UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 163

Sean SmithAnalyst IAugust 5, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 163

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    Jose Aldo defended the UFC featherweight title for a fifth time on Saturday. He used effective jabs and wrestling prior to taking advantage of Chan Sung Jung's injured shoulder to earn a knockout win.

    At this point, only Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre have recorded more consecutive UFC title defenses than Jose Aldo. With Silva no longer at the top of the middleweight division, Aldo is one of the leaders in the perpetual race for top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

    Where does Aldo now officially stand in the pound-for-pound rankings?

    With UFC 163 in the books and UFC Fight Night 26 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings


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    Jose Aldo hit a milestone with five consecutive UFC title defenses on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to move him upward in the pound-for-pound rankings.

    However, there was one slight change made toward the bottom of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters. After dropping below Chris Weidman in the previous release of these rankings, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz moved back to No. 9.

    There will not be any top-10 pound-for-pound fighters appearing at UFC Fight Night 26, but a very important lightweight rematch between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis is only weeks away.

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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

    UFC 163 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 4 Jose Aldo defeated Chan Sung Jung by knockout in the fourth round.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None


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    Although no heavyweight bouts were contested at UFC 163, the division is set to heat back up soon.

    At UFC Fight Night 26, Alistair Overeem will return from a deflating loss to Antonio Silva. Attempting to keep Overeem in the loss column will be Travis Browne, who is also not far removed from a knockout loss to Silva.

    While the loser of the bout between Overeem and Browne will be reeling, the winner should find themselves back in the mix for a heavyweight title shot.

    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 
    9. Stipe Miocic   
    10. Josh Barnett  

    UFC 163 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 26 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 5 Alistair Overeem vs. No. 8 Travis Browne

Light Heavyweight

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    In a highly controversial decision, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 to join the hunt for a light heavyweight title shot.

    As a result of his victory, Davis jumped three spots in the 205-pound rankings and now sits in the No. 4 position. Because his loss was debatable, Machida only fell to No. 2 and remains within reach of a rematch against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

    The light heavyweight division will be in the spotlight again at UFC Fight Night 26, where Mauricio Rua and Chael Sonnen will battle in the main attraction. 

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

    UFC 163 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Phil Davis defeated No. 2 Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision.
    • Anthony Perosh defeated Vinny Magalhaes by knockout in the first round.
    • Francimar Barrosso defeated Ednaldo Oliveira by unanimous decision.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 8 Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
    • Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux


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    While UFC 163 featured three middleweight bouts, all the combatants in those contests are still several wins away from breaking into the top-10 rankings.

    The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira looked good in his home country of Brazil, albeit against low-ranked competition. Thales Leites also shined on Saturday, picking up an important win in his UFC return.

    At UFC Fight Night 26, TUF runner-up Uriah Hall will try to get the hype train rolling again in a bout with returning UFC veteran John Howard.

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman 

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

    UFC 163 Middleweight Fights

    • Cezar Ferreira defeated Thiago Santos by submission in the first round.
    • Thales Leites defeated Tom Watson by unanimous decision.
    • Viscardi Andrade defeated Bristol Marunde by knockout in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Middleweight Fights

    • Uriah Hall vs. John Howard


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    Sergio Moraes secured a slick mounted triangle choke at UFC 163, giving him two straight wins. While the Brazilian is headed in the right direction, he's still a long way from the top of the welterweight class.

    Seemingly sticking to his retirement, Nick Diaz dropped one spot in the welterweight rankings. Passing the former Strikeforce champion was Martin Kampmann, who will meet Carlos Condit in the UFC Fight Night 27 main event.

    At UFC Fight Night 26, fringe contenders Matt Brown and Mike Pyle will meet in a bout that could earn the winner a fight with a top-10 welterweight opponent.

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Rory MacDonald 
    4. Demian Maia 
    5. Jake Ellenberger 
    6. Martin Kampmann (+1)
    7. Nick Diaz (-1)
    8. Tarec Saffiedine
    9. Robbie Lawler
    10. Josh Koscheck

    UFC 163 Welterweight Fights

    • Sergio Moraes defeated Neil Magny by submission in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Welterweight Fights

    • Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle


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    No lightweight fights were seen at UFC 163, but multiple 155-pound bouts will be shown at UFC Fight Night 26.

    Most notably, Joe Lauzon will set his sights on another performance bonus against Michael Johnson. Additionally, Ramsey Nijem and James Vick may find themselves battling for their UFC roster spots on the preliminary card.

    One change was made in the lightweight rankings, and it is somewhat puzzling. Coming off of a knockout loss to TJ Grant, Gray Maynard jumped ahead of Josh Thomson, who recently stopped Nate Diaz.

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Benson Henderson

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

    UFC 163 Lightweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 26 Lightweight Fights

    • Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
    • Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick


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    Jose Aldo's title fight with Chan Sung Jung on Saturday was obviously an important one for the featherweight division. Nonetheless, it had no impact on the division's rankings.

    Instead, the only change made to the top-10 rankings was Nik Lentz being bumped ahead of Clay Guida, who is currently preparing for a pivotal bout with Chad Mendes.

    While four 145-pound bouts will be seen at UFC Fight Night 26, there's a good chance none of them will cause any changes in the top-10 rankings. Still, those matchups feature several fighters who could be considered future featherweight title contenders.

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

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

    UFC 163 Featherweight Fights

    • (C) Jose Aldo defeated No. 5 Chan Sung Jung by knockout in the fourth round.
    • Rani Yahya defeated Josh Clopton by unanimous decision.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Featherweight Fights

    • Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
    • Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
    • Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
    • Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller


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    Although no bantamweight bouts were fought at UFC 163, a change was made to the division's rankings.

    Despite losing his last fight against Urijah Faber, Ivan Menjivar rose to No. 9, passing TJ Dillashaw in the process.

    Faber will be one of three top-five bantamweights competing at UFC Fight Night 26. In addition to the former WEC champion's bout with Yuri Alcantara, Michael McDonald will battle Brad Pickett in a bout that could put the winner near a shot at a UFC championship.

    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. Ivan Menjivar (+1)
    10. TJ Dillashaw (-1) 

    UFC 163 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 26 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 2 Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
    • No. 3 Michael McDonald vs. No. 5 Brad Pickett


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    Rarely are two flyweight bouts contested on one fight card, but that was the case at UFC 163.

    John Lineker completed a comeback win against Jose Maria and surpassed Louis Gaudinot in the flyweight rankings as a result. It's somewhat surprising to see Lineker surpass Gaudinot so soon, as he lost to the green-haired flyweight via submission.

    Ian McCall picked up his first UFC win over the weekend, which allowed him to hold onto his No. 3 position in the 125-pound rankings.

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

    1. Joseph Benavidez
    2. John Dodson
    3. Ian McCall
    4. John Moraga
    5. Jussier Formiga
    6. John Lineker (+1)
    7. Louis Gaudinot (-1)
    8. Chris Cariaso 
    9. Darren Uyenoyama 
    10. Timothy Elliott

    UFC 163 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 6 John Lineker defeated Jose Maria by knockout in the second round.
    • No. 3 Ian McCall defeated Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    Amanda Nunes picked up a win in her UFC debut on Saturday. Already ranked No. 7 in the women's bantamweight division, though, the victory didn't boost Nunes' standing.

    Despite losing her first two UFC bouts, Nunes opponent Sheila Gaff remains in the top 10 of the still-developing women's bantamweight class.

    No women's bantamweight bouts will be on display at UFC Fight Night 26, but an important fight between top-five contenders Sarah Kaufman and Sara McMann is scheduled for UFC Fight Night 27.

    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. Germaine de Randamie 
    9. Julie Kedzie 
    10. Sheila Gaff 

    UFC 163 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 7 Amanda Nunes defeated No. 10 Sheila Gaff by knockout in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 26 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None