MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 5)

Liz-CarmoucheWith UFC 175, The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, UFC Fight Night 43 and UFC Fight Night 44 taking place over the past two weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Brad Taschuk (@BradTaschuk) [former ranking committee member Jason Nawara has taken over managing editing duties at MiddleEasy] have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in the rankings with this update. To access the full MMAOddsBreaker rankings, click here. Disagree? Feel free to give us your take on our rankings either in the comment section here or on Twitter! Pound-for-Pound 1. Jon Jones 2. Jose Aldo 3. Demetrious Johnson 4. Chris Weidman (+1) 5. Cain Velasquez (-1) 6. Johny Hendricks (+2) 7. Anthony Pettis (-1) 8. Daniel Cormier (-1) 9. Ronda Rousey (+2) 10. TJ Dillashaw (+2) 11. Vitor Belfort (-1) 12. Gilbert Melendez (+1) 13. Benson Henderson (+1) 14. Renan Barao (+1) 15. Frankie Edgar (NR) Weidman moves up, as does Rousey as she has consistently proven to be one of the most dominant champions on the current UFC roster. Lyoto Machida drops out after his relatively one-sided loss to Weidman for the UFC Middleweight Title. Last but not least, we gave Johny Hendricks and TJ Dillashaw a bit more love as UFC champions while Frankie Edgar makes his return to the P4P rankings after finishing BJ Penn this past Sunday. Heavyweight 1. Cain Velasquez 2. Fabricio Werdum 3. Junior dos Santos 4. Bigfoot Silva (+3) 5. Travis Browne (-1) 6. Stipe Miocic (-1) 7. Mark Hunt (-1) 8. Josh Barnett 9. Alistair Overeem 10. Roy Nelson 11. Vitaly Minakov 12. Gabriel Gonzaga 13. Brendan Schaub 14. Derrick Lewis (NR) 15. Jared Rosholt (NR) It’s not that anyone else did anything wrong, we just felt that Bigfoot Silva was undervalued in the last rankings. His accomplishments are undeniable and his only losses in the last few years are to the champion Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum and Daniel Cormier, which is nothing to be ashamed of.  Derrick Lewis and Jared Rosholt make their top 15 debuts after scoring some impressive victories in the past two weeks. Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones 2. Alexander Gustafsson (+1) 3. Daniel Cormier (-1) 4. Rashad Evans 5. Glover Texeira 6. Anthony Johnson 7. Phil Davis 8. Emanuel Newton (+1) 9. Ryan Bader (+4) 10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (-2) 11. Dan Henderson 12. Mauricio Rua 13. Rafael Cavalcante (+1) 14. Quinton Jackson (+1) 15. Jimi Manuwa (NR) Chael Sonnen drops out of the rankings due to his drug test failures and subsequent retirement from the sport. We also made some slight adjustments dropping Nogueira due to inactivity and bumping up Ryan Bader, who’s only lost to the elite in the division. Middleweight 1. Chris Weidman 2. Anderson Silva (+1) 3. Vitor Belfort (+1) 4. Lyoto Machida (-2) 5. Jacare Souza 6. Luke Rockhold 7. Gegard Mousasi 8. Yoel Romero 9. Yushin Okami (+3) 10. Tim Kennedy (-1) 11. Michael Bisping (-1) 12. CB Dollaway (+2) 13. Costa Philippou (-2) 14. Mark Munoz (-1) 15. Thales Leites Machida drops a few spots after losing his title fight against Chris Weidman while we felt that Yushin Okami and CB Dollaway were a but undervalued in the previous rankings so they get a slight boost. Welterweight 1. Johny Hendricks 2. Robbie Lawler 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley (+1) 5. Matt Brown (-1) 6. Carlos Condit 7. Ben Askren 8. Dong Hyun Kim 9. Hector Lombard 10. Tarec Saffiedine 11. Jake Shields 12. Demian Maia 13. Douglas Lima (+1) 14. Rousimar Palhares (+1) 15. Jake Ellenberger (-1) This was a case where we felt we punished Tyron Woodley a bit too much for his loss to Rory MacDonald so he gets bumped up slightly. Also, we gave the champions outside UFC a bit more attention as they’ve been nothing but impressive recently. Lightweight

1. Anthony Pettis 2. Gilbert Melendez 3. Ben Henderson 4. Khabib Nurmagomedov 5. TJ Grant 6. Josh Thomson 7. Eddie Alvarez 8. Rafael dos Anjos 9. Nate Diaz 10. Donald Cerrone 11. Jim Miller (+1) 12. Myles Jury (+1) 13. Justin Gaethje (-2) 14. Michael Chandler 15. Will Brooks (NR)
Will Brooks makes his lightweight top 15 debut, while we slightly dropped Justin Gaethje. Gaethje didn’t do anything wrong in his recent title defense against Nick Newell, where he looked impressive, it was just that we felt we had him a bit overvalued. If he continues to win, his stock be back where it was in no time.
Featherweight 1. Jose Aldo 2. Chad Mendes 3. Frankie Edgar 4. Ricardo Lamas 5. Cub Swanson 6. Dustin Poirier 7. Pat Curran 8. Patricio Pitbull 9. Chan Sung Jung 10. Dennis Bermudez 11. Nik Lentz (+4) 12. Clay Guida (+1) 13. Jeremy Stephens (-1) 14. Charles Oliveira (NR) 15. Daniel Straus (-1) Jeremy Stephens drops a spot after losing his main event against Cub Swanson while Charles Oliveira makes his top 15 debut after scoring the first ever submission victory over Hatsu Hioki. We also felt Nik Lentz was underrated at 15 so we bumped him up a few notches. Bantamweight 1. TJ Dillashaw 2. Renan Barao 3. Urijah Faber (+1) 4. Rafael Assuncao (-1) 5. Michael McDonald 6. Takeya Mizugaki (+1) 7. Eduardo Dantas (+1) 8. Marlon Moraes (-2) 9. Johnny Eduardo 10. Bibiano Fernandes 11. Iuri Alcantara 12. Eddie Wineland 13. Bryan Caraway (NR) 14. Francisco Rivera (-1) 15. Alex Caceres (-1) Faber and Assuncao swap places after Faber’s finish of Alex Caceres (who drops down one spot). Bryan Caraway also debuts after finishing prospect Erik Perez a few weeks back. Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. John Dodson 3. Joseph Benavidez 4. Zach Makovsky 5. Ali Bagautinov 6. Ian McCall 7. Jussier Formiga 8. John Lineker 9. Kyoji Horiguchi 10. Dustin Ortiz (+4) 11. John Moraga (-1) 12. Brad Pickett 13. Justin Scoggins (-4) 14. Chris Cariaso (-1) 15. Ray Borg (NR) Ray Borg makes his debut after scoring an impressive first UFC victory while Dustin Ortiz gets a nice bump for his close split decision victory over Justin Scoggins, who drops down a few spots. Women’s Bantamweight 1. Ronda Rousey 2. Cat Zingano 3. Sara Kaufman (+1) 4. Miesha Tate (+1) 5. Alexis Davis (-2) 6. Sara McMann 7. Jessica Eye 8. Lauren Murphy 9. Holly Holm 10. Amanda Nunes 11. Liz Carmouche 12. Jessica Andrade 13. Bethe Correira 14. Julianna Pena 15. Miriam Nakamoto Alexis Davis drops down several spots after being finished by Ronda Rousey in just 16 seconds on Saturday night. Nothing else of note.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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