Rankings Update 4.28.14: 'Rumble' up nine spots to fifth

by Chris Palmquist |

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 172, the light-heavyweight division is where we saw the most changes in positioning:

Champion : Jon Jones
1     Alexander Gustafsson 
2     Rashad Evans +1
3     Glover Teixeira -1
4     Daniel Cormier +1
5     Anthony Johnson +9
6     Dan Henderson 
7     Phil Davis -3
8     Mauricio Rua 
9     Chael Sonnen -2
10     Ryan Bader -1
11     Jimi Manuwa -1
12     Vitor Belfort +1
13     Rafael Cavalcante -1
14     Ovince Saint Preux -3
15     James Te Huna 

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Anthony Johnson made the biggest jump in rankings. When announced that he would return to the UFC in the light heavyweight division, he was immediately ranked fifteenth. Johnson was placed right into the fire at UFC 172, facing Phil Davis who was previously ranked fourth. With the win over Davis, Johnson took fifth in the rankings and Davis moved down three spots with the loss.

With a the moving of Davis down three spots, it made room for Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier to jump up one spot without fighting. The former number two contender Glover Teixeira, who lost to champion Jon Jones at UFC 172, dropped one spot with the loss.

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sgotwalks site profile image  

4/29/14 4:31 PM by sgotwalks


Pura Vida site profile image  

4/29/14 12:37 PM by Pura Vida

His fights against heavyweights, and who you favor are irrelevant to his ranking, so not sure if you have a point of any sort here.

diese1 site profile image  

4/29/14 11:55 AM by diese1

how is it that Vitor choked out AJ and knocked out Hendo is ranked behind both of these guys.

FTUGTT_Mix6APlix site profile image  

4/29/14 11:37 AM by FTUGTT_Mix6APlix

Is this the biggest jump in rankings after 1 fight ever?

gtownhoya site profile image  

4/29/14 11:33 AM by gtownhoya

Wow, this division is shallow.  Rashad, who is ranked #2, is 2-2 in his last 4 fights, having been dominated by Jones and losing to little Nog.  His wins include a split decision over Henderson and a quick finish of Chael.  The sad thing is that, other than Cormier, I can't really make an argument against having him at #2. 

AlbertEinstein site profile image  

4/29/14 10:57 AM by AlbertEinstein

Yeah those ratings are just stupid. Who pays attention to this crap?

Fly Rodder site profile image  

4/29/14 10:47 AM by Fly Rodder

I think the order of each guy within the tier is pretty much interchangeable.JBJGAPGustaffasonBIG GAPRashadTeixeiraRumbleDCGAPDavisShogunHendoVitorChaelGAPThe rest...

younger1990 site profile image  

4/29/14 9:56 AM by younger1990

I think most people figured Davis would win, then he would request either a title shot or number 1 contender. So they matched Cormier and Hendo just to keep Cormier busy. Now that Johnson won it threw everything through a loop and messed it up. I think Johnson Cormier makes the most sense, if Johnson wins that I would say give him a title shot, that would be 2 incredible wrestlers that he would have to beat

GROUNDnLB site profile image  

4/29/14 9:45 AM by GROUNDnLB

It's typical - most of the general population are not north of 6 feet, which is what you need for those weight classes, plus a muscular build. That greatly limits the applicable talent pool from the general population.

TheHebrewHammer site profile image  

4/29/14 9:44 AM by TheHebrewHammer

Great to see a talented fighter finally getting his shit together. Much like Robbie Lawler