UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 164
Anthony Pettis shook up the UFC rankings by dethroning Benson Henderson on Saturday.
The former WEC champions met in a rematch in the UFC 164 main event, and Pettis made the most of his opportunity to claim UFC gold. Pettis caught Henderson in an armbar in the first round and forced a tap to end Henderson's reign as the 155-pound champion.
In beating Henderson, Pettis is now one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. A superfight with Jose Aldo is not out of the question and could give Pettis an opportunity to cement himself as one of the best competitors in MMA.
With UFC 164 in the books and UFC Fight Night 28 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.
Pettis has joined the top-10 pound-for-pound rankings with his win over Henderson over the weekend.
With his submission loss to Pettis, Henderson plummeted in the pound-for-pound rankings and is now hanging on to the No. 10 position. Because Pettis entered the top 10, inactive bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was finally bumped out of the list of elite pound-for-pound fighters.
One change unrelated to Saturday's fights was also made in this version of the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo surpassed former middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva and now finds himself among the three best fighters in MMA.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Georges St-Pierre
- Jose Aldo (+1)
- Anderson Silva (-1)
- Cain Velasquez
- Demetrious Johnson (+1)
- Renan Barao (+1)
- Anthony Pettis (NR)
- Chris Weidman
- Benson Henderson (-4)
UFC 164 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 8 Anthony Pettis defeated No. 10 Benson Henderson by submission in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 28 Pound-for-Pound Fights
Josh Barnett made a big splash in his UFC return on Saturday, stopping Frank Mir to become a serious contender in the heavyweight division.
With his win, Barnett is now ranked No. 6 in the heavyweight class. Mir, meanwhile, stumbled downward and may be one loss away from dropping out of the top 10.
After three heavyweight bouts were contested at UFC 164, the division will take an event off for UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Daniel Cormier
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Silva
- Travis Browne
- Josh Barnett (+4)
- Alistair Overeem
- Frank Mir (-2)
- Roy Nelson (-1)
- Stipe Miocic (-1)
UFC 164 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 6 Josh Barnett defeated No. 8 Frank Mir by knockout in the first round.
- Ben Rothwell defeated Brandon Vera by knockout in the third round.
- Soa Palelei defeated Nikita Krylov by knockout in the third round.
UFC Fight Night 28 Heavyweight Fights
There were no light heavyweight bouts seen at UFC 164, but the division will headline UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday.
Ahead of his main-event bout with Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira surpassed Lyoto Machida in the light heavyweight rankings. While Machida is moving to the middleweight division, Teixeira own no wins over current top-10 light heavyweights, so it's surprising to see him continue to move upward so rapidly.
Bader will have a chance to slow Teixeira's roll at UFC Fight Night 28, which will take place in Teixeira's home country of Brazil.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Glover Teixeira (+1)
- Lyoto Machida (-1)
- Phil Davis
- Rashad Evans
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Dan Henderson
- Gegard Mousasi
- Chael Sonnen
- Mauricio Rua
UFC 164 Light Heavyweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 28 Light Heavyweight Fights
- No. 2 Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
Magnus Cedenblad was the only middleweight to pick up a win at UFC 164, and he is a long way from the division's top-10 fighters.
Thus, no changes were made in this edition of the 185-pound rankings.
That's unlikely to be the case following UFC Fight Night 28, where top-five middleweights Yushin Okami and Ronaldo Souza will meet in an important matchup. With Vitor Belfort heading back to 205 pounds for now, there's an outside chance the winner could emerge as the top middleweight contender.
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 164 Middleweight Fights
- Magnus Cedenblad defeated Jared Hamman by submission in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 28 Middleweight Fights
- No. 3 Yushin Okami vs. No. 5 Ronaldo Souza
- Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
- Joao Zeferino vs. Elias Silvero
Hyun Gyu Lim looked like a future welterweight contender at UFC 164, but he still has a lot of work to do before he reaches that potential.
Though Lim was the only welterweight winner on Saturday, a change was made in the division's rankings. Coming off a win over Mike Pyle, Matt Brown surpassed Tarec Saffiedine, who has still not made his UFC debut.
A couple welterweight fights will be contested at UFC Fight Night 28, but neither is likely to cause any shift in the 170-pound rankings.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Demian Maia
- Jake Ellenberger
- Martin Kampmann
- Nick Diaz
- Robbie Lawler
- Matt Brown (+1)
- Tarec Saffiedine (-1)
UFC 164 Welterweight Fights
- Hyun Gyu Lim defeats Pascal Krauss by knockout in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 28 Welterweight Fights
- Keith Wisniewski vs. Ivan Jorge
- Yuri Villefort vs. Sean Spencer
Anthony Pettis finally sits atop the lightweight division.
With his submission of Benson Henderson at UFC 164, Pettis now holds the UFC lightweight title, while the former champion is still considered the top contender in the 155-pound class.
Gleison Tibau inched closer to the top 10 on Saturday, but he is in need of a signature win to break through. A former opponent of Tibau, Francisco Trinaldo will look to follow in his fellow Brazilian's footsteps at UFC Fight Night 28, where he'll fight UFC newcomer Piotr Hallman.
Official UFC Lightweight Rankings
Champion: Anthony Pettis (+2)
- Benson Henderson (-1)
- Gilbert Melendez (-1)
- TJ Grant
- Josh Thomson
- Gray Maynard
- Rafael dos Anjos
- Nate Diaz
- Jim Miller
- Donald Cerrone
- Pat Healy
UFC 164 Lightweight Fights
- (C) Anthony Pettis defeated Benson Henderson by submission in the first round.
- Gleison Tibau defeated Jamie Varner by decision.
- Al Iaquinta defeated Ryan Couture by decision.
UFC Fight Night 28 Lightweight Fights
- Francisco Trinaldo vs. Piotr Hallman
Four top-10 featherweights competed at UFC 164, but their fights didn't result in much change in the division's rankings.
With his win over Erik Koch, Dustin Poirier surpassed Dennis Siver. However, No. 1 contender Chad Mendes had nowhere to go with his victory over Clay Guida.
Felipe Arantes will meet UFC newcomer Kevin Souza at UFC Fight Night 28, but that bout shouldn't impact the top-10 rankings.
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 164 Featherweight Fights
- No. 1 Chad Mendes defeated No. 9 Clay Guida by knockout in the third round.
- No. 7 Dustin Poirier defeated No. 10 Erik Koch by decision.
UFC Fight Night 28 Featherweight Fights
- Felipe Arantes vs. Kevin Souza
Chico Camus won the lone bantamweight contest on the UFC 164 fight card, but he still has a lot of climbing to do in the 135-pound class before he's considered a top-10 fighter in the division.
With no elite bantamweights competing at UFC 164, no changes were made to the weight-class rankings.
The same should be the case following UFC Fight Night 28, where Lucas Martins and Junior Hernandez will represent the 135-pound division.
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 164 Bantamweight Fights
- Chico Camus defeated Kyung Ho Kang by decision.
UFC Fight Night 28 Bantamweight Fights
- Lucas Martins vs. Junior Hernandez
Tim Elliott is rising rapidly in the wide-open flyweight division.
With his win over Louis Gaudinot on Saturday, Elliott jumped three spots in the 125-pound rankings and now sits at No. 7. Gaudinot dropped two spots, meanwhile, and is barely hanging on to a top-10 position in a division with barely over 10 fighters.
UFC Fight Night 28 could determine the next flyweight title challenger, as Joseph Benavidez will go into Jussier Formiga's home country of Brazil for a meeting of top-five 125-pound fighters.
Official UFC Flyweight Rankings
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
- Joseph Benavidez
- John Dodson
- Ian McCall
- John Moraga
- Jussier Formiga
- John Lineker
- Tim Elliott (+3)
- Chris Cariaso
- Louis Gaudinot (-2)
- Darren Uyenoyama (-1)
UFC 164 Flyweight Fights
- No. 7 Tim Elliott defeated No. 9 Louis Gaudinot by decision.
UFC Fight Night 28 Flyweight Fights
- No. 1 Joseph Benavidez vs. No. 5 Jussier Formiga
- Marcos Vinicius vs. Ali Bagautinov
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 164 Women's Bantamweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 28 Women's Bantamweight Fights