First Ever Official UFC Rankings Announced

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it was announced last week that the UFC would begin producing their own official rankings and that the first set of these said rankings would be collated and released after the completion of UFC 156 which took place in Las Vegas last Saturday. It was felt that having a ranking system would help the more casual fans follow the sport better. Regarding how the rankings will be put together, ufc.com has this to say:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

The UFC website also shows a list of who made up the voting panel and invites other members of the media to apply to be included in the future so as time goes by the rankings should encompass an even greater cross section of opinion. Regardless of the number of individuals on the panel however, due to the nature of how the list is compiled, by being entirely based on opinion it will still no doubt produce much debate on the validity of many positions.

It is worth noting however that these rankings will not necessarily decide future title shots, Dana White said at the time of announcement that they will still look to make the fights that they want and that the fans want to see regardless.

The first set of rankings was released today and here are the results:

Pound-For-Pound

  1. Anderson Silva
  2. Jon Jones
  3. Georges St-Pierre
  4. Jose Aldo
  5. Benson Henderson
  6. Cain Velasquez
  7. Dominick Cruz
  8. Demetrious Johnson
  9. Frankie Edgar
  10. Dan Henderson

Flyweight

Champion: Demetrious Johnson

  1. Joseph Benavidez
  2. John Dodson
  3. Ian McCall
  4. John Moraga
  5. Jussier Da Silva
  6. Louis Gaudinot
  7. Chris Cariaso
  8. John Lineker
  9. Darren Uyenoyama
  10. Ulysses Gomez

Bantamweight

Champion: Dominick Cruz

  1. Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
  2. Michael McDonald
  3. Urijah Faber
  4. Eddie Wineland
  5. Brad Pickett
  6. Brian Bowles
  7. Rafael Assuncao
  8. Scott Jorgansen
  9. Mike Easton
  10. Ivan Menjivar

Featherweight

Champion: Jose Aldo

  1. Chad Mendes
  2. Ricardo Lamas
  3. Chan Sung Jung
  4. Frankie Edgar
  5. Dennis Siver
  6. Cub Swanson
  7. Dustin Poirier
  8. Nik Lentz
  9. Erik Koch
  10. Clay Guida

Lightweight

Champion: Benson Henderson

  1. Gilbert Melendez
  2. Anthony Pettis
  3. Gray Maynard
  4. Nate Diaz
  5. Jim Miller
  6. Donald Cerrone
  7. TJ Grant
  8. Rafael dos Anjos
  9. Joe Lauzon
  10. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Welterweight

Champion: Georges St-Pierre

  1. Johny Hendricks
  2. Carlos Condit
  3. Nick Diaz
  4. Rory MacDonald
  5. Demian Maia
  6. Jake Ellenberger
  7. Martin Kampmann
  8. Josh Koscheck
  9. Jon Fitch
  10. Tarec Saffiedine

Middleweight

Champion: Anderson Silva

  1. Chris Weidman
  2. Vitor Belfort
  3. Michael Bisping
  4. Yushin Okami
  5. Mark Munoz
  6. Constantinos Philippou
  7. Luke Rockhold
  8. Hector Lombard
  9. Alan Belcher
  10. Tim Boetsch

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jon Jones

  1. Dan Henderson
  2. Lyoto Machida
  3. Alexander Gustafsson
  4. Glover Teixeira
  5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  6. Rashad Evans
  7. Mauricio Rua
  8. Phil Davis
  9. Ryan Bader
  10. Gegard Mousasi

Heavyweight

Champion: Cain Velasquez

  1. Junior dos Santos
  2. Fabricio Werdum
  3. Daniel Cormier
  4. Antonio Silva
  5. Frank Mir
  6. Alistair Overeem
  7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  8. Roy Nelson
  9. Stefan Struve
  10. Shane Carwin

There was no ranking given for the Women’s Bantamweight Division on this occasion, most likely as the division has not actually started yet in the UFC, although some will point to this and the fact that Ronda Rousey is the only current UFC champion not to appear in the Pound-For-Pound list as an indicator that the UFC is still very much hedging their bets with regards to the future of the women.

Either way be sure to let us know what you think of this first batch of UFC Rankings, do you agree wholeheartedly? Would you make a couple of changes? Have they missed the mark completely? Whatever you think don’t be shy and let us know either by commenting here, on Facebook or sending us a tweet.

We at Kumite will be starting our own rankings very soon which will encompass the whole of MMA as opposed to just the UFC so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Ross Stevenson

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