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The middleweight division provided three opening-round finishes over the weekend.
CB Dollaway and Thiago Santos scored surprising knockouts in their respective bouts with Cezar Ferreira and Ronny Markes. Also, Kenny Robertson returned to the win column with a submission victory over Thiago Perpetuo.
Despite their wins, no middleweights who competed at UFC Fight Night 38 broke into the Top 15 rankings.
Official UFC Middleweight Rankings
Champion: Chris Weidman
- Anderson Silva
Lyoto Machida (+1)
Vitor Belfort (-1)
- Ronaldo Souza
- Michael Bisping
- Luke Rockhold
- Mark Munoz
- Tim Kennedy
- Francis Carmont
- Tim Boetsch
- Alan Belcher (+1)
- Brad Tavares (-1)
There were no good calls in this edition of the middleweight rankings.
Lyoto Machida may be lined up to challenge Chris Weidman, but he's not more proven than Vitor Belfort in the middleweight division.
Belfort had been scheduled to fight Weidman before therapeutic use exemptions were abolished by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. While that could impact Belfort's abilities, his recent resume is stronger than Machida's.
With three straight knockout wins, including a stoppage against Dan Henderson, whom Machida narrowly defeated on the scorecards, Belfort should be ranked No. 2 among 185-pound contenders.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC Fight Night 38 Middleweight Fights
- CB Dollaway defeated Cezar Ferreira by (T)KO in the first round.
Thiago Santos defeated Ronny Markes by (T)KO in the first round.
- Kenny Robertson defeated Thiago Perpetuo by submission in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 39 Middleweight Fights
- Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
- Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig