The aftershocks from UFC 168 have reached the UFC Fighter
In the latest iteration of the media-generated rankings, which
have now expanded to list the Top 15 in each division, the greatest
change comes as a result of Chris Weidman’s championship
victory over Anderson Silva on Saturday night.
While the middleweight rankings remain identical, with Silva
maintaining his place as the No. 1 contender, Weidman’s
second consecutive win over the iconic Brazilian produced a
tremendous amount of change in the pound-for-pound ranks.
As a result of the win, the unbeaten New Yorker climbs three
spots and cracks the Top 5, landing in fifth position. The outcome
of the UFC 168 main event also carried to other fighters to new
heights in the rankings as well, as heavyweight champion Cain
Velasquez and flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson each moved
up one place, coming in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. With the
loss, Silva slips four places, landing at No. 7.
The other major changes occurred in the heavyweight division,
where Travis Browne’s first-round knockout win over Josh
Barnett elevated the surging Hawaiian contender to No. 3 in the
division, one spot behind the man he is expected to face next,
Fabricio Werdum. Interestingly, Barnett also managed to move up in
the rankings despite the loss, climbing one place to break into the
Top 5 as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva drops two places in
the wake of his recent suspension.