With UFC Fight Night 45 and 46 taking place last week, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Brad Taschuk (@BradTaschuk) 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! Light Heavyweight
1. Jon Jones 2. Alexander Gustafsson 3. Daniel Cormier 4. Rashad Evans 5. Glover Texeira 6. Anthony Johnson 7. Phil Davis 8. Emanuel Newton 9. Ryan Bader 10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 11. Dan Henderson 12. Mauricio Rua 13. Rafael Cavalcante 14. Quinton Jackson 15. Ilir Latifi (NR)
Nothing special, but we felt that Ilir Latifi showcased a new side of his game this past week. His win over Chris Dempsey isn’t a big one, but he looks to be dangerous both on the feet and on the ground, so since he has some momentum, we felt he deserved a spot in the top 15 instead of Jimi Manuwa. Welterweight 1. Johny Hendricks 2. Robbie Lawler 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley 5. Matt Brown 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 14. Rousimar Palhares 15. Kelvin Gastelum (NR) This is another case where we’re going with a fighter who has some momentum in Gastelum instead of someone who we feel is going the opposite direction in Jake Ellenberger. 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. Donald Cerrone (+1) 10. Nate Diaz (-1) 11. Myles Jury (+1) 12. Michael Johnson (NR) 13. Justin Gaethje 14. Michael Chandler 15. Will Brooks
There are several changes at lightweight. Donald Cerrone is up after dismantling Jim Miller (who is out), passing the inactive Nate Diaz, and we included Michael Johnson in our 15, something that was a bit of an oversight on our end in previous editions of the rankings.
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 12. Clay Guida 13. Conor McGregor (NR) 14. Jeremy Stephens (-1) 15. Charles Oliveira (-1)
Irish superstar Conor McGregor makes his top 15 debut after crushing Diego Brandao. We’ll know a lot more about the “Notorious” one in a few months when he takes on #6-ranked Dustin Poirier at UFC 178.
1. Demetrious Johnson 2. John Dodson 3. Joseph Benavidez 4. Zach Makovsky 5. Ian McCall (+1) 6. Ali Bagautinov (-1) 7. John Lineker (+1) 8. Jussier Formiga (-1) 9. Kyoji Horiguchi 10. Dustin Ortiz 11. John Moraga 12. Justin Scoggins (+1) 13. Chris Cariaso (+1) 14. Ray Borg (+1) 15. Brad Pickett (-3)
Major shake-ups at flyweight as Ian McCall joins the list of contenders, surpassing the recently suspended Ali Bagautinov. John Lineker also moves up a notch after a tremendous showing on Wednesday. Brad Pickett also takes a plunge after losing a lopsided decision to the aforementioned McCall.
Women’s Strawweight 1. Jessica Aguilar 2. Claudia Gadelha 3. Carla Esparza 4. Ayaka Hamasaki 5. Joanne Calderwood 6. Tecia Torres 7. Mizuki Inoue 8. Katja Kankaanpaa 9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (NR) 10. Felice Herrig (-1) 11. Bec Rawlings (Hyatt) (-1) 12. Rose Namajunas (-1) 13. Paige VanZant (-1) 14. Stephanie Eggink (-1) 15. Karolina Kowalkeiwicz Jedrzejczyk deserved to be in the top 15 at women’s strawweight after scoring a vicious second round knockout of former UFC bantamweight Rosi Sexton in her last fight about six weeks ago. The top Polish prospect will be looking to make massive waves in her UFC debut against Juliana Lima on Saturday night in San Jose.