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UFC rankings 01/17/14: Dustin Ortiz moves up two spots in UFC flyweight rankings

(R-L) Dustin Ortiz punches John Moraga
Despite losing to John Moraga, Ortiz's performance earned him a two spot jump.
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Dustin Ortiz benefited more than anyone from UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou – and he didn’t even win.

The up-and-coming prospect moved up two spots in the UFC flyweight rankings to No. 13 following a controversial split decision loss to John Moraga on Wednesday night in Duluth, Ga. His jump was bigger than anyone else’s in this latest round of UFC rankings voting.

Ortiz (12-3), 25, used his wrestling to suffocate Moraga in the first and third rounds. He clearly lost the second, but somehow two judges gave Moraga the fight. The media members who vote on the rankings clearly disagreed. Ortiz is now ahead of Darrell Montague and Darren Uyenoyama. Moraga remained at No. 4.

T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) moved up one spot to No. 5 in the bantamweight rankings due to his impressive unanimous decision beating of Mike Easton. Dillashaw dominated the entire fight, mostly with sharp, technical striking. Easton moved down a single spot to No. 8.

The biggest loser in the rankings this week was a guy who didn’t even fight – in fact, he hasn’t fought in more than two years. Dominick Cruz dropped two spots in the pound-for-pound rankings to No. 15. Cruz has a groin tear and had to pull out of his UFC 169 fight Feb. 1 against Renan Barao, who is now the official UFC bantamweight champion. Cruz was also stripped of his title. He’s ranked No. 12 among bantamweights, which is silly since he’s undefeated in the UFC despite the long layoff.

Urijah Faber, the man who will replace Cruz at UFC 169, jumped up one spot to No. 13 on the pound-for-pound list, just ahead of Gilbert Melendez, who also moves up.

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (January 17, 2014)

Pound-for-Pound
1 Jon Jones
2 Jose Aldo
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Demetrious Johnson
5 Chris Weidman
6 Renan Barao
7 Anderson Silva
8 Anthony Pettis
9 Benson Henderson
10 Ronda Rousey
11 Johny Hendricks
12 Vitor Belfort
13 Urijah Faber (+1)
14 Gilbert Melendez (+1)
15 Dominick Cruz (-2)

Flyweight
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 John Dodson
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Ian McCall
4 John Moraga
5 John Lineker
6 Jussier Formiga
7 Ali Bagautinov
8 Timothy Elliott
9 Chris Cariaso
10 Zach Makovsky
11 Louis Gaudinot
12 Scott Jorgensen
13 Dustin Ortiz (+2)
14 Darrell Montague (-1)
15 Darren Uyenoyama (-1)

Bantamweight
Champion: Renan Barao
1 Urijah Faber
2 Michael McDonald
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Eddie Wineland
5 TJ Dillashaw (+1)
6 Brad Pickett (-1)
7 Takeya Mizugaki (+1)
8 Mike Easton (-1)
9 Iuri Alcantara
10 Francisco Rivera
11 Erik Perez
12 Dominick Cruz *NR
13 Bryan Caraway (-1)
14 Ivan Menjivar (-1)
15 Wilson Reis

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 Darren Elkins
11 Erik Koch
12 Conor McGregor
13 Dennis Bermudez
14 Tatsuya Kawajiri
15 Diego Brandao

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 Jim Miller
10 Gray Maynard
11 Edson Barboza
12 Bobby Green
13 Michael Johnson
14 Diego Sanchez (+1)
15 Rustam Khabilov (-1)

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
9 Tarec Saffiedine
10 Tyron Woodley
11 Dong Hyun Kim
12 Hector Lombard
13 Rick Story (+1)
14 Josh Koscheck (-1)
15 Mike Pyle

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
11 Tim Boetsch
12 Alan Belcher
13 Brad Tavares *NR
14 Yoel Romero *NR
15 Thales Leites

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 Mauricio Rua
8 Chael Sonnen
9 Gegard Mousasi
10 Ryan Bader
11 Jimi Manuwa
12 Thiago Silva
13 Vitor Belfort
14 Lyoto Machida
15 James Te-Huna

Heavyweight
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1 Junior Dos Santos
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Travis Browne
4 Daniel Cormier
5 Josh Barnett (+1)
6 Antonio Silva (-1)
7 Mark Hunt
8 Stipe Miocic
9 Alistair Overeem (-1)
10 Frank Mir
11 Roy Nelson
12 Gabriel Gonzaga
13 Minotauro Nogueira
14 Stefan Struve
15 Brendan Schaub

Women's Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1 Cat Zingano
2 Miesha Tate
3 Sara McMann (+1)
4 Alexis Davis (-1)
5 Jessica Eye
6 Sarah Kaufman
7 Liz Carmouche
8 Amanda Nunes
9 Jessica Andrade
10 Julianna Pena
11 Germaine de Randamie
12 Bethe Correia
13 Raquel Pennington
14 Jessamyn Duke
15 Jessica Rakoczy

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