Chael Sonnen wasn't going leave the 205-pound division without making some kind of impression.
After being dominated by champion Jon Jones, Sonnen met Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the main event of the UFC's debut on Fox Sports 1. Expected to be lacking in the striking and jiu-jitsu departments when compared with Rua, Sonnen was predicted by many to use takedowns and ground-and-pound en route to a decision win.
Instead, Sonnen shocked Rua with a submission in the first round.
The result shook up a light heavyweight class that Sonnen may now be leaving for another middleweight title shot run.
Although no top-10 pound-for-pound fighters competed at UFC Fight Night 26. multiple changes were made to the rankings.
Chris Weidman surpassed Dominick Cruz for the No. 9 position. Still without a date set for his return from multiple knee injuries, Cruz is probably lucky to even still be ranked among the pound-for-pound best on the UFC roster.
Also, not long removed from his controversial win over Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson dropped out of the top five and was replaced by heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Henderson will soon have an opportunity to reverse that movement when he meets Anthony Pettis at UFC 164.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Georges St-Pierre
- Anderson Silva
- Jose Aldo
- Cain Velasquez (+1)
- Benson Henderson (-1)
- Demetrious Johnson
- Renan Barao
- Chris Weidman (+1)
- Dominick Cruz (-1)
UFC Fight Night 26 Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC Fight Night 27 Pound-for-Pound Fights
Travis Browne picked up the biggest win of his career on Saturday.
With a come-from-behind knockout victory over Alistair Overeem, Browne now finds himself among the top five heavyweight contenders. Since Junior dos Santos is scheduled to fight champion Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier is contemplating a move to light heavyweight and Antonio Silva has already lost to Velasquez on two occasions, Browne likely only sits behind Fabricio Werdum in line for a title shot.
Overeem fell two spots as a result of his loss. After two straight knockout defeats, he may now be in danger of being cut by the UFC brass.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Travis Browne (+3)
- Frank Mir
- Alistair Overeem (-2)
- Roy Nelson (-1)
- Stipe Miocic
- Josh Barnett
UFC Fight Night 26 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 5 Travis Browne defeated No. 7 Alistair Overeem by knockout in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 27 Heavyweight Fights
Chael Sonnen is now the only fighter ranked in multiple divisions following his win over Mauricio Rua.
Previously not ranked at 205 pounds, Sonnen now sits in the No. 10 position with his impressive submission of Rua at UFC Fight Night 26. Strangely, though, Rua is still ranked above Sonnen for now. Rua did fall below Gegard Mousasi in the rankings, but he still owns a spot among the top 10 light heavyweights.
With Sonnen joining the elite light heavyweights, Ryan Bader was removed from the 205-pound rankings.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Lyoto Machida
- Glover Teixeira
- Phil Davis
- Rashad Evans
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Dan Henderson
- Gegard Mousasi (+1)
- Mauricio Rua (-1)
- Chael Sonnen (NR)
UFC Fight Night 26 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 10 Chael Sonnen defeated No. 9 Mauricio Rua by submission in the first round.
- Ovince St. Preux defeated Cody Donovan by knockout in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 27 Light Heavyweight Fights
In his return to the Octagon, John Howard defeated one of the most heavily hyped fighters in The Ultimate Fighter history.
While he wasn't dominant, Howard did enough to earn a decision win over the disappointing Uriah Hall. Now without a win in two official UFC appearances, Hall may already be on his way out of the promotion.
Two middleweight bouts will be contested at UFC Fight Night 27, but neither is likely to make an impact on the 185-pound rankings. TUF veterans Brad Tavares and Bubba McDaniel will battle for a step up in competition, while Dylan Andrews will also try to advance his career against Papy Abedi.
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 Fight Night 26 Middleweight Fights
- John Howard defeated Uriah Hall by decision.
UFC Fight Night 27 Middleweight Fights
- Brad Tavares vs. Bubba McDaniel
- Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi
It took six straight wins, but Matt Brown finally finds himself in the top 10 welterweight rankings.
On Saturday, Brown quickly overwhelmed Mike Pyle to become a serious contender in the 170-pound class. The scrappy veteran may have now earned himself a date with the winner of the UFC Fight Night 27 main event between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann.
In addition to the highly anticipated scrap featuring Condit and Kampmann, UFC Fight Night 27 will showcase five more welterweight fights. TUF winners Kelvin Gastelum and Court McGee are among the welterweights competing on the next UFC fight card.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Demian Maia
- Jake Ellenberger
- Martin Kampmann
- Nick Diaz
- Tarec Saffiedine
- Robbie Lawler
- Matt Brown (NR)
UFC Fight Night 26 Welterweight Fights
- No. 10 Matt Brown defeated Mike Pyle by knockout in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 27 Welterweight Fights
- No. 2 Carlos Condit vs. No. 6 Martin Kampmann
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon
- Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker
- Justin Edwards vs. Brandon Thatch
- James Head vs. Jason High
- Zak Cummings vs. Benny Alloway
Despite competing in his hometown over the weekend, Joe Lauzon slipped further away from the top 10 lightweights.
Underdog Michael Johnson was too quick for Lauzon and had all the answers for the Bostonian's takedown attempts. While he's still a few wins away from being considered a contender, Johnson looked like the fighter many thought he'd be after appearing on the UFC reality series.
While no UFC Fight Night 26 fights impacted the rankings, Josh Thomson did move ahead of Gray Maynard and into the No. 4 position. At UFC Fight Night 27, 155-pound contenders Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos will also look to make moves.
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 Fight Night 26 Lightweight Fights
- Michael Johnson defeated Joe Lauzon by decision.
- James Vick defeated Ramsey Nijem by submission in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 27 Lightweight Fights
- No. 6 Donald Cerrone vs. No. 10 Rafael dos Anjos
- Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
Four very good featherweights picked up wins at UFC Fight Night 26, but none of them did enough to crack into the top 10 rankings.
Conor McGregor and TUF winner Diego Brandao continued to look like the future contenders many feel they could become. Steven Siler picked up his biggest MMA win by stunning former WEC champion Mike Brown. Additionally, Manny Gamburyan took a step back toward title contention with an important victory over Cole Miller.
At UFC Fight Night 27, fringe contenders Darren Elkins and Hatsu Hioki will meet in a bout that could move one very close to the top 10 featherweights.
Official UFC Featherweight Rankings
Champion: Jose Aldo
- Chad Mendes
- Ricardo Lamas
- Frankie Edgar
- Cub Swanson
- Chan Sung Jung
- Dustin Poirier (+1)
- Dennis Siver (-1)
- Nik Lentz
- Clay Guida
- Erik Koch
UFC Fight Night 26 Featherweight Fights
- Conor McGregor defeated Max Holloway by decision.
- Steven Siler defeated Mike Brown by knockout in the first round.
- Diego Brandao defeated Daniel Pineda by decision.
- Manny Gamburyan defeated Cole Miller by decision.
UFC Fight Night 27 Featherweight Fights
- Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki
The bantamweight division was on full display at UFC Fight Night 26.
Perennial contender Urijah Faber moved one step closer to another title shot by beating Yuri Alcantara. Meanwhile, Michael McDonald bounced back from a title fight loss by submitting a tough Brad Pickett.
Although he showed a ton of heart on Saturday, Pickett fell below Raphael Assuncao as a result of his loss to McDonald. In another minor change to the rankings, TJ Dillashaw surpassed Ivan Menjivar.
Takeya Mizugaki and Erik Perez will have their sights set on the top 10 when they meet at UFC Fight Night 27.
Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Dominick Cruz
- Renan Barao (interim champion)
- Urijah Faber
- Michael McDonald
- Eddie Wineland
- Raphael Assuncao (+1)
- Brad Pickett (-1)
- Scott Jorgensen
- Mike Easton
- TJ Dillashaw (+1)
- Ivan Menjivar (-1)
UFC Fight Night 26 Bantamweight Fights
- No. 2 Urijah Faber defeated Yuri Alcantara by decision.
- No. 3 Michael McDonald defeated No. 6 Brad Pickett by submission in the second round.
UFC Fight Night 27 Bantamweight Fights
- Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez
There were no flyweight bouts contested at UFC Fight Night 26. As would be expected, that meant no changes were made to the division's rankings.
With no 125-pound bouts booked for UFC Fight Night 27, the division finds itself on break until UFC 164, where Louis Gaudinot will take on Timothy Elliott.
Beyond that, a potential title shot eliminator waits in a UFC Fight Night 28 matchup between Joseph Benavidez and Jussier Formiga.
Official UFC Flyweight Rankings
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
- Joseph Benavidez
- John Dodson
- Ian McCall
- John Moraga
- Jussier Formiga
- John Lineker
- Louis Gaudinot
- Chris Cariaso
- Darren Uyenoyama
- Timothy Elliott
UFC Fight Night 26 Flyweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 27 Flyweight Fights
While there were no women's bantamweight fights at UFC Fight Night 26, a change did occur in the division's rankings.
Released from the UFC roster, Sheila Gaff was removed from the top 10 women's bantamweights. Replacing Gaff is Rosi Sexton, who lost in her UFC debut against Alexis Davis.
The division will deepen soon enough, as a season of TUF with women fighters coached by Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will debut in September.
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
- Julie Kedzie
- Rosi Sexton (NR)
UFC Fight Night 26 Women's Bantamweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 27 Women's Bantamweight Fights