MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 15)

masvidal-cruickshankWith UFC Fight Night 53, UFC Fight Night 54, The Ultimate Fighter season 20 and Bellator 127 taking place this past 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. Anthony Johnson 5. Rashad Evans 6. Glover Texeira 7. Phil Davis 8. Emanuel Newton 9. Ryan Bader 10. Dan Henderson 11. Mauricio Rua 12. Rafael Cavalcante (+1) 13. Quinton Jackson (+1) 14. Jan Blachowicz (NR) 15. Jimi Manuwa (NR)
Jan Blachowicz makes his debut after he not only defeated previously #15 Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53, but he also finished the Swede inside the first round after landing a brutal body kick and following up with punches. Latifi drops out of the top 15 for his poor performance and we also decided to remove Thiago Silva after his second release from the UFC. It appears he won’t be fighting any top flight competition for a long time.
Welterweight 1. Johny Hendricks 2. Robbie Lawler 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley 5. Carlos Condit 6. Ben Askren 7. Matt Brown 8. Hector Lombard 9. Dong Hyun Kim (+1) 10. Jake Shields (+1) 11. Demian Maia (+1) 12. Douglas Lima (+1) 13. Tarec Saffiedine (-4) 14. Rousimar Palhares 15. Kelvin Gastelum Tarec Saffiedine takes a big drop in our rankings due to his lack of signature wins and his third round TKO defeat at the hands of Rory MacDonald this past weekend. While it’s not the worst thing to lose to the #3 welterweight in the world, he was the first person finished by MacDonald since Che Mills over 2 1/2 years ago.


1. Anthony Pettis 2. Gilbert Melendez 3. Khabib Nurmagomedov 4. Rafael dos Anjos 5. Ben Henderson 6. Donald Cerrone 7. Eddie Alvarez (+1) 8. Bobby Green (+1) 9. Josh Thomson (+1) 10. Myles Jury (+1) 11. Nate Diaz (+1) 12. Michael Johnson (+1) 13. Justin Gaethje (+1) 14. Michael Chandler (+1) 15. Jorge Masvidal (NR)

While no super significant lightweight bouts took place this past weekend, we decided to drop TJ Grant out of our rankings due to inactivity. It’s now been nearly 1 1/2 years since he knocked out Gray Maynard and he still is not fully recovered from a concussion suffered in training and does not have a bout scheduled. We’ll have to see him in action again before we rank him. Featherweight

1. Jose Aldo 2. Chad Mendes 3. Frankie Edgar 4. Ricardo Lamas 5. Cub Swanson 6. Patricio Pitbull 7. Conor McGregor 8. Dennis Bermudez 9. Dustin Poirier
10. Pat Curran 11. Nik Lentz 12. Jeremy Stephens 13. Daniel Straus (+2) 14. Charles Oliveira 15. Dennis Siver (NR)

Chan Sung Jung also drops out of our rankings due to inactivity while Dennis Siver debuts after scoring a “Fight of the Night” bonus in his Octagon return against Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53. Former Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus also returned to action and scored an impressive first round TKO of Justin Wilcox in the main event of Bellator 127, so he jumps up a couple notches. Bantamweight 1. Dominick Cruz 2. TJ Dillashaw 3. Renan Barao 4. Urijah Faber 5. Rafael Assuncao 6. Michael McDonald 7. Marlon Moraes 8. Eduardo Dantas 9. Iuri Alcantara 10. Takeya Mizugaki 11. Johnny Eduardo 12. Bibiano Fernandes 13. Eddie Wineland 14. Kyung Ho Kang (+1) 15. Bryan Caraway (-1) Bryan Caraway put up a decent fight against #5 Rafael Assuncao so he isn’t dropped from our rankings, but we decided to drop him one spot. His lack of striking skills is still a problem that’s going to haunt him throughout his attempts to become a player at bantamweight.  

Written by Brian Hemminger

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