MMA Oddsbreaker Rankings Update – UFC 159

Pat HealyWith one of the strangest UFC cards in recent memory behind us, MMA Oddsbreaker takes a look towards the rankings and how the outcomes affected each fighter’s standing amongst their peers. Take a look at the full MMA Oddsbreaker Rankings here. The one Heavyweight bout on the card caused a small movement in the rankings, as Roy Nelson jumped ahead of Stefan Struve into 12th position. Of course, May will be a much busier month for the Heavyweight division. Both the UFC Heavyweight Title and the #1 contender’s spot will be on the line at UFC 160, as 4 of the top 10 big men on the planet will be in action. Here’s how the Heavyweight rankings look as of right now: 1. Cain Velasquez 2. Junior dos Santos 3. Daniel Cormier 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Antonio Silva 6. Alistair Overeem 7. Frank Mir 8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 9. Josh Barnett 10. Mark Hunt 11. Travis Browne 12. Roy Nelson (from #13) 13. Stefan Struve (from #12) 14. Gabriel Gonzaga 15. Cheick Kongo With a lackluster performance against Michael Bisping at UFC 159, Alan Belcher drops slightly in this rankings update. The UFC on FX 8 card will have a big impact on the rankings at 185, as #3 Vitor Belfort and #9 Luke Rockhold will square off in the main event. The big fights in the division don’t stop there, as #6 Costa Philippou and #12 Jacare Souza will also be battling for their place in the division’s title picture. 1. Anderson Silva 2. Chris Weidman 3. Vitor Belfort 4. Yushin Okami 5. Michael Bisping 6. Costa Philippou 7. Tim Boetsch 8. Mark Munoz 9. Luke Rockhold (from #10) 10. Alan Belcher (from #9) 11. Hector Lombard 12. Jacare Souza 13. Brian Stann 14. Cung Le 15. Jake Shields Finally, the Lightweight division experienced the biggest change coming out of UFC 159, as Pat Healy makes his debut in the rankings at #11, while Jim Miller drops to #12. Gray Maynard, TJ Grant, Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos all have fights in May that could impact the rankings. Maynard and Grant have an especially important bout, as the winner will be taking on Benson Henderson for the Lightweight title. 1. Ben Henderson 2. Gilbert Melendez 3. Gray Maynard 4. Anthony Pettis 5. Josh Thomson 6. Nate Diaz 7. Donald Cerrone 8. Michael Chandler 9. Eddie Alvarez 10. Rafael dos Anjos 11. Pat Healy (previously unranked) 12. Jim Miller (from #9) 13. Khabib Nurmagomedov 14. TJ Grant 15. Joe Lauzon

Written by Brad Taschuk

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