UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 32

Sean SmithAnalyst INovember 11, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 32

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    Vitor Belfort is one of the hottest fighters on the UFC roster right now. At UFC Fight Night 32, Belfort picked up his third straight knockout win and became the first fighter to ever stop former Pride FC champion Dan Henderson with strikes.

    Although Saturday's fight was contested at 205 pounds, Belfort had previously separated himself as the best middleweight contender going behind Anderson Silva. Now, Belfort is likely to meet the winner of an upcoming 185-pound title fight between Silva and champion Chris Weidman.

    However, having seen success in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Belfort is showing he's one of the better pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. Was Saturday's win enough for Belfort to crack into the pound-for-pound top 10?

    With UFC Fight Night 32 in the books and UFC 167 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.

Pound-for-Pound

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    Despite beating some of the best in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, Vitor Belfort still has some work to do before he's considered a top-10 pound-for-pound fighter.

    With Belfort being left out of the top 10, no changes were made to the pound-for-pound rankings. It could be a different story following UFC 167, which is headlined by a championship bout in the welterweight division.

    Considered the best pound-for-pound fighter by some voters, Georges St-Pierre will attempt to sway the rest with a UFC record 12th title fight win on Saturday. Trying to shock St-Pierre and earn his way into the top 10 will be Johny Hendricks. 


    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the pound-for-pound rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the pound-for-pound rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 167 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 2 Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

Heavyweight

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    There were no heavyweight bouts contested at UFC Fight Night 32.

    Still, one change was made to the heavyweight rankings. Well-rounded 31-year-old Stipe Miocic surpassed former champion Frank Mir and took the No. 8 position.

    It's unlikely further changes will be made following UFC 167, as no heavyweights are booked to appear on the fight card. 

     

    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. Stipe Miocic (+1)
    9. Frank Mir (-1)
    10. Roy Nelson 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Stipe Miocic deserves his new spot above Mir. Roy Nelson is the only top-10 heavyweight either fighter has defeated, and both men took "Big Country" to a unanimous decision. Miocic is coming off of that win, while Mir is on a three-fight losing skid. It makes sense that the Ohio native would be given an edge over Mir.

     

    Bad Call

    While it isn't a bad move to move Miocic ahead of Mir in the heavyweight rankings, the timing of the change is odd. Miocic has not fought since June, while Mir last appeared in August. There weren't any heavyweight bouts contested at UFC Fight Night 32 that would have affected the resume of either fighter either.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 167 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Light Heavyweight

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    Dan Henderson suffered another setback on Saturday and is beginning to slide downward in the light heavyweight rankings.

    After suffering the first knockout loss of his MMA career against Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32, Henderson has now lost three straight fights. Due to his recent struggles, Henderson fell below teammate Chael Sonnen and now sits at No. 7 among light heavyweight contenders.

    Sonnen will try to prove he was deserving of the promotion in the 205-pound rankings at UFC 167. In the fight card's main event, Sonnen will take on No. 4 contender Rashad Evans. 

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Sonnen's recent resume is stronger than Henderson's. Mauricio Rua accounted for the most recent win on both men's records. Henderson beat "Shogun" in a close decision, while Sonnen submitted Rua in the first round. Tack on Henderson's three-fight losing streak and there's cause for him to drop below Sonnen in the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    Vitor Belfort may be returning to the middleweight division soon, but he proved he's also a top-10 light heavyweight on Saturday. In a bout contested at 205 pounds, Belfort breezed through Henderson and became the first to stop the former Pride FC champion with strikes.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Vitor Belfort defeated No. 7 Dan Henderson by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Rafael Cavalcante defeated Igor Pokrajac by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    UFC Fight Night 167 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Rashad Evans vs. No. 6 Chael Sonnen
    • Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante

Middleweight

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    In a fight with Daniel Sarafian, the TUF: Brazil 1 middleweight final that should have been, Cezar Ferreira came back from a slow start to remain undefeated inside the Octagon.

    Ferreira has big potential, but he's still several wins away from being considered a top-10 middleweight fighter. Thus, no changes were made to the 185-pound rankings based on the UFC Fight Night 32 results.

    UFC 167 isn't likely to cause any adjustments to the top 10 either, with Ed Herman and Thales Leites meeting in the event's only middleweight matchup.

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

    1. Anderson Silva 
    2. Vitor Belfort
    3. Ronaldo Souza 
    4. Michael Bisping 
    5. Lyoto Machida 
    6. Luke Rockhold 
    7. Mark Munoz 
    8. Francis Carmont 
    9. Costa Philippou 
    10. Tim Kennedy 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the middleweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the middleweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Middleweight Fights

    • Cezar Ferreira defeated Daniel Sarafian by split decision.
    • Omari Akhmedov defeated Thiago Perpetuo by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    UFC 167 Middleweight Fights

    • Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites

Welterweight

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    Brandon Thatch showed top-10 potential at UFC Fight Night 32, knocking out Paulo Thiago in the first round. However, Thatch will need a couple more wins before he's considered a legitimate contender in one of the UFC's deepest divisions.

    Though Thatch didn't join the top 10, a change was made to the rankings following UFC Fight Night 32. Martin Kampmann jumped two spots, surpassing Jake Shields and Matt Brown.

    Several elite welterweights will appear at UFC 167, where Johny Hendricks will try to dethrone Georges St-Pierre. Fringe contenders Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley will also try to prove they are worthy of top-10 spots on the main card. 

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Rory MacDonald 
    4. Jake Ellenberger 
    5. Demian Maia
    6. Martin Kampmann (+2)  
    7. Jake Shields (-1)
    8. Matt Brown (-1)
    9. Nick Diaz 
    10. Robbie Lawler 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Martin Kampmann may have lost two in a row, but he deserves to be ranked above Matt Brown right now. Brown has been on a tear, but he's still looking for a win over a current top-10 welterweight fighter. Kampmann, meanwhile, has only lost to the top two 170-pound contender since stopping top-five welterweight Jake Ellenberger.

     

    Bad Call

    Jake Shields is still ranked below Demian Maia. While the judges were split on the decision between Shields and Maia, the American did win that matchup. In a sport where competitors perform only a few times per year, head-to-head results should be immediately reflected in rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Welterweight Fights

    • Brandon Thatch defeated Paulo Thiago by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Ryan LaFlare defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 167 Welterweight Fights

    • (C) Georges St-Pierre vs. No. 1 Johny Hendricks
    • No. 3 Rory MacDonald vs. No. 10 Robbie Lawler
    • Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
    • Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
    • Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley

Lightweight

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    Thiago Tavares and Adriano Martins made strong impressions at UFC Fight Night 32.

    Still, both Brazilians are a few wins away from being considered top-10 155-pounders. So no changes were made to the lightweight rankings.

    At UFC 167, Donald Cerrone will try to maintain his top-10 position with a win over Evan Dunham. Although he's still considered a lightweight contender, Cerrone is tossing around the idea of a move to featherweight after Saturday. 

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

    1. Benson Henderson 
    2. Gilbert Melendez 
    3. TJ Grant 
    4. Josh Thomson 
    5. Gray Maynard 
    6. Rafael dos Anjos 
    7. Khabib Nurmagomedov 
    8. Nate Diaz 
    9. Jim Miller 
    10. Donald Cerrone 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the lightweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the lightweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Lightweight Fights

    • Thiago Tavares defeated Justin Salas by submission in the first round.
    • Adriano Martins defeated Daron Cruickshank by submission in the second round.

     

    UFC 167 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 10 Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham

Featherweight

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    Former lightweight Jeremy Stephens has made his presence known in the featherweight division.

    At UFC Fight Night 32, Stephens stopped Rony Jason with a brutal head kick. Now 2-0 at 145 pounds, Stephens may only be one big win away from a spot in the top 10.

    No featherweights will compete at UFC 167, so the division's rankings are likely to remain unchanged for a few weeks.

     

    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. Darren Elkins

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the featherweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the featherweight rankings.

     

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Featherweight Fights

    • Jeremy Stephens defeated Rony Jason by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Sam Sicilia defeated Godofredo Pepey by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    UFC 167 Featherweight Fights

    • None

Bantamweight

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    With no bantamweight bouts contested at UFC Fight Night 32, the division's rankings did not see any adjustments.

    Several notable 135-pounders will compete at UFC 167, though. The promising Erik Perez will try to move closer to the top 10. Additionally, Sergio Pettis, brother of lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, will make his UFC debut against Will Campuzano.

    Although none of those fighters are likely to crack the top 10 with a win on Saturday, they all have the potential to become contenders.

     

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Dominick Cruz

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the bantamweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the bantamweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 167 Bantamweight Fights

    • Erik Perez vs. Edwin Figueroa
    • Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis

Flyweight

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    Dustin Ortiz picked up an important win on Saturday and is already on the verge of becoming a title contender in the shallow flyweight division.

    Although Ortiz didn't crack the top 10 this time around, one more win should move him into the pool of top contenders in the developing 125-pound division.

    Tim Elliott will try to hold onto his top-10 spot at UFC 167, where he will face off against promising Russian Ali Bagautinov. 

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the flyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the flyweight rankings.

     

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Flyweight Fights

    • Dustin Ortiz defeated Jose Maria by (T)KO in the third round.

     

    UFC 167 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 7 Tim Elliott vs. Ali Bagautinov

Women's Bantamweight

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    No women's bantamweight bouts were contested at UFC Fight Night 32.

    Still, one change was made to the top-10 rankings. Sara McMann moved ahead of Alexis Davis and into the No. 3 position.

    With no female fights scheduled for UFC 167, this could be the only change for a few weeks.

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

    1. Cat Zingano 
    2. Miesha Tate 
    3. Sara McMann (+1)
    4. Alexis Davis (-1)
    5. Sarah Kaufman 
    6. Jessica Eye 
    7. Liz Carmouche 
    8. Amanda Nunes 
    9. Germaine de Randamie 
    10. Jessica Andrade

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Only one change was made to the women's bantamweight rankings, and it was a bad call.

     

    Bad Call

    An Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, McMann might be the most talented fighter in the women's bantamweight division. Still, her MMA resume isn't as strong as that of Davis. Unlike McMann, Davis owns a win over a top-10 fighter, Liz Carmouche. Davis also stopped Shayna Baszler, who took McMann to a decision.

     

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 32 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 167 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None