Demetrious Johnson silenced some critics at UFC on Fox 8, where he picked up his first stoppage win inside the Octagon by submitting John Moraga.
"Mighty Mouse" has now defended the UFC flyweight title two times. As a result, he finds himself climbing the pound-for-pound rankings rather quickly. More importantly, Johnson is beginning to set a high bar for which future flyweight champions will reach.
With his victory on Saturday, Johnson has now defeated four of the top contenders in the 125-pound class. How did his continued success impact the flyweight and pound-for-pound ladders?
With UFC on Fox 8 in the books and UFC 163 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.
Although he's now on the short list of current UFC champions with multiple title defenses, Demetrious Johnson did not move upward in the official pound-for-pound rankings.
Instead, the only movement included newly crowned middleweight champion Chris Weidman surpassing bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz. Having been on the shelf for nearly two years due to injuries, Cruz is beginning to lose the faith of the voting panel.
At UFC 163, featherweight champion Jose Aldo will attempt to close the gap between himself and Jon Jones by defending his belt against Chan Sung Jung.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Georges St-Pierre
- Anderson Silva
- Jose Aldo
- Benson Henderson
- Cain Velasquez
- Demetrious Johnson
- Renan Barao
- Chris Weidman (+1)
- Dominick Cruz (-1)
UFC on Fox 8 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 7 Demetrious Johnson defeated John Moraga by submission in the fourth round.
UFC 163 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 4 Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung
With a bout between Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione being pushed back due to injury, no heavyweight bouts were contested at UFC on Fox 8 on Saturday.
The division will remain on break through UFC 163.
Heavyweights return to action at UFC Fight Night 26, where Alistair Overeem returns for a bout with Travis Browne. In his last outing, Overeem missed out on a title shot by suffering a massive upset at the hands of Antonio Silva.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Alistair Overeem
- Frank Mir
- Roy Nelson
- Travis Browne
- Stipe Miocic
- Josh Barnett
UFC on Fox 8 Heavyweight Fights
UFC 163 Heavyweight Fights
Although there were no light heavyweight bouts contested at UFC on Fox 8, a small adjustment was made to the 205-pound rankings.
As his UFC 163 bout with Lyoto Machida approaches, Phil Davis rose to the No. 7 position, which dropped Mauricio Rua. Should he upset Machida on Saturday, Davis could find himself in position for a title shot.
In addition to the bout between Davis and Machida, UFC 163 will feature two more light heavyweights contests. Most notably, Vinny Magalhaes will attempt to get back into the win column after his loss to Davis in April.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Lyoto Machida
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Glover Teixeira
- Rashad Evans
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Dan Henderson
- Phil Davis (+1)
- Mauricio Rua (-1)
- Gegard Mousasi
- Ryan Bader
UFC on Fox 8 Light Heavyweight Fights
UFC 163 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 1 Lyoto Machida vs. No. 7 Phil Davis
- Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh
- Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Francimar Barrosso
The middleweight division produced Fight of the Night honors at UFC on Fox 8, where Ed Herman and Trevor Smith slugged it out for three rounds. However, no changes in the 185-pound rankings resulted from that entertaining bout.
Multiple middleweight bouts will be featured on the UFC 163 fight card, but none of them are likely to alter the division's rankings.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira will look for a win in his first post-TUF outing. Former UFC title challenger Thales Leites will return to the Octagon for a bout with Tom Watson. Additionally, Bristol Marunde will try to keep his spot on the UFC roster with a win over UFC newcomer Viscardi Andrade.
Official UFC Middleweight Rankings
Champion: Chris Weidman
- Anderson Silva
- Vitor Belfort
- Yushin Okami
- Michael Bisping
- Ronaldo Souza
- Mark Munoz
- Costa Philippou
- Luke Rockhold
- Chael Sonnen
- Tim Boetsch
UFC on Fox 8 Middleweight Fights
- Ed Herman defeated Trevor Smith by split decision.
UFC 163 Middleweight Fights
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago Santos
- Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
- Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde
Rory MacDonald picked up an important win over Jake Ellenberger on Saturday, but it didn't put him any closer to the top of the welterweight rankings. Because he jabbed his way to a decision win, many fans and pundits were left unimpressed with MacDonald's performance.
With his loss, Ellenberger fell to No. 5 in the rankings, dropping below the surging Demian Maia.
Robbie Lawler scored an impressive knockout win on Saturday, but a victory over Bobby Voelker did not do much to improve his standing following a prior knockout victory over No. 10 welterweight contender Josh Koscheck.
At UFC 163, Sergio Moraes and Neil Magny will represent the welterweight division in a bout that shouldn't affect the 170-pound rankings.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Demian Maia (+1)
- Jake Ellenberger (-1)
- Nick Diaz
- Martin Kampmann
- Tarec Saffiedine
- Robbie Lawler
- Josh Koscheck
UFC on Fox 8 Welterweight Fights
- No. 3 Rory MacDonald defeated No. 5 Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision.
- No. 9 Robbie Lawler defeated Bobby Voelker by knockout in the second round.
UFC 163 Welterweight Fights
- Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny
Though five lightweight bouts were contested at UFC on Fox 8, the division's rankings remained unchanged.
That being said, Jorge Masvidal and Melvin Guillard inched closer to the top 10 with stoppage victories. With a couple more wins, the two could find themselves back in title contention.
No 155-pound fights will be shown at UFC 163, but a highly anticipated rematch between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis approaches.
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Benson Henderson
- Gilbert Melendez
- Anthony Pettis
- TJ Grant
- Josh Thomson
- Gray Maynard
- Donald Cerrone
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Pat Healy
- Rafael dos Anjos
UFC on Fox 8 Lightweight Fights
- Jorge Masvidal defeated Michael Chiesa by submission in the second round.
- Danny Castillo defeated Tim Means by unanimous decision.
- Melvin Guillard defeated Mac Danzig by knockout in the second round.
- Daron Cruickshank defeated Yves Edwards by split decision.
- Justin Salas defeated Aaron Riley by split decision.
UFC 163 Lightweight Fights
There were no featherweight bouts to be seen at UFC on Fox 8.
However, 145-pound contests don't come much bigger than the one on Saturday between champion Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung. Aldo was originally scheduled to meet Anthony Pettis at UFC 163, but an injury to the previously booked challenger allowed Jung to step in.
Rani Yahya will also look to take a step closer to a title shot at UFC 163, where he'll fight Josh Clopton.
Official UFC Featherweight Rankings
Champion: Jose Aldo
- Chad Mendes
- Ricardo Lamas
- Frankie Edgar
- Cub Swanson
- Chan Sung Jung
- Dennis Siver
- Dustin Poirier
- Clay Guida
- Nik Lentz
- Erik Koch
UFC on Fox 8 Featherweight Fights
UFC 163 Featherweight Fights
- (C) Jose Aldo vs. No. 5 Chan Sung Jung
- Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton
Yaotzin Meza picked up his first UFC win on Saturday, when he submitted John Albert, who will likely be released as a result of his lengthy losing streak.
Obviously, Meza has a long way to go before he can start sniffing the top-10 rankings. However, this was a step in the right direction at a time when the bantamweight division is looking for new faces to step up and make names for themselves.
No bantamweight bouts will be contested at UFC 163.
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 on Fox 8 Bantamweight Fights
- Yaotzin Meza defeated John Albert by submission in the second round.
UFC 163 Bantamweight Fights
Demetrious Johnson retained his crown at UFC on Fox 8, making it look easy against the No. 4 flyweight contender in John Moraga.
Despite his loss, Moraga did not fall in the 125-pound rankings.
The flyweight division will remain in the spotlight at UFC 163, where two top-10 fighters will appear in separate bouts. Ian McCall will go after his first UFC win in a bout with Iliarde Santos, while John Lineker aims for title contention and a win over Jose Maria.
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 Fox 8 Flyweight Fights
- (C) Demetrious Johnson defeated No. 4 John Moraga by submission in the fourth round.
UFC 163 Flyweight Fights
- No. 7 John Lineker vs. Jose Maria
- No. 3 Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos
The women's bantamweight division is beginning to heat up, as the division showcased two bouts at UFC on Fox 8.
Former title challenger Liz Carmouche picked up her first UFC win with a dominant showing against Jessica Andrade. Meanwhile, Germaine de Randamie moved upward in the rankings with a close decision win over Julie Kedzie.
At UFC 163, Amanda Nunes will make her UFC debut in a bout against Sheila Gaff.
Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Ronda Rousey
- Cat Zingano
- Sarah Kaufman
- Miesha Tate
- Sara McMann
- Liz Carmouche
- Alexis Davis
- Amanda Nunes
- Germaine de Randamie (+1)
- Julie Kedzie (-1)
- Sheila Gaff
UFC on Fox 8 Women's Bantamweight Fights
- No. 5 Liz Carmouche defeated Jessica Andrade by knockout in the second round.
- No. 9 Germaine de Randamie defeated No. 8 Julie Kedzie by split decision.
UFC 163 Women's Bantamweight Fights
- No. 7 Amanda Nunes vs. No. 10 Sheila Gaff