UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 47

Sean SmithAnalyst IAugust 18, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 47

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    Although he's had some ups and downs throughout his UFC career, Ryan Bader has remained a highly ranked light heavyweight for several years now.

    On Saturday, Bader took care of business against the up-and-coming Ovince Saint Preux. The Strikeforce veteran brought an undefeated UFC record into the weekend, but he was unable to find an answer to Bader's All-American-level wrestling.

    In holding serve against a contender on the rise, Bader ensured he would remain one of the Top 10 205-pounders on the UFC roster. Did his decision win move him upward at all, though?

    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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    No.Fighter
    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

     

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

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

Heavyweight

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    No.Fighter
    CCain Velasquez
    1Fabricio Werdum
    2Junior dos Santos
    3Travis Browne
    4Antonio Silva
    5Josh Barnett (+1)
    6Stipe Miocic (-1)
    7Alistair Overeem 
    8Mark Hunt
    9Roy Nelson
    10Frank Mir
    11Gabriel Gonzaga
    12Stefan Struve (+1)
    13Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1)
    14Andrei Arlovski
    15Brendan Schaub 

     

    Good Call

    Stipe Miocic might have a little more momentum, but Josh Barnett is more deserving of a spot among the Top Five heavyweights.

    As a former UFC champion, not only does Barnett have a longer track record of success in MMA, but he's also got a stronger resume over his past few fights. Before losing to Travis Browne, Barnett stopped Frank Mir in the first round. Mir holds a dominant win over Roy Nelson, who accounts for Miocic's most notable victory inside the Octagon.

    If Barnett drops a second fight in a row, it could show he's really declining. However, a rough loss to the No. 3 heavyweight contender shouldn't erase the fact that The Warmaster has a slightly stronger record than Miocic does.

     

    Bad Call

    While it could be argued that Stefan Struve has looked better over recent performances, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has actually been competing. Until Struve gets back to action, he should probably be removed from the Top 15 rather than moving closer to the Top 10.

    It has been 17 months since Struve last stepped into the Octagon, and he recently suffered another unfortunate setback that prevented him from fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in July. Hopefully, Struve finds a way to get his health and fighting career back on track, but it's hard to justify raising his position in the heavyweight rankings until that happens.

Light Heavyweight

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    No.Fighter
    CJon Jones 
    1Alexander Gustafsson 
    Daniel Cormier 
    Rashad Evans 
    Glover Teixeira 
    Anthony Johnson 
    Phil Davis 
    Dan Henderson 
    Ryan Bader
    Mauricio Rua
    10 Ovince Saint Preux 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
    15 Fabio Maldonado 

     

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

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

Middleweight

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    No.Fighter
    CChris Weidman
    1Anderson Silva
    2Lyoto Machida
    3Vitor Belfort
    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

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

     

    Bad Call

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

Welterweight

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    No.Fighter
    CJohny Hendricks
    1Robbie Lawler 
    2Rory MacDonald 
    3Carlos Condit  
    4Tyron Woodley 
    5Matt Brown 
    6Hector Lombard 
    7Jake Ellenberger (+1)
    8Demian Maia (-1)
    9Tarec Saffiedine (+1)
    10Dong Hyun Kim (-1)
    11Kelvin Gastelum 
    12Gunnar Nelson 
    13Mike Pyle 
    14Ryan LaFlare 
    15Rick Story

     

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    With four straight wins, Dong Hyun Kim had 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.

Lightweight

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    No.Fighter
    CAnthony Pettis
    1Benson Henderson 
    2Gilbert Melendez 
    3Khabib Nurmagomedov
    4Donald Cerrone 
    5Rafael dos Anjos 
    6Josh Thomson 
    7Bobby Green 
    8Jim Miller 
    9Myles Jury 
    10Michael Johnson 
    11Edson Barboza 
    12Rustam Khabilov (+1)
    13Jorge Masvidal (+1)
    14Ross Pearson (NR)
    15Gray Maynard (-3)

     

    Good Call

    Not long ago, it would have seemed crazy that Gray Maynard would be hanging onto a Top 15 by a thread so soon.

    However, with knockout losses in four of his past five fights, Maynard is clearly falling out of title contention. While he has wins over fighters now ranked higher than him, Maynard's stock took a huge hit with his Saturday loss to previously unranked Ross Pearson.

    With only a debatable loss to Diego Sanchez since returning to the lightweight division, Pearson was already on the fringe of the Top 15 rankings. Beating Maynard convincingly deservedly took the Englishman to the next level.

     

    Bad Call

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

Featherweight

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    No.Fighter
    CJose Aldo
    1Chad Mendes
    2Cub Swanson 
    3Frankie Edgar 
    4Ricardo Lamas
    5Dustin Poirier 
    6Chan Sung Jung 
    7Dennis Bermudez 
    8Nik Lentz
    9Conor McGregor
    10Dennis Siver 
    11Jeremy Stephens
    12Clay Guida 
    13Darren Elkins
    14Charles Oliveira
    15Tatsuya Kawajiri

     

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

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

Bantamweight

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    No.Fighter
    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.

Flyweight

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    No.Fighter
    CDemetrious Johnson
    1John Dodson
    2Joseph Benavidez 
    3Ian McCall
    4Jussier Formiga (+2)
    5John Moraga
    6Ali Bagautinov (-2)
    7John Lineker
    8Chris Cariaso
    9Brad Pickett (+1)
    10Zach Makovsky (-1)
    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

    Jussier Formiga is headed in the right direction, but I don't feel he's done enough to surpass John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov in the flyweight rankings.

    The most highly ranked opponent Formiga has defeated was No. 10 Zach Makovsky on Saturday. Ali Bagautinov, meanwhile, recorded an equally impressive win over No. 7 contender John Lineker prior to his title shot against Demetrious Johnson. Formiga also went to a decision with Chris Cariaso, who was submitted by John Moraga.

    Should Formiga keep the streak going, he'll eventually surpass the former title challengers, but Moraga and Bagautinov currently should be ranked above the Brazilian.

Women's Bantamweight

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    No.Fighter
    CRonda Rousey
    1Cat Zingano
    2Miesha Tate 
    3Sara McMann (+1)
    4Alexis Davis (-1)
    5Sarah Kaufman
    6Jessica Eye
    7Liz Carmouche
    8Amanda Nunes
    9Jessica Andrade
    10Bethe Correia
    11Julianna Pena
    12Germaine de Randamie
    13Leslie Smith 
    14Raquel Pennington 
    15Jessica Rakoczy

     

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Although Sara McMann has only lost to Ronda Rousey, she doesn't have as many noteworthy wins as Alexis Davis does.

    Prior to her knockout loss to Rousey, Davis defeated three Top 10 female bantamweights in a row. McMann, on the other hand, is still in search of a win over a current Top 10 fighter in the women's bantamweight division.

    With her outstanding wrestling background, McMann has huge ability, but she still really hasn't showcased that against elite competition.