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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on Fox 9

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 17, 2013

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on Fox 9

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    Johnson celebrates his win over Benavidez at UFC on Fox 9.
    Johnson celebrates his win over Benavidez at UFC on Fox 9.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Following a knockout win in a UFC on Fox 9 rematch with Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson is steadily solidifying himself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.

    "Mighty Mouse" has already picked up three successful title defenses as flyweight champion. Among the current promotion's champions, only Jon Jones and Jose Aldo have defended their UFC belts on more consecutive occasions.

    Will that be enough to boost Johnson into the Top Five in the pound-for-pound rankings? How far will Benavidez fall in the 125-pound class as a result of his loss on Saturday? 

    With UFC on Fox 9 in the books and UFC 168 ahead, here are the latest official UFC rankings.

Pound-for-Pound

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    "Mighty Mouse" speaks to the media following Saturday's win.
    "Mighty Mouse" speaks to the media following Saturday's win.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    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

    1. Jon Jones 
    2. Jose Aldo (+1)
    3. Anderson Silva (+1) 
    4. Cain Velasquez (+1)
    5. Demetrious Johnson (+2)
    6. Renan Barao 
    7. Anthony Pettis (+1)
    8. Chris Weidman (+1)
    9. Benson Henderson (+1)
    10. Ronda Rousey (NR)

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    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

Heavyweight

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    Barnett celebrates his UFC 164 win over Frank Mir.
    Barnett celebrates his UFC 164 win over Frank Mir.Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Although no heavyweights competed at UFC on Fox 9, one change was made to the division's Top 10 rankings.

    Less than two weeks removed from his epic draw with Antonio Silva, Mark Hunt surpassed Alistair Overeem for the No. 7 position.

    At UFC 168, Josh Barnett and Travis Browne will battle for a top-five position and likely a bout with No. 2 contender Fabricio Werdum. With champion Cain Velasquez out for several months due to shoulder surgery, Werdum will have to fight the winner of Saturday's contest between Barnett and Browne for a late 2014 shot at Velasquez. 

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Overeem may own a win over Hunt, but that victory came over five years ago. "The Super Samoan" now deserves to sit higher than "The Demolition Man" in the heavyweight rankings. Hunt could even be ranked another position or two higher than he is now. He fought to a draw with Silva, so the pair should be very near on the ladder and not separated by two spots.

     

    Bad Call

    There was one change made in the heavyweight rankings, and it was a good call.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC on Fox 9 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 168 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 5 Josh Barnett vs. No. 6 Travis Browne

Light Heavyweight

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    Cormier dominated Roy Nelson in his final heavyweight outing.
    Cormier dominated Roy Nelson in his final heavyweight outing.Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor

    The light heavyweight division was on break at UFC on Fox 9 and won't be on display at UFC 168 either.

    Accordingly, no changes were made to the 205-pound rankings this time around.

    In fact, it may be a while before a bout relevant to the Top 10 rankings is held inside the Octagon. Looking ahead to February, Rashad Evans will welcome Daniel Cormier to the 205-pound class in a matchup that has the potential to produce a title shot for the winner.

     

    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 
    7. Dan Henderson 
    8. Chael Sonnen 
    9. Gegard Mousasi 
    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

    UFC on Fox 9 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 168 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Middleweight

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    Weidman ended Silva's long championship reign with a left hook in July.
    Weidman ended Silva's long championship reign with a left hook in July.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

    No 185-pounders competed at UFC on Fox 9.

    As expected, that meant no changes were made to the Top 10 middleweight rankings.

    Conversely, UFC 168 could cause major changes to the 185-pound rankings. The main event will feature a highly anticipated rematch between champion Chris Weidman and the greatest middleweight to ever step foot into the Octagon, Anderson Silva. 

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

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

     

    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 on Fox 9 Middleweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 168 Middleweight Fights

    • (C) Chris Weidman vs. No. 1 Anderson Silva
    • Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall

Welterweight

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    LaFlare (right) improved to 10-0 with a win over McGee (left) on Saturday.
    LaFlare (right) improved to 10-0 with a win over McGee (left) on Saturday.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Ryan LaFlare and Court McGee were the lone welterweights to compete on the UFC on Fox 9 fight card. Though LaFlare looked like a potential future contender on Saturday, he still a few wins away from being considered for a Top 10 position.

    Still, a change was made to the 170-pound rankings, with Matt Brown surpassing Martin Kampmann.

    Neither matchup has a good chance of shaking up the Top 10, but John Howard will slug it out with Siyar Bahadurzada and William Macario will seek his first UFC win at UFC 168. 

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: N/A

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    One change was made to the welterweight rankings, and it was a bad 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 on Fox 9 Welterweight Fights

    • Ryan LaFlare defeated Court McGee by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 168 Welterweight Fights

    • John Howard vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
    • William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker

Lightweight

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    Lauzon avoided a third straight loss with a decision win at UFC on Fox 9.
    Lauzon avoided a third straight loss with a decision win at UFC on Fox 9.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Five different lightweight matchups were on display at UFC on Fox 9. 

    Most notably, Joe Lauzon got back on track against Mac Danzig, Edson Barboza survived an early scare to beat Danny Castillo on the scorecards and Bobby Green inched closer to the Top 10 with a strong showing against Pat Healy.

    At UFC 168, No. 10 contender Jim Miller will attempt to hold off the likes of Green by beating Fabricio Camoes in impressive fashion. Also, fringe contenders Gleison Tibau and Michael Johnson will hope to take advantage of a Miller slip up.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

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

     

    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 on Fox 9 Lightweight Fights

    • Joe Lauzon defeated Mac Danzig by unanimous decision.
    • Edson Barboza defeated Danny Castillo by majority decision.
    • Bobby Green defeated Pat Healy by unanimous decision.
    • Sam Stout defeated Cody McKenzie by unanimous decision.
    • Abel Trujillo defeated Roger Bowling by (T)KO in the second round.

     

    UFC 168 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 10 Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes
    • Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson

Featherweight

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    Battling illness, Mendes (left) still extended his winning streak to five on Saturday.
    Battling illness, Mendes (left) still extended his winning streak to five on Saturday.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Having only lost to Jose Aldo in 17 MMA fights, Chad Mendes held onto his role as top featherweight contender with a fifth straight win at UFC on Fox 9.

    A huge underdog heading into his bout with Mendes, No. 8 contender Nik Lentz was not penalized in the rankings for his performance on Saturday. With Lentz staying put, no changes occurred within the 145-pound Top 10 rankings. 

    Multiple Top 10 featherweights will again be on display at UFC 168, where Dustin Poirier tests TUF winner Diego Brandao and Dennis Siver will try to return to the win column against Manny Gamburyan.

     

    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 on Fox 9 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 1 Chad Mendes defeated No. 8 Nik Lentz by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 168 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 6 Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao
    • No. 7 Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan
    • Robbie Peralta vs. Estevan Payan

Bantamweight

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    Faber (left) pursues a rocked McDonald (right) at UFC on Fox 9.
    Faber (left) pursues a rocked McDonald (right) at UFC on Fox 9.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Urijah Faber is back in the running for another shot at the UFC bantamweight title following a UFC on Fox 9 submission win over Michael McDonald.

    Although Faber didn't move up in the rankings, as he's already the highest ranked non-champion at 135 pounds, he may have set himself up for a rematch with the winner of an upcoming title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao.

    Competing at flyweight on Saturday, Scott Jorgensen fell three spots and could soon be eliminated from the Top 10 bantamweight rankings.

     

    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. TJ Dillashaw (+1)
    8. Mike Easton (+1)
    9. Takeya Mizugaki (+1)
    10. Scott Jorgensen (-3)

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Scott Jorgensen's flyweight debut didn't go as planned, but he's made no indication he'll be returning to the bantamweight division. For that reason, it makes sense to see him dropping rapidly in the 135-pound rankings.

     

    Bad Call

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

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC on Fox 9 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 2 Urijah Faber defeated No. 3 Michael McDonald by submission in the second round.

     

    UFC 168 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    Rousey will look to remain undefeated at UFC 168.
    Rousey will look to remain undefeated at UFC 168.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    The women's bantamweight division was not included on the UFC on Fox 9 fight card, so no changes were made to the Top 10 rankings.

    However, the ladies will return to the Octagon in a big way at UFC 168. 

    Coming off of their coaching duties on TUF 18, champion Ronda Rousey will meet Miesha Tate in a rematch. Rousey was originally lined up to fight Cat Zingano, but knee problems for the No. 1 contender allowed Tate to fill in for the fighter she recently lost to. 

     

    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. Liz Carmouche 
    7. Jessica Eye 
    8. Amanda Nunes 
    9. Jessica Andrade 
    10. Germaine de Randamie 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC on Fox 9 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 168 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • (C) Ronda Rousey vs. No. 2 Miesha Tate

Flyweight

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    Makovsky emerged as a contender by beating Jorgensen in his UFC debut.
    Makovsky emerged as a contender by beating Jorgensen in his UFC debut.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Demetrious Johnson is starting to look like a fighter who could reign over the flyweight division for a long period. At UFC on Fox 9, "Mighty Mouse" quickly disposed of the highly ranked Joseph Benavidez with a devastating right hook to the chin.

    As a result of his loss, Benavidez fell below John Dodson in the 125-pound rankings.

    UFC on Fox 9 also saw Zach Makovsky and Alptekin Ozkilic pick up wins in their UFC debuts. Both looked like potential contenders in their performances on Saturday. 

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

    1. John Dodson (+1)
    2. Joseph Benavidez (-1)
    3. Ian McCall
    4. John Moraga
    5. John Lineker 
    6. Jussier Formiga 
    7. Ali Bagautinov 
    8. Tim Elliott 
    9. Chris Cariaso 
    10. Louis Gaudinot 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    It's only a matter of time until they meet one another to decide who is the second best flyweight in the world, but Dodson does deserve to be ranked above Benavidez right now. Both are coming off of losses to Johnson, but Dodson was not stopped in brutal fashion.

     

    Bad Call

    He may only have one UFC win, but Zach Makovsky is a Top 10 fighter in the shallow flyweight class. Chris Cariason was not ranked anywhere near Scott Jorgensen in the bantamweight class. Still, a win over Jorgensen on Saturday did not put Makovsky ahead of Cariaso at 125 pounds for some reason.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC on Fox 9 Flyweight Fights

    • (C) Demetrious Johnson defeated No. 2 Joseph Benavidez by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Zach Makovsky defeated Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision.
    • Alptekin Ozkilic defeated Darren Uyenoyama by split decision.

     

    UFC 168 Flyweight Fights

    • None

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