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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 167

Sean SmithAnalyst INovember 19, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 167

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    At UFC 167, Georges St-Pierre nearly become the second MMA legend to fall from the top in 2013.

    Only three months after Anderson Silva's stunning knockout loss to Chris Weidman, St-Pierre found himself in a battle with Johny Hendricks. Although he suffered more damage than Hendricks over five rounds, St-Pierre walked away with a controversial decision win.

    While he left UFC 167 without the welterweight title around his waist, Hendricks proved himself to be one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. Even in defeat, was his performance enough to earn him a spot in the Top 10 pound-for-pound rankings?

    With UFC 167 in the books and The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.

Pound-for-Pound

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    Georges St-Pierre's position in the pound-for-pound rankings was in serious jeopardy on Saturday, but he remained at No. 2 with some help from the judges.

    Despite nearly dethroning St-Pierre at UFC 167, Johny Hendricks was not given a place among the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters on the UFC roster. Along with Alexander Gustafsson, Hendricks is one of the best fighters to miss these Top 10 rankings.

    The pound-for-pound rankings are likely to remain mostly the same over the next month. No Top 10 fighters are competing until flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson meets Joseph Benavidez at UFC on Fox 9. 


    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

    Although many felt St-Pierre lost at UFC 167, it was right to keep him in the No. 2 position. One spot lower, Jose Aldo has had a close decision win or two during his title reign, and he hasn't owned a UFC belt as long as St-Pierre has. Until St-Pierre is officially dethroned, he'll belong near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    He may not be a former champion, but Hendricks deserves the No. 10 spot on this list more than Benson Henderson. Hendricks came closer to winning a belt than any non-champion currently on the UFC roster, and he did so against a legend in St-Pierre. Henderson, meanwhile, has been beaten twice by his division's current titleholder.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 2 Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks by split decision.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

Heavyweight

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    No heavyweights competed at UFC 167 on Saturday.

    At the TUF 18 Finale, the heavyweight class will return to action with two newcomers. On Nov. 30, one-loss prospects Jared Rosholt and Walt Harris will try to make a splash and add depth to the heavyweight division.

    The next time a Top 10 heavyweight steps into the Octagon will be at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7, when Antonio Silva will meet fringe contender Mark Hunt.

     

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    There was only one change made to the heavyweight rankings, and it was a bad call.

     

    Bad Call

    Stipe Miocic deserves his spot above Frank 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 that win, while Mir is on a three-fight losing skid.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    TUF 18 Finale Heavyweight Fights

    • Jared Rosholt vs. Walt Harris

Light Heavyweight

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    Rashad Evans is back to his winning ways.

    At UFC 167, Evans stopped Chael Sonnen in the first round, showing he's still a legitimate title threat in the light heavyweight division. He isn't at the front of the line for a 205-pound title shot, but one more big win would put him in the conversation.

    While no light heavyweight bouts will be contested at the TUF 18 Finale, Mauricio Rua and fringe contender Ryan Bader will return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 33 in separate bouts.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    While he's been struggling lately, Dan Henderson should be ranked above Sonnen as a result of the latter's loss on Saturday. Both men fought Evans in 2013, with Henderson taking the former light heavyweight champion to a split decision and Sonnen being stopped in the first round.

     

    Bad Call

    Gegard Mousasi and Lyoto Machida are still ranked at light heavyweight, while Vitor Belfort did not earn a Top 10 position at 205 pounds with his win over Henderson. Mousasi and Machida are booked to fight at 185 pounds, so their situations are hardly different than Belfort's. If Belfort isn't going to be ranked at light heavyweight because he's expected to return to the middleweight division, then Mousasi and Machida should not have spots in the 205-pound Top 10 either.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 3 Rashad Evans defeated No. 7 Chael Sonnen by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Gian Villante defeated Cody Donovan by (T)KO in the second round.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Middleweight

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    Thales Leites continues to prove he belongs on the UFC roster, but he has been unable to make a statement to show he's still an elite middleweight.

    At UFC 167, he controlled Ed Herman on the ground. However, he couldn't put the American away, which led to another decision victory for the Brazilian.

    No Top 10 middleweights will be competing in the next month. However, at UFC 168, Chris Weidman will meet Anderson Silva in a highly anticipated rematch for the 185-pound championship.

     

    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 167 Middleweight Fights

    • Thales Leites defeated Ed Herman by unanimous decision.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Middleweight Fights

    • None

Welterweight

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    Johny Hendricks nearly ended Georges St-Pierre's long reign over the welterweight division on Saturday.

    However, a controversial decision left Hendricks with nothing more than a loss that was hard to swallow. Now, he will have to wait with everyone else and find out whether or not he'll be meeting St-Pierre in a rematch sooner or later.

    Also on the UFC 167 main card, Robbie Lawler became one of the welterweight division's top contenders with an upset win over Rory MacDonald. 

    No elite 170-pounders will compete at the TUF 18 Finale. However, an important bout between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown approaches.  

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Behind Hendricks and Condit, Lawler has been the most impressive welterweight on the UFC roster in 2013. With the Strikeforce veteran only being three fights into his UFC return, the rankings panel had a reason to be cautious about moving him upward so quickly. Instead, he leapfrogged several contenders by beating MacDonald, and that was the right call. 

     

    Bad Call

    They may be headed in opposite directions, but Martin Kampmann still deserves to be ranked above Matt Brown. Kampmann has lost two in a row since beating Jake Ellenberger, but those losses came against the top two welterweight contenders, Hendricks and Condit. Brown may be riding a long winning streak, but he still hasn't beaten a Top 10 welterweight like Kampmann has. 

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Welterweight Fights

    • (C) Georges St-Pierre defeated No. 1 Johny Hendricks by split decision.
    • No. 3 Robbie Lawler defeated No. 4 Rory MacDonald by split decision.
    • Tyron Woodley defeated Josh Koscheck by (T)KO in the second round.
    • Rick Story defeated Brian Ebersole by unanimous decision.
    • Jason High defeated Anthony Lapsley by unanimous decision.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Welterweight Fights

    • Sergio Moraes vs. Sean Spencer

Lightweight

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    Donald Cerrone returned to the win column on Saturday, solidifying his Top 10 position in the lightweight rankings.

    Coming off a poor showing against Rafael dos Anjos in August, Cerrone needed a victory at UFC 167 to remain a contender in the 155-pound class. He did more than win, turning in one of his best UFC showings by becoming the first fighter to submit Evan Dunham.

    At the TUF 18 Finale, Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will meet in an important rematch. The lightweight contenders are both coming off losses and will need to perform well to remain in the hunt for their shots at the lightweight championship.

     

    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. Donald Cerrone (+1)
    10. Jim Miller (-1) 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Their resumes are similar, but Cerrone deserved the slight edge he has over Jim Miller in the lightweight rankings. Both men recently stopped Melvin Guillard in the first round. Both are 2-2 over their past four fights. However, Cerrone went the distance with Diaz in December 2011, months before Miller was finished by the TUF winner.

     

    Bad Call

    There was only one change to the lightweight rankings, and it was a good call.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 9 Donald Cerrone defeated Evan Dunham by submission in the second round.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Lightweight Fights

    • No. 5 Gray Maynard vs. No. 8 Nate Diaz

Featherweight

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    No featherweights competed at UFC 167, so no changes were made to the 145-pound rankings.

    At the TUF 18 Finale, two featherweight bouts will be contested. Rani Yahya will welcome Tom Niinimaki to the Octagon, while Akira Corassani will face Maximo Blanco.

    Several of those fighters have the potential to become contenders, but neither of those bouts is likely to impact the Top 10 right away.

     

    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 167 Featherweight Fights

    • None

     

    TUF 18 Finale Featherweight Fights

    • Rani Yahya vs. Tom Niinimaki
    • Akira Corassani vs. Maximo Blanco

Bantamweight

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    Promising young bantamweights Erik Perez and Sergio Pettis both walked away with wins at UFC 167.

    Perez unleashed improved wrestling on Edwin Figueroa to earn a unanimous nod on the scorecards. Pettis faced a bit more resistance against Will Campuzano, but he also earned a decision victory in his UFC debut on Saturday.

    No bouts have been announced, but the TUF 18 Finale is likely to feature multiple bantamweight contests, including the finals of the TUF 18 men's bantamweight competition. 

     

    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 167 Bantamweight Fights

    • Erik Perez defeated Edwin Figueroa by unanimous decision.
    • Sergio Pettis defeated Will Campuzano by unanimous decision.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Bantamweight Fights

    • TBD

Flyweight

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    Ali Bagautinov has arrived as a contender in the flyweight division.

    He bested Tim Elliott on Saturday to break into the Top 10. Although only two fights into his UFC career, he is already a big win or two away from fighting for the 125-pound championship.

    The flyweight Top 10 will now be on break for nearly a month. Champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will be the next elite flyweights to compete at UFC on Fox 9.

     

    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. Chris Cariaso (+1)
    8. Ali Bagautinov (NR)
    9. Tim Elliott (-2)
    10. Louis Gaudinot (-1) 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    As would be expected, Bagautinov moved above UFC 167 opponent Elliott in the flyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    There were no poor adjustments made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 8 Ali Bagautinov defeated No. 9 Tim Elliott by unanimous decision.

     

    TUF 18 Finale Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

    No women's bantamweight bouts were contested at UFC 167.

    Still, one change was made to the Top 10 rankings. Liz Carmouche moved ahead of Jessica Eye into the No. 6 position.

    It's tough to say whether they will cause any changes to the Top 10, but several women's bantamweight bouts should be contested at TUF 18 Finale, with the reality show featuring female fighters for the first time in its history.

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

    1. Cat Zingano 
    2. Miesha Tate 
    3. Sara McMann 
    4. Alexis Davis 
    5. Sarah Kaufman 
    6. Liz Carmouche (+1)
    7. Jessica Eye (-1)
    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

    Despite beating Sarah Kaufman in her UFC debut, Eye fell to two spots below the opponent she recently defeated. With Carmouche having lost to Kaufman within her past few fights, Eye also deserves to be ranked ahead of the former UFC title challenger. She should be a Top Five 135-pounder right now.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 167 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    TUF 18 Finale Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • TBD

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