UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale

Sean SmithAnalyst IJuly 8, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale

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    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.

Pound-for-Pound

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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    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.

Heavyweight

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    No.Fighter
    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
    12Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+1)
    13Stefan Struve (-1)
    14Andrei Arlovski
    15Brendan Schaub 

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the heavyweight rankings.

Light Heavyweight

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    No.Fighter
    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 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 James Te Huna 
    15 Ryan Jimmo 

     

    Good Call

    No good calls were made in this edition of the light heavyweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    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. 

Middleweight

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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the middleweight rankings.

Welterweight

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

     

    Good Call

    No good calls were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    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.

Lightweight

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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings.

Featherweight

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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    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.

Bantamweight

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

     

    Good Call

    No good calls were made in this edition of the bantamweight rankings.

     

    Bad Call

    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.

Flyweight

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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the flyweight rankings.

Women's Bantamweight

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    No.Fighter
    CRonda Rousey
    1Cat Zingano
    2Miesha Tate (+1)
    3Alexis Davis (-1)
    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

     

    Good Call

    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.

     

    Bad Call

    No bad calls were made in this edition of the women's bantamweight rankings.