UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC on Fox 12
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?
Pound for Pound
|15||Daniel Cormier (NR)|
No good calls were made in this edition of the pound-for-pound rankings.
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.
|2||Junior dos Santos|
|12||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira|
No good calls were made in this edition of the heavyweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the heavyweight rankings.
|10||Ovince St. Preux|
|14||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (NR)|
|15||Fabio Maldonado (-1)|
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.
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.
|2||Lyoto Machida (+1)|
|3||Vitor Belfort (-1)|
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.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.
|7||Demian Maia (+1)|
|8||Jake Ellenberger (-1)|
|9||Dong Hyun Kim (+1)|
|10||Tarec Saffiedine (-1)|
|15||Rick Story (NR)|
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.
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.
|3||Khabib Nurmagomedov (+1)|
|4||Donald Cerrone (+1)|
|5||Rafael dos Anjos (+1)|
|6||Josh Thomson (-3)|
|7||Bobby Green (+6)|
|8||Jim Miller (-1)|
|9||Myles Jury (-1)|
|11||Edson Barboza (-2)|
|12||Gray Maynard (-1)|
|13||Rustam Khabilov (-1)|
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.
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.
|2||Cub Swanson (+1)|
|3||Frankie Edgar (-1)|
|5||Dustin Poirier (+1)|
|6||Chan Sung Jung (-1)|
|7||Dennis Bermudez (+5)|
|9||Conor McGregor (+1)|
|10||Dennis Siver (-1)|
|12||Clay Guida (-5)|
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.
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.
No good calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.
No good calls were made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.
|12||Germaine de Randamie|
|13||Leslie Smith (+1)|
|14||Raquel Pennington (-1)|
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.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the women's bantamweight rankings.