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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following TUF 18 Finale

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 2, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following TUF 18 Finale

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    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    A former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Nate Diaz turned in one of his best UFC performances at Saturday's TUF 18 Finale. 

    Having lost two straight fights heading into his bout with Gray Maynard, Diaz was in need of a victory to ensure his job security. Not only did Diaz get his hand raised, but he earned Knockout of the Night honors for an impressive Round 1 finish of Maynard.

    In beating Maynard, Diaz solidified himself as a Top 10 lightweight competitor. Having recently lost to multiple 155-pound contenders, though, how far did Diaz's win over the weekend push him upward in the division's rankings? 

    With the TUF 18 Finale in the books and UFC Fight Night 33 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.

Pound-for-Pound

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    No elite pound-for-pound fighters competed at the TUF 18 Finale, so no changes were made to the rankings.

    The rankings are likely to remain unchanged for a couple more weeks as well. No Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters are scheduled to appear at UFC Fight Night 33.

    At UFC on Fox 9, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will bring the pound-for-pound rankings back into focus with a title defense against Joseph Benavidez.


    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

    TUF 18 Finale Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

Heavyweight

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    Jared Rosholt made his UFC debut on Saturday, but he was not overly impressive in victory over fellow UFC newcomer Walt Harris. While both are promising new additions to the heavyweight class, Rosholt and Harris have a long way to go before they are in consideration for the Top 10.

    With the weekend's heavyweight representatives far from the elite ranks, no changes were made to the division's rankings.

    It's unlikely the heavyweight Top 10 will remain unchanged for long. At UFC Fight Night 33, Top Five heavyweight Antonio Silva will try to maintain his position against 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 
    9. Stipe Miocic 
    10. Roy Nelson 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the heavyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Heavyweight Fights

    • Jared Rosholt defeated Walt Harris by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Antonio Silva vs. Mark Hunt
    • Pat Barry vs. Soa Palelei

Light Heavyweight

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    There were no 205-pound contests at the TUF 18 Finale.

    Accordingly, no alterations were made to the Top 10 light heavyweight rankings. The division could see some changes following UFC Fight Night 33, though.

    In the co-main event on Friday, former 205-pound champion Mauricio Rua will meet James Te Huna. Also, fringe contender Ryan Bader will try to inch closer to the Top 10 by facing Anthony Perosh.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 9 Mauricio Rua vs. James Te-Huna
    • Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Perosh

Middleweight

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    Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    The middleweight division was on break through the TUF 18 Finale fight card.

    As a result, no changes were made to the middleweight rankings this time around. Although multiple 185-pound bouts are expected to be held at UFC Fight Night 33, the Top 10 will likely stay the same through that event as well.

    Dylan Andrews and Clint Hester lead a lineup of middleweight prospects who will compete at UFC Fight Night 33. Also on the card is a bout between Nick Ring and Caio Magalhaes as well as a matchup between UFC newcomers Bruno Santos and Krzysztof Jotko.

     

    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

    TUF 18 Finale Middleweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Middleweight Fights

    • Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester
    • Nick Ring vs. Caio Magalhaes
    • Bruno Santos vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Welterweight

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    With Sean Spencer picking up the only welterweight win at the TUF 18 Finale, one would think no changes would be made to the welterweight rankings.

    Instead, the Top 10 saw multiple alterations. In a baffling move, Rory MacDonald moved ahead of Robbie Lawler and into the No. 3 position, while Martin Kampmann surpassed Matt Brown.

    UFC Fight Night 33 shouldn't directly result in any changes, with Alex Garcia and Ben Wall battling in the only welterweight matchup. 

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    They may be headed in opposite directions, but Martin Kampmann 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. 

     

    Bad Call

    There are bad calls, and then there's moving Rory MacDonald ahead of Robbie Lawler less than one month after the Canadian lost to the Strikeforce veteran. There's just no defending this decision from the rankings panel. 

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Welterweight Fights

    • Sean Spencer defeated Drew Dober by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Welterweight Fights

    • Alex Garcia vs. Ben Wall

Lightweight

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    Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

    With an impressive win over Gray Maynard on Saturday, Nate Diaz shook up the lightweight rankings.

    Breaking his slump, Diaz returned to the Top Five, while Maynard fell to the No. 8 position. While Diaz is back in the hunt for a championship, recent losses to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson could keep him away from a title fight anytime soon.

    After an important fight for the 155-pound class, the division will go on break through UFC Fight Night 33. Multiple lightweight fights will be contested at UFC on Fox 9 later this month, however.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Nate Diaz has earned his spot above Rafael dos Anjos and Khabib Nurmagomedov. While the latter lightweights are on longer winning streaks, Diaz has a resume that's more impressive overall. Dos Anjos' biggest win came against Donald Cerrone, who Diaz defeated just as convincingly. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov's most impressive win came against Pat Healy, who currently sits outside the Top 10.

     

    Bad Call

    There were no bad calls in this edition of the lightweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Lightweight Fights

    • No. 5 Nate Diaz defeated No. 8 Gray Maynard by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Lightweight Fights

    • None

Featherweight

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    Low-ranked featherweight Akira Corassani and UFC newcomer Tom Niinimaki were the only 145-pounders to earn wins at the TUF 18 Finale.

    As expected, that meant no alterations to the featherweight rankings. That will likely be the case following UFC Fight Night 33 as well, where no 145-pound bouts are scheduled.

    It won't be long before the featherweight class heats back up, though. At UFC on Fox 9, No. 1 contender Chad Mendes will meet surging No. 8 contender Nik Lentz on the main card.

     

    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

    TUF 18 Finale Featherweight Fights

    • Tom Niinimaki defeated Rani Yahya by split decision.
    • Akira Corassani defeated Maximo Blanco by disqualification.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Featherweight Fights

    • None

Bantamweight

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    Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

    Chris Holdsworth earned a TUF crown with his win over David Grant on Saturday. While Holdsworth is a long way away from the Top 10 right now, he is showing the potential to become a contender in the 135-pound class.

    With Holdsworth being the only bantamweight winner at the TUF 18 Finale, no changes were made to the division's rankings.

    At UFC Fight Night 33, veteran Takeya Mizugaki will try to clinch to his Top 10 position in a tune-up fight of sorts with Nam Phan.

     

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Dominick Cruz

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    It really could go either way, but Eddie Wineland does own a slightly stronger resume than Raphael Assuncao. Prior to his loss to interim champion Renan Barao, Wineland picked up back-to-back wins over current No. 6 and 7 contenders Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. Assuncao, meanwhile, picked up his most noteworthy wins over No. 8 and 9 contenders TJ Dillashaw and Mike Easton.

     

    Bad Call

    Only one change was made to the bantamweight rankings, and it was a good call.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Bantamweight Fights

    • Chris Holdsworth defeated David Grant by submission in the second round.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 10 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan

Flyweight

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    Though he failed to make the 125-pound limit, Josh Sampo was the winner of the lone flyweight bout on Saturday. A newcomer to the UFC roster, Sampo will need another win or two in order to break into the Top 10.

    Thus, no changes were made to the flyweight rankings. 

    Two more UFC newcomers will represent the 125-pound class at UFC Fight Night 33. Richie Vaculik and Justin Scoggins aren't likely to burst into the Top 10 immediately, but a title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez awaits 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 
    8. Ali Bagautinov 
    9. Tim Elliott 
    10. Louis Gaudinot 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    There were no changes made to the flyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    There were no changes made to the flyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Flyweight Fights

    • Josh Sampo defeated Ryan Benoit by submission in the second round.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Flyweight Fights

    • Richie Vaculik vs. Justin Scoggins

Women's Bantamweight

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    All female fights contested on Saturday were follow-ups to the TUF 18 women's bantamweight competition. While Julianna Pena and others look to be future contenders, none have proven they are elite right now.

    However, some changes unrelated to the weekend's fights were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

    At UFC Fight Night 33, Julie Kedzie will try to get back on track by earning her first win since April 2011. 

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Sara McMann might have a higher ceiling, but Alexis Davis has more big wins. McMann's biggest win came over Shayna Baszler before starting her UFC career, while Davis is coming off of a win over former title challenger Liz Carmouche.

     

    Bad Call

    Although Julie Kedzie is slumping, even a split decision over the veteran is more impressive than any win Jessica Andrade has picked up this far in her career. Germaine de Randamie scored that win over Kedzie in her UFC debut and deserves a spot above Andrade for now.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    TUF 18 Finale Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • Julianna Pena defeated Jessica Rakoczy by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Jessamyn Duke defeated Peggy Morgan by unanimous decision.
    • Raquel Pennington defeated Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC Fight Night 33 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • Julie Kedzie vs. Bethe Correia

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