With UFC Fight Night 52 and Bellator 125 taking place this past weekend, 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! Heavyweight 1. Cain Velasquez 2. Fabricio Werdum 3. Junior dos Santos 4. Mark Hunt (+2) 5. Travis Browne (-1) 6. Stipe Miocic (-1) 7. Josh Barnett 8. Andrei Arlovski (+1) 9. Vitaly Minakov (+1) 10. Bigfoot Silva (+1) 11. Gabriel Gonzaga (+1) 12. Ben Rothwell (+1) 13. Roy Nelson (-5) 14. Alistair Overeem 15. Brendan Schaub The biggest movers and shakers in the heavyweight division revolved around Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt. Both men duked it out in the main event of UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan this past Saturday morning. Nelson was competitive, looking for takedowns to exploit Hunt’s submission defense, but he was unable to keep the former K-1 Grand Prix champion in precarious positions for long and wound up becoming another walk-off knockout victim of “The Super Samoan” after eating a brutal uppercut just past the midway point of round two. Lightweight
Bantamweight 1. TJ Dillashaw 2. Renan Barao 3. Urijah Faber 4. Rafael Assuncao 5. Michael McDonald 6. Takeya Mizugaki 7. Marlon Moraes 8. Eduardo Dantas 9. Iuri Alcantara 10. Johnny Eduardo 11. Bibiano Fernandes 12. Eddie Wineland 13. Bryan Caraway 14. Kyung Ho Kang (NR) 15. Francisco Rivera (-1) Kyung Ho Kang makes his top 15 rankings debut after his stellar performance against Michinori Tanaka on the UFC Fight Night 52 preliminary card, earning the prestigious “Fight of the Night” award in the process in what many are calling the best fight of 2014. Kang demonstrated incredible transitions and back-taking ability throughout the contest and his strong first and third rounds in particular helped him walk away with a split decision in hostile territory against a very solid previously unbeaten prospect. Dropping out of the top 15 is Alex Caceres, who’s lack of takedown defense continues to be a problem.
Kyoji Horiguchi continues to impress, defeating Jon Delos Reyes this past weekend on the UFC Fight Night 52 main card in violent fashion, scoring his first UFC stoppage victory in the process. The talented young Japanese fighter appears to be a legitimate prospect at flyweight and could be a definite title contender in 2015 if he keeps it up.