UFC fighter rankings: New rankings feature top 15 in each division

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

The UFC fighter rankings have been changed to include the top 15 in each division, and there were a lot of interesting choices.

There have been some major changes to the official UFC fighter rankings, and not just because of the aftermath of UFC 168. Sure, Travis Browne moved up at heavyweight and Chris Weidman passed Anderson Silva on the P4P list. But the biggest thing is that the lists now include the top 15 in each division instead of 10. That means that a 45 new fighters are now officially ranked by the UFC.

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

Let's just do this division-by-division to save some confusion.

Pound-for-pound - Anderson Silva dropped four spots from three to seven due to his unfortunate injury loss to Chris Weidman, while Weidman moved up three spots to number five. Cain Velasquez and Demetrious Johnson both moved up one spot to three and four respectively. Anthony Pettis fell one spot to number eight. Johny Hendricks makes his P4P debut at number 10, while Ronda Rousey dropped to 11. 12 through 15 is Vitor Belfort, Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber, and Gilbert Melendez.

Flyweight - Zach Makovsky made his debut at number 10, bumping Louis Gaudinot one spot down to eleven. 12 through 15 is Scott Jorgensen, Darren Uyenoyama, Darrell Montague, and Dustin Ortiz.

Bantamweight - Scott Jorgensen fell four spots to 14, because...well, he doesn't fight at 135 any more. Iuri Alcantara takes the 10 spot, with Francisco Rivera and Bryan Caraway at 11 and 12. Erik Perez is at 13, and Ivan Menjivar is at 15.

Women's Bantamweight - Jessica Eye moved up two spots to number five, bumping Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche down to six and seven. Germaine de Randamie fell one spot to 11, with Julianna Pena taking over the 10 spot. 12 through 15 is Bethe Correia, Raquel Pennington, Jessamyn Duke, and Jessica Rakoczy.

Featherweight - Erik Koch is back in the 10 spot, with Darren Elkins dropping one spot to 11. 12 through 15 is Conor McGregor, Dennis Bermudez, Diego Brandao and Jeremy Stephens. Not sure why McGregor is ranked that high.

Lightweight - Jim Miller passed Gray Maynard to move into the nine spot. 11 through 15 are Edson Barboza, Bobby Green, Diego Sanchez, Michael Johnson, and Rustam Khabilov.

Welterweight - Tarec Saffiedine got his number 10 spot back. 11 through 15 are Tyron Woodley, Dong Hyun Kim, Hector Lombard, Josh Koscheck, and Rick Story.

Middleweight - No changes to the top ten. 11 through 15 are Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher, Chael Sonnen, Lorenz Larkin, and Thales Leites.

Light Heavyweight  - Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua flip-flopped the six and seven spots. Lyoto Machida fell four spots to 14 in Jorgensen-like fashion. Jimi Manuwa is at number 11, Thiago Silva's at 12, Vitor Belfort is at 13, and James Te Huna is at 15.

Heavyweight - Travis Browne is up two spots to number three, with Daniel Cormier dropping one spot to four. Josh Barnett actually moved up one spot to five with a loss, because Antonio Silva fell two spots to number six after his recent positive test. Stipe Miocic moved up one spot to nine, with Frank Mir dropping to ten. 11 through 15 are Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Stefan Struve, and Brendan Schaub.

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