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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 33

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 1, 2017

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 33

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    Beforehand, UFC Fight Night 33 was not generating much buzz as an intriguing fight card. That was before Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt headlined the event with one of the most entertaining heavyweight fights in MMA history.

    It's not often heavyweights, with all their power, reach the fourth and fifth rounds. When they do, all energy has usually been sucked out of them.

    Not that Silva and Hunt weren't tired. They were visibly exhausted. However, they continued to empty every drop from their gas tanks until the final horn sounded, and it was a privilege to be able to watch.

    Now that the fight is over, though, the focus will turn toward what this fight meant for the heavyweight division. Was a draw with Silva enough to push Hunt into the Top 10?

    With UFC Fight Night 33 in the books and UFC on Fox 9 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.


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    No Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters saw action at UFC Fight Night 33.

    Accordingly, the pound-for-pound rankings remained steady.

    However, UFC on Fox 9 could bring change, as flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson steps into the Octagon to defend his belt in a rematch with Joseph Benavidez. The first meeting between Johnson and Benavidez ended in a split decision win for the now-champion.

    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 33 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fox 9 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 7 Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez


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    Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt earned the headlines following UFC Fight Night 33, but they weren't the only heavyweights competing on the fight card. Soa Palelei remained undefeated inside the Octagon by handing Pat Barry a second straight knockout loss.

    Although Palelei remains multiple wins away from a spot in the Top 10, Hunt did break through with his draw against a Top Five heavyweight in Silva. Hunt surpassed both Stipe Miocic and Roy Nelson to grab the No. 9 position.

    Other changes included Fabricio Werdum's move above Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett overtaking UFC 168 adversary Travis Browne.

    The heavyweight division will go on break for UFC on Fox 9. However, the weight class will return in a big way at UFC 168, when Josh Barnett and Travis Browne will look to take a step closer to the heavyweight championship.


    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

    1. Junior dos Santos 
    2. Fabricio Werdum (+1)
    3. Daniel Cormier (-1)
    4. Antonio Silva
    5. Josh Barnett (+1)
    6. Travis Browne (-1)
    7. Alistair Overeem  
    8. Frank Mir 
    9. Mark Hunt (NR)
    10. Stipe Miocic (-1)


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    It's good to see that Daniel Cormier has already begun descending in the heavyweight rankings. Recently, Cormier agreed to a fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 170 in February. With that booking, Cormier's days in the heavyweight division appear to be over.


    Bad Call

    Although Hunt did elevate himself without picking up a win at UFC Fight Night 33, he should really be ranked even more highly in the heavyweight division. Rankings shouldn't be made complicated. Hunt fought to a draw with Silva, so the pair should be very near on the ladder and not separated by four spots.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 4 Antonio Silva and No. 9 Mark Hunt fought to a draw.
    • Soa Palelei defeated Pat Barry by (T)KO in the first round.


    UFC on Fox 9 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Light Heavyweight

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    Notable light heavyweights Mauricio Rua and Ryan Bader both bounced back at UFC Fight Night 33. Bader earned a dominant decision win over Anthony Perosh, while "Shogun" scored a much more impressive knockout victory over James Te Huna.

    In beating Te Huna, Rua jumped three spots in the 205-pound rankings. Now sitting in the No. 6 position, "Shogun" passed Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Gegard Mousasi.

    No light heavyweights will appear at UFC on Fox 9, so the rankings should remain as they appear below through the remaining days in 2013.


    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. Mauricio Rua (+3)
    7. Dan Henderson (-1)
    8. Chael Sonnen (-1)
    9. Gegard Mousasi (-1)
    10. Lyoto Machida 


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    While Rua defeated an unranked opponent on Friday, he did deserve to move upward in the light heavyweight rankings. Mousasi is currently booked to fight in the middleweight division and has only beaten Ilir Latifi inside the Octagon.

    While that may be selling Mousasi's accomplishments short, he certainly can't match Rua's accolades.


    Bad Call

    "Shogun" deserved a bump in the rankings, but the Brazilian moving ahead of Henderson and Sonnen is a questionable call. Rua was submitted by Sonnen only a few months ago and hasn't beaten a Top 10 fighter since before losing to Henderson at UFC 139.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 6 Mauricio Rua defeated James Te-Huna by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Ryan Bader defeated Anthony Perosh by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fox 9 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None


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    Although three 185-pound bouts were contested on Friday, UFC Fight Night 33 was an uneventful fight card for the middleweight division, as no Top 10 185-pounders competed.

    Still, a couple changes were made to the middleweight rankings. Lyoto Machida surpassed Michael Bisping, who has been recovering from an eye injury. Also, Tim Kennedy moved ahead of Costa Philippou, who is now clinging to a Top 10 position.

    The middleweight division will not be on display at UFC on Fox 9, but a monster title fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva looms atop the UFC 168 fight card.


    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Machida may not have many, or even two, fights in the middleweight division. Still, he's proven he's a better fighter than Bisping. The Brazilian's knockout of Mark Munoz was more impressive than any single win Bisping has earned in his long tenure in the 185-pound weight class. "The Dragon" also owns a win over Dan Henderson, who is responsible for Bisping's most memorable loss.


    Bad Call

    An argument could be made for either Kennedy or Philippou being more deserving of the No. 9 position. Therefore, no bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Middleweight Fights

    • Clint Hester defeated Dylan Andrews by (T)KO in the second round.
    • Caio Magalhaes defeated Nick Ring by unanimous decision.
    • Krzysztof Jotko defeated Bruno Santos by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fox 9 Middleweight Fights

    • None


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    At UFC Fight Night 33, Alex Garcia became the latest promising addition to the stacked UFC welterweight division. While Garcia is still several wins away from a Top 10 position, he looked like a future contender in quickly stopping Ben Wall.

    Though Garcia was the only welterweight winner at UFC Fight Night 33, changes still occurred in the division's Top 10 rankings. Robbie Lawler finally surpassed Rory MacDonald after beating the Canadian in November. Additionally, Martin Kampmann slid ahead of Jake Shields and into the No. 7 position.

    Court McGee and Ryan LaFlare will both look to remain undefeated at 170 pounds when they meet on Saturday. Aside from that matchup, no other welterweights will appear at UFC on Fox 9.


    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Georges St-Pierre

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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    It took nearly a month, but Lawler finally has his rightful spot above MacDonald. While he and MacDonald fought to a split decision at UFC 167, Lawler was a worthy winner and should have been granted the ranking that many expected would come with the victory.

    It took entirely too long, but Lawler is now where he belongs.


    Bad Call

    An argument could be made for either Kampmann or Shields to be more deserving of the No. 7 position. Although Shields owns a win over Kampmann, "The Hitman" more recently defeated Jake Ellenberger, who knocked Shields out at UFC Fight Night 25.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Welterweight Fights

    • Alex Garcia defeated Ben Wall by (T)KO in the first round.


    UFC on Fox 9 Welterweight Fights

    • Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare


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    No lightweights fights were to be seen at UFC Fight Night 33.

    Nonetheless, a alteration was made in the Top 10 rankings. Khabib Nurmagomedov was elevated to No. 6, surpassing Rafael dos Anjos.

    Although no Top 10 lightweights will compete at UFC on Fox 9, a handful of 155-pound bouts are expected for the fight card. An impressive finish would be needed, but some of the lightweights competing on Saturday, such as Pat Healy, are close to a Top 10 position.


    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Only one change was made to the lightweight rankings, and it was a bad call.


    Bad Call

    They are very close, but Nurmagomedov should not be ranked higher than dos Anjos. While Nurmagomedov is still seeking his first win over a Top 10 lightweight, dos Anjos is coming off of a dominant win over No. 9 contender Donald Cerrone.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Lightweight Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fox 9 Lightweight Fights

    • Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig
    • Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza
    • Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy
    • Sam Stout vs. Cody McKenzie
    • Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling


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    No featherweights stepped into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 33.

    As a result, no changes occurred in the Top 10 145-pound rankings.

    However, big moves could be coming at UFC on Fox 9, where Nik Lentz will try to take a big step toward the top of the featherweight division by upsetting Chad Mendes. 


    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 33 Featherweight Fights

    • None


    UFC on Fox 9 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 1 Chad Mendes vs. No. 8 Nik Lentz


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    With a win over Nam Phan at UFC Fight Night 33, Takeya Mizugaki solidified his position as a Top 10 bantamweight fighter.

    However, tougher competition is coming should Mizugaki begin aiming toward a shot at the 135-pound championship.

    By beating Phan on Friday, Mizugaki surpassed TJ Dillashaw and Mike Easton in the bantamweight rankings. Another change in the Top 10 was also made, with Raphael Assuncao moving above Eddie Wineland. 

    At UFC on Fox 9, recent title challengers Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald will battle for potential rematches with the finally healthy Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao. Faber has lost to both titleholders over recent years, while McDonald was submitted by Barao in February.


    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Dominick Cruz

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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Mizugaki may not be beating elite bantamweights, but he has earned his place above Dillashaw and Easton. None of the three 135-pound bantamweights own any UFC wins over current Top 10 fighters, so Mizugaki's momentum should give him a leg up. While the Japanese fighter has won four in a row, Dillashaw and Easton are both coming off losses.


    Bad Call

    It could go either way, but Wineland owns a slightly stronger resume than Assuncao. Prior to his loss to interim champion Renan Barao, Wineland picked up back-to-back wins over current Nos. 6 and 7 contenders Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. Assuncao, meanwhile, picked up his most noteworthy wins over Nos. 9 and 10 contenders Dillashaw and Easton.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 8 Takeya Mizugaki defeated Nam Phan by unanimous decision.


    UFC on Fox 9 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 2 Urijah Faber vs. No. 3 Michael McDonald


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    Justin Scoggins made a big splash in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 33. With a first-round submission of Richie Vaculik, Scoggins showed he has the makings of a future contender in the flyweight division.

    Although Scoggins didn't find his way into the Top 10 this time around, a change was made to the flyweight rankings. Chris Cariaso, despite coming off a win, fell two spots and now sits in the No. 9 position. 

    The 125-pound weight class will be unusually busy at UFC on Fox 9. In addition to a title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen will make his flyweight debut against UFC newcomer Zach Makovsky and Darren Uyenoyama will welcome Alptekin Ozkilic to the Octagon.


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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Although his experience in the UFC bantamweight division makes him a tough opponent for most flyweights, Cariaso has not performed well at 125 pounds. His flyweight wins have come against opponents with a combined 0-5 UFC record, while Bagautinov and Elliott both have victories over Top 10 fighters.


    Bad Call

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


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Flyweight Fights

    • Justin Scoggins defeated Richie Vaculik by (T)KO in the first round.


    UFC on Fox 9 Flyweight Fights

    • (C) Demetrious Johnson vs. No. 1 Joseph Benavidez
    • Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky
    • Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alptekin Ozkilic

Women's Bantamweight

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    Julie Kedzie ended up the wrong end of another close decision at UFC Fight Night 33. Facing Bethe Correia, Kedzie suffered her second consecutive split-decision loss since joining the UFC roster.

    The lone women's bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 33 had no impact on the Top 10 rankings, but Jessica Eye did surpass Liz Carmouche to take the No. 6 position.

    Though no females will compete at UFC on Fox 9, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will cap off a big year for the women's bantamweight division at UFC 168 later this month.


    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

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


    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Coming off of a win over Sarah Kaufman, Eye deserved to be ranked higher than she was. With Carmouche having lost to Kaufman within her past few fights, Eye also deserves to be ranked ahead of the former UFC title challenger.


    Bad Call

    Eye is still ranked below Kaufman. Although Kaufman may have a longer track record of success, Eye proved she is the better fighter right now by picking up a decision win over the former Strikeforce champion at UFC 166.


    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 33 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • Bethe Correia defeated Julie Kedzie by split decision.


    UFC on Fox 9 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

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