UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 39

Sean SmithAnalyst IApril 14, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC Fight Night 39

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    Roy Nelson returned to the win column in a big way at UFC Fight Night 39.

    After rocking Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira multiple times, Big Country eventually flattened the Brazilian with a right hand late in the first round. The knockout ended a two-loss skid for Nelson, who gained job security and likely earned another big fight with the win.

    Nelson entered Friday's fight card as the No. 9 heavyweight on the UFC roster. How did stopping Nogueira impact his standing in the division? 

    With UFC Fight Night 39 in the books and The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale coming up on April 16, here are the latest official UFC rankings as voted on by various members of the MMA media, via UFC.com.

Pound-for-Pound

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    There were no Top 15 pound-for-pound fighters on display at UFC Fight Night 39.

    That will be the case for the next few UFC events as well. No elite pound-for-pound fighters are scheduled to compete at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale or UFC on Fox 11.

    Jon Jones, the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will be the next fighter from the below list to step into the Octagon when he meets Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 later this month. 

     

    Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good 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 up above Silva in the pound-for-pound rankings was a bad call by the voters.

     

    Bad Call

    Considering they both lost in controversial decisions the last time they fought for a UFC championship, Alexander Gustafsson and Gilbert Melendez were interchangeable in the pound-for-pound rankings.

    However, Melendez deserves the No. 14 position over Urijah Faber. In his latest outing, Faber was stopped by Renan Barao in the first round. While The California Kid is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters going, he's not closer to the top than Melendez is right now.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Pound-for-Pound Fights

    • None

Heavyweight

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    Roy Nelson picked up the biggest heavyweight win at UFC Fight Night 39, but he wasn't the only big man to get his hand raised on Friday.

    Jared Rosholt also scored an important victory, outwrestling Daniel Omielanczuk en route to a decision. That improved Rosholt's record to 2-0 inside the Octagon, as the NCAA All-American wrestler looks to claw his way into heavyweight title contention.

    No heavyweights will compete at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, but a title-shot eliminator between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne is approaching. 

     

    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. Stefan Struve (+1)
    13. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (-2) 
    14. Brendan Schaub 
    15. Daniel Cormier  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has not won in a long time and looked bad against Roy Nelson, but it was a loss that many expected against a more highly ranked adversary.

    Stefan Struve has gone without a win for just as long as Minotauro and has also suffered a knockout loss against Nelson. I'd like to see Struve come back and pick up a win before he moves above Nogueira in the heavyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Heavyweight Fights

    • No. 9 Roy Nelson defeated No. 13 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by (T)KO in the first round.
    • Jared Rosholt defeated Daniel Omielanczuk by unanimous decision.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Heavyweight Fights

    • None

Light Heavyweight

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    No light heavyweights competed at UFC Fight Night 39, but the 205-pound division will return to action on Wednesday.

    Following a loss to Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Jimmo will welcome Sean O'Connell to the Octagon. O'Connell will serve as a replacement opponent for Jimmo, who was originally scheduled to meet another UFC newcomer, Steve Bosse.

    The updated light heavyweight rankings saw the removal of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who has been battling injuries for the past 14 months. While he's coming off a win over Rashad Evans, Nogueira has no fight booked and has fallen out of title-shot conversations.

     

    Official UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Jon Jones

    1. Alexander Gustafsson 
    2. Glover Teixeira 
    3. Rashad Evans 
    4. Phil Davis 
    5. Daniel Cormier
    6. Dan Henderson 
    7. Mauricio Rua 
    8. Chael Sonnen 
    9. Ryan Bader 
    10. Jimi Manuwa 
    11. Vitor Belfort 
    12. Rafael Cavalcante (+1) 
    13. Ovince St. Preux (+2)
    14. James Te Huna
    15. Anthony Johnson (NR) 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Gegard Mousasi has finally been removed from the light heavyweight rankings.

    With his last fight taking place at 185 pounds, Mousasi should only be ranked at middleweight right now. Considering Mousasi's most recent opponent, Lyoto Machida, had already been dropped from the 205-pound rankings, Mousasi's overdue elimination was a welcomed call.

     

    Bad Call

    Anthony Johnson has not competed in the UFC light heavyweight division nor has he faced any elite 205-pounders outside the Octagon.

    Removing Nogueira to add a fighter like Johnson was a questionable call. Minotoro wasn't the only ranked UFC fighter to be out of action for a lengthy period. Unless a clear rule regarding inactivity is established, Nogueira should have remained in the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Light Heavyweight Fights

    • None

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Light Heavyweight Fights

    • Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O'Connell

Middleweight

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    UFC Fight Night 39 was supposed to feature two middleweight bouts, but an Andrew Craig illness left Chris Camozzi without an opponent on Friday.

    The remaining matchup showcased Thales Leites and Trevor Smith. Though known for his grappling, Leites overwhelmed Smith with striking, stopping the American with punches early in the opening round.

    On Wednesday, Top 10 middleweights Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy will look to take a step toward a shot at the 185-pound championship. 

     

    Official UFC Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Chris Weidman

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    Gegard Mousasi might not have a middleweight win inside the Octagon, but he has a much stronger resume than most 185-pounders. Despite his loss to Lyoto Machida in February, Mousasi has Top 10 skill and deserves to be ranked above Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch.

     

    Bad Call

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

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Middleweight Fights

    • No. 15 Thales Leites defeated Trevor Smith by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Middleweight Fights

    • No. 5 Michael Bisping vs. No. 8 Tim Kennedy
    • Sheldon Westcott vs. Elias Theodorou
    • Nordine Taleb vs. Vik Grujic

Welterweight

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    Ryan LaFlare remained undefeated inside the Octagon on Friday, but his win was tainted by an illegal blow that nearly forced a stop to his fight with John Howard.

    Despite being hit with a brutal knee to the groin, Howard battled on to see the scorecards. LaFlare picked up a decision win, but it didn't mean much against a clearly injured adversary.

    The Ultimate Fighter Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will look to wrap the reality show up with a bang on Wednesday. 

     

    Official UFC Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Johny Hendricks

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    For some reason, Tyron Woodley didn't surpass Carlos Condit in the rankings following his win over The Natural Born Killer at UFC 171. Now that has been corrected, and Woodley sits in the No. 3 position in the welterweight division.

     

    Bad Call

    Kelvin Gastelum has a higher ceiling than Mike Pyle, but he shouldn't be ranked above the veteran right now. Both fighters have a recent split-decision win over Rick Story, but Pyle has many more notable wins on his resume than Gastelum. 

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Welterweight Fights

    • Ryan LaFlare defeated John Howard by unanimous decision.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Welterweight Fights

    • Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
    • Chad Laprise vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
    • Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons
    • Richard Walsh vs. Chris Indich

Lightweight

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    Ramsey Nijem and Beneil Dariush represented the lightweight division at UFC Fight Night 39.

    Although Dariush looked like a future contender following his debut win over Charlie Brenneman, he suffered a serious setback against Nijem. In the opening round, Nijem was able to rock Dariush and finish him with strikes to score one of his biggest MMA wins.

    On Wednesday, Mark Bocek will welcome Mike de la Torre to the UFC in the only 155-pound contest at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.

     

    Official UFC Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Anthony Pettis

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Despite going undefeated since beating Michael Johnson at UFC 155, Myles Jury has fallen behind The Menace in the lightweight rankings. Yeah, Johnson has beaten some high-profile names since then, but those victories did not erase his loss to Jury.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Lightweight Fights

    • Ramsey Nijem defeated Beneil Dariush by (T)KO in the first round.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Lightweight Fights

    • Mark Bocek vs. Mike de la Torre

Featherweight

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    Following a loss to Chad Mendes, Clay Guida earned a much-needed win at UFC Fight Night 39.

    The former lightweight contender bested Tatsuya Kawajiri over three rounds to take a decision victory. Although he doesn't have a winning streak going, it was a performance that put Guida back in the hunt for a shot at the featherweight championship.

    At The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, Dustin Poirier will aim to maintain his position above Guida in the 145-pound rankings while keeping opponent Akira Corassani outside the Top 15.

     

    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. Clay Guida (+1)
    9. Nik Lentz (-1)
    10. Jeremy Stephens 
    11. Dennis Bermudez  
    12. Darren Elkins (+1)   
    13. Conor McGregor (+1) 
    14. Tatsuya Kawajiri (-2)
    15. Erik Koch 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    A win over Kawajiri tops any accomplishments Nik Lentz has had in MMA. Couple that with Guida's success in the lightweight division and the rankings panel made the right call moving The Carpenter above Lentz in the 145-pound rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    Kawajiri may not have any big wins inside the Octagon, but his career resume is much stronger than Conor McGregor's. The Irishman is still proving himself in the featherweight division and shouldn't be ranked above Kawajiri until he records another notable victory or two.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Featherweight Fights

    • No. 8 Clay Guida defeated No. 14 Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision.
    • Jim Alers defeated Alan Omers by split decision.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Featherweight Fights

    • No. 6 Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani

Bantamweight

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    One bantamweight bout was held at UFC Fight Night 39, but it didn't produce a winner, as Rani Yahya was knocked out by an accidental headbutt. That resulted in a no contest with Johnny Bedford.

    Despite the lack of meaningful bantamweight results, many changes were made to the 135-pound rankings following Friday's fight card.

    At The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, George Roop will meet Dustin Kimura, and Mitch Gagnon will battle Tim Gorman in bantamweight action. 

     

    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. Iuri Alcantara (+1)
    8. Mike Easton (-2)
    9. Dominick Cruz (+2)  
    10. Francisco Rivera 
    11. Erik Perez (-2)
    12. Alex Caceres   
    13. Bryan Caraway (+1)
    14. Brad Pickett (-1) 
    15. Wilson Reis  

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    At 24 years old, Erik Perez has a higher ceiling than that of 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.

     

    Bad Call

    Dominick Cruz has not been able to fight in nearly two-and-a-half years. We have no idea how the hiatus has affected his fighting abilities, so he really shouldn't be ranked until he returns to competition.

    It looks like some more members of the rankings panel have started dropping Cruz from their Top 15, but the former champion may be ready to fight again by the time he is completely removed from the rankings.

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Bantamweight Fights

    • Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya fought to a no contest.

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Bantamweight Fights

    • George Roop vs. Dustin Kimura
    • Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman

Flyweight

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    A bout between Dustin Ortiz and Alptekin Ozkilic was scheduled to occur on Friday, but an injury caused the matchup to be scrapped.

    With Ozkilic unable to make a quick turnaround, UFC matchmakers sought a replacement opponent for Ortiz. The Roufusport product will now meet Ray Borg at UFC on Fox 11 this Saturday.

    As no flyweight bouts are expected at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, that bout will be the next 125-pound contest inside the Octagon.

     

    Official UFC Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Demetrious Johnson

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

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    With a win over Scott Jorgensen, Zach Makovsky should be ranked above Chris Cariaso. While Makovsky owns a win over the former title challenger, Cariaso is still looking for a flyweight win over a big name and wasn't nearly as accomplished as Jorgensen in the bantamweight class.

     

    Bad Call

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

     

    Results and Upcoming Fights

    UFC Fight Night 39 Flyweight Fights

    • None

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Flyweight Fights

    • None

Women's Bantamweight

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    No female bantamweight competed at UFC Fight Night 39, but the division will be back in action on Wednesday.

    Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman is expected to compete on the fight card, and she'll welcome Leslie Smith to the Octagon. Smith is replacing an injured Amanda Nunes, who briefly replaced an injured Shayna Baszler, Kaufman's originally scheduled adversary.

    In the developing division, fighters are only one or two big wins away from earning a shot at the championship, so this will be a big opportunity for both fighters to take a step forward.

      

    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 39 Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None

     

    The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Women's Bantamweight Fights

    • None