Rankings Update 3.17.14: MacDonald next in line?


After each live event, the UFC polls various members of the media to update its rankings in each weight division as well as the pound for pound rankings. 

With several meaningful bouts at UFC 171, the welterweight division saw a lot of movement. And what's most interesting is who the media believes should face Johny Hendricks next for the welterweight title:

Champion : Johny Hendricks
1     Robbie Lawler +2
2     Rory MacDonald +2
3     Carlos Condit -1
4     Tyron Woodley +7
5     Jake Ellenberger 
6     Hector Lombard +6
7     Matt Brown +1
8     Demian Maia -1
9     Tarec Saffiedine 
10     Dong Hyun Kim 
11     Jake Shields -5
12     Mike Pyle +1
13     Kelvin Gastelum *NR
14     Gunnar Nelson *NR
15     Erick Silva *NR

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After a fight of the night win at UFC 171, Johny Hendricks is now the welterweight champion, but exactly who the number one contender is now is still a question. The  media ranked Robbie Lawler in the number one spot, and his close decision loss to Hendricks could lead to a rematch. If you take Lawler out of the equation, the next highest ranked fighter is Rory MacDonald.

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AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

3/19/14 5:35 PM by AdmiralCackbar

Eh, in this case it makes sense. The fight ended due to injury, and Woodley also has a recent loss to Jake Shields. Then again, Condit is 1-3 in his last four fights, so maybe he should drop down a bit more.

25th site profile image  

3/19/14 5:20 PM by 25th

Still makes no sense, if an un ranked guy fights the champ he becomes the champion, with the win over condit woodley should of taken his spot in the rankings

M Theory site profile image  

3/19/14 4:21 PM by M Theory

Shields ranking is absurd. Him, Condit, and the ATT trio all whoop Rory's ass. 

Judontkneedthisname3744 site profile image  

3/19/14 3:51 PM by Judontkneedthisname3744

HAHA So did i. 

SupesUp site profile image  

3/19/14 3:49 PM by SupesUp

Great fight, might be bad to knock one of them off right now.

warpony site profile image  

3/19/14 3:43 PM by warpony

I want to see Gastelum vs Gunnar.

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

3/19/14 7:48 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

Imo he still is the #1 contender. He made Hendricks eye look like the virgin mary just had her cherry popped

VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT site profile image  

3/19/14 7:36 AM by VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT

It's so shilly in here. Better get my cap and gloves.

bricht07 site profile image  

3/19/14 6:04 AM by bricht07

Do you have a logical explanation of the UFC rankings? i dont think you do.. probably because there isnt oneplease tell me in your high and mighty, delusional mind how the rankings work?

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

3/19/14 3:50 AM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

Do you have any concept of how rankings work?Seriously, do you have any idea?If you look at any rankings if an upset happens it does not make the lower team automatically above the team it beat. It's not how rankings work. If a fighter for example is unranked and beats the #2 fighter, he does not become #2. He might move into the top 10 but he won't go in front of the #2 fighter.