Carlos Condit avenged his April 2009 loss to Martin Kampmann on Wednesday. In doing so, "The Natural Born Killer" is back in the running for a shot at the UFC welterweight championship.
After being taken down early on, Condit out-lasted Kampmann and finished the UFC Fight Night 27 main event in the fourth round. While it was a big win for him, Condit is going to have a tough time moving up in the 170-pound rankings, having recently lost to champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks.
The main event may not have impacted the official UFC rankings, but there were some changes made in the promotion's standings voted on by MMA media members.
With UFC Fight Night 27 in the books and UFC 164 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.
No top pound-for-pound fighters competed at UFC Fight Night 27, but the pound-for-pound rankings will come back into focus on Saturday.
Closing in on becoming one of the top-5 pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Benson Henderson will defend his lightweight championship in a rematch with Anthony Pettis. The first meeting between the elite 155-pound fighters ended in a decision victory for Pettis at WEC 53.
Regardless of the outcome, the UFC 164 main event between Henderson and Pettis is almost certain to cause a shift in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Georges St-Pierre
- Anderson Silva
- Jose Aldo
- Cain Velasquez
- Benson Henderson
- Demetrious Johnson
- Renan Barao
- Chris Weidman
- Dominick Cruz
UFC Fight Night 27 Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC 164 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 6 Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
Heavyweights were absent from the UFC Fight Night 27 fight card, but the division will pick back up on Saturday.
For the first time in 11 years, Josh Barnett will step into the Octagon. Welcoming Barnett back to the UFC will be Frank Mir, who has lost two straight fights. Although both men are seemingly past their primes, the winner of the UFC 164 matchup between Mir and Barnett will be near the top of the list for a shot at the heavyweight championship.
Brandon Vera will also make his return to the UFC heavyweight division on Saturday, when he'll face Ben Rothwell on the main card.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Travis Browne
- Frank Mir
- Alistair Overeem
- Roy Nelson
- Stipe Miocic
- Josh Barnett
UFC Fight Night 27 Heavyweight Fights
UFC 164 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 6 Frank Mir vs. No. 10 Josh Barnett
- Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
- Soa Palelei vs. Nikita Krylov
No light heavyweights appeared on Wednesday, and no 205-pound fighters will compete at UFC 164 over the weekend.
However, one small adjustment was made to the division's rankings. After submitting the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 26, Chael Sonnen surpassed Mauricio Rua and took the No. 9 position in the 205-pound rankings.
The light heavyweight class will return to the spotlight at UFC Fight Night 28, where Glover Teixeira will look to continue his rise against former The Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader.
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
- Chael Sonnen (+1)
- Mauricio Rua (-1)
UFC Fight Night 27 Light Heavyweight Fights
UFC 164 Light Heavyweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 27 showcased three former TUF contestants competing in the middleweight division.
Brad Tavares hung on for a decision win over Bubba McDaniel, while Dylan Andrews scored a third-round knockout against Papy Abedi. Despite their wins on Wednesday, Tavares and Andrews are both still very far from the top-10 rankings.
At UFC 164, two more low-ranked middleweights will try to scratch and claw their way closer to the top, as Jared Hamman battles Magnus Cedenblad.
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 27 Middleweight Fights
- Brad Tavares defeated Bubba McDaniel by decision.
- Dylan Andrews defeated Papy Abedi by knockout in the third round.
UFC 164 Middleweight Fights
- Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad
There were six welterweight bouts on Wednesday, but none of them impacted the division's top-10 rankings.
However, one small change was made in the 170-pound standings. The rising Robbie Lawler surpassed former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine, who has still not made his debut inside the Octagon.
Only one welterweight bout will be contested at UFC 164, and it's not one that's likely to impact the top-10 rankings, as Pascal Krauss will square off with Hyun Gyu Lim.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Demian Maia
- Jake Ellenberger
- Martin Kampmann
- Nick Diaz
- Robbie Lawler (+1)
- Tarec Saffiedine (-1)
- Matt Brown
UFC Fight Night 27 Welterweight Fights
- No. 2 Carlos Condit defeated No. 6 Martin Kampmann by knockout in the fourth round.
- Kelvin Gastelum defeated Brian Melancon by submission in the first round.
- Court McGee defeated Robert Whittaker by decision.
- Brandon Thatch defeated Justin Edwards by knockout in the first round.
- Jason High defeated James Head by submission in the first round.
- Zak Cummings defeated Benny Alloway by submission in the first round.
UFC 164 Welterweight Fights
- Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
The lightweight division is taking over the headlines this week.
At UFC Fight Night 27, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Donald Cerrone. In doing so, Dos Anjos shot up the 155-pound rankings and is now within striking distance of a shot at the championship. Cerrone, meanwhile, plummeted to the No. 9 position after his second loss in three fights.
Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis will meet in the UFC 164 main event. The former WEC champions met in a classic in December 2010, and they are likely to entertain again on Saturday.
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Benson Henderson
- Gilbert Melendez
- Anthony Pettis
- TJ Grant
- Josh Thomson
- Gray Maynard
- Rafael dos Anjos (+4)
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Donald Cerrone (-3)
- Pat Healy (-1)
UFC Fight Night 27 Lightweight Fights
- No. 6 Rafael dos Anjos defeated No. 9 Donald Cerrone by decision.
- Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo fought to a no-contest.
UFC 164 Lightweight Fights
- (C) Benson Henderson vs. No. 2 Anthony Pettis
- Jamie Varner vs. Gleison Tibau
- Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta
In a gritty performance, Darren Elkins took a step closer to the top-10 rankings at UFC Fight Night 27. Elkins battled back from a slow start to defeat Hatsu Hioki on the scorecards.
UFC 164 will be an even more important event for the featherweight division.
Former title challenger Chad Mendes will finally meet another contender in Clay Guida. Additionally, young title hopefuls Dustin Poirier, who fell below Dannis Siver in this edition of the official rankings, and Erik Koch will battle to get back into the win column on Saturday.
Official UFC Featherweight Rankings
Champion: Jose Aldo
- Chad Mendes
- Ricardo Lamas
- Frankie Edgar
- Cub Swanson
- Chan Sung Jung
- Dennis Siver (+1)
- Dustin Poirier (-1)
- Nik Lentz
- Clay Guida
- Erik Koch
UFC Fight Night 27 Featherweight Fights
- Darren Elkins defeated Hatsu Hioki by decision.
UFC 164 Featherweight Fights
- No. 1 Chad Mendes vs. No. 9 Clay Guida
- No. 7 Dustin Poirier vs. No. 10 Erik Koch
Takeya Mizugaki isn't a top-10 bantamweight, but he proved he's still on the fringe with a big win at UFC Fight Night 27.
The Japanese bantamweight battled with rising star Erik Perez for three rounds and came out on top in a decision. Even if Mizugaki never has a chance to compete for a UFC championship, he makes an excellent gatekeeper in the 135-pound class.
One bantamweight fight will be contested a UFC 164, but it is also unlikely to impact the division's rankings, as Chico Camus and Kyung Ho Kang look to make names for themselves.
Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings
Champion: Dominick Cruz
- Renan Barao (interim champion)
- Urijah Faber
- Michael McDonald
- Eddie Wineland
- Raphael Assuncao
- Brad Pickett
- Scott Jorgensen
- Mike Easton
- TJ Dillashaw
- Ivan Menjivar
UFC Fight Night 27 Bantamweight Fights
- Takeya Mizugaki defeated Erik Perez by decision.
UFC 164 Bantamweight Fights
- Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
No flyweight fights were seen at UFC Fight Night 27, but the division will heat back up on Saturday.
Top-10 flyweights Louis Gaudinot and Tim Elliott will jockey for positioning in an important 125-pound contest on the UFC 164 fight card. With a win, either fighter could be in the running for a title shot in the wide open flyweight class.
At UFC Fight Night 28, Joseph Benavidez and Jussier Formiga could also battle for the next chance to compete against 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson.
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
- Tim Elliott
UFC Fight Night 27 Flyweight Fights
UFC 164 Flyweight Fights
- No. 7 Louis Gaudinot vs. No. 10 Tim Elliott
While several ladies battle for UFC roster spots on TUF 18, the women's bantamweight division will be on a hiatus.
Aside from the women competing under TUF coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, no females will be seen inside the Octagon until a UFC 166 bout between Sarah Kaufman and Jessica Eye.
Later this year, though, Rousey and Tate will compete in a rematch that will likely be the biggest draw in the short history of the UFC women's bantamweight division.
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
UFC Fight Night 27 Women's Bantamweight Fights
UFC 164 Women's Bantamweight Fights