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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 174

Sean SmithAnalyst IJune 17, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 174

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    Demetrious Johnson is quietly turning into one of the most dominant champions in UFC history.

    Beating Ali Bagautinov on Saturday gave "Mighty Mouse" a fourth straight title defense, which matches the reigns of legends Chuck Liddell, Pat Miletich and Frank Shamrock. Only Jon Jones and Jose Aldo have longer current reigns than Johnson.

    Accordingly, the 125-pound titleholder is becoming recognized as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. Was a decision win over Bagautinov enough for him to surpass heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for the No. 3 position among elite pound-for-pound UFC competitors? 

    With UFC 174 in the books and multiple events coming up on June 28, here are the latest official UFC rankings via UFC.com, which were voted on by various members of the MMA media.

Pound-for-Pound

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    Despite his increasingly long title run, Johnson remains behind Velasquez in the pound-for-pound rankings.

    While Velasquez is a two-time champion and has back-to-back title defenses, he probably shouldn't be above Johnson right now. Mighty Mouse has twice the number of title defenses and has already cleared out the five most highly ranked contenders in his division.

    No ranked pound-for-pound fighters are scheduled to compete on June 28, but Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey will both look to strengthen their Top 10 positions at UFC 175.

     

    Updated Rankings

    No.Fighters
    1Jon Jones
    2Jose Aldo 
    3Cain Velasquez 
    4Demetrious Johnson 
    5Chris Weidman 
    6Anthony Pettis 
    7Anderson Silva 
    8Renan Barao 
    9Johny Hendricks 
    10Ronda Rousey
    11TJ Dillashaw
    12Vitor Belfort
    13Benson Henderson
    14Alexander Gustafsson
    15Gilbert Melendez

Heavyweight

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    It was an ugly win, but Andrei Arlovski's controversial decision nod over Brendan Schaub moved him into the Top 15 heavyweight rankings.

    The heavyweights combined for only 42 significant strikes over 15 minutes. So while many felt Schaub deserved the victory, he didn't exactly prove he belongs in the Top 15 either. 

    Moving up to No. 14 in this edition of the rankings, Soa Palelei will have a chance to continue his climb on June 28, when he'll meet Jared Rosholt in Auckland, New Zealand. 

     

    Updated Rankings

    No.Fighters
    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
    14Soa Palelei (+1)
    15Andrei Arlovski (NR)

Light Heavyweight

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    Ovince Saint Preux and Ryan Bader both scored big wins on Saturday.

    In beating Rafael Cavalcante, Bader took the No. 8 position from Mauricio Rua. "Shogun" may be struggling to beat elite competition, but that was a questionable call, as the Brazilian was beating No. 7 Dan Henderson before getting caught in his most recent outing and also brutally stopped No. 14 James Te Huna before then.

    Breaking Ryan Jimmo's arm over the weekend, Saint Preux made an even bigger move than Bader in the rankings. The Strikeforce veteran is now a Top 10 light heavyweight and could be closing in on a title shot with a couple of more wins.

    Scheduled to meet Nate Marquardt at 185 pounds on June 28, Te Huna could be on his way out of these rankings very soon.

     

    Updated Rankings 

    No.Fighters
    CJon Jones 
    1Alexander Gustafsson 
    Daniel Cormier 
    Rashad Evans 
    Glover Teixeira 
    Anthony Johnson 
    Phil Davis 
    Dan Henderson 
    Ryan Bader (+1)
    Mauricio Rua (-1)
    10 Ovince Saint Preux (+3)
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort (+1)
    14 James Te Huna (+1)
    15 Fabio Maldonado (NR) 

Middleweight

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    For a moment, it looked as though Mark Munoz's UFC career could be over. 

    With his contract fulfilled, Munoz was recently removed from the UFC rankings. However, he has re-signed with the world's top MMA organization and is now back among the Top 15 middleweights.

    On June 28, notables Te Huna and Marquardt will look to sneak into the Top 15. With Te Huna moving down from 205 pounds and Marquardt returning to middleweight from the welterweight class, it will be interesting to see how both men adjust to competing at 185 pounds.

     

    Updated Rankings 

    No.Fighters
    CChris Weidman
    1Anderson Silva
    2Vitor Belfort (+1)
    3Lyoto Machida (-1)
    4Ronaldo Souza
    5Luke Rockhold
    6Tim Kennedy
    7Gegard Mousasi 
    8Michael Bisping
    9CB Dollaway (+1) 
    10Costas Philippou (-1)
    11Yoel Romero 
    12Francis Carmont
    13Mark Munoz (NR)
    14Tim Boetsch (-1)
    15Brad Tavares (-1)

Welterweight

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    With a win over Tyron Woodley on Saturday, Rory MacDonald has put himself right behind Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown as next in line for a shot at the welterweight championship.

    The victory didn't improve MacDonald's standing in the 170-pound class, but it did result in Woodley falling to the No. 4 position. Oddly surpassing Woodley was Carlos Condit, who was beaten by the Strikeforce veteran in March.

    Competing on June 28, Kelvin Gastelum will attempt to break into the Top 10 by beating Nico Musoke convincingly. 

     

    Updated Rankings 

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

Lightweight

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    No ranked lightweights competed at UFC 174, and none are scheduled to appear on June 28.

    As expected, no changes were made to the 155-pound rankings. Don't expect any adjustments to occur following the June 28 events either.

    In fact, it could be a month until any noteworthy alterations occur. The next fight card scheduled to feature ranked lightweights will be a July 16 event headlined by Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller.

     

    Updated Rankings

    No.Fighters
    CAnthony Pettis
    1Benson Henderson 
    2Gilbert Melendez 
    3Josh Thomson
    4Khabib Nurmagomedov
    5Rafael dos Anjos 
    6Donald Cerrone 
    7Jim Miller
    8Myles Jury 
    9Michael Johnson 
    10Gray Maynard 
    11Rustam Khabilov
    12Edson Barboza
    13Bobby Green
    14Jorge Masvidal
    15Joe Lauzon

Featherweight

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    While no elite 145-pounders stepped into the Octagon at UFC 174, some changes were made to the division's rankings.

    Clay Guida surpassed Dennis Siver, who is still on suspension for a failed drug test. Also, Jeremy Stephens fell below Dennis Bermudez, who has won six in a row.

    On June 28 Stephens will have an opportunity to reclaim a Top 10 position. The former lightweight will meet No. 4 featherweight Cub Swanson in San Antonio.

     

    Updated Rankings

    No.Fighters
    CJose Aldo
    1Chad Mendes
    2Frankie Edgar
    3Ricardo Lamas
    4Cub Swanson
    5Chan Sung Jung
    6Dustin Poirier
    7Clay Guida (+1)
    8Dennis Siver (-1) 
    9Nik Lentz
    10Dennis Bermudez (+1)
    11Jeremy Stephens (-1)
    12Darren Elkins
    13Conor McGregor
    14Tatsuya Kawajiri
    15Diego Brandao

Bantamweight

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    Once a fighter who appeared on his way to the top of the bantamweight division, Mike Easton has now lost four in a row.

    At UFC 174 Easton allowed a handful of takedowns and landed fewer significant strikes than Yves Jabouin. As a result, "The Hulk" plummeted in the bantamweight rankings. In a questionable decision, though, Jabouin remains unranked.

    No ranked bantamweights are expected to step into the Octagon on June 28. However, Urijah Faber will test Alex Caceres at UFC 175.

     

    Updated Rankings

    No.Fighters
    CTJ Dillashaw
    1Renan Barao
    2Urijah Faber
    3Raphael Assuncao
    4Michael McDonald
    5Eddie Wineland
    6Takeya Mizugaki
    7Iuri Alcantara
    8Johnny Eduardo (+1)
    9Bryan Caraway (+1)
    10Francisco Rivera (+1)
    11Dominick Cruz (+1)
    12Alex Caceres (+1)
    13Erik Perez (+1)
    14Mike Easton (-6)
    15Wilson Reis

Flyweight

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    Although UFC 174 was headlined by a flyweight championship bout, the main event did not cause any changes in the 125-pound rankings.

    One change was made, though. Previously tied with Zach Makovsky at No. 9, Tim Elliott is now in the No. 10 position. With a 2-0 UFC record, Makovsky probably deserves an edge over Elliott, who is 2-3 inside the Octagon.

    It could be awhile before any significant changes occur in the 125-pound rankings. A matchup between Dustin Ortiz and Justin Scoggins on July 6 could cause the next shift in the flyweight division.

     

    Updated Rankings

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

Women's Bantamweight

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    Valerie Letourneau picked up a win in her first UFC outing, but she'll need to do more to earn a spot among the Top 15 female bantamweights.

    Standing opposite Letourneau, Elizabeth Phillips held her own and left the Canadian with a badly swollen eye. However, it wasn't enough for the 27-year-old to start her own UFC career with a victory.

    The next women's bantamweight bout is expected to occur at UFC 175, where Ronda Rousey will defend her championship against Alexis Davis.

     

    Updated Rankings 

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

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