MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 22)

UFCAnthonyJohnsonWith UFC Fight Night 59, UFC on Fox 14, UFC 183 and Bellator 132 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! Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones 2. Anthony Johnson (+2) 3. Daniel Cormier 4. Alexander Gustafsson (-2) 5. Rashad Evans 6. Ryan Bader (+2) 7. Phil Davis (-1) 8. Glover Texeira (-1) 9. Ovince St. Preux 10. Emanuel Newton 11. Rafael Cavalcante 12. Quinton Jackson 13. Jan Blachowicz 14. Jimi Manuwa 15. Liam McGeary Anthony Johnson makes a huge leap to #2 overall in our rankings after his thorough first round destruction of Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 14 two weekends ago. Johnson looked like a worldbeater and has now absolutely crushed Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Gustafsson since returning to the UFC as a light heavyweight. He more than deserves his ranking. We also bumped Ryan Bader up to #6 overall after his split decision victory over Phil Davis. It wasn’t the prettiest win for “Darth,” but he got the job done with some superior striking and some rock solid wrestling plus takedown defense. Middleweight 1. Chris Weidman 2. Jacare Souza 3. Lyoto Machida 4. Vitor Belfort (+1) 5. Luke Rockhold (+1) 6. Yoel Romero (+1) 7. Anderson Silva (-3) 8. Gegard Mousasi (+1) 9. Tim Kennedy (-1) 10. Thales Leites 11. Costa Philippou 12. CB Dollaway 13. Mark Munoz 14. Michael Bisping 15. Dave Branch We were expecting some controversy with this decision. That was, until Anderson Silva tested positive for two steroids yesterday. Silva returned from a 13-month injury hiatus to defeat Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183, but he looked far from the Silva of old. He just looked old. The fact that the 39-year old “Spider” is not getting any younger combined with the steroid test and his likely upcoming suspension has convinced us to drop him several spots in our rankings. We firmly believe everyone ahead of him right now could defeat Silva in a fair fight at this point in his career. We also moved Gegard Mousasi up a spot for smashing Dan Henderson in the UFC on Fox 14 co-main event. Thales Leites does not move up for finishing Tim Boetsch because we feel he’s peaked in terms of rankings at this point. Welterweight 1. Robbie Lawler 2. Johny Hendricks 3. Rory MacDonald 4. Tyron Woodley 5. Carlos Condit 6. Ben Askren 7. Hector Lombard 8. Matt Brown 9. Dong Hyun Kim 10. Jake Shields 11. Demian Maia 12. Douglas Lima 13. Rousimar Palhares (+1) 14. Thiago Alves (NR) 15. Tarec Saffiedine Thiago Alves makes his triumphant return to our welterweight rankings following his impressive come-from-behind TKO victory over Jordan Mein this past weekend. Alves weathered the early storm from Mein and then finished him with a resounding body kick and follow-up strikes to put the talented youngster away. Alves still looks a bit rusty, but he was once considered a top three welterweight in the world and he’s still dangerous for nearly anyone. Featherweight 1. Jose Aldo 2. Frankie Edgar 3. Chad Mendes 4. Ricardo Lamas 5. Conor McGregor (+1) 6. Patricio Pitbull (-1) 7. Cub Swanson 8. Dustin Poirier 9. Charles Oliveira 10. Pat Curran 11. Dennis Bermudez 12. Nik Lentz 13. Daniel Straus 14. Max Holloway (NR) 15. Jeremy Stephens Conor McGregor moves up a spot for his impressive second round TKO victory over Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59. We decided to drop Siver from our rankings and replace him with Max Holloway, who’s been on an absolute tear lately. Holloway will have a chance to prove our decision correct if he can defeat Cole Miller next weekend and improve his UFC winning streak to five in a row. Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. Joseph Benavidez 3. John Dodson 4. Jussier Formiga (+1) 5. John Lineker (+3) 6. Ian McCall (-2) 7. Ali Bagautinov (-1) 8. Kyoji Horiguchi (-1) 9. Zach Makovsky 10. Dustin Ortiz 11. John Moraga 12. Ray Borg 13. Chris Cariaso 14. Justin Scoggins 15. Wilson Reis It might not make the most sense, but John Lineker did defeat Ian McCall this past weekend. Say what you want about his future, but Dana White has reneged on his claims before. Lineker missed weight by four pounds and was told he must permanently move up to bantamweight for the foreseeable future by the UFC President. But until he actually makes the move, we’re going to keep him in our rankings. Women’s Bantamweight 1. Ronda Rousey 2. Cat Zingano 3. Sara Kaufman 4. Miesha Tate 5. Alexis Davis 6. Jessica Eye (+1) 7. Sara McMann (-1) 8. Lauren Murphy 9. Bethe Correira 10. Holly Holm 11. Jessica Andrade 12. Liz Carmouche 13. Amanda Nunes 14. Irene Aldana 15. Tonya Evinger Sara McMann started out incredibly well against Miesha Tate, nearly knocking “Cupcake” out in the first round of their preliminary card main event this past weekend at UFC 183. That being said, despite her Olympic wrestling accolades, she has not shown to have much mixed martial arts ability on the ground and at 34 years old, it likely isn’t going to happen. Tate was able to outscramble McMann and outgrapple her overall in the final two rounds to steal a decision, so we’ve dropped McMann a spot in our rankings.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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