UFC rankings 12/2/13: First-round finish propels Nate Diaz

Good thing Nate Diaz didn’t actually skip out on his fight
with Gray Maynard in favor of attending his 10-year high school
reunion.

Instead of catching up with old friends and casual
acquaintances, the talented lightweight from “The 209”
was inside the Octagon, staggering Maynard with a short left hand
to kick off an offensive assault that ultimately ended with Diaz
earning a first-round stoppage win over his familiar foe.

Following back-to-back losses, Saturday’s blistering
performance against Maynard has returned Diaz to the Top 5 in the
lightweight division in the latest iteration of the UFC Rankings.
The media voters elevated the 28-year-old Diaz three spots to No. 5
in the incredibly deep 155-pound ranks, while Maynard falls three
places to land at No. 8 following his second straight first-round
stoppage loss.

Diaz, who proclaimed himself and friend/training partner Gilbert
Melendez the top two lightweights in the organization during a
classic post-fight interview with Jon Anik, leapfrogs surging
emerging contenders Rafael dos Anjos and Khabib Nurmagomedov, each
of whom could be potential opponents for the Stockton,
California-based fighter next time out.

While there were very few additional changes to the remaining
rankings following Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey
vs. Team Tate finale, the two adjustments in the welterweight
division make little sense… not that rankings always make
sense.

Inexplicably, Rory MacDonald swapped places with Robbie Lawler,
the Canadian climbing to No. 3 in the 170-pound ranks despite the
fact that the resurgent veteran just earned a split decision
victory over “Ares” at UFC 167.

Additionally, Matt Brown – he of the six-fight winning
streak heading into next weekend’s UFC on FOX showdown with
Carlos Condit – dropped one place to No. 9 in the division,
while Martin Kampmann climbed to No. 8 despite having lost two
straight and not having another fight booked as of this
writing.

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (November 18, 2013)

Pound-for-Pound

1 Jon Jones

2 Georges St-Pierre

3 Jose Aldo

4 Anderson Silva

5 Cain Velasquez

6 Renan Barao

7 Demetrious Johnson

8 Anthony Pettis

9 Chris Weidman

10 Benson Henderson

Flyweight

Champion: Demetrious Johnson

1 Joseph Benavidez

2 John Dodson

3 Ian McCall

4 John Moraga

5 John Lineker

6 Jussier Formiga

7 Chris Cariaso

8 Ali Bagautinov

9 Timothy Elliott

10 Louis Gaudinot

Bantamweight

Champion: Dominick Cruz

1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)

2 Urijah Faber

3 Michael McDonald

4 Eddie Wineland (+1)

5 Raphael Assuncao (-1)

6 Brad Pickett

7 Scott Jorgensen

8 TJ Dillashaw

9 Mike Easton

10 Takeya Mizugaki

Featherweight

Champion: Jose Aldo

1 Chad Mendes

2 Ricardo Lamas

3 Frankie Edgar

4 Cub Swanson

5 Chan Sung Jung

6 Dustin Poirier

7 Dennis Siver

8 Nik Lentz

9 Clay Guida

10 Erik Koch

Lightweight

Champion: Anthony Pettis

1 Benson Henderson

2 Gilbert Melendez

3 TJ Grant

4 Josh Thomson

5 Nate Diaz (+3)

6 Rafael dos Anjos

7 Khabib Nurmagomedov

8 Gray Maynard (-3)

9 Donald Cerrone

10 Jim Miller

Welterweight

Champion: Georges St-Pierre

1 Johny Hendricks

2 Carlos Condit

3 Rory MacDonald (+1)

4 Robbie Lawler (-1)

5 Jake Ellenberger

6 Demian Maia

7 Jake Shields

8 Martin Kampmann (+1)

9 Matt Brown (-1)

10 Nick Diaz

Middleweight

Champion: Chris Weidman

1 Anderson Silva

2 Vitor Belfort

3 Ronaldo Souza

4 Michael Bisping

5 Lyoto Machida

6 Luke Rockhold

7 Mark Munoz

8 Francis Carmont

9 Costa Philippou

10 Tim Kennedy

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Glover Teixeira

3 Rashad Evans

4 Phil Davis

5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6 Dan Henderson

7 Chael Sonnen

8 Gegard Mousasi

9 Mauricio Rua

10 Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

1 Junior Dos Santos

2 Daniel Cormier

3 Fabricio Werdum

4 Antonio Silva

5 Travis Browne

6 Josh Barnett

7 Alistair Overeem

8 Frank Mir

9 Stipe Miocic

10 Roy Nelson

Women’s Bantamweight

Champion: Ronda Rousey

1 Cat Zingano

2 Miesha Tate

3 Alexis Davis (+1)

4 Sara McMann (-1)

5 Sarah Kaufman

6 Liz Carmouche

7 Jessica Eye

8 Amanda Nunes

9 Jessica Andrade (+1)

10 Germaine de Randamie (-1)