Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
"Mighty Mouse" speaks to the media following Saturday's win.
Georges St-Pierre recently announced he'd be taking a leave of absence from MMA, and that has caused a considerable stir in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Previously the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, St-Pierre is no longer ranked. Accordingly, all those below him were bumped up a position with the exception of Renan Barao, who was surpassed by Demetrious Johnson with the flyweight champion's win on Saturday.
Continued change could be coming to the pound-for-pound rankings with UFC 168, where former pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will try to reclaim his middleweight crown from Chris Weidman. Also, Ronda Rousey will try to maintain her new No. 10 position by beating Miesha Tate in a rematch.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Jose Aldo (+1)
- Anderson Silva (+1)
- Cain Velasquez (+1)
- Demetrious Johnson (+2)
- Renan Barao
- Anthony Pettis (+1)
- Chris Weidman (+1)
- Benson Henderson (+1)
- Ronda Rousey (NR)
Johnson may have been chased from the bantamweight division Renan Barao is now thriving in, but "Mighty Mouse" has earned a higher spot than the Brazilian in the pound-for-pound rankings. Unlike Barao, Johnson is an undisputed champion and has three straight title defenses, whereas the interim 135-pound titleholder has only defended his belt twice now.
If Benson Henderson's resume is strong enough to be ranked above Rousey, then Johny Hendricks' should be as well. Henderson may be a former champion, but Hendricks arguably should be a current one and is widely believed to have deserved a win over St-Pierre.
The women's bantamweight division is either strong enough for its champion to be considered higher up on the pound-for-pound rankings than top contenders in all-male divisions or none of them. I'll leave that decision up to the rankings panel, but they need to make up their mind next time around.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC on Fox 9 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 5 Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez by (T)KO in the first round.
UFC 168 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 3 Anderson Silva vs. No. 8 Chris Weidman
- No. 10 Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate