UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on Fox 12

Sean SmithAnalyst IJuly 29, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on Fox 12

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    Robbie Lawler was only one of several Top 15 fighters to showcase their skills on Saturday. UFC on Fox 12 also featured big wins by Anthony Johnson, Dennis Bermudez and Bobby Green.

    All four contenders took important steps toward title shots in their respective divisions. Though, surprisingly, none of the main card winners moved upward in the UFC divisional rankings.

    What movement did result from the weekend's bouts?

    Here are the latest official UFC rankings via UFC.com, which are voted on by various members of the MMA media.

Pound for Pound

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


    Good Call

    No good calls were made in this edition of the pound-for-pound rankings.


    Bad Call

    Daniel Cormier could be light heavyweight champion in two months. However, he's not quite deserving of a position in these Top 15 rankings.

    While Cormier, has not been tested by anybody currently sitting in the Top 15 pound-for-pound rankings, the fighter he replaced in the No. 15 position has. Gilbert Melendez battled to a narrow decision with No. 13 Benson Henderson and will soon take on No. 6 Anthony Pettis.

    Right now, Melendez is a bit more proven against elite competition and should still be holding on to a spot in the pound-for-pound rankings.


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


    Good Call

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


    Bad Call

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

Light Heavyweight

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    CJon Jones 
    1Alexander Gustafsson 
    Daniel Cormier 
    Rashad Evans 
    Glover Teixeira 
    Anthony Johnson 
    Phil Davis 
    Dan Henderson 
    Ryan Bader
    Mauricio Rua
    10 Ovince St. Preux 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (NR) 
    15 Fabio Maldonado (-1) 


    Good Call

    With his ugly loss to Johnson on Saturday, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could have remained outside the Top 15 rankings. However, the rankings panel did the right thing and gave him a spot on the lower end.

    To begin with, Nogueira was only removed from the rankings due to inactivity. Prior to his bout with Johnson, the Brazilian had won two in a row, including a decision victory over Rashad Evans.

    If anything, the No. 14 position is low for Nogueira, who could still have the ability to beat some Top 10 light heavyweights.


    Bad Call

    Although Johnson has only fought twice since returning to the UFC roster, he's already become one of the top contenders in the 205-pound class.

    In stopping Nogueira, Rumble did what No. 3 contender Rashad Evans was not able to do only a few appearances ago. Suga lost to Nogueira in a very lackluster showing, while Johnson steamrolled the Brazilian in spectacular fashion.

    While it's a meteoric rise, Johnson is fully deserving of a Top Three position among light heavyweight contenders.


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


    Good Call

    Heading into UFC 175, Machida was a clear No. 3 contender behind Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. The Dragon changed things in his middleweight championship bout with Chris Weidman, though.

    While he fell short of beating Weidman, Machida gave the champion more problems in the later rounds of that UFC 175 championship bout than anybody has. For that reason, a case could even be made that Machida should have surpassed Silva rather than only Belfort.

    Previously dismissed as a title threat at 36 years old, Machida could now be Weidman's biggest concern should the Brazilian earn his way back to a shot at UFC gold.


    Bad Call

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


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


    Good Call

    With four straight wins, Dong Hyun Kim has done enough to surpass former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine in the welterweight rankings.

    During his current winning streak, Kim has stopped Erick Silva and John Hathaway, who are both one big win away from a spot in the Top 15. Saffiedine, meanwhile, has not beaten a Top 15 fighter and has still only made one trip to the Octagon.

    Saffiedine showed some solid potential under the Strikeforce banner, but he needs to remain more active and beat some high-level welterweights in order maintain a Top 10 position.


    Bad Call

    Silva has still not managed to win consecutive UFC bouts, so it's not surprising to see him fall from the Top 15 rankings. That said, he deserves a spot over Rick Story.

    Since losing to Charlie Brenneman, Story has not beaten a Top 15 adversary. Silva is also still looking for his first Top 15 win, but the Brazilian stopped Brenneman in the first round during June 2012.

    Based on recent performance, Silva has a stronger case for a Top 15 position than Story does.


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


    Good Call

    Edson Barboza is very talented and might be ready to make a run following his knockout win over Evan Dunham. That said, he's not earned a Top 10 position.

    The Brazilian is still looking for a Top 15 victory. He also narrowly defeated Danny Castillo, a common opponent whom Michael Johnson finished in the second round.

    With a Top 15 win over Joe Lauzon, Johnson deserves the Top 10 position he now has.


    Bad Call

    While Bobby Green's decision win over Josh Thomson on Saturday was controversial, it was far from a robbery.

    Green landed more significant strikes than The Punk and shut down all five takedown attempts he faced. It could be argued that the decision could have gone the other way, but the fact remains that Green won that bout in the minds of the people who mattered.

    In some situations, it makes sense for a fighter to be ranked below an opponent they've beaten, but this isn't one of those times. Green should have surpassed Thomson.


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


    Good Call

    Dennis Bermudez has won seven in a row now and is more than deserving of a Top 10 position.

    With Clay Guida being his biggest win, Bermudez does still have some room to rise, but he's one more big win away from a Top Five spot. Expect The Menace to have a huge fight coming his way soon.

    Guida, meanwhile, has only scored one Top 15 win in the featherweight division. While it could be argued he should be ranked as high as No. 8, Guida doesn't have much room to complain about his spot outside the Top 10 right now.


    Bad Call

    Dustin Poirier may be on a roll, but he hasn't proven he's better than Chan Sung Jung.

    Since losing to Jung, The Diamond has not beaten a Top 15 adversary. Jung, meanwhile, has only been beaten by champion Jose Aldo since submitting Poirier in May 2012.

    The Korean Zombie will need to get back to competing regularly to hold on to his position, but he should still have a Top Five ranking for now.


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


    Good Call

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


    Bad Call

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


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


    Good Call

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


    Bad Call

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

Women's Bantamweight

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


    Good Call

    Leslie Smith and Raquel Pennington have similar UFC resumes, but the former's is a bit stronger.

    In her most recent outing, Smith stopped Jessamyn Duke in the opening round. The same Duke went the distance with Pennington in a loss on The Ultimate Fighter 18.

    Having only lost to Sarah Kaufman inside the Octagon, Smith does deserve the No. 13 position more than Pennington right now.


    Bad Call

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