MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 20)

Charles Oliveira 2With The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale, UFC on Fox 13 and World Series of Fighting 16 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. Travis Browne 5. Stipe Miocic 6. Mark Hunt 7. Josh Barnett 8. Andrei Arlovski 9. Vitaly Minakov 10. Bigfoot Silva 11. Ben Rothwell (+1) 12. Matt Mitrione (+3) 13. Alistair Overeem (+1) 14. Roy Nelson (-1) 15. Gabriel Gonzaga (-4) With Matt Mitrione’s impressive first round TKO of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Fox 13, he makes our inclusion of him last week look terrific, jumping up three spots to #12 overall. Alistair Overeem also jumps up one spot for his first round knockout of Stefan Struve on the same show. Lastly, Gonzaga drops down four notches for his defeat. We decided not to move Stipe Miocic or Junior dos Santos because their fight was very close and didn’t impact the rankings enough.

Welterweight 1. Robbie Lawler 2. Johny Hendricks 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. Rousimar Palhares (+1) 15. Tarec Saffiedine (-1) Rousimar Palhares jumps up a spot for finishing Jon Fitch in the first round of their World Series of Fighting 16 main event via kneebar. Yes, he may have a problem with holding onto submissions too long, but he’s still tapping out high level guys in quick fashion and deserves a slight bump. Lightweight 1. Anthony Pettis 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov 3. Rafael dos Anjos (+1) 4. Gilbert Melendez (-1) 5. Ben Henderson 6. Donald Cerrone 7. Eddie Alvarez 8. Josh Thomson 9. Myles Jury 10. Will Brooks 11. Edson Barboza 12. Michael Johnson (+1) 13. Jorge Masvidal (+1) 14. Rustam Khabilov (+1) 15. Justin Gaethje (NR) Rafael dos Anjos has been given the next UFC lightweight title shot after his absolute devastation of Nate Diaz this past weekend at UFC on Fox 13. We moved RDA up one spot for his efforts while we decided Nate Diaz was no longer top 15-worthy due to his putrid performance. The biggest beneficiary of Diaz’s drop is WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, who returns to our top 15 after briefly dropping out due to a lackluster title defense against Melvin Guillard. Featherweight

1. Jose Aldo 2. Frankie Edgar 3. Chad Mendes 4. Ricardo Lamas 5. Patricio Pitbull 6. Conor McGregor 7. Cub Swanson 8. Dustin Poirier 9. Charles Oliveira (+5) 10. Pat Curran (-1) 11. Dennis Bermudez (-1) 12. Nik Lentz (-1) 13. Daniel Straus 14. Dennis Siver (+1) 15. Jeremy Stephens (-3)
Charles Oliveira takes a big leap for his very impressive unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. Oliveira had Stephens in submission trouble from start to finish, and was able to secure top position for a significant portion of the fight while managing to hold his own in the striking realm while repeatedly backing Stephens up into the fence. We decided to give “Do Bronx” a big bump in the rankings. We’ll see if he proves us right. He’ll have to prove he can make 145 pounds in his next fight as well.

Women’s Strawweight 1. Jessica Aguilar 2. Carla Esparza (+1) 3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+2) 4. Claudia Gadelha (-2) 5. Ayaka Hamasaki (-1) 6. Karolina Kowalkiewicz 7. Rose Namajunas 8. Joanne Calderwood 9. Jessica Penne (+4) 10. Tecia Torres (+1) 11. Mizuki Inoue (-2) 12. Katja Kankaanpaa 13. Randa Markos (-3) 14. Stephanie Eggink 15. Alexa Grasso Another week of big shake-ups in the women’s strawweight division. We saw Carla Esparza become the inaugural UFC women’s 115 pound champion, defeating Rose Namajunas via third round rear naked choke. Esparza moves up to #2 in the world, one spot behind the last woman to defeat her, Jessica Aguilar. We also saw the number one contender crowned for the UFC women’s strawweight belt as previously #2-ranked Claudia Gadelha lost a competitive split decision to formerly #5-ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The new number one contender moves up two spots while Gadelha drops two. Underdog TUF standout Randa Markos also drops three positions after losing a split decision to former Invicta atomweight champion Jessica Penne, who moves up four spots for her effort.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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