UFC Rankings Update: Lyoto Machida Takes #3 Spot, RDA #1

The official UFC rankings have been changed…Vitor Belfort and Khabib Nurmagomedov drop a place….

UFC Fight Night 58 went down this past weekend (Saturday, December 20th) rounding off a busy year for the promotion. Sao Paolo, Brazil played host to the last UFC event of 2014, and was headlined by a niddleweight bash between Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway. The match came to an abrupt end after 62 seconds, following a huge body kick by “The Dragon”.

See those highlights here

Renan Barao also returned victoriosly, with a one-sided submission win over Mitch Gagnon. Highlights of that bout here. Following the event, there have been a few changes in the UFC rankings, including Khabib Nurmagomedov dropping to the number two spot behind Rafael dos Anjos. There was some confusion when the two held the joint number one spot after UFC on FOX 13.

Anthony Pettis moves ahead of Cain Velasquez in the pound for pound list, having submitted Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181. Lyoto Machida jumps above Vitor Belfort in the UFC rankings, which now look as follows:

POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Jon Jones
2. Jose Aldo
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Chris Weidman
5. Anthony Pettis +1
6. Cain Velasquez -1
7. Ronda Rousey
8. Anderson Silva
9. T.J. Dillashaw
10. Renan Barao
11. Robbie Lawler
12. Johny Hendricks
13. Dominick Cruz
14. Daniel Cormier
15. Vitor Belfort

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FLYWEIGHT

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. John Dodson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Ian McCall
4. John Moraga
5. Jussier Formiga
6. John Lineker
7. Ali Bagautinov
8. Chris Cariaso
9. Zack Makosvky
10. Tim Elliot
11. Kyoji Horiguchi
12. Dustin Ortiz +1
13. Brad Pickett -1
14. Chico Camus
15. Louis Gaudinot

BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: T.J. Dillashaw
1. Renan Barao
2. Dominick Cruz
3. Urijah Faber
4. Rafael Assuncao
5. Michael McDonald
6. Takeya Muzigaki
7. Eddie Wineland
8. Iuri Alcantara
9. Johny Eduardo
10. Bryan Caraway
11. Francisco Rivera
12. Erik Perez +1
13. Alex Caceres -1
14. Mitch Gagnon
15. Joe Soto

FEATHERWEIGHT

Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Ricardo Lamas
4. Cub Swanson
5. Conor McGregor
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Dennis Bermudez
8. Nik Lentz  +1
9. Dennis Siver -1
10. Charles Oliveira
11. Jeremy Stephens
12. Clay Guida
13. Max Holloway +1
14. Darren Elkins -1
15. Hacran Dias *NR

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LIGHTWEIGHT

Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov -1
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Donald Cerrone
5. Benson Henderson
6. Edson Barboza
7. Josh Thomson
8. Myles Jury
9. Bobby Green
10. Eddie Alvarez +1
11. Jim Miller -1
12. Michael Johnson
13. Jorge Masvidal
14. Nate Diaz
15. Rustam Khabilov

WELTERWEIGHT

Champion: Robbie Lawler
1. Johny Hendricks
2. Rory MacDonald
3. Tyron Woodley
4. Carlos Condit
5. Matt Brown
6. Hector Lombard
7. Kelvin Gastelum
8. Demian Maia
9. Tarec Saffiedine
10. Dong Hyun Kim
11. Jake Ellenberger
12. Rick Story
13. Jordan Mein
14. Gunnar Nelson
15. Ryan LaFlare

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Champion: Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Jacare Souza
3. Lyoto Machida +1
4. Vitor Belfort -1
5. Luke Rockhold
6. Yoel Romero
7. Tim Kennedy
8. Gegard Mousasi
9. Michael Bisping
10. C.B. Dollaway
11. Thales Leites
12. Costas Philippou
13. Tim Boetsch
14. Mark Munoz
15. Francis Carmont

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Anthony Johnson
4. Rashad Evans
5. Phil Davis
6. Glover Teixeira
7. Ryan Bader
8. Dan Henderson
9. Ovince St. Preux -1
10. Jimi Manuwa
11. Mauricio Rua
12. Rafael Cavalcante
13. Fabio Maldonado
14. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
15. Vitor Belfort

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HEAVYWEIGHT

Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Fabricio Werdum *interim champion
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Travis Browne
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Mark Hunt
6.Josh Barnett
7. Andrei Arlovski
8. Antonio Silva
9. Roy Nelson
10. Ben Rothwell
11. Alistair Overeem
12. Matt Mitrione
13. Frank Mir
14. Gabriel Gonzaga
15. Stefan Struve

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT

Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Miesha Tate
3. Sara McMann
4. Alexis Davis
5. Sarah Kaufman
6. Jessica Eye
7. Liz Carmouche
8. Bethe Correira
9. Amanda Nunes
10. Jessica Andrade
11. Julianna Pena
12. Raquel Pennington
13. Germaine de Randamie
14. Holly Holm
15. Leslie Smith

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

Champion : Carla Esparza
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2. Claudia Gadelha
3. Jessica Penne
4. Rose Namajunas
5. Tecia Torres
6. Joanne Calderwood
7. Randa Markos
8. Felice Herrig
9. Aisling Daly
10. Paige VanZant +1
11. Heather Clark -1
12. Juliana Lima
13. Angela Hill
14. Bec Rawlings
15. Seohee Ham






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