UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 37

Sean SmithAnalyst IMarch 11, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 37

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    Alexander Gustafsson reminded everybody why he's the top contender in the light heavyweight division with a win over Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37.

    The Swedish fighter took Manuwa down in the first round and asserted his dominance on the ground. Then he showed he wasn't afraid to stand and trade with a heavy hitter like Manuwa, as he knocked the Englishman out with a knee and follow-up punches in the second stanza.

    Heading into this past weekend, the Swede was among the Top 15 pound-for-pound fighters on the UFC roster. Did an impressive win over Manuwa push him further up those rankings?

    With UFC Fight Night 37 in the books and UFC 171 coming up on Saturday, here are the latest official UFC rankings.

Pound-for-Pound

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    By beating Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37, Alexander Gustafsson might have earned a rematch with Jon Jones.

    First, the champ will have to defend his belt against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172. However that fight goes, though, Gustafsson appears to be next in line to get a shot at the 205-pound championship.

    While defeating Manuwa on Saturday inched him upward in the pound-for-pound rankings, dethroning Jones would easily earn the Swedish light heavyweight a Top 10 position. 

     

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

    1. Jon Jones 
    2. Jose Aldo 
    3. Renan Barao 
    4. Cain Velasquez   
    5. Demetrious Johnson (+1)
    6. Chris Weidman (-1)  
    7. Anderson Silva (+1)
    8. Anthony Pettis (-1) 
    9. Johny Hendricks (+1)
    10. Ronda Rousey (-1)
    11. Vitor Belfort  
    12. Benson Henderson 
    13. Alexander Gustafsson (+1)
    14. Gilbert Melendez (-1)
    15. Urijah Faber 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Chris Weidman looks to be a fighter who could hold onto the middleweight championship for years. However, right now, he only has successfully defended his belt once. 

    Demetrious Johnson, on the other hand, already has three title defenses on his resume as flyweight champion. Even though Weidman dethroned the best ever, "Mighty Mouse" deserves a spot above the 185-pound king in the pound-for-pound rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    As great as he was and can still be when he returns, Anderson Silva is no longer a UFC champion. Recovering from a gruesome broken leg, he also won't be making his way to the Octagon in the coming months.

    Until "The Spider" steps in the cage again and proves he's still among the best in the world, he should probably be ranked behind most or all UFC titleholders. That's why bumping Anthony Pettis down below Silva in the pound-for-pound rankings was a bad call by the voters.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 13 Alexander Gustafsson defeated Jimi Manuwa by (T)KO in the second round.

     

    UFC 171 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • No. 9 Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler

Heavyweight

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    The heavyweight division is taking a short break from action.

    No UFC big men stepped into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 37, and none will during UFC 171 either.

    The next bout between ranked heavyweights will be the UFC Fight Night 39 headliner between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on April 11. 

     

    Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Cain Velasquez

    1. Junior dos Santos 
    2. Fabricio Werdum
    3. Travis Browne     
    4. Antonio Silva   
    5. Josh Barnett 
    6. Alistair Overeem 
    7. Stipe Miocic 
    8. Mark Hunt   
    9. Roy Nelson 
    10. Frank Mir  
    11. Gabriel Gonzaga (+1)
    12. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-1) 
    13. Stefan Struve 
    14. Brendan Schaub 
    15. Daniel Cormier  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    There were no good calls in this edition of the heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    He's at a low point in his career, but Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira still has a stronger resume than Gabriel Gonzaga.

    "Minotauro" has a win over a Top 15 heavyweight within his past five fights, while Gonzaga has no UFC victories over any currently ranked heavyweights. That Top 15 win for Nogueira also came against Schaub, who temporarily bounced Gonzaga from the UFC roster in October 2010.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 171 Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Light Heavyweight

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    Alexander Gustafsson wasn't the only Swedish light heavyweight to pick up an important win at UFC Fight Night 37.

    On the preliminary card, Ilir Latifi submitted Cyrille Diabate to earn his first UFC victory.

    That sent 40-year-old Diabate into retirement on a loss. The Frenchman finished his career with a 4-4 UFC record.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

    1. Alexander Gustafsson 
    2. Glover Teixeira 
    3. Rashad Evans 
    4. Phil Davis 
    5. Daniel Cormier 
    6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira  
    7. Mauricio Rua 
    8. Dan Henderson 
    9. Chael Sonnen 
    10. Ryan Bader 
    11. Jimi Manuwa 
    12. Vitor Belfort 
    13. Gegard Mousasi 
    14. James Te Huna 
    15. Rafael Cavalcante 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 1 Alexander Gustafsson defeated No. 11 Jimi Manuwa by (T)KO in the second round.
    • Ilir Latifi defeated Cyrille Diabate by submission in the first round.

     

    UFC 171 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Ovince St. Preux vs. Nikita Krylov

Middleweight

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    Luke Barnatt didn't even reach the semifinals on The Ultimate Fighter 17, but he's quickly turning into one of the brighter prospects in the middleweight division.

    At UFC Fight Night 37, he stopped UFC newcomer Mats Nilsson with strikes in the first round. With the win, the Englishman is now 3-0 in official UFC bouts.

    Fellow British middleweight Bradley Scott wasn't so lucky in front of his home crowd at the O2 Arena in London. He fell via decision in a fight against Claudio Silva.

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

    1. Anderson Silva 
    2. Vitor Belfort 
    3. Lyoto Machida 
    4. Ronaldo Souza 
    5. Michael Bisping 
    6. Luke Rockhold 
    7. Mark Munoz  
    8. Tim Kennedy
    9. Francis Carmont 
    10. Costas Philippou 
    11. Tim Boetsch 
    12. Gegard Mousasi 
    13. Alan Belcher
    14. Brad Tavares 
    15. Yoel Romero  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the middleweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the middleweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Middleweight Fights

    • Luke Barnatt defeated Mats Nilsson by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Claudio Silva defeated Bradley Scott by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 171 Middleweight Fights

    • Bubba McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland

Welterweight

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    The welterweight belt has gone without an owner since Georges St-Pierre vacated it following UFC 167.

    On Saturday, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will battle to determine the 170-pound division's new king. 

    Hendricks arguably should already hold the throne after a controversial decision in his most recent outing against St-Pierre. Lawler, meanwhile, has looked like a completely different fighter since returning to the Octagon, winning three in a row.

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: N/A

    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Robbie Lawler 
    4. Rory MacDonald    
    5. Jake Ellenberger     
    6. Jake Shields  
    7. Demian Maia (+1)
    8. Matt Brown (-1) 
    9. Tarec Saffiedine 
    10. Dong Hyun Kim 
    11. Tyron Woodley 
    12. Hector Lombard 
    13. Mike Pyle 
    14. Rick Story 
    15. Josh Koscheck  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Matt Brown might be the hotter fighter, but Demian Maia still owns a better resume than the rising brawler.

    While Brown's only UFC win over a current Top 15 welterweight came against Mike Pyle, Maia has beaten Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story. Additionally, he picked up a win over Jon Fitch, who would likely own a spot in the Top 15 if he were still on the UFC roster. 

     

    Bad Call

    There were no bad calls in this edition of the welterweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Welterweight Fights

    • Gunnar Nelson defeated Omari Akhmedov by submission in the first round.
    • Igor Araujo defeated Danny Mitchell by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 171 Welterweight Fights

    • No. 1 Johny Hendricks vs. No. 3 Robbie Lawler
    • No. 2 Carlos Condit vs. No. 11 Tyron Woodley
    • No. 6 Jake Shields vs. No. 12 Hector Lombard
    • No. 14 Rick Story vs. Kelvin Gastelum
    • Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia

Lightweight

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    It wasn't a memorable victory, but Michael Johnson's win over Melvin Guillard on Saturday moved him closer to the top of the lightweight division.

    "The Menace" was the aggressor at UFC Fight Night 37 and ran away with a comfortable decision nod over Guillard, who spent far too much time waiting for an opening to land one knockout blow. 

    Johnson has now won three in a row against tough 155-pound veterans. He should expect a bout with a Top 15 opponent for his next outing.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

    1. Benson Henderson 
    2. Gilbert Melendez 
    3. TJ Grant 
    4. Josh Thomson 
    5. Rafael dos Anjos (+1)
    6. Nate Diaz (-1)
    7. Khabib Nurmagomedov   
    8. Donald Cerrone 
    9. Jim Miller 
    10. Gray Maynard 
    11. Michael Johnson (+3)
    12. Edson Barboza (-1)
    13. Bobby Green (-1)  
    14. Rustam Khabilov (-1)  
    15. Diego Sanchez  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    With his recent run of success, Johnson has built up a stronger resume than Edson Barboza, Bobby Green and Rustam Khabilov.

    Barboza's most recent fight ended in a controversial decision win over Danny Castillo, whom Johnson stopped at UFC on FX 5. Tack on victories over Guillard, Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon, and Johnson is legitimately on the fringe of entering the Top 10.

    That said, Myles Jury deserves a spot in the Top 15, considering he hasn't lost since beating Johnson in December 2012.

     

    Bad Call

    He may not be the UFC employee of the month, but Nate Diaz is more accomplished than Rafael dos Anjos.

    Dos Anjos' only Top 15 win came in a recent matchup with Donald Cerrone. Diaz also holds a dominant victory over "Cowboy" in addition to stoppage wins over Top 10 lightweights Gray Maynard and Jim Miller.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 11 Michael Johnson defeated Melvin Guillard by unanimous decision.

     

    UFC 171 Lightweight Fights

    • No. 15 Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury
    • Renee Forte vs. Francisco Trevino

Featherweight

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    With five straight wins, Dennis Bermudez has been on a crash course toward elite featherweight competition.

    At UFC 171, he will have a chance to make it six in a row against Jimy Hettes. If he does, the former The Ultimate Fighter runner-up will strengthen his position in the Top 15 and possibly earn a fight with a Top 10 145-pounder.

    Also very promising with a 3-1 record inside the Octagon, Hettes will have an opportunity to prove he's ready for big fights. 

     

    Official UFC Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Jose Aldo

    1. Chad Mendes
    2. Frankie Edgar 
    3. Ricardo Lamas 
    4. Cub Swanson 
    5. Chan Sung Jung 
    6. Dustin Poirier 
    7. Dennis Siver 
    8. Nik Lentz 
    9. Clay Guida 
    10. Jeremy Stephens 
    11. Darren Elkins   
    12. Dennis Bermudez  
    13. Conor McGregor (+1)
    14. Tatsuya Kawajiri (-1)
    15. Erik Koch 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    There were no good calls in this edition of the featherweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    While Conor McGregor has outstanding potential, he's only picked up two wins inside the Octagon and fought regional competition prior to joining the world's top MMA promotion.

    Tatsuya Kawajiri has a much longer resumes than McGregor. For now, he deserves a spots above the Irishman.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Featherweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 171 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 12 Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes
    • Daniel Pineda vs. Rob Whiteford

Bantamweight

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    Roland Delorme and David Grant were supposed to meet at UFC Fight Night 37, but Grant suffered an injury and was unable to compete. The UFC was left with no time to find a replacement opponent for Delorme, so he was removed from the card.

    With no bantamweight fights slated for UFC 171, we now have a break in action at 135 pounds.

    No bouts between ranked bantamweights are scheduled for the next month.

     

    Official UFC Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Renan Barao

    1. Urijah Faber 
    2. Michael McDonald  
    3. Raphael Assuncao 
    4. Eddie Wineland 
    5. TJ Dillashaw   
    6. Takeya Mizugaki (+1) 
    7. Mike Easton (+1) 
    8. Iuri Alcantara (+1)
    9. Dominick Cruz (+1)  
    10. Erik Perez (+2)
    11. Francisco Rivera
    12. Alex Caceres (+1)
    13. Brad Pickett (-7)  
    14. Bryan Caraway 
    15. Wilson Reis  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Now competing in the flyweight division, Brad Pickett should no longer be ranked at 135 pounds.

    He dropped significantly in this edition of the rankings and should be removed from the bantamweight ladder soon.

     

    Bad Call

    At 24 years old, Erik Perez has a higher ceiling than Francisco Rivera, but his resume is slightly less impressive right now.

    While Perez is coming off a decision win over Edwin Figueroa, Rivera owns a knockout victory over Figueroa in addition to a victory over George Roop.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 171 Bantamweight Fights

    • None

Flyweight

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    Brad Pickett wasn't as dominant as expected against UFC newcomer Neil Seery, but he got his win in a successful debut at 125 pounds.

    Having a recognizable name and a win over flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, Pickett could be on the fast track to a title shot in the flyweight division. One more win over a highly ranked opponent could get him a chance to claim UFC gold.

    In other flyweight news, Louis Gaudinot returned to the win column by submitting Phil Harris at UFC Fight Night 37.

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Scott Jorgensen is still looking for his first win at 125 pounds. The former bantamweight lost his divisional debut against Zach Makovsky and will look to get the wheels turning against Jussier Formiga in March.

    Although Dustin Ortiz only has one UFC win, he deserves a higher ranking than Jorgensen right now. The 25-year-old arguably defeated former title challenger John Moraga in January, falling in a controversial split decision.

    With Moraga sitting in the No. 4 position, Ortiz should be ranked higher than Jorgensen, who was defeated more convincingly by the No. 10 125-pounder.

     

    Bad Call

    While Formiga only has one UFC win, he had a stronger resume than John Lineker prior to the organization's introduction of a 125-pound class.

    Formiga has also made weight regularly since joining the UFC roster. Lineker, meanwhile, has missed weight for half of his UFC bouts and nearly came in overweight again for his most recent fight against Ali Bagautinov.

    At some point, competing as a bantamweight in the flyweight division has to start hurting Lineker in the rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 38 Flyweight Fights

    • No. 11 Brad Pickett defeated Neil Seery by unanimous decision.
    • No. 12 Louis Gaudinot defeated Phil Harris by submission in the first round.

     

    UFC 171 Flyweight Fights

    • Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins

Women's Bantamweight

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    The women's bantamweight division is about to return from a short break in action.

    Following Ronda Rousey's win over Sara McMann at UFC 170, no women's bouts were contested at the TUF: China Finale or UFC Fight Night 37. However, Raquel Pennington and Jessica Andrade will meet at UFC 171.

     

    Official UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Ronda Rousey

    1. Cat Zingano  
    2. Alexis Davis 
    3. Miesha Tate 
    4. Sara McMann 
    5. Sarah Kaufman 
    6. Jessica Eye 
    7. Liz Carmouche 
    8. Amanda Nunes 
    9. Jessica Andrade 
    10. Julianna Pena 
    11. Germaine de Randamie 
    12. Bethe Correia 
    13. Raquel Pennington 
    14. Jessamyn Duke 
    15. Jessica Rakoczy 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    No changes were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made to the women's bantamweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 37 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    UFC 171 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • No. 9 Jessica Andrade vs. No. 13 Raquel Pennington