UFC rankings 12/16/13: Departure of GSP produces plenty of changes

For the first time in more than five years, Georges St-Pierre
does not sit atop the UFC welterweight division.

Last Thursday, the long-reigning champion announced that he was
abdicating the throne and taking an extended hiatus from the sport
to deal with some personal issues, marking the first time since
October 14, 2006 that neither of the two men consider by most to be
the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC (and perhaps MMA as
a whole) – St-Pierre and Anderson Silva – has worn
championship gold around their waist.

With St-Pierre stepping away from the Octagon, the UFC Fighter
Rankings have undergone some changes, most notably in the
pound-for-pound ranks, where seven fighters move up and
women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey debuts at No.
10.

On the strength of his first-round knockout win over rival
Joseph Benavidez on Saturday night, UFC flyweight champion
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson leapfrogs interim
bantamweight titleholder Renan Barao to break into the Top 5.
Following his loss, Benavidez falls one place in the 125-pound
divisional ranks to sit at No. 2.

The other changes of note happened in the bantamweight division,
where former WEC title challenger Scott Jorgensen tumbled three
spots following his debut in the flyweight division, coming to a
stop at No. 10 in the 135-pound weight class. Future opponents TJ
Dillashaw and Mike Easton both climbed one spot, as did Japanese
veteran Takeya Mizugaki.

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (December 16, 2013)

Pound-for-Pound

1 Jon Jones

2 Jose Aldo (+1)

3 Anderson Silva (+1)

4 Cain Velasquez (+1)

5 Demetrious Johnson (+2)

6 Renan Barao

7 Anthony Pettis (+1)

8 Chris Weidman (+1)

9 Benson Henderson (+1)

10 Ronda Rousey *NR

Flyweight

Champion: Demetrious Johnson

1 John Dodson (+1)

2 Joseph Benavidez (-1)

3 Ian McCall

4 John Moraga

5 John Lineker

6 Jussier Formiga

7 Ali Bagautinov (+2)

8 Timothy Elliott

9 Chris Cariaso (-2)

10 Louis Gaudinot

Bantamweight

Champion: Dominick Cruz

1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)

2 Urijah Faber

3 Michael McDonald

4 Raphael Assuncao

5 Eddie Wineland

6 Brad Pickett

7 TJ Dillashaw (+1)

8 Mike Easton (+1)

9 Takeya Mizugaki (+1)

10 Scott Jorgensen (-3)

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

6 Rafael dos Anjos

7 Khabib Nurmagomedov

8 Donald Cerrone

9 Gray Maynard

10 Jim Miller

Welterweight

Champion:

1 Johny Hendricks

2 Carlos Condit

3 Robbie Lawler

4 Rory MacDonald

5 Jake Ellenberger

6 Demian Maia

7 Jake Shields

8 Matt Brown (+1)

9 Martin Kampmann (-1)

10 Nick Diaz

Middleweight

Champion: Chris Weidman

1 Anderson Silva

2 Vitor Belfort

3 Ronaldo Souza

4 Lyoto Machida

5 Michael Bisping

6 Luke Rockhold

7 Mark Munoz

8 Francis Carmont

9 Tim Kennedy

10 Costa Philippou

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Glover Teixeira

3 Rashad Evans

4 Phil Davis

5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6 Mauricio Rua

7 Dan Henderson

8 Chael Sonnen

9 Gegard Mousasi

10 Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

1 Junior Dos Santos

2 Fabricio Werdum

3 Daniel Cormier

4 Antonio Silva

5 Travis Browne

6 Josh Barnett

7 Mark Hunt (+1)

8 Alistair Overeem (-1)

9 Frank Mir

10 Stipe Miocic

Women’s Bantamweight

Champion: Ronda Rousey

1 Cat Zingano

2 Miesha Tate

3 Alexis Davis

4 Sara McMann

5 Sarah Kaufman

6 Liz Carmouche

7 Jessica Eye

8 Amanda Nunes

9 Jessica Andrade

10 Germaine de Randamie