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UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 177

Sean SmithAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2014

UFC Rankings for Each Weight Division Following UFC 177

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    Heading into UFC 177, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw was still ranked below scheduled challenger Renan Barao in the official pound-for-pound rankings.

    On Friday, Barao withdrew from the rematch with Dillashaw due to weight-cutting issues. Dillashaw, meanwhile, went on to pick up his first title defense against late replacement opponent Joe Soto.

    Will the weekend's events be enough to catapult Dillashaw past Barao?

    Here are the latest official UFC rankings via UFC.com, which are voted on by various members of the MMA media.

Pound-for-Pound

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    There has been much debate regarding Ronda Rousey's positioning in the pound-for-pound rankings. However, it appears clear that she's there to stay and should be ranked like any male champion would.

    Currently, Jon Jones and Jose Aldo are the only standing UFC champions with longer title reigns than Rousey. The queen of the women's bantamweight division has been as dominant in her division as almost anybody in MMA.

    For that reason, there is justification to rank Rousey above a non-champion, Barao, and a titleholder who has not defended his belt, Johny Hendricks.

     

    Bad Call

    Dillashaw stopped Barao in May. Then, Barao failed to make weight for a scheduled rematch between the two elite bantamweights this past weekend.

    Nonetheless, Barao is still somehow ranked two spots higher than Dillashaw.

    I'm not sure what else Dillashaw has to do to earn a spot among the Top 10 pound-for-pound UFC fighters. He deserves to be in the mix now, and hopefully he will be soon.

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 

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    While it could be argued that Stefan Struve has looked better over recent performances, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has actually been competing. Until Struve gets back to action, he should probably be removed from the Top 15.

    It has been 18 months since Struve last stepped into the Octagon, and he recently suffered another unfortunate setback that prevented him from fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in July. Hopefully, Struve finds a way to get his health and fighting career back on track, but it's hard to justify raising his position in the heavyweight rankings until that happens.

     

    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 (+1)
    5Anthony Johnson (-1)
    Phil Davis 
    Dan Henderson (+1)
    Ryan Bader (-1)
    Mauricio Rua
    10 Ovince Saint Preux 
    11 Jimi Manuwa 
    12 Rafael Cavalcante 
    13 Vitor Belfort 
    14 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
    15 Fabio Maldonado 

     

    Rankings Analysis

    Good Call

    At 44 years old, Dan Henderson isn't the fighter he once was, but he still has a stronger record than Ryan Bader by a slight margin.

    Henderson has beaten No. 9 Mauricio Rua twice in his past six fights, while he also fought to split-decision losses against Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida. Meanwhile, the most highly ranked opponent Bader has defeated was No. 10 Ovince Saint Preux in his latest outing. Notably, Bader was also knocked out by Machida in August 2012.

    Based on their performances against a common opponent in Machida and the fact that Henderson owns a win over a more highly ranked light heavyweight than Bader does, the decision to move the former Pride FC champion above The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner was the right call.

     

    Bad Call

    With two straight Top 15 wins since returning to the UFC roster, Anthony Johnson is a legitimate contender in the light heavyweight division. His resume is equally as strong as Glover Teixeira's, and it could even be argued the former welterweight has a stronger track record recently.

    As excellent as he's looked against everybody not named Jon Jones, Teixeira has only beaten one Top 15 light heavyweight (Bader) inside the Octagon. Having beaten Phil Davis, who is ranked slightly higher than Bader right now, Johnson was completely deserving of being tied with Teixeira on the 205-pound ladder. 

Middleweight

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

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

     

    Bad Call

    Tim Boetsch has had a much stronger 2014 than Mark Munoz, but that doesn't mean The Barbarian deserves to be ranked above The Filipino Wrecking Machine.

    Munoz defeated Boetsch 14 months ago and has only lost to Top 10 middleweights since then. Boetsch has gone 2-1 since that contest, but his only Top 15 win came in a controversial decision opposite CB Dollaway, whom Munoz holds a knockout win over.

    Despite Munoz's recent struggles, he should still be ranked higher than Boetsch.

Welterweight

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the welterweight rankings.

Lightweight

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the lightweight rankings.

Featherweight

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

     

    Good Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings. 

     

    Bad Call

    No changes were made in this edition of the featherweight rankings.

Bantamweight

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

     

    Rankings Analysis 

    Good Call

    With a win over Eddie Wineland, Johnny Eduardo could arguably be ranked among the Top Five bantamweights already. He has certainly earned a spot above Bryan Caraway.

    Caraway has won two in a row, including a submission victory over No. 13 Erik Perez, but he hasn't beaten an opponent like Wineland. When Caraway meets Raphael Assuncao on October 4, he'll have a good chance to change this opinion, though.

    Still, right now, Eduardo has the stronger record and deserves the No. 8 position.

     

    Bad Call

    While Wineland has the ability to compete with some of the very best in the 135-pound class, it's hard to call him a Top Five bantamweight following a loss to Eduardo.

    Wineland does not own a win over a current Top 15 bantamweight. Takeya Mizugaki, meanwhile, has won five in a row, including a victory over No. 11 Francisco Rivera.

    With Eduardo currently sitting at No. 8, Wineland was honestly still a bit lucky to be ranked as high as he was even before surpassing Mizugaki.

Flyweight

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

     

    Rankings Analysis  

    Good Call

    Zach Makovsky and Brad Pickett both have higher ceilings in the 125-pound class than Tim Elliott, but neither has accomplished as much in the flyweight division.

    Compared to Elliott's two UFC flyweight victories, Pickett only has one win since moving down from 135 pounds. Meanwhile, Makovsky's biggest win at 125 pounds came against No. 15 Scott Jorgensen, while Elliott owns a win over No. 13 Louis Gaudinot.

    It might not last long, but Elliott should be ranked above Makovsky and Pickett 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 
    3Sara McMann
    4Alexis Davis
    5Sarah Kaufman
    6Jessica Eye
    7Liz Carmouche
    8Amanda Nunes
    9Bethe Correia (+1)
    10Jessica Andrade (-1)
    11Julianna Pena
    12Germaine de Randamie
    13Leslie Smith 
    14Raquel Pennington 
    15Lauren Murphy 

     

    Good Call

    Even after improving to 3-0 inside the Octagon on Saturday, Bethe Correia does not own a win over a current Top 15 fighter in the women's bantamweight division. Still, she's better than Jessica Andrade.

    While Andrade's biggest win came against No. 14 Raquel Pennington, Correia is undefeated and picked up a victory over Julie Kedzie, who would be ranked had she not retired. With that win over Kedzie, Correia should have already been ranked higher than Andrade before her most recent victory over Shayna Baszler.

     

    Bad Call

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

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