Official Rankings Update: 2.25.13

by Chris Palmquist |

After each live event, the UFC polls various members of the media to update it's rankings in each weight division as well as the pound for pound rankings. With only a few meaningful bouts at this past weekend's UFC 157, there was only small movement in some divisions.

Lightheavyweight (Champion : Jon Jones)
1        Lyoto Machida
2        Alexander Gustafsson
3        Dan Henderson
4        Glover Teixeira
5        Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6        Mauricio Rua
6        Rashad Evans
8        Phil Davis
9        Ryan Bader
10     Gegard Mousasi

In the lightheavyweight, Lyoto Machida moved up one spot to the number one spot, and UFC President Dana White confirmed that he would indeed fight Jon Jones next. Alexander Gustaffson moved up to the number two spot, despite not competing, with Dan Henderson's loss.

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       Tarec Saffiedine
9       Josh Koscheck
10     Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler entered the top ten immediately with his win over Josh Koscheck. Lawler was one of the fighters return to the UFC after Strikeforce was dissolved. Despite the loss, Koscheck remained higher in the rankings, having previously been ranked eighth.

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On a personal note, I am also a voting member of the panel and agreed with the movement on the lightheavyweight rankings, but I had Lawler in 9th and Koscheck in 10th as I couldn't see Koscheck remaining above Lawler in the rankings lossing from TKO.


tags: Lyoto Machida (detail)  Dan Henderson (detail)  Josh Koscheck (detail)  Robbie Lawler (detail)  UFC 157      


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Mike Russell site profile image  

3/4/13 10:45 PM by Mike Russell

Edgar is ranked number 3 at featherweight. He has fought once at 145 and he lost. How does that work?

grkblood site profile image  

3/4/13 12:49 PM by grkblood

Koscheck over Lawler? LOL MMA media, good job on that one guys....

Haulport site profile image  

2/28/13 12:06 PM by Haulport

Sports is about immediacy. Rampage/Wandy III is the perfect example. The 4 top ten guys he has beat counts a super close decision over Dan and his "win" over Shogun. So against Rampage, Shogun and Dan he had absurdly close fights that could have gone either way. This is not a great case for being the #1, especially considering he got demolished by the champ already (and recently) and was finished by one of his wins (Shogun, who should have had 2 wins against him).

tonytr site profile image  

2/26/13 11:11 PM by tonytr

Pundits need to get off Frankie's nuts. Also, how the fuck is Ellenberger above Kampmann and Kos above Lawler? As for Machida, he won the Rampage fight. Everybody knows it. He's 1-1 with Shogun, and his only other loss is to the #2 p4p in the world.

SupesUp site profile image  

2/26/13 10:57 PM by SupesUp

Remember when everyone wanted ufc to have rankings. Then there were rankings, then everyone complained. Seems par for the mma fan base course.

EckY site profile image  

2/26/13 10:55 PM by EckY

UFC rankings are laughable, they are nothing but a popularity contest for the media.

jsize03 site profile image  

2/26/13 10:46 PM by jsize03

I never said Randy was Top 10, nor is he in the current rankings. However, Lyoto has beaten 4 of the current Top 10, while finishing 2. He also just beat the former #1 contender. As far as the fights, he was robbed against Rampage. He's also had many fights cancelled. He fought ONCE in 2012. Not really fair to say he only has 3 wins when it's not his fault that his opponents got injured and his fight was scrapped.

Haulport site profile image  

2/26/13 10:05 PM by Haulport

He doesn't have 4 wins in the last three years. That's an extremely long time in sports. Randy was not top ten:- He had a pathetic fight against Vera.- A fight against Coleman that made Dana tell Coleman to retire because he was afraid he might die in the cage (this is not an exaggeration)- Then got his teeth knocked out by Lyoto and promptly retired at the age of 48Randy was well respected (as he should be) and very dangerous as always but he was a 48 yo man who had two awful wins at 205 in 5 years when Lyoto beat him.That is the definition of a meaningless win. And there's nothing misleading about saying that one of his three wins in the "win streak" you specifically used to defend him was Toney. That was a JOKE, side-show fight against an mma AMATEUR and shouldn't be counted in any "win streak".Counting that fight is MISLEADING...So again, I love Lyoto but he has:- Three losses (Two finishes) in three years.- Only three wins in three years.- One of them against a 48 yo man who was winding down a long career and who had accomplished nothing in the past five years (at that point) at LHW.- Another win was a razor thin decision over Hendo- The third was a good, solid win over Bader who at the time was 2-2 having been finished twice with a defeat of non-ranked Jason Brilz and a LnP job on RampageIn the past three years he is a 3-3 fighter with two marginal wins and two horrible losses.BTW: I am a HUGE fan of Lyoto...and he is not the #1 contender...

Authority Figure site profile image  

2/26/13 7:51 PM by Authority Figure

the media are only allowed to vote on UFC fighters. lol

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

2/26/13 5:55 PM by SQUEEZIE

so why did lawler not get put above kos if he beat him?and he won more convincingly. its not rocket surgery.and when people beat the number one contender previously it never automatically made them the number one contender.