UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 47
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?
Pound for Pound
No good calls were made in this edition of the pound-for-pound rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the pound-for-pound rankings.
|2||Junior dos Santos|
|5||Josh Barnett (+1)|
|6||Stipe Miocic (-1)|
|12||Stefan Struve (+1)|
|13||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1)|
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.
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.
|10||Ovince Saint Preux|
|14||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira|
No good calls were made in this edition of the light heavyweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the light heavyweight rankings.
No good calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.
|7||Jake Ellenberger (+1)|
|8||Demian Maia (-1)|
|9||Tarec Saffiedine (+1)|
|10||Dong Hyun Kim (-1)|
No good calls were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.
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.
|5||Rafael dos Anjos|
|12||Rustam Khabilov (+1)|
|13||Jorge Masvidal (+1)|
|14||Ross Pearson (NR)|
|15||Gray Maynard (-3)|
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.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings.
|6||Chan Sung Jung|
No good calls were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings.
No good calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.
|4||Jussier Formiga (+2)|
|6||Ali Bagautinov (-2)|
|9||Brad Pickett (+1)|
|10||Zach Makovsky (-1)|
No good calls were made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.
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.
|3||Sara McMann (+1)|
|4||Alexis Davis (-1)|
|12||Germaine de Randamie|
No good calls were made in this edition of the women's bantamweight rankings.
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.