UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale
With UFC 175 on Saturday and The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale on Sunday, it was a busy weekend.
Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey both defended their championships at UFC 175. The middleweight champion faced some adversity in the later rounds, but Weidman ultimately held Lyoto Machida off for a decision win. Getting her hand raised in much smoother fashion, Rousey knocked Alexis Davis out in only 16 seconds after tossing the challenger to the canvas.
On Sunday, Frankie Edgar brought an end to BJ Penn's illustrious career with a dominant showing. Clearly the better fighter in all areas, Edgar eventually stopped Penn with ground-and-pound in the third round.
Were their performances over the weekend enough to elevate Weidman, Rousey and Edgar in the pound-for-pound rankings? Here are the latest official UFC rankings via UFC.com, which were voted on by various members of the MMA media.
|9||Ronda Rousey (+1)|
|10||Johny Hendricks (-1)|
Let's put aside the discussion on whether women should have their own pound-for-pound rankings.
This list has clearly become based on divisional dominance. In that sense, Rousey deserves to be ranked above Johny Hendricks right now and even above a few others she is still ranked below.
Rousey looks to be head and shoulders above every other fighter on the UFC women's bantamweight roster. So, it's good to hear that UFC President Dana White seems to be warming up to the idea of signing Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.
When he moved to 145 pounds, Edgar was the second best fighter in the lightweight division. Even at a size disadvantage, but The Answer still became one of the best 155-pounders in MMA history.
Now, with a third win over Penn, Edgar is proving equally adept in the featherweight class. Only Jose Aldo has defeated him since he transitioned.
Since both fighters had controversial decision losses to Benson Henderson, it's a close call. However, given his past as a UFC champion, Edgar should have a slight edge over Gilbert Melendez for the No. 15 position.
|2||Junior dos Santos|
|12||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+1)|
|13||Stefan Struve (-1)|
I hate to say a guy deserves to be dropped in the rankings due to a scary medical condition, but it really doesn't look like Stefan Struve will be returning to the Octagon soon.
Following what White called a panic attack on fight night, Struve was removed from his scheduled bout with Matt Mitrione on Saturday. Struve has not fought in more than 16 months due to a heart condition, and he may need to consider retirement following this setback.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been struggling lately, so this isn't a good call to move him up so much as it's time to remove Struve from the rankings until his future is more certain.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the heavyweight rankings.
|8||Ryan Bader (+1)|
|9||Mauricio Rua (-1)|
|10||Ovince Saint Preux|
|14||James Te Huna|
No good calls were made in this edition of the light heavyweight rankings.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has been slumping, but Ryan Bader hasn't done quite enough to surpass him.
In his past nine fights, Bader has only beaten one fighter who is currently ranked among the Top 15 UFC light heavyweights, as he took Rafael Cavalcante to a lopsided decision. Rua, meanwhile, knocked out James Te Huna and had Dan Henderson reeling before getting caught in the third round.
Another loss will make it hard to defend Rua, but Bader hasn't exactly been steamrolling elite light heavyweights, so Shogun still deserves the No. 8 position.
|2||Lyoto Machida (+1)|
Heading into UFC 175, Machida was a clear No. 3 contender behind Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. On Saturday, The Dragon changed the perception that MMA fans had of him, though.
While he fell short of beating Weidman, Machida gave the champion more problems in the later rounds of this past weekend's championship bout than anybody has. For that reason, a case could even be made that Machida should have surpassed Silva and Belfort rather than simply drawing even with the latter.
Previously dismissed as a title threat at 36 years old, Machida could now be Weidman's biggest concern should the Brazilian earn his way back to a shot at UFC gold.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.
|9||Tarec Saffiedine (+1)|
|10||Dong Hyun Kim (-1)|
No good calls were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.
A former Strikeforce champion, Tarec Saffiedine has a high ceiling, but he does not have a stronger resume than Dong Hyun Kim.
Since joining the UFC roster, Saffiedine has only beaten Hyun Gyu Lim. With his biggest prior win coming against Nate Marquardt, Saffiedine has no wins over Top 15 welterweights.
Kim, on the other hand, has won four in a row, with one of those wins coming via knockout against No. 15 Erick Silva.
|5||Rafael dos Anjos|
|8||Myles Jury (+1)|
|9||Michael Johnson (-1)|
I'm not sure why the rankings panel keeps going back and forth with these two. Myles Jury clearly deserves to be ranked above Michael Johnson.
Since beating Johnson in December 2012, Jury has not suffered a loss. Coming off a win over Diego Sanchez, he hasn't been fighting chumps either.
Johnson is on a roll now, having won three in a row, but he still has some work to do to prove he should be ranked above Jury.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings.
|2||Frankie Edgar (+1)|
|3||Cub Swanson (-1)|
|5||Chan Sung Jung|
|7||Clay Guida (+1)|
|8||Dennis Siver (+1)|
|9||Nik Lentz (-2)|
|13||Conor McGregor (-1)|
Cub Swanson has one of the most impressive streaks going, but he hasn't accomplished what Edgar has.
A former lightweight champion, Edgar has looked very good at 145 pounds as well. Only losing in a close decision against Jose Aldo, Edgar might be the best non-champion in the division.
It's going to take an Edgar slip-up or a Swanson win over Chad Mendes or Aldo to drop The Answer back down.
Clay Guida might have earned his spot over Nik Lentz, but Dennis Siver certainly hasn't.
Not only did Siver recently fail a drug test that cost him his win over Manny Gamburyan, but the German also didn't look any better than Lentz did against common opponents Gamburyan and Diego Nunes.
With a failed drug test, Siver is lucky to be ranked at all, let alone above a fighter who has a better record than him.
|10||Alex Caceres (+1)|
|11||Francisco Rivera (-1)|
No good calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.
Alex Caceres didn't look awful in a submission loss to Urijah Faber on Saturday, but that's no reason to move him above Francisco Rivera.
Prior to his bout with Faber, Caceres' most recent loss came against Edwin Figueroa. Rivera knocked that same Figueroa out in the second round two appearances ago.
Caceres has a higher ceiling than Rivera, but that doesn't mean he should be ranked higher right now.
|12||Dustin Ortiz (+1)|
|13||Louis Gaudinot (-1)|
Since joining the UFC roster, Dustin Ortiz has only suffered one loss, and that came in a split decision against former title challenger John Moraga. With one win in three official UFC bouts, Louis Gaudinot no longer deserves a spot above Ortiz in the 125-pound rankings.
Although unranked, Justin Scoggins was a huge test for Ortiz this weekend. Scoggins was touted as a future title contender, but Ortiz shut him down on the ground enough to earn a decision win.
Considering his close fight with Moraga, Ortiz could even be ranked as high as No. 6 right now.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.
|2||Miesha Tate (+1)|
|3||Alexis Davis (-1)|
|12||Germaine de Randamie|
It might not have shown on Saturday, but Davis is one of the best in the women's bantamweight division. That said, the loss did rightfully bump her down a notch in the rankings.
Miesha Tate has had two meetings with Rousey in her career. Both of them were far more competitive than Davis' UFC 175 matchup with the champion.
Still the only fighter to make it out of the first round with Rousey, Tate belongs in the No. 2 position behind only Cat Zingano, who beat her in April 2013.
No bad calls were made in this edition of the women's bantamweight rankings.