There were no Top 15 pound-for-pound fighters on display at UFC Fight Night 39.
That will be the case for the next few UFC events as well. No elite pound-for-pound fighters are scheduled to compete at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale or UFC on Fox 11.
Jon Jones, the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will be the next fighter from the below list to step into the Octagon when he meets Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 later this month.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Jose Aldo
- Renan Barao
- Cain Velasquez
- Demetrious Johnson
- Chris Weidman
- Anthony Pettis (+1)
- Anderson Silva (-1)
- Johny Hendricks
- Ronda Rousey
- Vitor Belfort
- Benson Henderson
- Alexander Gustafsson (+1)
- Urijah Faber (+1)
- Gilbert Melendez (-2)
As great as he was and can still be when he returns, Anderson Silva is no longer a UFC champion.
Recovering from a gruesome broken leg, he also won't be making his way to the Octagon in the coming months. Until "The Spider" steps in the cage again and proves he's still among the best in the world, he should probably be ranked behind most or all UFC titleholders. That's why bumping Anthony Pettis up above Silva in the pound-for-pound rankings was a bad call by the voters.
Considering they both lost in controversial decisions the last time they fought for a UFC championship, Alexander Gustafsson and Gilbert Melendez were interchangeable in the pound-for-pound rankings.
However, Melendez deserves the No. 14 position over Urijah Faber. In his latest outing, Faber was stopped by Renan Barao in the first round. While The California Kid is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters going, he's not closer to the top than Melendez is right now.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC Fight Night 39 Pound-for-Pound Fights
The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Pound-for-Pound Fights