UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 174
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.
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.
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.
|2||Junior dos Santos|
|13||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira|
|14||Soa Palelei (+1)|
|15||Andrei Arlovski (NR)|
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.
|8||Ryan Bader (+1)|
|9||Mauricio Rua (-1)|
|10||Ovince Saint Preux (+3)|
|13||Vitor Belfort (+1)|
|14||James Te Huna (+1)|
|15||Fabio Maldonado (NR)|
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.
|2||Vitor Belfort (+1)|
|3||Lyoto Machida (-1)|
|9||CB Dollaway (+1)|
|10||Costas Philippou (-1)|
|13||Mark Munoz (NR)|
|14||Tim Boetsch (-1)|
|15||Brad Tavares (-1)|
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.
|3||Carlos Condit (+1)|
|4||Tyron Woodley (-1)|
|9||Dong Hyun Kim|
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.
|5||Rafael dos Anjos|
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.
|5||Chan Sung Jung|
|7||Clay Guida (+1)|
|8||Dennis Siver (-1)|
|10||Dennis Bermudez (+1)|
|11||Jeremy Stephens (-1)|
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.
|8||Johnny Eduardo (+1)|
|9||Bryan Caraway (+1)|
|10||Francisco Rivera (+1)|
|11||Dominick Cruz (+1)|
|12||Alex Caceres (+1)|
|13||Erik Perez (+1)|
|14||Mike Easton (-6)|
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.
|10||Tim Elliott (-1)|
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.
|12||Germaine de Randamie|