MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 19)

Robbie LawlerWith UFC Fight Night 57, One FC 23, UFC 181, Invicta FC 10 and The Ultimate Fighter season 20 taking place these past three weeks, 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! Pound-for-Pound 1. Jon Jones 2. Demetrious Johnson 3. Jose Aldo 4. Chris Weidman 5. Cain Velasquez 6. Dominick Cruz 7. Anthony Pettis (+1) 8. Daniel Cormier (+1) 9. Ronda Rousey (+1) 10. TJ Dillashaw (+1) 11. Frankie Edgar (+3) 12. Vitor Belfort 13. Fabricio Werdum (+2) 14. Robbie Lawler (NR) 15. Johny Hendricks (-8) Huge shake-up in our pound-for-pound rankings with #7 Johny Hendricks losing his welterweight title via split decision to Robbie Lawler, who debuts at #14 overall. Lawler replaces Gilbert Melendez in the rankings, who was finished via second round submission by Anthony Pettis, who takes Hendricks’ old spot at #7. Heavyweight  1. Cain Velasquez 2. Fabricio Werdum 3. Junior dos Santos 4. Travis Browne 5. Stipe Miocic 6. Mark Hunt 7. Josh Barnett 8. Andrei Arlovski 9. Vitaly Minakov 10. Bigfoot Silva 11. Gabriel Gonzaga 12. Ben Rothwell 13. Roy Nelson 14. Alistair Overeem 15. Matt Mitrione (NR) Nothing crazy. We dropped Brendan Schaub out of our top 15 rankings after his thorough dismantling via Travis Browne (and then Joe Rogan). It might not last long considering he’s fighting this weekend, but we debuted Matt Mitrione in our top 15, who’s slated to compete opposite #11 Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday night for UFC on Fox 13. Light Heavyweight

1. Jon Jones 2. Alexander Gustafsson 3. Daniel Cormier 4. Anthony Johnson 5. Rashad Evans 6. Phil Davis 7. Glover Texeira 8. Ryan Bader 9. Ovince St. Preux (+1) 10. Emanuel Newton (+1) 11. Rafael Cavalcante (+1) 12. Quinton Jackson (+1) 13. Jan Blachowicz (+1) 14. Jimi Manuwa (+1) 15. Liam McGeary (NR) With the announcement of Dan Henderson’s return to the middleweight division, we decided to remove him from our light heavyweight rankings. In his place, Liam McGeary makes his rankings debut. The undefeated UK fighter has a dynamic submission and striking game, which leads to a plethora of quick finishes. McGeary is slated to fight #10 Emanuel Newton for the Bellator light heavyweight title early next year. Welterweight 1. Robbie Lawler (+1) 2. Johny Hendricks (-1) 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley 5. Carlos Condit 6. Ben Askren 7. Matt Brown 8. Hector Lombard 9. Dong Hyun Kim 10. Jake Shields 11. Demian Maia 12. Douglas Lima 13. Kelvin Gastelum 14. Tarec Saffiedine  15. Rousimar Palhares The only change here is we’re flip-flopping Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Their fight was crazy close so we’re not going to punish Hendricks too hard for losing a split decision. Lightweight 1. Anthony Pettis 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (+1) 3. Gilbert Melendez (-1) 4. Rafael dos Anjos 5. Ben Henderson 6. Donald Cerrone 7. Eddie Alvarez 8. Josh Thomson (+1) 9. Myles Jury (+1) 10. Will Brooks (+1) 11. Edson Barboza (NR) 12. Nate Diaz 13. Michael Johnson 14. Jorge Masvidal 15. Rustam Khabilov Edson Barboza makes his lightweight rankings debut for his very one-sided striking clinic against Bobby Green, who we’ve decided to remove from our rankings entirely. This might be a controversial decision, but we don’t like where Green’s head is right now, especially with all the retirement talk. If he can bounce back strong, we’ll reconsider our decision. Also, Gilbert Melendez drops a spot for getting finished by Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 181 for the lightweight title. All hail your new #2 King Khabib! Featherweight
1. Jose Aldo 2. Frankie Edgar (+1) 3. Chad Mendes (-1) 4. Ricardo Lamas 5. Patricio Pitbull (+1) 6. Conor McGregor (+1) 7. Cub Swanson (-2) 8. Dustin Poirier 9. Pat Curran 10. Dennis Bermudez 11. Nik Lentz 12. Jeremy Stephens 13. Daniel Straus 14. Charles Oliveira 15. Dennis Siver Frankie Edgar moves up to #2 overall due to his very impressive dominating performance against Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 57. Swanson drops two spots after getting finished in the fifth round of his title eliminator bout Bantamweight 1. Dominick Cruz 2. TJ Dillashaw 3. Renan Barao 4. Urijah Faber 5. Rafael Assuncao 6. Michael McDonald 7. Marlon Moraes 8. Iuri Alcantara 9. Takeya Mizugaki 10. Bibiano Fernandes (+1) 11. Johnny Eduardo (-1) 12. Joe Warren 13. Eddie Wineland 14. Kyung Ho Kang 15. Eduardo Dantas Bibiano Fernandes jumps a spot for his second round rear naked choke victory over Dae Hwan Kim at One FC 23 this past weekend. Fernandes has won nine straight fights and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, although we wish he could have some more tests against stronger overall competition.
Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. Joseph Benavidez (+1) 3. John Dodson (-1) 4. Ian McCall 5. Jussier Formiga 6. Ali Bagautinov 7. Kyoji Horiguchi 8. John Lineker 9. Zach Makovsky 10. Dustin Ortiz 11. John Moraga 12. Ray Borg 13. Chris Cariaso 14. Justin Scoggins 15. Wilson Reis Joseph Benavidez jumps up a notch for his dominant showing against Dustin Ortiz. We moved him past John Dodson due to Dodson’s current knee injury he’s recovering from which will keep him out of action for a considerable time. We also decided not to drop Ortiz in the rankings due to how game he was in the fight, never giving up despite facing a superior competitor. Women’s Bantamweight 1. Ronda Rousey 2. Cat Zingano 3. Sara Kaufman 4. Miesha Tate 5. Alexis Davis 6. Sara McMann 7. Jessica Eye 8. Lauren Murphy 9. Bethe Correira 10. Holly Holm 11. Jessica Andrade 12. Liz Carmouche 13. Amanda Nunes 14. Irene Aldana (+1) 15. Tonya Evinger (NR) Nothing crazy here, but we rewarded Tonya Evinger for scoring her sixth straight victory this past weekend at Invicta FC 10. Evinger has big wins over Sarah D’Alelio, Carina Damm and Ediane Gomes on her current streak, which is very impressive. She replaces Julianna Pena, who’s been out of action for over a year due to a horrific knee injury. Women’s Strawweight 1. Jessica Aguilar 2. Claudia Gadelha 3. Carla Esparza 4. Ayaka Hamasaki 5. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+1) 6. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+1) 7. Rose Namajunas (+7) 8. Joanne Calderwood (-3) 9. Mizuki Inoue 10. Randa Markos (+3) 11. Tecia Torres (-3) 12. Katja Kankaanpaa (-2) 13. Jessica Penne (-2) 14. Stephanie Eggink (-2) 15. Alexa Grasso (NR) The strawweight rankings are all over the place after several high profile bouts in the past three weeks. The biggest benefactor was Rose Namajunas, who jumps a whopping seven spots for finishing previously #5-ranked Joanne Calderwood in the second biggest upset of the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter. Randa Markos continues her climb after finishing Felice Herrig in the first round of their fight on the show while Tecia Torres drops three more spots after losing for the second time, this time via majority decision to #3-ranked Carla Esparza. Torres needs to put more time in on her wrestling if she wants to compete with the elite at 115. Lastly, rising undefeated prospect Alexa Grasso makes her debut after absolutely destroying former WSOF title challenger Alida Gray via first round TKO at Invicta FC 10.