UFC fighter rankings: Robbie Lawler rockets up the welterweight ladder

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Robbie Lawler was the biggest benefactor in the official UFC rankings after last weekend's UFC 167 event in Vegas.

Apparently the members of the UFC rankings panel were pretty impressed by Robbie Lawler's performance at UFC 167. His win over Rory MacDonald saw him rise up the welterweight rankings quicker than anyone I can remember in the brief history of the panel. Other winners from UFC 167 also rose, and a total of four divisions were directly affected by the results of the event.

You can check out the full rankings here, and use the dropdown menu to see the individual picks of the five BE contributors (myself, T.P. Grant, Chris Hall, Fraser Coffeen, and Stephie Daniels).

First up, we'll look at the welterweight division. Lawler's win over Rory moved him from the ten spot all the way to the number three contender spot, which is huge. MacDonald only dropped one spot to number four, and Jake Ellenberger and Demian Maia also dropped a spot (to five and six respectively). Martin Kampmann plunged three spots to number nine, while Nick Diaz dropped one spot to ten. Obviously Georges St-Pierre remains the champion, and Johny Hendricks maintained his number one contender spot.

The light heavyweight division was also affected by the results of the UFC 167 co-main event bout between Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen. Rashad moved up one spot to number three, passing Phil Davis. And Chael fell one spot from six to seven, allowing Dan Henderson to reclaim his six spot despite a loss earlier in the month.

Ali Bagautinov was the other main benefactor of a UFC 167 win. The Dagestani fighter debuted on the flyweight chart at number eight. This allowed Chris Cariaso to move up one spot to number seven, while Tim Elliott fell two spots to number nine. Louis Gaudinot fell one spot to ten.

Finally, Donald Cerrone used his UFC 167 win over Evan Dunham to move from 10 to 9, bumping Jim Miller down a spot.

Other minor changes not caused by UFC 167 saw Frank Mir and Stipe Miocic exchange the eight and nine spots at heavyweight, and Liz Carmouche move ahead of Jessica Eye for the number six slot despite losing recently.

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