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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 162

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2017

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 162

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    Following UFC 162, Anderson Silva finds himself in an unfamiliar position. For the first time in seven years, the Brazilian middleweight is not looking down on the entire 185-pound division.

    While Silva's antics in Saturday's championship bout with Chris Weidman have been a point of debate, "The Spider" fell by doing some of the same things that earned him elite status. Silva has always gotten away with dodging punches despite carrying his hands at his side, but Weidman caught him with a left hook and ended the greatest title reign in UFC history.

    Heading into this past weekend, Silva was almost unanimously considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today. So, needless to say, his first UFC loss has shaken up the rankings. 

    With UFC 162 in the books and UFC on Fox 8 ahead, let's take a look at the latest official UFC rankings

Pound-for-Pound

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    Chris Weidman shocked the world on Saturday, knocking Anderson Silva from his long-held perch atop the pound-for-pound rankings.

    With the fall of Silva, 25-year-old Jon Jones is now the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA.

    Silva still sits ahead of Weidman for now, but that will almost certainly change should The Spider lose in what seems to be an inevitable immediate rematch. By beating Silva, Weidman slid into the top 10, which bounced Frankie Edgar out of the No. 10 position despite his win over Charles Oliveira on Saturday.

    At UFC on Fox 8, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will attempt to avoid the same fate as Silva by defending his 125-pound championship against John Moraga.

     

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

    1. Jon Jones (+1)
    2. Georges St-Pierre (+1)
    3. Anderson Silva (-2)
    4. Jose Aldo
    5. Benson Henderson
    6. Cain Velasquez
    7. Demetrious Johnson
    8. Renan Barao
    9. Dominick Cruz
    10. Chris Weidman (NR)

     

    UFC 162 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 10 Chris Weidman defeated No. 3 Anderson Silva by knockout in the second round.

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 7 Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga

Heavyweight

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    Gabriel Gonzaga scored his 10th career UFC victory on Saturday, making quick work of Dave Herman on the UFC 162 preliminary card.

    While Gonzaga's win wasn't enough to move him into the top 10, the former heavyweight title challenger has done well since returning to the Octagon from a temporary retirement. The Brazilian has posted a 3-1 record in his current UFC stint, with his only loss during that run coming against No. 9 contender Travis Browne.

    Although neither fighter competed over the weekend, Browne surpassed Stipe Miocic in the rankings. Miocic now sits two spots below Roy Nelson, who he defeated at UFC 161.

    The UFC heavyweight division will next see action at UFC on Fox 8, where TUF 10 participants Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione will square off on the FX prelims.

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

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

     

    UFC 162 Heavyweight Fights

    • Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Dave Herman by knockout in the first round.

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Heavyweight Fights

    • Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione

Light Heavyweight

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    The light heavyweight division was on break despite UFC action over the weekend.

    Despite the lull in 205-pound action, we will also not see any light heavyweight bouts contested at UFC on Fox 8 later this month.

    Instead, the weight class will heat back up at UFC 163. On the main card of the event set to be held on Brazilian soil, Lyoto Machida will try to take a step closer to a title shot against rising contender Phil Davis.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

    1. Lyoto Machida
    2. Alexander Gustafsson
    3. Glover Teixeira 
    4. Rashad Evans 
    5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
    6. Dan Henderson  
    7. Mauricio Rua 
    8. Phil Davis
    9. Gegard Mousasi
    10. Ryan Bader

     

    UFC 162 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

     UFC on Fox 8 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Middleweight

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    Weidman stole the show on Saturday, but UFC 162 saw a number of other middleweights pick up important wins.

    Mark Munoz picked up his first win since November 2011 by besting Tim Boetsch on the scorecards. Tim Kennedy picked up his first UFC victory in a bout with fellow Strikeforce veteran Roger Gracie. Also, Andrew Craig added a big name to his resume by defeating a fading Chris Leben.

    With his victory, Munoz rose two spots in the middleweights rankings. Boetsch, despite losing back-to-back fights, remained in the No. 10 position.

    At UFC on Fox 8, Ed Herman will return to the Octagon after losing a Strikeforce bout against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Still, Herman finds himself competing against another Strikeforce veteran in Trevor Smith. 

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman (+1)

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

     

    UFC 162 Middleweight Fights

    • (C) Chris Weidman defeated No. 1 Anderson Silva by knockout in the second round.
    • No. 6 Mark Munoz defeated No. 10 Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision.
    • Tim Kennedy defeated Roger Gracie by unanimous decision.
    • Andrew Craig defeated Chris Leben by split decision.

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Middleweight Fights

    • Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith

Welterweight

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    Welterweight bouts were relegated to the Facebook prelims for the UFC 162 fight card.

    Responding to their low-profile positions, Mike Pierce and Brian Melancon made statements with knockout wins in their respective bouts with David Mitchell and Seth Baczynski on Saturday.

    The 170-pound class will be represented much more prominently at UFC on Fox 8. On the event's main card, Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger will battle for positioning in the race for a welterweight title shot, while Robbie Lawler will try to maintain his top-10 ranking against Siyar Bahadurzada.

     

    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 162 Welterweight Fights

    • Brian Melancon defeated Seth Baczynski by knockout in the first round.
    • Mike Pierce defeated David Mitchell by knockout in the second round.

     

     UFC on Fox 8 Welterweight Fights

    • No. 3 Rory MacDonald vs. No. 4 Jake Ellenberger
    • No. 9 Robbie Lawler vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Lightweight

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    No top-10 lightweights competed at UFC 162, but Edson Barboza and Norman Parke picked up important wins on Saturday.

    Barboza scored his second technical knockout by way of leg kicks since joining the UFC roster, while Parke remained undefeated inside the Octagon by beating Kazuki Tokudome. Both have a good amount of work to do before they hit the rankings, but Barboza still looks like a lightweight who will inevitably be considered a contender.

    Five lightweight bouts will be contested at UFC on Fox 8. Though none of the fighters competing in those fights are ranked, several have the potential to be considered 155-pound contenders over the next few years.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Benson Henderson

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

     

     UFC 162 Lightweight Fights

    • Norman Parke defeated Kazuki Tokudome by unanimous decision.
    • Edson Barboza defeated Rafaello Oliveira by knockout in the second round.

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Lightweight Fights

    • Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal
    • Bobby Green vs. Danny Castillo
    • Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard
    • Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher
    • Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas

Featherweight

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    Two elite featherweights moved closer to a title shot on Saturday.

    Frankie Edgar picked up his first win in the division by beating Charles Oliveira soundly over three rounds. "The Answer" would need a couple of more wins in order to earn a rematch with champion Jose Aldo, but this was a step in the right direction.

    Cub Swanson, meanwhile, defeated Dennis Siver with an impressive knockout finish. In doing so, Swanson moved ahead of Chan Sung Jung in the rankings even though "The Korean Zombie" is next in line to battle Aldo.

    No 145-pound bouts will be contested at UFC on Fox 8, but the matchup between Aldo and Jung will be held at UFC 163. 

     

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

    1. Chad Mendes
    2. Ricardo Lamas
    3. Frankie Edgar
    4. Cub Swanson (+1)
    5. Chan Sung Jung (-1)
    6. Dennis Siver
    7. Dustin Poirier
    8. Clay Guida
    9. Nik Lentz 
    10. Erik Koch 

     

    UFC 162 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 3 Frankie Edgar defeated Charles Oliveira by unanimous decision.
    • No. 4 Cub Swanson defeated No. 6 Dennis Siver by knockout in the third round.

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Featherweight Fights

    • None

Bantamweight

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    With Dominick Cruz still recovering from knee injuries, the bantamweight division has been relatively quiet recently. No 135-pound fights were seen at UFC 162, and only one will be contested in the entire month of July.

    Since no bantamweights appeared on Saturday, the division's rankings remained unchanged.

    It's likely the rankings will also remain the same following the UFC on Fox 8 fight card. No ranked bantamweight fighters are set to appear at the event on July 27.

     

    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 
    9. TJ Dillashaw 
    10. Ivan Menjivar 

     

    UFC 162 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Bantamweight Fights

    • John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza

Flyweight

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    There were no flyweight bouts contested at 162, but the division is about to wake back up in a big way.

    At UFC on Fox 8, 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson will return to the Octagon for a title defense against John Moraga, who has gone undefeated since joining the UFC roster. Since "Mighty Mouse" has already defeated the three top contenders, Moraga will have a chance to battle for the belt from the No. 4 position.

    Following the flyweight championship bout, the 125-pound division will be on display for a second straight UFC event, as John Lineker is scheduled to meet Phil Harris at UFC 163.

     

    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. Timothy Elliott

     

    UFC 162 Flyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Flyweight Fights

    • (C) Demetrious Johnson vs. No. 4 John Moraga

Women's Bantamweight

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    No female bouts were contested at UFC 162, but the division is about to see a first at UFC on Fox 8.

    At the event on July 27, two women's bantamweight fights will be held. On the prelims, Julie Kedzie and Germain de Randamie will make their UFC debuts. Then, on the main card, former title challenger Liz Carmouche will welcome Jessica Andrade to the Octagon.

    The women will continue to showcase their talents at UFC 163, where Amanda Nunes steps into the Octagon for the first time against Sheila Gaff.

     

    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 162 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC on Fox 8 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 5 Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade
    • No. 8 Julie Kedzie vs. No. 9 Germaine de Randamie

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