UFC rankings 12/29/13: Weidman’s victory alters pound-for-pound list

The aftershocks from UFC 168 have reached the UFC Fighter

Rankings.

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.

UFC FIGHTER RANKINGS (December 29, 2013)

Pound-for-Pound

1 Jon Jones

2 Jose Aldo

3 Cain Velasquez (+1)

4 Demetrious Johnson (+1)

5 Chris Weidman (+3)

6 Renan Barao

7 Anderson Silva (-4)

8 Anthony Pettis (-1)

9 Benson Henderson

10 Johny Hendricks *NR

11 Ronda Rousey *NR

12 Vitor Belfort *NR

13 Dominick Cruz *NR

14 Urijah Faber *NR

15 Gilbert Melendez *NR

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 *NR

11 Louis Gaudinot

12 Scott Jorgensen *NR

13 Darren Uyenoyama *NR

14 Darrell Montague *NR

15 Dustin Ortiz *NR

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

8 Mike Easton

9 Takeya Mizugaki

10 Iuri Alcantara *NR

11 Francisco Rivera *NR

12 Bryan Caraway *NR

13 Erik Perez *NR

14 Scott Jorgensen (-4)

15 Ivan Menjivar *NR

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 *NR

11 Darren Elkins (-1)

12 Conor McGregor *NR

13 Dennis Bermudez *NR

14 Diego Brandao *NR

15 Jeremy Stephens *NR

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 (+1)

10 Gray Maynard (-1)

11 Edson Barboza *NR

12 Bobby Green *NR

13 Diego Sanchez *NR

14 Michael Johnson *NR

15 Rustam Khabilov *NR

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 Martin Kampmann

10 Tarec Saffiedine *NR

11 Tyron Woodley *NR

12 Dong Hyun Kim *NR

13 Hector Lombard *NR

14 Josh Koscheck *NR

15 Rick Story *NR

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 *NR

12 Alan Belcher *NR

13 Chael Sonnen *NR

14 Lorenz Larkin *NR

15 Thales Leites *NR

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

1 Alexander Gustafsson

2 Glover Teixeira

3 Rashad Evans

4 Phil Davis

5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6 Dan Henderson (+1)

7 Mauricio Rua (-1)

8 Chael Sonnen

9 Gegard Mousasi

10 Ryan Bader *NR

11 Jimi Manuwa *NR

12 Thiago Silva *NR

13 Vitor Belfort *NR

14 Lyoto Machida (-4)

15 James Te-Huna *NR

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

1 Junior Dos Santos

2 Fabricio Werdum

3 Travis Browne

4 Daniel Cormier (-1)

5 Josh Barnett (+1)

6 Antonio Silva (-2)

7 Mark Hunt

8 Alistair Overeem

9 Stipe Miocic (+1)

10 Frank Mir (-1)

11 Roy Nelson *NR

12 Gabriel Gonzaga *NR

13 Minotauro Nogueira *NR

14 Stefan Struve *NR

15 Brendan Schaub *NR

Women’s Bantamweight

Champion: Ronda Rousey

1 Cat Zingano

2 Miesha Tate

3 Alexis Davis

4 Sara McMann

5 Jessica Eye (+2)

6 Sarah Kaufman (-1)

7 Liz Carmouche (-1)

8 Amanda Nunes

9 Jessica Andrade

10 Julianna Pena *NR

11 Germaine de Randamie (-1)

12 Bethe Correia *NR

13 Raquel Pennington *NR

14 Jessamyn Duke *NR

15 Jessica Rakoczy *NR