UFC rankings 12/9/13: Shogun Rua climbs following KO win in Australia

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s cracking first-round

knockout win over James Te Huna in Australia has launched the

former light heavyweight champion back into contention according to

the latest version of the UFC Fighter Rankings.

Released Monday, the new rankings – voted on by various

members of the MMA media – feature Rua at No. 6 in the

UFC’s 205-pound weight class, up three spots from the

previous installment. Curiously, his victory over Te Huna vaulted

the former Pride standout and UFC champion ahead of two fighters

that have gotten the better of him in the cage in recent years

– Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen.

Henderson, who bested Rua in an epic battle at UFC 137 in

November 2011, slips to No. 7, while Sonnen falls one spot to No.

8.

While Rua’s move up the light heavyweight ranks stands as

the single greatest climb (or fall) of any one fighter this time

around, division with the most activity this time around was

heavyweight.

Following his instant classic with Antonio Silva on the weekend,

Mark Hunt enters the rankings at No. 9, knocking Stipe Miocic down

a spot to No. 10. Now that his light heavyweight debut has been

announced, unbeaten Daniel Cormier begins his descend down the

rankings, trading places with Fabricio Werdum one spot below No. 1

contender Junior dos Santos.

Additionally – and for no real reason at all –

impending opponents Josh Barnett and Travis Browne swapped places

as well, with Barnett climbing to No. 5 while “Hapa”

heads down a spot to No. 6.

 

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (December 9, 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 Ali Bagautinov (+1)

8 Timothy Elliott (+1)

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 (+1)

5 Eddie Wineland (-1)

6 Brad Pickett

7 Scott Jorgensen

8 Takeya Mizugaki (+2)

9 TJ Dillashaw (-1)

10 Mike Easton (-1)

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 Khabib Nurmagomedov (+1)

7 Rafael dos Anjos (-1)

8 Gray Maynard

9 Donald Cerrone

10 Jim Miller

Welterweight

Champion: Georges St-Pierre

1 Johny Hendricks

2 Carlos Condit

3 Robbie Lawler (+1)

4 Rory MacDonald (-1)

5 Jake Ellenberger

6 Demian Maia

7 Martin Kampmann (+1)

8 Jake Shields (-1)

9 Matt Brown

10 Nick Diaz

Middleweight

Champion: Chris Weidman

1 Anderson Silva

2 Vitor Belfort

3 Ronaldo Souza

4 Lyoto Machida (+1)

5 Michael Bisping (-1)

6 Luke Rockhold

7 Mark Munoz

8 Francis Carmont

9 Tim Kennedy (+1)

10 Costa Philippou (-1)

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Glover Teixeira

3 Rashad Evans

4 Phil Davis

5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6 Mauricio Rua (+3)

7 Dan Henderson (-1)

8 Chael Sonnen (-1)

9 Gegard Mousasi (-1)

10 Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

1 Junior Dos Santos

2 Fabricio Werdum (+1)

3 Daniel Cormier (-1)

4 Antonio Silva

5 Josh Barnett (+1)

6 Travis Browne (-1)

7 Alistair Overeem

8 Frank Mir

9 Mark Hunt *NR

10 Stipe Miocic (-1)

Women’s Bantamweight

Champion: Ronda Rousey

1 Cat Zingano

2 Miesha Tate

3 Alexis Davis

4 Sara McMann

5 Sarah Kaufman

6 Jessica Eye (+1)

7 Liz Carmouche (-1)

8 Amanda Nunes

9 Jessica Andrade

10 Germaine de Randamie