No Top 15 pound-for-pound fighters competed at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, but there was still movement in the rankings following the fight card.
He hasn't competed since his December win over Anderson Silva, but Chris Weidman was elevated to a spot among the Top Five pound-for-pound UFC fighters. Weidman will have a chance to validate that move when he meets Lyoto Machida on July 5.
At UFC on Fox 11, elite heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne will look to sneak into the Top 15. It's unlikely either will earn a spot in the pound-for-pound rankings unless they dethrone Cain Velasquez, though.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Jose Aldo
- Renan Barao
- Cain Velasquez
- Chris Weidman (+1)
- Demetrious Johnson (-1)
- Anderson Silva (+1)
- Anthony Pettis (-1)
- Johny Hendricks
- Ronda Rousey
- Vitor Belfort
- Benson Henderson
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Gilbert Melendez (+1)
- Urijah Faber (-1)
Upcoming title challenger Melendez deserves the No. 14 position over Urijah Faber. In his latest outing, Faber was stopped by Renan Barao in the first round, while Melendez fought to a narrow decision in his last fight for a UFC championship.
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.
Weidman did what seemed impossible by dethroning Silva, but he hasn't earned a spot above Demetrious Johnson in the pound-for-pound rankings. While Weidman has only defended his belt once, Mighty Mouse will be looking to defend his championship for a fourth time when he meets Ali Bagautinov on June 14.
Results and Upcoming Fights
The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC on Fox 11 Pound-for-Pound Fights