UFC Rankings Update: After Controversial Loss, Michael Johnson Stays Put In Rankings

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UFC Fight Night 73 went down this past Saturday (August 8, 2015) from Nashville, Tennessee, and as always, the UFC rankings have been updated.

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 73, former title challenger Glover Teixeira returned to action to take on the previously surging Ovince Saint-Preux. Despite getting bloodied up early on, Teixeira controlled OSP on the mat before securing a fight ending rear-naked-choke.

Teixeira jumped up one spot in the light heavyweight rankings, now sitting at No. 3, while Saint-Preux saw no change, still ranked No. 6.

The co-main event was arguably the most anticipated fight of the night as top-five lightweight Michael Johnson took on the red hot Beniel Dariush, and although it was a solid fight, it ended with a whirl wind of controversy.

Johnson, although possibly losing round three, appeared to have dominated the majority of the bout which is why fans, fighters, and media members were shocked and disgusted when Dariush was handed a split-decision victory.

Dairush moved up two spots for his victory to No. 10, and although he technically lost, Johnson kept his place at No. 5.

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Also on the main card was a pivotal women’s bantamweight matchup between former title challenger, and former Olympian Sara McMann, and Brazilian slugger Amanda Nunes. McMann was likely the favorite going on to the bout, but Nunes made a statement by scoring an impressive first round victory.

McMann dropped three spots down to No. 7, while Nunes rose three spots, and now sits at No. 3 in the division.

Check out the full rankings update below courtesy of MMAMania:

POUND-FOR-POUND 1 Jose Aldo 2 Chris Weidman 3 Demetrious Johnson 4 Ronda Rousey 5 TJ Dillashaw 6 Fabricio Werdum 7 Robbie Lawler 8 Rafael dos Anjos 9 Daniel Cormier 10 Cain Velasquez 11 Anthony Pettis +1 12 Anderson Silva -1 13 Conor McGregor 14 Frankie Edgar 15 Johny Hendricks FLYWEIGHT Champion: Demetrious Johnson 1 John Dodson 2 Joseph Benavidez 3 Jussier Formiga 4 Ian McCall 5 Henry Cejudo 6 John Moraga 7 Kyoji Horiguchi 8 John Lineker -1 9 Zach Makovsky 10 Dustin Ortiz +1 11 Chris Cariaso -1 12 Wilson Reis 13 Ray Borg +1 14 Chico Camus -1 15 Justin Scoggins BANTAMWEIGHT Champion: TJ Dillashaw 1 Renan Barao 2 Dominick Cruz 3 Raphael Assuncao 4 Urijah Faber 5 Michael McDonald 6 Bryan Caraway 7 Aljamain Sterling 8 Takeya Mizugaki 9 Johnny Eduardo 10 Thomas Almeida 11 Eddie Wineland 12 Francisco Rivera 13 Iuri Alcantara 14 Frankie Saenz 15 Erik Perez

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FEATHERWEIGHT Champion: Jose Aldo 1 Conor McGregor (Interim Champion) 2 Frankie Edgar 3 Chad Mendes 4 Ricardo Lamas 5 Max Holloway 6 Cub Swanson 7 Charles Oliveira 8 Jeremy Stephens 9 Dennis Bermudez 10 Nik Lentz 11 Clay Guida 12 Hacran Dias 13 Tatsuya Kawajiri -1 14 Darren Elkins 15 Dennis Siver LIGHTWEIGHT Champion: Rafael dos Anjos 1 Anthony Pettis 2 Donald Cerrone 3 Khabib Nurmagomedov 4 Eddie Alvarez 5 Michael Johnson 5 Benson Henderson +2 7 Edson Barboza -1 8 Myles Jury 9 Tony Ferguson 10 Beneil Dariush +2 11 Al Iaquinta 12 Bobby Green -2 13 Dustin Poirier 14 Nate Diaz 15 Jorge Masvidal WELTERWEIGHT Champion: Robbie Lawler 1 Johny Hendricks 2 Rory MacDonald 3 Tyron Woodley 4 Carlos Condit 5 Matt Brown 6 Demian Maia 7 Dong Hyun Kim 8 Tarec Saffiedine 9 Stephen Thompson 10 Rick Story 11 Gunnar Nelson 12 Jake Ellenberger 13 Thiago Alves 14 Kelvin Gastelum *NR 15 Neil Magny -1

MIDDLEWEIGHT Champion: Chris Weidman 1 Luke Rockhold 2 Jacare Souza 3 Yoel Romero 4 Vitor Belfort 5 Lyoto Machida 6 Anderson Silva 7 Gegard Mousasi 8 Tim Kennedy 9 Michael Bisping 10 Thales Leites 11 CB Dollaway 12 Dan Henderson 13 Derek Brunson +2 14 Robert Whittaker -1 15 Roan Carneiro -1 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Champion: Daniel Cormier 1 Anthony Johnson 2 Alexander Gustafsson 3 Glover Teixeira +1 4 Ryan Bader -1 5 Rashad Evans 6 Ovince Saint Preux 7 Jimi Manuwa 8 Mauricio Rua 9 Rampage Jackson 10 Patrick Cummins 11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 12 Jan Blachowicz 13 Fabio Maldonado 14 Rafael Cavalcante 15 Ilir Latifi HEAVYWEIGHT Champion: Fabricio Werdum 1 Cain Velasquez 2 Junior Dos Santos 3 Stipe Miocic 4 Andrei Arlovski 5 Travis Browne 6 Ben Rothwell +1 7 Mark Hunt +1 8 Josh Barnett -2 9 Alistair Overeem 10 Frank Mir 11 Antonio Silva 12 Roy Nelson 13 Matt Mitrione 14 Stefan Struve 15 Alexey Oliynyk

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WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk 1 Claudia Gadelha 2 Carla Esparza 3 Rose Namajunas 4 Jessica Penne 5 Tecia Torres 6 Randa Markos 7 Paige VanZant +1 8 Maryna Moroz -1 9 Joanne Calderwood 10 Michelle Waterson 11 Jessica Aguilar 12 Felice Herrig 13 Juliana Lima 14 Aisling Daly 15 Heather Clark WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT Champion: Ronda Rousey 1 Miesha Tate 2 Cat Zingano 3 Alexis Davis 4 Amanda Nunes +3 5 Sarah Kaufman 6 Jessica Eye 7 Sara McMann -3 8 Bethe Correia 9 Holly Holm 10 Liz Carmouche 11 Julianna Pena 12 Marion Reneau 13 Jessica Andrade 14 Germaine de Randamie 15 Lauren Murphy

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