UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 50

Sean SmithAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 50

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    Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is on a mission to bring the middleweight championship back to Brazil. 

    On Friday, the former Strikeforce titleholder submitted Gegard Mousasi. The victory improved Jacare's UFC record to 4-0, putting him at the front of the line for a shot at the winner of a December championship bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

    Sitting at No. 4 among 185-pound contenders heading into UFC Fight Night 50, Souza did his best to improve his positioning. Was it enough to surpass fellow Brazilians Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida or Belfort, 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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    Rankings

    No.Fighter
    1Jon Jones
    2Jose Aldo 
    3Cain Velasquez 
    4Demetrious Johnson
    5Chris Weidman (-1)
    6Anthony Pettis 
    7Anderson Silva 
    8Ronda Rousey
    9Renan Barao
    10Johny Hendricks
    11T.J. Dillashaw
    12Vitor Belfort
    13Alexander Gustafsson
    14Daniel Cormier 
    15Gilbert Melendez

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    With multiple wins over former No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman is definitely one of the best in the world. However, he does only have two successful title defenses.

    Meanwhile, Demetrious Johnson has already defended his flyweight championship four times. He's much closer to cleaning out the 125-pound class than Weidman is to proving his dominance over the middleweight division.

    Although title defenses shouldn't be the only factor in determining pound-for-pound rankings, they are the easiest way to compare champions in different divisions. Until Weidman closes the gap in that category, he should probably be ranked behind Mighty Mouse rather than tied with him.

     

    Bad Call

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

Heavyweight

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    Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    With losses in three of his past four fights, Alistair Overeem deserved a sharp decline in the rankings.

    The rankings panel got it right by dropping The Reem three spots on the heavyweight ladder. It was a fair penalty considering Overeem's recent struggles, and he still sits above Frank Mir, who he defeated via decision in February.

    It's also refreshing to see Ben Rothwell immediately ranked above Overeem following his knockout win over the former Strikeforce champion on Friday. Recently, there have been multiple instances of fighters being ranked below opponents they defeated convincingly, which isn't very logical.

     

    Bad Call

    He may not be getting much attention recently, but Gabriel Gonzaga should still be ranked above Rothwell in the heavyweight standings.

    In January 2013, Gonzaga defeated Rothwell, submitting the IFL veteran in the second round. Since then, Gonzaga has only lost to Top Five heavyweights Travis Browne and Stipe Miocic, and he went the distance with the latter.

    Placing Gonzaga at No. 9 would give the Brazilian credit for his win over Rothwell while still keeping him below Browne and Miocic in the rankings.

Light Heavyweight

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    Rankings

    No.Fighter
    CJon Jones 
    1Alexander Gustafsson 
    Daniel Cormier 
    Rashad Evans 
    4Glover Teixeira (-1)
    5Anthony 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 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    There's no doubt Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira have pretty comparable resumes. However, I do believe the Brazilian should be ranked more highly right now.

    Since losing to No. 14 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Evans has only beaten one currently ranked light heavyweight, that being Dan Henderson in a split decision. Meanwhile, Teixeira stopped Ryan Bader, who sits only one position below Henderson, in the first round.

    If those recent outcomes don't give Teixeira an edge, the fact that he's only lost to Jon Jones inside the Octagon should.

Middleweight

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    Rankings

    No.Fighter
    CChris Weidman
    1Anderson Silva
    2Ronaldo Souza (+2)
    3Vitor Belfort
    4Lyoto Machida (-2)
    5Luke Rockhold
    6Tim Kennedy
    7Gegard Mousasi 
    7Michael Bisping (+1)
    9CB Dollaway  
    10Yoel Romero 
    11Costas Philippou
    12Thales Leites
    13Tim Boetsch
    13Mark Munoz (+1)
    15Francis Carmont

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    With a submission win over Mousasi, Souza did enough to surpass Machida in the 185-pound rankings.

    Machida also has a recent victory over Mousasi. However, The Dragon was not able to stop Mousasi in February. Additionally, Machida's only other UFC middleweight win came against Mark Munoz, as he only recently moved down from the light heavyweight class.

    Even more dominant against Mousasi and having a longer track record in the middleweight division, Souza should be ranked above Machida.

     

    Bad Call

    Although Souza did do enough to move above Machida, he shouldn't have moved above Belfort and into the No. 2 position.

    Belfort's only loss as a UFC middleweight came against the great Anderson Silva. The Phenom also scored a knockout win over Luke Rockhold, who defeated Souza under the Strikeforce banner.

    That win over Rockhold should be enough to keep Belfort higher than Souza in the 185-pound rankings right now.

Welterweight

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    Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.

Lightweight

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    Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Former Bellator MMA champion Eddie Alvarez deserves to be ranked in the UFC lightweight division, but it may have made more sense to wait until after his upcoming bout with Donald Cerrone.

    A fighter with wins over some of the best competing outside the Octagon, Alvarez is probably a Top 10 lightweight. However, it's tough to determine where he really belongs before he's matched up with a UFC lightweight like Cowboy.

    Once that meeting goes down, Alvarez's spot in the 155-pound class should become more clear.

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings.

Bantamweight

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    No.Fighter
    CT.J. Dillashaw
    1Renan Barao
    2Urijah Faber
    3Raphael Assuncao
    4Michael McDonald
    5Eddie Wineland
    6Takeya Mizugaki
    7Iuri Alcantara
    8Bryan Caraway (+1)
    9Johnny Eduardo (-1)
    10Alex Caceres 
    11Francisco Rivera
    12Dominick Cruz
    13Erik Perez 
    14Mike Easton 
    14Joe Soto (+1)

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    Mike Easton may be struggling, but Joe Soto shouldn't be even with The Hulk in the bantamweight rankings.

    Soto impressed in a short-notice meeting with 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw, but he ultimately lost. He was stopped in the fifth round and hasn't won inside the Octagon.

    Having gone the distance against Dillashaw and beaten multiple UFC opponents, Easton should not be tied with Soto on the 135-pound ladder.

     

    Bad Call

    With a win over Eddie Wineland, Johnny Eduardo could arguably be ranked among the Top Five bantamweights already. He has certainly earned a spot above Bryan Caraway.

    Caraway has won two in a row, including a submission victory over No. 13 Erik Perez, but he hasn't beaten an opponent like Wineland. When Caraway meets Raphael Assuncao on October 4, he'll have a good chance to change this opinion, though.

    Still, right now, Eduardo has the stronger record and deserves the No. 8 position.

Flyweight

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    Rankings

    No.Fighter
    CDemetrious Johnson
    1John Dodson
    2Joseph Benavidez 
    3Ian McCall
    4Jussier Formiga
    5John Moraga
    6John Lineker 
    7Ali Bagautinov 
    8Chris Cariaso
    9Zach Makovsky (+1)
    10Tim Elliott (-1)
    11Brad Pickett
    12Dustin Ortiz 
    13Louis Gaudinot 
    14Kyoji Horiguchi
    15Scott Jorgensen

     

    Rankings Analysis  

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Zach Makovsky has a higher ceiling in the 125-pound class than Tim Elliott, but he hasn't accomplished as much in the flyweight division.

    Makovsky's biggest win at 125 pounds came against No. 15 Scott Jorgensen, while Elliott owns a win over No. 13 Louis Gaudinot.

    It might not last long, but Elliott should be ranked above Makovsky and Pickett right now.

     

Women's Bantamweight

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    Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

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