MMA Oddsbreaker Rankings Update Sep 14, 2013

Anthony Pettis 2With so many events in rapid succession, the MMA Oddsbreaker rankings were bound to see some shake ups, and that’s exactly the case in this update, as every weight class other than Welterweight and Bantamweight see some sort of change.

Pound-for-Pound

The two biggest changes in the pound-for-pound rankings both feature fighters dropping out of the rankings rather than those joining them. After being defeated for the second time by Anthony Pettis — who makes his own debut at #10 — former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson drops from #5 out of the rankings entirely. Also, due to his prolonged inactivity, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz also drops out of the rankings. Renan Barao jumps in to take Cruz’s spot, and actually moves one notch higher, as he debuts at #5.

1. Jon Jones
2. Georges St-Pierre
3. Anderson Silva
4. Jose Aldo
5. Renan Barao (UR)
6. Johny Hendricks (7)
7. Gilbert Melendez (8)
8. Demetrious Johnson (9)
9. Chris Weidman (10)
10. Anthony Pettis (UR)

Heavyweight

One big change at heavyweight, and it comes in the form of Josh Barnett making a long awaited return to the UFC. He did so emphatically, knocking out Frank Mir inside the first round at UFC 164, and vaulted himself from #10 to #6 in the rankings, forcing everyone else down a notch.

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior dos Santos
3. Daniel Cormier
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Antonio Silva
6. Josh Barnett (10)
7. Travis Browne (6)
8. Alistair Overeem (7)
9. Frank Mir (8)
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (9)
11. Mark Hunt
12. Stipe Miocic
13. Roy Nelson
14. Stefan Struve
15. Gabriel Gonzaga

Light-Heavyweight

Just like heavyweight, only one big change at 205. With his comeback KO over Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira leapfrogs former champions Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson into the #6 spot. Although there are some fighters ahead of him in our rankings, Teixeira is on deck for the next crack at the title Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will be contesting at UFC 165 on September 21st.

1. Jon Jones
2. Alexander Gustafsson
3. Phil Davis
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6. Glover Teixeira (8)
7. Rashad Evans (6)
8. Dan Henderson (7)
9. Ryan Bader
10. Gegard Mousasi
11. James Te Huna
12. Emanuel Newton
13. Attila Vegh
14. Thiago Silva
15. Rafael Cavalcante

Middleweight

It was Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza’s right hand, not his grappling, that carried him from the #9 spot all the way up to #4 as he dispatched Yushin Okami with ease. Souza now enters a league with Vitor Belfort, as both are simply waiting for the saga between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva to reach its conclusion.

1. Chris Weidman
2. Anderson Silva
3. Vitor Belfort
4. Jacare Souza (9)
5. Yushin Okami (4)
6. Michael Bisping (5)
7. Costa Philippou (6)
8. Mark Munoz (7)
9. Luke Rockhold (8)
10. Tim Boetsch
11. Alan Belcher
12. Brian Stann
13. Cung Le
14. Alexander Shlemenko
15. Francis Carmont

Lightweight

A couple of moves at 155, and the first is no shock. Anthony Pettis moves to the #1 spot with his stunning submission of Benson Henderson at UFC 164. The other big change comes in the form of Rafael dos Anjos garnering his most impressive victory with a decision over Donald Cerrone. Finally, Gleison Tibau slides into the 15th spot of the rankings following his victory over Jamie Varner.

1. Anthony Pettis (4)
2. Ben Henderson (1)
3. Gilbert Melendez (2)
4. TJ Grant (3)
5. Gray Maynard
6. Josh Thomson
7. Rafael Dos Anjos (11)
8. Nate Diaz (7)
9. Michael Chandler
10. Donald Cerrone (8)
11. Eddie Alvarez (10)
12. Pat Healy
13. Jim Miller
14. Khabib Nurmagomedov
15. Gleison Tibau (UR)

Featherweight

With his entertaining win over Erik Koch at UFC 164, Dustin Poirier makes the biggest move in the featherweight division by jumping from #12 to #7. Not to be outdone, Darren Elkins debuts all the way up at #10 by virtue of his win over Hatsu Hioki.

1. Jose Aldo
2. Pat Curran
3. Chad Mendes
4. Frankie Edgar
5. Ricardo Lamas
6. Cub Swanson (8)
7. Dustin Poirier (12)
8. Clay Guida (6)
9. Chan Sung Jung (7)
10. Darren Elkins (UR)
11. Daniel Straus (9)
12. Nik Lentz (10)
13. Dennis Siver
14. Hacran Dias
15. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev

Flyweight

One big change at 125 pounds comes in the form of the oft-underrated Tim Elliott moving from being unranked to the #6 spot after dominating Louis Gaudinot. Heavy-hitting, weight-missing Brazilian John Lineker also moves up the rankings from #7 to #5. If it weren’t for the domination of Joseph Benavidez, either man would be deserving of the next crack at champion Demetrious Johnson, but the fight fans want to see at this point is a rematch of the inaugural flyweight title fight from September 2012.

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. John Dodson
4. Ian McCall
5. John Lineker (7)
6. Tim Elliot (UR)
7. Jussier da Silva (5)
8. John Moraga
9. Louis Gaudinot (6)
10. Darrell Montague (9)

Written by Luca Fury

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