With no welterweight bouts contested at UFC 172, changes to the division's rankings were minimal.
Erick Silva surpassed Ryan LaFlare for the No. 14 position. On Saturday, Silva will meet Top 10 contender Matt Brown, so the Brazilian will have a chance to prove he was deserving of being elevated in the rankings.
Riding six straight wins, Brown will be looking to make a statement and earn a title shot over the weekend.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Johny Hendricks
- Robbie Lawler
- Rory MacDonald
- Tyron Woodley
- Carlos Condit
- Jake Ellenberger
- Hector Lombard
- Matt Brown
- Demian Maia
- Dong Hyun Kim
- Tarec Saffiedine
- Kelvin Gastelum
- Mike Pyle
- Gunnar Nelson
- Erick Silva (+1)
- Ryan LaFlare (-1)
There were no good calls in this edition of the welterweight division.
Silva gets more attention, but Ryan LaFlare has already built up a resume equal to the Brazilian's in four UFC appearances. While Silva has a 4-3 UFC record, LaFlare has earned as many wins inside the Octagon without suffering a loss.
Unless Silva beats Brown on Saturday, LaFlare has earned the No. 14 position.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC 172 Welterweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 40 Welterweight Fights
- No. 7 Matt Brown vs. No. 14 Erick Silva
- Neil Magny vs. Tim Means
- Yan Cabral vs. Zak Cummings
- Anthony Lapsley vs. Albert Tumenov