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UFC Division Standings: How Far Do Thiago Alves & Chael Sonnen Fall?

Tommy MessanoContributor IAugust 12, 2010

The main event of UFC 117 became a instant classic when middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva (27-4) came back from four rounds down to submit challenger Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) in the fifth. The question now is does a four round win equal an instant rematch for Sonnen?

Due to no clear-cut challengers and a possible Silva rib injury that could keep him out until 2011, Sonnen only drops to No. 2 at 185 pounds. Talk among UFC brass is that Vitor Belfort will get the next crack at the middleweight title, despite never having competed at 185 pounds during his return to the Octagon.

Movement in the welterweight division also occurred as Jon Fitch (23-3) reaffirmed his place in the standing with a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves (16-7). Alves tumbles to the brink of the top five while UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes (45-7) rejoins the top ten discussion after his victory over Ricardo Almeida (12-4).

For Alves, his second loss to Fitch may mean a ticket out of the welterweight division. Despite failing to make the contracted weight of 170 pounds for the third time in his career, a move up to the middleweight could be Alves' next move. If, he decides to remain at welterweight, Alves would serve as a very strong top five gatekeeper for the UFC's most stacked division.

 

These ranking appear courtesy of ULTMMA (Uniting Locals Through Mixed Martial Arts).

Heavyweight (over 205 pounds)

UFC Champion: Brock Lesnar 5-1

1. Cain Velasquez 8-0
2. Junior Dos Santos 11-1
3. Shane Carwin 12-1
4. Frank Mir 13-5
5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 32-6-1
6. Cheick Kongo 15-6-1
7. Gabriel Gonzaga 11-5
8. Mirko Filipovic 26-7-2
9. Ben Rothwell 30-7
10. Roy Nelson 15-5

 

Light Heavyweight (205 pound limit)

UFC Champion: Mauricio Rua 19-4

1. Lyoto Machida 16-1
2. Rashad Evans 15-1-1
3. Forrest Griffin 17-6
4. Quinton Jackson 30-8
5. Randy Couture 18-10
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 19-3
7. Thiago Silva 14-2
8.  Jon Jones 11-1
9. Ryan Bader 11-0
10. Jason Brilz 18-3-1

 

Middleweight (185 pound limit)

UFC Champion: Anderson Silva 27-4

1. Vitor Belfort 19-8
2. Chael Sonnen 25-11-1
3. Nate Marquardt 29-9-2
4. Demian Maia 11-2
5. Wanderlei Silva 33-10-1
6. Yushin Okami 25-5
7. Alan Belcher 16-6
8. Michael Bisping 19-3
9. Chris Leben 24-6
10. Yoshihiro Akiyama 13-2

 

Welterweight (170 pound limit)

UFC Champion: George St. Pierre 20-2

1. Jon Fitch 23-3
2. Josh Koscheck 15-4
3. Dan Hardy 23-7
4. Martin Kampmann 17-3
5. Thiago Alves 16-7
6. Paulo Thiago 13-2
7. Carlos Condit 24-5
8. Mike Swick 14-4
9. John Hathaway 14-0
10. Matt Hughes 45-7

 

Lightweight (155 pound limit)

UFC Champion: Frank Edgar 12-1 – UFC 118 vs. B.J Penn 15-6-1

1. B.J Penn 15-6-1
2. Gray Maynard 9-0
3. Kenny Florian 13-4
4. Sean Sherk 33-4-1
5. Evan Dunham 11-0
6. Takanori Gomi 32-5
7. Jim Miller 17-2
8. Clay Guida 27-11
9.  George Sotiropoulos 13-2
10. Tyson Griffin 14-4

 

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