UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following May 31 UFC Events

Sean SmithAnalyst IJune 3, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following May 31 UFC Events

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    A very busy UFC Saturday ended with Stipe Miocic thrashing Fabio Maldonado in the Brazilian's home country.

    The UFC also held an event in Berlin, Germany over the weekend. In all, 22 UFC bouts were contested on Saturday, with Gegard Mousasi submitting Mark Munoz in the final matchup on the European fight card.

    Despite so many fighters competing over the weekend, only a handful of ranked competitors stepped into the Octagon. Still, there were changes to be made in multiple UFC divisions.

    With the May 31 events in the books and UFC Fight Night 42 coming up on Saturday, here are the latest official UFC rankings via UFC.com, which were voted on by various members of the MMA media. 


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    With no Top 15 pound-for-pound fighters competing on Saturday, no changes were made to these rankings.

    However, with Benson Henderson set to headline UFC Fight Night 42, some movement could be coming. The former lightweight titleholder will meet Rustam Khabilov, who will be looking to make an appearance in the pound-for-pound rankings despite only having made three prior UFC appearances.

    Already right around where he belongs in the pound-for-pound rankings, Henderson isn't likely to improve his standing with a win over the Russian. However, an impressive victory would move him closer to getting an opportunity to reclaim the 155-pound championship.

    Updated Rankings 

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 42 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 13 Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov


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    With his win over Fabio Maldonado, Stipe Miocic surpassed Alistair Overeem in the heavyweight rankings.

    It's an interesting decision by the voters. Beating Maldonado wasn't a step forward for Miocic, who has beaten ranked heavyweights Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga in his prior two outings. Meanwhile, Overeem is coming off a victory over Frank Mir, who owns a clear decision win over Nelson.

    Originally expected to meet Junior dos Santos on Saturday, Miocic would have had a chance to break into the Top Five rankings. Instead, he'll have to wait until his next appearance to reach the next level.

    Updated Rankings

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 6 Stipe Miocic defeated Fabio Maldonado by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Antonio Carlos Junior defeated Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision.
    • Ruslan Magomedov defeated Viktor Pesta by unanimous decision.
    • Marcos Rogerio de Lima defeated Richardson Moreira by (T)KO in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Light Heavyweight

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    No light heavyweights competed in the two UFC events over the weekend, but some changes were still made to the division's rankings.

    With the recent announcement that he'll be fighting Vitor Belfort at 185 pounds, Chael Sonnen fell below Ryan Bader in the light heavyweight standings. If Sonnen is going to commit to the middleweight class, it's the right call to start dropping him at 205 pounds, but he should be ranked above Bader should he return to the light heavyweight division.

    Although no ranked light heavyweights are going to compete at UFC Fight Night 42, Patrick Cummins will get a more realistic opportunity to showcase his skills following a mismatch against Daniel Cormier in his UFC debut, which he accepted on short notice.

    Updated Rankings 

    CJon Jones 
    1Alexander Gustafsson 
    Daniel Cormier 
    Rashad Evans 
    Glover Teixeira 
    Anthony Johnson 
    Phil Davis 
    Dan Henderson 
    Mauricio Rua 
    Ryan Bader (+1) 
    10 Chael Sonnen (-1) 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 Ovince Saint Preux (-1)
    15 James Te Huna 

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 42 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Patrick Cummins vs. Roger Narvaez


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    Mousasi picked up the biggest UFC win on Saturday, as he submitted Munoz in the opening round.

    The former Strikeforce champion was rewarded for his victory in the 185-pound rankings. He deservedly surpassed Munoz and Michael Bisping to secure a Top 10 position.

    Also picking up a key win over the weekend, CB Dollaway made his first appearance in the Top 15 rankings. With his decision victory over Francis Carmont, Dollaway was awarded the No. 12 spot, moving above Tim Boetsch despite suffering a loss to "The Barbarian" at UFC 166.

    Updated Rankings 

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 7 Gegard Mousasi defeated No. 9 Mark Munoz by submission in the first round.
    • No. 12 CB Dollaway defeated No. 13 Francis Carmont by unanimous decision.
    • Warlley Alves defeated Marcio Alexandre Junior by submission in the third round.
    • Sean Strickland defeated Luke Barnatt by split decision.
    • Magnus Cedenblad defeated Krzysztof Jotko by submission in the second round.
    • Ricardo Abreu defeated Wagner Silva submission in the second round.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Middleweight Fights

    • None


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    Following back-to-back losses, Demian Maia was handed a rebound fight with Alexander Yakovlev on Saturday.

    The Brazilian did what he needed to do and picked up a win over the Russian. However, failing to finish the inexperienced UFC newcomer left Maia's performance short of impressive.

    He remained a Top 10 welterweight with the win, but he's going to have a tough time closing in on the Top Five unless he makes a big impression in his next outing.

    Updated Rankings 

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Welterweight Fights

    • No. 8 Demian Maia defeated Alexander Yakovlev by unanimous decision.
    • Gasan Umalatov defeated Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision.
    • Peter Sobotta defeated Pawel Pawlak by unanimous decision.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Welterweight Fights

    • Bobby Voelker vs. Lance Benoist


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    At UFC Fight Night 42, Khabilov will look to burst into the Top 10 with a win over Henderson.

    While he'll have a chance to reverse this on Saturday, Henderson fell below Gilbert Melendez in this edition of the lightweight rankings. It's a questionable call, given that Melendez has only beaten Diego Sanchez since losing to Henderson in April 2013.

    In another debatable decision, the rankings panel moved Michael Johnson ahead of Myles Jury and Gray Maynard. While Johnson has been on fire, Jury has not lost since beating "The Menace" at UFC 155.

    Updated Rankings

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Lightweight Fights

    • Rashid Magomedov defeated Rodrigo Damm by unanimous decision.
    • Elias Silverio defeated Ernest Chavez by submission in the third round.
    • Nick Hein defeated Drew Dober by unanimous decision.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 2 Benson Henderson vs. No. 11 Rustam Khabilov
    • No. 5 Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jason High
    • Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson
    • Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallman
    • Jon Tuck vs. Jake Lindsey


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    Although eight featherweights competed on Saturday, none was able to break into the Top 15 rankings.

    Still, one adjustment was made by the voters. Despite having no wins over currently ranked featherweights and serving a suspension for a failed drug test right now, Dennis Siver surpassed Clay Guida, who is coming off a win over Top 15 145-pounder Tatsuya Kawajiri.

    With no featherweights scheduled to appear at UFC Fight Night 42, these rankings are likely to remain pretty similar moving forward.

    Updated Rankings

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Featherweight Fights

    • Robbie Peralta defeated Rony Jason by split decision.
    • Niklas Backstrom defeated Tom Niinimaki by submission in the first round.
    • Maximo Blanco defeated Andy Ogle by unanimous decision.
    • Kevin Souza defeated Mark Eddiva by (T)KO in the second round.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Featherweight Fights

    • None


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    Iuri Alcantara made a statement with his opening-round knockout win over Vaughan Lee on Saturday, but it did not advance his position in the bantamweight rankings.

    Since Lee was unranked and Alcantara was already coming off a win over No. 15 Wilson Reis, "Marajo" remained in the No. 7 position. Having only lost to Urijah Faber since moving to 135 pounds, Alcantara is becoming a legitimate threat to bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.

    Scheduled to appear at UFC Fight Night 42, Erik Perez fell below Francisco Rivera in this edition of the rankings. It's another questionable call, seeing as Perez fought to a split decision with Takeya Mizugaki, who recently defeated Rivera on all three scorecards. 

    Updated Rankings

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 7 Iuri Alcantara defeated Vaughan Lee by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Pedro Munhoz defeated Matt Hobar by (T)KO in the first round.

    UFC Fight Night 42 Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 12 Erik Perez vs. No. 14 Bryan Caraway
    • Yaotzin Meza vs. Sergio Pettis


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    With no flyweights competing over this past weekend, only one small change was made to the division's rankings.

    Joseph Benavidez is now tied with John Dodson for the No. 1 position. Both fighters have had close fights with champion Demetrious Johnson, but Benavidez was knocked out in his most recent meeting with "Mighty Mouse."

    At UFC Fight Night 42, Dodson will have an opportunity to retake sole possession of the No. 1 spot when he meets former title challenger John Moraga. Scott Jorgensen will also meet Danny Martinez on the fight card.

    Updated Rankings

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Flyweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 42 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 1 John Dodson vs. No. 5 John Moraga
    • No. 15 Scott Jorgensen vs. Danny Martinez

Women's Bantamweight

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    No women competed at the UFC events over the weekend, and none are set to appear at UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday.

    Unsurprisingly, no changes were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

    The next women's UFC fight will occur at UFC 174, where Valerie Letourneau and Milana Dudieva will make their UFC debuts.

    Updated Rankings 

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

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    May 31 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

    UFC Fight Night 42 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None