UFC Rankings – November 8th, 2013

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

No. 4.

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.

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (November 8, 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 Timothy Elliott

8 Chris Cariaso

9 Louis Gaudinot

10 Darren Uyenoyama

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 Scott Jorgensen

8 TJ Dillashaw

9 Mike Easton

10 Takeya Mizugaki

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 (NR)

Lightweight

Champion: Anthony Pettis

1 Benson Henderson

2 Gilbert Melendez

3 TJ Grant

4 Josh Thomson

5 Gray Maynard

6 Rafael dos Anjos

7 Khabib Nurmagomedov

8 Nate Diaz

9 Jim Miller

10 Donald Cerrone

Welterweight

Champion: Georges St-Pierre

1 Johny Hendricks

2 Carlos Condit

3 Rory MacDonald

4 Jake Ellenberger

5 Demian Maia

6 Jake Shields (+2)

7 Matt Brown (+2)

8 Martin Kampmann (-1)

9 Nick Diaz (-3)

10 Robbie Lawler

Middleweight

Champion: Chris Weidman

1 Anderson Silva

2 Vitor Belfort

3 Ronaldo Souza

4 Michael Bisping

5 Lyoto Machida

6 Luke Rockhold

7 Mark Munoz

8 Francis Carmont

9 Costa Philippou

10 Tim Kennedy (NR)

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Glover Teixeira

3 Phil Davis

4 Rashad Evans

5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6 Dan Henderson

7 Chael Sonnen

8 Gegard Mousasi

9 Mauricio Rua

10 Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

1 Junior Dos Santos

2 Daniel Cormier

3 Fabricio Werdum

4 Antonio Silva

5 Travis Browne

6 Josh Barnett

7 Alistair Overeem

8 Frank Mir

9 Stipe Miocic

10 Roy Nelson

Women’s Bantamweight

Champion: Ronda Rousey

1 Cat Zingano

2 Miesha Tate

3 Alexis Davis (+3)

4 Sara McMann (-1)

5 Sarah Kaufman

6 Jessica Eye (+1)

7 Liz Carmouche (-3)

8 Amanda Nunes

9 Germaine de Randamie

10 Jessica Andrade (NR)