Some voters are holding onto the possibility that Lyoto Machida could return to 205 pounds, but his win over Mark Munoz on Saturday essentially ensured the Brazilian won't be seeing light heavyweight action anytime soon.
One fighter who will be competing at 205 pounds again is Jimi Manuwa. The Englishman remained undefeated on Saturday, stopping Ryan Jimmo in the second round. A step up in competition could be coming for the scary British striker now.
Unless Machida slide completely out of the division's rankings, the light heavyweight Top 10 shouldn't change following UFC Fight Night 31, with no 205-pounders scheduled to compete on the fight card.
Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Jon Jones
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Glover Teixeira
- Phil Davis
- Rashad Evans
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Dan Henderson (+1)
- Chael Sonnen (+1)
- Gegard Mousasi (+1)
- Mauricio Rua (+1)
- Lyoto Machida (-4)
Voters Removing Lyoto Machida from Light Heavyweight Rankings
Not all rankings panelists seem to be on board, but many have removed Machida from their light heavyweight rankings. This is the right call. Machida is a middleweight now, and it appears he plans on staying at 185 pounds. There's no reason to rank him as a 205-pounder unless he announces his intention to return.
Lyoto Machida's Inclusion
If Machida is to be included in the light heavyweight division, all voters should work under that assumption. Based on his rapid decline in the rankings, it's clear some panelists believe the now-middleweight should be removed from light heavyweight rankings consideration, while others have continued to list him. That's resulted in a funky ranking for a fighter who would be in the Top Five, at minimum, had he remained at 205 pounds.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC Fight Night 30 Light Heavyweight Fights
- Jimi Manuwa defeated Ryan Jimmo by (T)KO in the second round.
UFC Fight Night 31 Light Heavyweight Fights