MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 21)

Kyoji HoriguchiWith UFC 182 and UFC Fight Night 58 taking place these past few 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. Johny Hendricks 8. Anthony Pettis 9. Ronda Rousey (+1) 10. TJ Dillashaw (+1) 11. Vitor Belfort (+1) 12. Gilbert Melendez (+1) 13. Frankie Edgar (+1) 14. Fabricio Werdum (+1) 15. Daniel Cormier (-6) Sorry folks, we’re not going to punish Jon Jones for his positive cocaine test. He defeated previously number nine-ranked P4P Daniel Cormier this past weekend and cemented himself as the best fighter on the planet. As much as we disagree with some of his personal choices, he’s still the head honcho P4P by a pretty wide margin. We dropped Cormier six spots to number 15 after losing a competitive but also convincing decision in the main event of UFC 182. Middleweight 1. Chris Weidman 2. Jacare Souza (+2) 3. Lyoto Machida (+2) 4. Anderson Silva (-2) 5. Vitor Belfort (-2) 6. Luke Rockhold 7. Yoel Romero 8. Tim Kennedy 9. Gegard Mousasi 10. Thales Leites (+1) 11. Costa Philippou (+1) 12. CB Dollaway (-2) 13. Mark Munoz 14. Michael Bisping 15. Dave Branch Simply making up for lost time. We should have updated this right after Lyoto Machida finished CB Dollaway in a minute nearly three weeks ago for the main event of UFC Fight Night 58, but I was slacking. Regardless, we can’t punish Dollaway too much for losing to one of the best middleweights in the world so we dropped him two spots. It might seem controversial, but we dropped both Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva two spots each due to having not competed in the last year while their counterparts Machida and Jacare Souza have kept busy and put on stellar performances. This could all be rectified shortly as both Silva and Belfort will be competing in upcoming pay-per-views.

Welterweight 1. Robbie Lawler 2. Johny Hendricks 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley 5. Carlos Condit 6. Ben Askren 7. Hector Lombard (+1) 8. Matt Brown (-1) 9. Dong Hyun Kim 10. Jake Shields 11. Demian Maia 12. Douglas Lima 13. Kelvin Gastelum 14. Rousimar Palhares 15. Tarec Saffiedine It wasn’t his best performance, but Hector Lombard won a relatively one-sided decision against the gritty Josh Burkman at UFC 182. Perhaps fans were expecting too much from “Showeather” especially against a fighter who’d never been knocked out before, but Lombard’s victory only helped him move up one spot in our rankings ahead of Matt Brown. Lightweight 1. Anthony Pettis 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov 3. Rafael dos Anjos 4. Gilbert Melendez 5. Donald Cerrone (+1) 6. Benson Henderson (-1) 7. Eddie Alvarez 8. Josh Thomson 9. Will Brooks (+1) 10. Edson Barboza (+1) 11. Myles Jury (-2) 12. Michael Johnson 13. Jorge Masvidal 14. Rustam Khabilov 15. Justin Gaethje Yes, we know Donald Cerrone lost to Benson Henderson twice in the WEC, but that was a long time ago and both men are currently moving in opposite directions. Henderson has been finished in the first round in two of his last three fights (granted against two of the top three at lightweight) while Cerrone has now won six in a row. Regardless of how we have these rankings listed, this will all be settled next weekend when Cerrone battles Henderson for the third time at UFC Fight Night 59. We dropped Myles Jury two spots for losing a lackluster decision to Cerrone, the first professional loss of his career. Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. Joseph Benavidez 3. John Dodson 4. Ian McCall 5. Jussier Formiga 6. Kyoji Horiguchi (+1) 7. Ali Bagautinov (-1) 8. John Lineker 9. Zach Makovsky 10. Dustin Ortiz 11. John Moraga 12. Ray Borg 13. Chris Cariaso 14. Justin Scoggins 15. Wilson Reis
Kyoji Horiguchi is being groomed as one of the next UFC flyweight title contenders. While he didn’t have his most dominant or convincing performance against a game Louis Gaudinot this past weekend at UFC 182, he did more than enough to win and he move up a spot against the currently suspended Ali Bagautinov.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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