UFC Rankings Update: Renan Barao Moves To Number Four Pound-For-Pound


The official UFC rankings have now been updated, and the most significant changes are taking place on the pound-for-pound list; Bantamweight title holder Renan Barao has moved up two places on the list after his first round TKO win over Urijah Faber at UFC 169. In getting that spot, he knocks Flyweight boss Demetrious Johnson and MW champ Chris Weidman down a place each.

Moving from number six to number four, he is only topped by Cain Velasquez, Jose Aldo and number one Jon Jones. I recently posted an article about Barao’s place on the P4P list, referencing UFC President Dana White’s comments. ‘The Baldfather’ stated that Barao would ’Probably be the number one pound-for-pound fighter if he finishes Urijah Faber.’

White is now renowned for his accuracy, or dare I say truth telling, but I actually agreed with his statement there. If you consider that Cain Velasquez got knocked out four fights ago and is now injured, Jose Aldo scored a decision at UFC 169 (ask Ben Henderson what that means) then you could at least argue that Barao should own the #2 spot behind ‘Bones’.

Other factors also include that Barao’s unbeaten streak now stands at 33, he has never lost in a major promotion, has competed more times and all three above him on the P4P list have lost more recently than ‘Baron’. I think that all things considered, Barao deserves the number one spot.

I don’t want to imply that the rankings don’t make sense, but that is the impression that I get from them. Why even have a pound-for-pound rankings list if it makes no sense whatsoever? Should Jones win by decision against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, will he fall three places and be replaced by Jose Aldo?

If decisions and finishes have an effect, why didn’t ‘Scarface’ drop down the list? Undefeated Chris Weidman lost a place after beating the GOAT twice, yet Anderson Silva is only one place behind him. Can anyone make any sense of this?

  • p4p lists are meaningless. It is safe to say the likes of Jones, Aldo, Pettis, Barao AND Faber (despite his loss) Mighty mouse and a few others are all supreme calibre MMA fighters. We all have our favourites and that is all these lists are, a list of favourites. I might get flamed for this but I personally rank Edgar very high on my own list as I believe he won his fights against Henderson and his loss to Aldo was razor thin.

  • The four guys up there are complete monsters…I would argue that Jones should not be on top because he benefits a lot from his size advantage on opponents…that could maybe be said also about Aldo…Cain is a monster and Barao is a little monster….

  • I think it's a joke that Cain is ranked higher than Barao… sure Cain is a beast but Barao with his winning streak should top Cain.

    • For Sure, Barao has gotta be up higher than Cain and I think he's passed Aldo because he's actually finishing opponents (even though he's had the benefit of a couple early stoppages). Jones, Barao, Aldo, Velasquez, Johnson is how I got 'em.

      • I have Barao topping Jones for the simple fact that Gus beat Jones up and in my opinion he lost that fight. I also have Mighty Mouse topping Cain for the fact that he's unbeaten in his division and was running through tough competition before that, that were much bigger than him. To me that's the true definition of Pound for Pound quality. No matter size or weight, still being dominant. The little man has been on a tear!

    • X, I agree with you that Cain should not be ranked above Barao. To me Aldo and Barao are neck and neck as top 2.
      But I think Cain deserves to be up there…maybe #4…he's a small HW, much like Fedor was, and brutally dominated much bigger guys like Lesnar, Big Foot, JDS, etc

  • Aldo, Jones, Barao/Johnson/Weidman. I still don't think Cain deserves top 5 status.

    • You don't think Cain deserves top 5 but Weidman does? really? Weidman is great and is going to be even greater, but he only beat a clowning Silva, won by broken leg and K.O'd Mark Munoz. Other than that his resume is weak. Beating Silva is a great step toward that spot but top 5?

      • Two straight stoppages over the best of all-time gets him in the top 5 for me. There's really no excuse behind each win that takes away from Chris. In one fight he knocked out Anderson in the second, and the clowning that led to it was caused by Anderson having no answer for what Chris was doing. The next was a fight in which Chris almost stopped Anderson after dropping him in the clinch, then damaging Anderson's leg with a technique used to negate Anderson's best weapon in the last fight (the leg kick). There's not much else he needs then those but he has a KO over Munoz and a W over Maia. Cain's list of wins is better, but his KO loss just over 2 years ago puts Chris in the lead, IMO.

  • Has Faber ever faced someone his size or smaller? That guy being ranked below Ronda.lol. Ronda is maybe top 10,000 including males. For me Aldo is 1, Barao 2, Faber 3 but sh*t outta luck. I think Silva is better than Jones and better than Chris as well while also being smaller than both.