Despite being booked for a second straight light heavyweight bout, Chael Sonnen continues to hold a place in the 185-pound rankings. It has been nearly 12 months since Sonnen competed at middleweight, and he doesn't appear to have plans to return anytime soon.
At UFC 162, middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his belt against No. 1 contender Chris Weidman. While Weidman's ranking has been heavily debated, he does appear to have a skill set that could cause Silva some problems.
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 161 Middleweight Fights
UFC 162 Middleweight Fights
- (C) Anderson Silva vs. No. 1 Chris Weidman
- No. 8 Mark Munoz vs. No. 10 Tim Boetsch
- Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie
- Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig
Jake Shields picked up an important win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 161, but the lackluster decision apparently wasn't enough to sway voters into adding the former Strikeforce champion to their ballots.
Woodley looked to be on a path toward title contention after knocking out Jay Hieron in his UFC debut. However, after a poor showing on Saturday, Woodley will need to remind everyone of his potential in his next outing.
It's unlikely any changes in the welterweight rankings will result from the UFC 162 fight card, as no top-10 fighters are set to compete at the event.
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 161 Welterweight Fights
- Jake Shields defeated Tyron Woodley by split decision.
- Sean Pierson defeated Kenny Robertson by majority decision.
UFC 162 Welterweight Fights
- Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
- Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell
No elite lightweights competed at UFC 161, though a small change was made in the divisional rankings.
Either some new voters have been added to the equation or past panelists have swayed their opinion, as Josh Thomson moved ahead of Gray Maynard in the rankings. Thomson is coming off an impressive win over Nate Diaz, while Maynard was recently defeated by TJ Grant.
While no top-10 lightweights fought on Saturday, James Krause made a big splash. The UFC newcomer submitted tough veteran Sam Stout and won two performance bonuses in the process.
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Benson Henderson
- Gilbert Melendez
- Anthony Pettis
- TJ Grant
- Josh Thomson (+1)
- Gray Maynard (-1)
- Donald Cerrone
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Pat Healy
- Rafael dos Anjos
UFC 161 Lightweight Fights
- James Krause defeated Sam Stout by submission in the third round.
- Mitch Clarke defeated John Maguire by unanimous decision.
UFC 162 Lightweight Fights
- Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
- Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira
No featherweight bouts were contested on Saturday; the 145-pound rankings remained identical to the previous version.
While UFC 161 did not affect the featherweight class, UFC 162 could have a significant impact on the future of the division.
Frankie Edgar will make his second appearance at 145 pounds, and he'll be taking a step down in competition to meet Charles Oliveira. Cub Swanson, another highly ranked featherweight, will try to maintain his position in the rankings when he meets the rising Dennis Siver.
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 161 Featherweight Fights
UFC 162 Featherweight Fights
- No. 3 Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
- No. 5 Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver
Originally, UFC 161 was supposed to be an important fight card for the bantamweight class. Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland were to meet in the main event, but the interim champion suffered an injury and was forced out of competition.
Two other 135-pound bouts were held on Saturday, but neither caused any change in the bantamweight division.
It's likely the rankings will also remain the same following the UFC 162 fight card. No bantamweight fighters are set to appear at the event on July 6.
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
- Ivan Menjivar
UFC 161 Bantamweight Fights
- Roland Delorme defeated Edwin Figueroa by unanimous decision.
- Yves Jabouin defeated Dustin Pague by split decision.
UFC 162 Bantamweight Fights
There were no flyweight bouts contested at 161, and there won't be any on the UFC 162 fight card.
However, the UFC did make a somewhat 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 161 Flyweight Fights
UFC 162 Flyweight Fights
Alexis Davis picked up her first UFC win on Saturday, beating Rosi Sexton via decision.
While Davis was successful in her first trip to the Octagon, she didn't impress enough to rise in the rankings by going the distance with an unranked opponent. Sexton, on the other hand, showed she may have the ability to become a top-10 fighter by remaining competitive with the No. 6 contender.
No female bouts will be contested at UFC 162, but Julie Kedzie and Germaine de Randamie will make their UFC debuts at UFC on Fox 8 later in July.
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 161 Women's Bantamweight Fights
- No. 6 Alexis Davis defeated Rosi Sexton by unanimous decision.
UFC 162 Women's Bantamweight Fights