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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 173

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 13, 2016

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 173

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    Renan Barao was supposed to take another step toward greatness at UFC 173.

    However, TJ Dillashaw had other ideas. Avenging teammate Urijah Faber's losses to Barao, Dillashaw surprisingly dominated the Brazilian from start to finish on Saturday.

    With a loss to Raphael Assuncao only seven months ago, Dillashaw wasn't even the first option to challenge Barao. Nonetheless, he's now the best in the 135-pound division.

    Where does that put Dillashaw in the pound-for-pound rankings?

    With UFC 173 in the books and multiple events coming up on May 31, here are the latest official UFC rankings, which were voted on by various members of the MMA media via UFC.com. 

Pound-for-Pound

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    With his win on Saturday, Dillashaw knocked Faber, a fellow Team Alpha Male member, out of the Top 15 pound-for-pound rankings.

    Beating Barao wasn't quite enough to vault Dillashaw into the Top 10, but he's on the fringe and might be able to break through with a successful title defense in his next outings. Despite losing his title, Barao still owns a spot in the Top 10, but he'll likely need to reclaim his belt quickly to remain in that position.

    Although no elite pound-for-pound fighters are set to compete on May 31, Benson Henderson will return to the Octagon against Rustam Khabilov the following weekend. 

     

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

    1. Jon Jones 
    2. Jose Aldo  
    3. Cain Velasquez (+1)       
    4. Demetrious Johnson (+1) 
    5. Chris Weidman (+1)  
    6. Anthony Pettis (+2)
    7. Anderson Silva
    8. Renan Barao (-5) 
    9. Johny Hendricks 
    10. Ronda Rousey   
    11. TJ Dillashaw (NR)
    12. Vitor Belfort (-1)
    13. Benson Henderson (-1)     
    14. Alexander Gustafsson (-1)
    15. Gilbert Melendez (-1)

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Anderson Silva is the best in UFC history, but he's no longer a champion and isn't expected to step into the Octagon any time soon. Anthony Pettis has UFC gold around his waist and is currently in a better position than The Spider, who probably shouldn't be ranked above any UFC titleholders following two straight losses.

     

    Bad Call

    In MMA, where fighters compete only a few times per year, movement in the rankings shouldn't be limited. When a fighter dominates an opponent like Dillashaw did against Barao, the winner should be ranked above the loser.

    That didn't happen here, and it should be corrected. 

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 11 TJ Dillashaw defeated No. 8 Renan Barao by (T)KO in the fifth round.

     

    May 31 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

Heavyweight

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    While no heavyweights competed at UFC 173, several will step into the Octagon on May 31.

    At UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi, Viktor Pesta and Ruslan Magomedov will make their UFC debuts. Then, later on Saturday, a The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil heavyweight winner will be crowned when Vitor Miranda meets Antonio Carlos Junior.

    Stipe Miocic was scheduled to be tested by former champion Junior dos Santos, but an injury forced Cigano out of that matchup. Fabio Maldonado will now meet Miocic in the main event on the TUF: Brazil finale card. 

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

    1. Fabricio Werdum 
    2. Junior dos Santos 
    3. Travis Browne     
    4. Antonio Silva   
    5. Josh Barnett 
    6. Alistair Overeem 
    7. Stipe Miocic 
    8. Mark Hunt   
    9. Roy Nelson 
    10. Frank Mir   
    11. Gabriel Gonzaga 
    12. Stefan Struve    
    13. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+1)  
    14. Brendan Schaub (-1)
    15. Soa Palelei 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Daniel Cormier has his second light heavyweight bout coming up, so he no longer belongs in the heavyweight rankings. Some other fighters might be worthy of the No. 15 position, but replacing Cormier with Palelei was a good enough call.

     

    Bad Call

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has not won in a long time and looked bad against Roy Nelson, but it was a loss that many expected against a more highly ranked adversary.

    "Minotauro" has lost to Top 10 heavyweights Nelson, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir since knocking out Brendan Schaub in August 2011. Schaub has only beaten unranked fighters Matt Mitrione and Lavar Johnson since that loss, so he hasn't earned a spot above Nogueira. 

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    May 31 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 7 Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado
    • Vitor Miranda vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
    • Viktor Pesta vs. Ruslan Magomedov
    • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Richardson Moreira

Light Heavyweight

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    Daniel Cormier is creeping closer to a shot at UFC gold.

    At UFC 173, DC cruised to a third-round submission win over former Pride FC champion Dan Henderson. Now, it appears the former heavyweight contender sits behind only Alexander Gustafsson in the race for a shot at 205-pound champion Jon Jones.

    No light heavyweights will compete on May 31. The next matchup between Top 15 light heavyweights will feature Ryan Bader and Rafael Cavalcante on the UFC 174 main card.

     

Middleweight

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    No middleweights competed at UFC 173. However, the division will be very busy on May 31.

    Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi will headline one UFC fight card, which will feature a third Top 15 middleweight, Francis Carmont. With Marcio Alexandre Junior and Warlley Alves set to meet later on Saturday, a TUF: Brazil middleweight winner will also be determined.

    In all, six 185-pound bouts will be contested this coming weekend. 

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

    1. Anderson Silva
    2. Vitor Belfort (+1)  
    3. Lyoto Machida (-1)
    4. Ronaldo Souza  
    5. Luke Rockhold 
    6. Tim Kennedy 
    7. Mark Munoz  
    8. Michael Bisping 
    9. Francis Carmont
    10. Costas Philippou  
    11. Gegard Mousasi  
    12. Yoel Romero 
    13. Tim Boetsch    
    14. Thales Leites 
    15. Brad Tavares 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    There is a reason Belfort was lined up to challenge Weidman before Lyoto Machida. The Phenom destroyed Dan Henderson, who had previously fought to a narrow decision with Machida, so Belfort should be ranked above The Dragon.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Middleweight Fights

    • None

     

    May 31 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 7 Mark Munoz vs. No. 11 Gegard Mousasi
    • No. 9 Francis Carmont vs. CB Dollaway
    • Marcio Alexandre Junior vs. Warlley Alves
    • Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland
    • Magnus Cedenblad vs. Krzysztof Jotko
    • Ricardo Abreu vs. Wagner Silva

Welterweight

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    At UFC 173, Robbie Lawler reasserted himself as the second-best welterweight on the UFC roster.

    The Strikeforce veteran utilized his dangerous striking to pick up a third-round stoppage win against perennial contender Jake Ellenberger. Because he only narrowly lost to Johny Hendricks in March, Lawler could already be one more win away from a rematch with the 170-pound champion.

    Matt Brown, who has been on a roll lately, has been named Lawler's next adversary. The pair will meet on July 26 in a bout that might determine Hendricks' first title challenger. 

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Johny Hendricks

    1. Robbie Lawler 
    2. Rory MacDonald 
    3. Tyron Woodley 
    4. Carlos Condit      
    5. Matt Brown (+1) 
    6. Hector Lombard (+1)
    7. Jake Ellenberger (-2) 
    8. Demian Maia 
    9. Dong Hyun Kim 
    10. Tarec Saffiedine  
    11. Kelvin Gastelum 
    12. Mike Pyle  
    13. Gunnar Nelson       
    14. Ryan LaFlare 
    15. Erick Silva 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No good calls were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    Brown may have a longer winning streak going than Hector Lombard and Jake Ellenberger, but the latter two fighters have stronger overall resumes than The Immortal. While Brown's victory over Erick Silva was probably his biggest to date, Lombard and Ellenberger have both decimated Jake Shields, who would still be in the Top 10 had he not been released.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Welterweight Fights

    • No. 1 Robbie Lawler defeated No. 7 Jake Ellenberger by (T)KO in the third round.
    • Li Jingliang defeated David Michaud by split decision.

     

    May 31 Welterweight Fights

    • No. 8 Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
    • Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov
    • Peter Sobotta vs. Pawel Pawlak

Lightweight

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    Although 10 lightweights competed at UFC 173, none of them were able to break into the Top 15 rankings.

    Perhaps the fighter who was closest to breaking into the rankings, Jamie Varner suffered an injury in the first round. Though he kept battling with James Krause through the rest of the stanza, Varner was unable to continue into the second round.

    Three more 155-pound bouts will be contested on May 31. Though, again, none of the fighters in those matchups are likely to earn a spot in the Top 15 even with a victory.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

    1. Benson Henderson (+1) 
    2. Gilbert Melendez (-1)
    3. Josh Thomson 
    4. Khabib Nurmagomedov     
    5. Donald Cerrone 
    6. Rafael dos Anjos 
    7. Jim Miller  
    8. Gray Maynard 
    9. Myles Jury  
    10. Michael Johnson 
    11. Rustam Khabilov  
    12. Edson Barboza  
    13. Bobby Green   
    14. Jorge Masvidal 
    15. Joe Lauzon

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Henderson may have lost the lightweight championship, but he's still not far removed from a decision win over Gilbert Melendez. It was controversial, but a win is a win, and Henderson should be ranked above Melendez until the latter proves he's better.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Lightweight Fights

    • James Krause defeated Jamie Varner by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Michael Chiesa defeated Francisco Trinaldo by unanimous decision.
    • Tony Ferguson defeated Katsunori Kikuno by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Mitch Clarke defeated Al Iaquinta by submission in the second round.
    • Vinc Pichel defeated Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision.

     

    May 31 Lightweight Fights

    • Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
    • Elias Silverio vs. Ernest Chavez
    • Nick Hein vs. Drew Dober

Featherweight

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    Sam Sicilia picked up a win in the lone featherweight bout at UFC 173, but he was closer to being released than he was to the Top 15 rankings.

    Four 145-pound bouts will be contested this coming Saturday.

    Among those featherweights competing is former TUF: Brazil winner Rony Jason. The Brazilian will be looking to pick up a second straight win opposite Robbie Peralta. 

     

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

    1. Chad Mendes
    2. Frankie Edgar 
    3. Ricardo Lamas 
    4. Cub Swanson 
    5. Chan Sung Jung 
    6. Dustin Poirier   
    7. Clay Guida 
    8. Dennis Siver 
    9. Nik Lentz  
    10. Jeremy Stephens (+1)
    11. Dennis Bermudez (-1)  
    12. Darren Elkins    
    13. Conor McGregor  
    14. Tatsuya Kawajiri 
    15. Diego Brandao 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    It is tough to decide whether Dennis Bermudez should be ranked above or below Darren Elkins, given that both have recent wins over Steven Siler and Elkins owns a win over Diego Brandao, who submitted Bermudez. In his most recent outing, Jeremy Stephens picked up a clear decision victory over Elkins. Bermudez might have more potential than a veteran like Stephens, but the win over Elkins gives Lil' Heathen a stronger resume as things currently stand.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Featherweight Fights

    • Sam Sicilia defeated Aaron Phillips by unanimous decision.

     

    May 31 Featherweight Fights

    • Rony Jason vs. Robbie Peralta
    • Tom Niinimaki vs. Niklas Backstrom
    • Andy Ogle vs. Maximo Blanco
    • Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva

Bantamweight

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    Dillashaw wasn't the only bantamweight to score a huge win on Saturday.

    Takeya Mizugaki kept his winning streak going with a decision win over Francisco Rivera. While it wasn't enough to move him into the Top Five, Mizugaki's victory did move him a step closer to a shot at the bantamweight championship.

    On May 31, Iuri Alcantara will attempt to maintain his Top 10 position with a win over Vaughan Lee.

     

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: TJ Dillashaw

    1. Renan Barao (-1)
    2. Urijah Faber (-1)   
    3. Raphael Assuncao (-1) 
    4. Michael McDonald (-1)     
    5. Eddie Wineland 
    6. Takeya Mizugaki   
    7. Iuri Alcantara 
    8. Mike Easton
    9. Johnny Eduardo (+3) 
    10. Dominick Cruz (-1)   
    11. Erik Perez  
    12. Francisco Rivera (-2)
    13. Alex Caceres  
    14. Bryan Caraway  
    15. Wilson Reis 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Coming off of a win over Eddie Wineland, Johnny Eduardo deserves to be ranked even higher than No. 9. Still, moving up three spots was an adjustment in the right direction.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Bantamweight Fights

    • (C) TJ Dillashaw defeated No. 1 Renan Barao by (T)KO in the fifth round.
    • No. 6 Takeya Mizugaki defeated No. 12 Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision.
    • Chris Holdsworth defeated Chico Camus by unanimous decision.

     

    May 31 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 7 Iuri Alcantara vs. Vaughan Lee
    • Pedro Munhoz vs. Matt Hobar

Flyweight

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    No 125-pounders competed at UFC 173, and none are scheduled to appear on May 31.

    On June 7, John Dodson and John Moraga will meet on a UFC on Fox main card. Both flyweights have already had a shot at champion Demetrious Johnson, but a rematch isn't far out of reach for either fighter heading into their upcoming meeting.

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

    1. John Dodson 
    2. Joseph Benavidez 
    3. Ian McCall
    4. Ali Bagautinov 
    5. John Moraga 
    6. Jussier Formiga 
    7. John Lineker
    8. Chris Cariaso  
    9. Zach Makovsky
    10. Tim Elliott  
    11. Brad Pickett   
    12. Louis Gaudinot    
    13. Dustin Ortiz   
    14. Kyoji Horiguchi 
    15. Scott Jorgensen 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the flyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the flyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC 173 Flyweight Fights

    • None

     

    May 31 Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    The women's bantamweight division is in the midst of a break in action. No women fought at UFC 173, and none will step into the Octagon on May 31.

    The next women's bantamweight contest will be held at UFC 174, where Germaine de Randamie was scheduled to welcome Milana Dudieva to the Octagon. However, MMAJunkie.com are now reporting that de Randamie has been ruled out and a new opponent is being sought.

      

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

    1. Cat Zingano  
    2. Alexis Davis 
    3. Miesha Tate 
    4. Sara McMann 
    5. Sarah Kaufman 
    6. Jessica Eye 
    7. Liz Carmouche 
    8. Amanda Nunes 
    9. Jessica Andrade 
    10. Bethe Correia 
    11. Julianna Pena  
    12. Germaine de Randamie 
    13. Raquel Pennington 
    14. Jessamyn Duke 
    15. Jessica Rakoczy 

     

    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 173 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    May 31 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

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