UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 28

Sean SmithAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 28

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    Glover Teixeira likely earned himself a shot at the light heavyweight championship at UFC Fight Night 28.

    Despite taking some punishment from Ryan Bader in Wednesday's main event, Teixeira was able to dig in and land a finishing blow while weathering a storm. Teixeira's chin has become questionable after apparently being hurt by both Bader and Fabio Maldonado, but the Brazilian has the power to change a fight's momentum with a single punch.

    The UFC brass has named Teixeira the next 205-pound title challenger, but was his victory enough to make him the No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight rankings voted on by MMA media.

    With UFC Fight Night 28 in the books and UFC 165 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings


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    There were no top pound-for-pound fighters competing at UFC Fight Night 28, but multiple UFC champions will step into the Octagon at UFC 165.

    Light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones will try to remain atop the pound-for-pound standings by beating Alexander Gustafsson, while interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will look to climb closer to the top five with a second title defense against Eddie Wineland.

    While no top-10 pound-for-pound fighters competed on Wednesday, one move was made in the rankings. Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva moved back ahead of Jose Aldo, who had passed "The Spider" in the previous version of these rankings.

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

    UFC 165 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 1 Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
    • No. 7 Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland


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    After UFC 164 showcased multiple heavyweight bouts, the division was absent from UFC Fight Night 28.

    There were no changes to the heavyweight rankings this time around.

    At UFC 165, four heavyweights will step into the Octagon, but none are likely to be within striking distance of the top 10. The Ultimate Fighter veterans Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione will meet on the main card, while Strikeforce veteran Nandor Guelmino will face fellow UFC newcomer Daniel Omielanczuk. 

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

    1. Junior dos Santos
    2. Daniel Cormier 
    3. Fabricio Werdum 
    4. Antonio Silva
    5. Travis Browne
    6. Josh Barnett  
    7. Alistair Overeem 
    8. Frank Mir 
    9. Roy Nelson 
    10. Stipe Miocic   

    UFC Fight Night 28 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

    UFC 165 Heavyweight Fights

    • Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione
    • Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

Light Heavyweight

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    Glover Teixeira picked up an impressive win over Ryan Bader on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to catapult him ahead of upcoming title challenger Alexander Gustafsson.

    Teixeira does not own a win over any current top-10 light heavyweight, so it's actually somewhat surprising to see the Brazilian ranked as highly as he is. While Teixeira's win over Bader didn't cause any shift in the 205-pound rankings, Phil Davis did surpass now-middleweight Lyoto Machida for the No. 3 position.

    At UFC 165, Jon Jones will look to retain the 205-pound title against Gustafsson.

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 2 Glover Teixeira defeats Ryan Bader by knockout in the first round.

    UFC 165 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • (C) Jon Jones vs. No. 1 Alexander Gustafsson


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    Ronaldo Souza is emerging as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division.

    At UFC Fight Night 28, Souza stopped Yushin Okami in the first round. As a result, the former Strikeforce champion is now only ranked behind present and former UFC champions Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Due to his loss, Okami fell out of the top five and is now ranked behind Mark Munoz, who the Japanese middleweight defeated in August 2010.

    Costa Philippou will try to keep pace with Souza at UFC 165, where he'll meet Francis Carmont on the main card.

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman 

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 3 Ronaldo Souza defeated No. 6 Yushin Okami by knockout in the first round.
    • Rafael Natal defeated Tor Troeng by decision.
    • Elias Silverio defeated Joao Zeferino by decision.

    UFC 165 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 7 Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont


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    There were two welterweight bouts contested at UFC Fight Night 28, but neither had an impact on the 170-pound rankings. UFC newcomer Ivan Jorge picked up a decision win over veteran Keith Wisniewski. Meanwhile, Sean Spencer earned his first UFC victory on the scorecards against Yuri Alcantara.

    An unrelated change was made to the welterweight standings, with former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine moving ahead of the surging Matt Brown.

    Chris Clements and Stephen Thompson will meet at UFC 165. However, that welterweight matchup has virtually no chance of changing things at the top of the 170-pound class.

    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 
    7. Nick Diaz 
    8. Robbie Lawler  
    9. Tarec Saffiedine (+1) 
    10. Matt Brown (-1)

    UFC Fight Night 28 Welterweight Fights

    • Ivan Jorge defeated Keith Wisniewski by decision.
    • Sean Spencer defeated Yuri Villefort by decision.

    UFC 165 Welterweight Fights

    • Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson


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    At UFC Fight Night 28, UFC newcomer Piotr Hallman picked up his first win inside the Octagon by outlasting Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo.

    While not in connection with UFC Fight Night 28 results, one change was made to the lightweight rankings. Despite losing in his last outing, former title challenger Gray Maynard moved ahead of Josh Thomson, who stopped Nate Diaz in April.

    Four 155-pound bouts will be contested at UFC 165. Most notable, Pat Healy will try to remain in the top 10 by beating up-and-coming Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis 

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Lightweight Fights

    • Piotr Hallman defeated Francisco Trinaldo by submission in the second round.

    UFC 165 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 10 Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
    • Mike Ricci vs. Myles Jury
    • John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
    • Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson


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    Kevin Souza made a successful UFC debut on Wednesday, besting Felipe Arantes with superior striking and some solid defensive grappling.

    Although Souza has a long way to go before he sniffs the top 10, the Brazilian looks like an excellent addition to the featherweight division. Arantes, meanwhile, will have to go back to the drawing board as he looks to make a name for himself in the 145-pound class.

    UFC 165 will not feature any featherweight bouts. The division will be back in action at UFC Fight Night 29, though.

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Featherweight Fights

    • Kevin Souza defeated Felipe Arantes by decision.

    UFC 165 Featherweight Fights

    • None


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    UFC Fight Night 28 saw Lucas Martins pick up a win in his bantamweight debut with a first-round submission of UFC newcomer Junior Hernandez.

    With Martins still making a name for himself at the UFC level, there were no changes made to the bantamweight division's rankings following Wednesday's fights.

    At UFC 165, three top-10 bantamweights will step into the Octagon. Renan Barao will defend his interim championship against Eddie Wineland, while Ivan Menjivar will try to remain among the bantamweight elite by beating Wilson Reis.

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Dominick Cruz

    1. Renan Barao (interim champion)
    2. Urijah Faber
    3. Michael McDonald
    4. Eddie Wineland
    5. Raphael Assuncao 
    6. Brad Pickett 
    7. Scott Jorgensen
    8. Mike Easton 
    9. TJ Dillashaw 
    10. Ivan Menjivar   

    UFC Fight Night 28 Bantamweight Fights

    • Lucas Martins defeated Junior Hernandez by submission in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 28 Bantamweight Fights

    • (C) Renan Barao vs. No. 4 Eddie Wineland
    • No. 10 Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
    • Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
    • Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres


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    Joseph Benavidez may have earned himself a rematch with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on Wednesday.

    With a knockout win over Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 28, Benavidez cemented himself as the No. 1 contender in the 125-pound class. Formiga, on the other hand, dropped out of the top five and behind John Lineker in the flyweight rankings.

    There will be no 125-pound fights at UFC 165, but the division will get back on track at UFC Fight Night 29, where Chris Cariaso meets Iliarde Santos.

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

    UFC Fight Night 28 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 1 Joseph Benavidez defeated No. 6 Jussier Formiga by knockout in the first round.
    • Ali Bagautinov defeated Marcos Vinicius by knockout in the third round.

    UFC 165 Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    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

    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. Rosi Sexton 

    UFC Fight Night 28 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

    UFC 165 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None