UFC middleweight and US Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy vaulted
into the No. 10 position in the 185-pound ranks on the strength of
his first-round knockout win over Rafael “Sapo” Natal.
The victory has the former Strikeforce title challenger poised to
face some much bigger names in 2014.
The other major shake-up as a result of Wednesday’s UFC
Fight for the Troops event came in the women’s bantamweight
division, where co-main event winner Alexis Davis climbed three
spots to land at No. 3, behind Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate in the
UFC’s newest weight class.
Despite wearing a crimson facemask for the final half of her
fight thanks to a nasty cut above her left eye, Davis soundly
defeated former title challenger Liz Carmouche in the penultimate
fight of the evening. As a result of the loss, Carmouche slipped
three spots in the rankings, falling to seventh position. UFC 166
winner Jessica Eye climbed one spot to No. 6, though still one
place behind the women she beat in Houston, Sarah Kaufman, while
unbeaten Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann dropped a position to
The only other changes to the rankings came in the welterweight
division, where Nick Diaz’ continued, ongoing retirement
resulted in the former title challenger falling three spots to No.
9 in the rankings, while his teammate and close friend, Jake
Shields, moved up two spots on the strength of his latest victory.
Ironically, like Eye, he too still trails the man he beat last
month in Brazil, Demian Maia, who sits at No. 5.