Rankings Update: 8.05.13 Shake up in the light heavyweight divsion


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 only a couple meaningful bouts at this past weekend's UFC 163, the light heavyweight division is where we saw the most movement:

Champion: Jon Jones

1. Alexander Gustafson +1

2. Lyoto Machida -1

3. Glover Teixeria

4. Phil Davis +3

5. Rashad Evans -1

6. Antonio Nogueira -1

7. Dan Henderson -1

8. Mauricio Rua

9. Gegard Mousasi

10. Ryan Bader

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With his win over Lyoto Machida (formerly ranked no.1 contender), Phil Davis moved himself up three spots, putting him in fourth. With the loss, Machida dropped one spot, pushing Alexander Gustafson into the top spot. Coincidentally Gustafson is the next to fight for the title, so now Jon Jones will fight the consensus number one contender.


tags: Lyoto Machida (detail)  Phil Davis (detail)  UFC 163   Jon Jones (detail)  


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Another Foob site profile image  

8/6/13 10:42 AM by Another Foob

I don't think Machida and Davis should have traded positions, but it is a little strange. Two of the three guys above Davis are guys he has wins over, but then, he's ahead of Rashad, who also beat Davis.Fight Matrix has a pseudo-scientific list, which does not have these issues.

EckY site profile image  

8/6/13 10:17 AM by EckY

These UFC rankings are a total waste of time, they are nothing but a popularity contest, there is no actual system behind them.

Aaron Becker site profile image  

8/6/13 9:00 AM by Aaron Becker

hmmm, nope, Davis won, look at their records

Big Pookie site profile image  

8/6/13 7:49 AM by Big Pookie

These rankings make about as much sense as James Toney.

Bipolar site profile image  

8/6/13 1:55 AM by Bipolar

Machida's placement is a bit ridiculous. He has 3 wins and 4 loses in his last 7 fights, and is 2 & 2 in his last 4. Both Phil and definitely Glover should be placed higher.

MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

8/6/13 1:26 AM by MasterofMartialArts

Cause Machida won the fight...

yellow wrkahlc is dead site profile image  

8/6/13 1:04 AM by yellow wrkahlc is dead

They did it with Stipe and Roy, so it shouldn't surprise us that they're doing it again. Butthurt media are still butthurt at the decision.

UGCTT_Pervert site profile image  

8/6/13 12:57 AM by UGCTT_Pervert

No way! I can't believe X is ranked higher than Y.

AndersonSilvasMoney site profile image  

8/6/13 12:39 AM by AndersonSilvasMoney

Presumably it's because your ranking is a placement based on the aggregate value of your recent wins/losses. You don't necessarily switch spots if you beat someone higher than you. Machida last two wins were Hendo and Bader with a loss to the champ before that.Davis last two wins were Prado and Vinny. Machida was already at the top and Davis is climbing.