UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 48 and 49

Sean SmithAnalyst IAugust 26, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 48 and 49

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    Following UFC Fight Night 48, it didn't look like the UFC rankings would be shaken up too much.

    Middleweight contender Michael Bisping disposed of unranked former Strikeforce champion Cung Le in the main attraction. Similarly, Tyron Woodley steamrolled Dong Hyun Kim, who was ranked lower than him in the welterweight division.

    Then, UFC Fight Night 49 came on Saturday evening and caused all kinds of chaos.

    Thales Leites knocked out Francis Carmont, who was ranked three positions higher than the Brazilian heading into the weekend. Unranked welterweight Jordan Mein likely bounced Mike Pyle from the ranking with a knockout victory of his own. Finally, and most surprisingly, Rafael dos Anjos stunned former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the headlining matchup.

    What movement has all this caused in the Top 15 rankings? 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 
    4Chris Weidman (+1) 
    5Demetrious Johnson (-1)
    6Anthony Pettis 
    7Anderson Silva 
    8Renan Barao 
    9Johny Hendricks (+1)
    10Ronda Rousey (-1)
    11TJ Dillashaw
    12Vitor Belfort
    13Alexander Gustafsson (+1)
    14Daniel Cormier (+1)
    15Gilbert Melendez (NR)


    Good Call

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


    Bad Call

    I am not in agreement with any of the three shifts made in the pound-for-pound rankings, but we'll focus on the one caused by Henderson's loss to Dos Anjos on Saturday.

    Reasonably, Henderson was bounced from the Top 15 rankings. However, replacing him was fellow lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez, who happens to be only one appearance removed from a decision loss to Henderson.

    There were multiple fighters who would have been better candidates to assume the No. 15 position. Taking their respective divisional champions to close decisions recently, Lyoto Machida and Robbie Lawler both would have been stronger options.


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    CCain Velasquez
    1Fabricio Werdum
    2Junior dos Santos
    3Travis Browne
    4Antonio Silva
    5Josh Barnett
    6Stipe Miocic
    7Alistair Overeem 
    8Mark Hunt
    9Roy Nelson
    10Frank Mir
    11Gabriel Gonzaga
    12Stefan Struve
    13Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    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 (+1)
    Phil Davis 
    Ryan Bader (+1)
    Dan Henderson (-1)
    Mauricio Rua
    10 Ovince Saint Preux 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
    15 Fabio Maldonado 


    Good Call

    With two straight Top 15 wins since returning to the UFC roster, Anthony Johnson is a legitimate contender in the light heavyweight division. His resume is equally as strong as Glover Teixeira's, and it could even be argued the former welterweight has a stronger track record recently.

    As excellent as he's looked against everybody not named Jon Jones, Teixeira has only beaten one Top 15 light heavyweight, that being Ryan Bader, inside the Octagon. 

    Having beaten Phil Davis, who is ranked slightly higher than Bader right now, Johnson is completely deserving of being tied with Teixeira on the 205-pound ladder. With another big win, I expect he'll surpass the Brazilian and possibly even Blackzilian teammate Rashad Evans.


    Bad Call

    At 44 years old, Dan Henderson isn't the fighter he once was, but he still has a stronger record than Bader by a slight margin.

    Henderson has beaten No. 9 Mauricio Rua twice in his past six fights, while he also fought to split-decision losses against Evans and Lyoto Machida. Meanwhile, the most highly ranked opponent Bader has defeated was No. 10 Ovince Saint Preux in his latest outing. Notably, Bader was also knocked out by Machida in August 2012.

    Based on their performances against a common opponent in Machida and the fact that Henderson owns a win over a more highly ranked light heavyweight than Bader does, the decision to move The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner above the former Pride FC champion was the wrong call.


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


    Good Call

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


    Bad Call

    Carmont's collapse has really caused some problems at the bottom of the Top 15 rankings. Because he beat Costas Phillippou, who defeated Tim Boetsch, who edged out CB Dollaway, who later ended up beating Carmont, it's tough to say where everybody belongs. However, the rankings panel definitely botched the ordering.

    With wins over Dollaway and Boetsch, in addition to having not lost to anybody outside the Top 10, Mark Munoz should probably hold the No. 9 position behind Bisping. Behind Munoz and in the No. 10 slot should be Leites, who defeated Carmont more decisively than Dollaway did.

    In the No. 11 through No. 14 positions, Dollaway, Carmont, Costas Philippou and Boetsch could be lined up in about any order depending on one's reasoning. Then, despite his run of success, Yoel Romero should probably round out the Top 15, as he doesn't have a Top 15 win on his record.


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


    Good Call

    It shouldn't have taken a win over Dong Hyun Kim, but Tyron Woodley is now where he belongs, which is above Carlos Condit in the welterweight rankings.

    While Condit's knee injury rendered Woodley's UFC 171 win over The Natural Born Killer less impressive than it could have been, it was still a matchup that Woodley won. Considering Condit hasn't fought since then, he doesn't deserve to be ranked above Woodley until he proves that result was a fluke inside the Octagon.


    Bad Call

    They have very comparable resumes, but Jake Ellenberger should own the No. 7 position over Demian Maia.

    Both have recent decision losses to Rory MacDonald. Maia stopped Rick Story, but Ellenberger stopped Mike Pyle, who holes a split-decision win over Story. 

    The head-to-head performance against Jake Shields is the real tiebreaker, though. While Maia was defeated by Shields in a close decision, Ellenberger stopped the former Strikeforce champion in the opening round.


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


    Good Call

    With his win on Saturday, Dos Anjos surpassed more than Henderson. The Brazilian also moved above Donald Cerrone in the lightweight rankings.

    Having defeated Cowboy in August 2013, Dos Anjos should have already been ranked above the WEC veteran. However, the wrong has now been righted with Dos Anjos' stunning victory over Henderson in the UFC Fight Night 49 main attraction.


    Bad Call

    Only one fight removed from a loss to Henderson, it's surprising to see that Melendez's stock didn't take a hit in the lightweight rankings.

    Having only lost to Henderson over the past several years, Melendez is obviously an elite 155-pounder. Nonetheless, I'm not sure his recent performances have been as strong as Khabib Nurmagomedov's or Dos Anjos' have been.

    Melendez will have an opportunity to change that when he challenges Anthony Pettis for the lightweight championship soon, though.


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    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.


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


    Good Call

    While Wineland has the ability to compete with some of the very best in the 135-pound class, it's hard to call him a Top Five bantamweight following a loss to Johnny Eduardo.

    The most highly ranked bantamweight Wineland has beaten is No. 15 Yves Jabouin. Takeya Mizugaki, meanwhile, has won five in a row, including a victory over No. 11 Francisco Rivera.

    With Eduardo currently sitting at No. 9, Wineland is honestly still a bit lucky to be ranked as high as he is even after falling below Mizugaki.


    Bad Call

    Although Jabouin was a deserving addition to the 135-pound rankings, he's still lower than he should be currently.

    In June, Jabouin defeated Mike Easton soundly. Nonetheless, the Haitian still finds himself behind Easton in the Top 15 rankings. This despite the fact that neither man has fought since that meeting at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada.


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


    Good Call

    Brad Pickett has the potential to become a serious title threat at 125 pounds, but he hasn't earned a Top 10 position.

    The Englishman is still looking for his first UFC win over a Top 15 flyweight and has lost to Scott Jorgensen, who was defeated by Zach Makovsky in December 2013. Tim Elliott has also defeated a Top 15 flyweight in Louis Gaudinot.

    Until Pickett picks up a win over a 125-pound contender inside the Octagon, it's hard to put him in the Top 10.


    Bad Call

    Ali Bagautinov's failed drug test is the only logical reason for him falling below John Lineker, but that failed drug test was not in connection with the bout between the two flyweight contenders.

    Lineker lost to Bagautinov by a significant margin at UFC 169. Since then, the Brazilian has only beaten unranked Alptekin Ozkilic, while Bagautinov has only lost to champion Johnson.

    If Bagautinov is going to be penalized for failing a drug test, he should be removed from the rankings completely. Keeping him in the rankings while placing him below fighters he defeated makes little to no sense right now.

Women's Bantamweight

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


    Good Call

    An 0-1 UFC record wouldn't be enough to earn a fighter a spot in the Top 15 in any other division, but it is rightly enough to earn Lauren Murphy the No. 15 position in the women's bantamweight class.

    On Saturday, Murphy fought to a split-decision loss against the No. 3 contender, Sara McMann. Considering the former No. 15 contender, Jessica Rakoczy, was also 0-1 inside the Octagon, with her only fight being against No. 11 Julianna Pena, Murphy has somehow done enough to enter the Top 15 rankings.


    Bad Call

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