Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The official UFC fighter rankings aren't even close to perfect yet, but UFC 157 did shake them up a bit.
I'm sure you've heard by now that the UFC is doing their own version of official rankings. It's still early in the process and selected media members have only been asked to submit their lists three times so far, but things were updated today in the aftermath of UFC 157 and there were a few changes. Some were cosmetic since they're gradually adding more media members (for instance, Erik Koch slipped two more slots at featherweight, while Scott Jorgensen and Brian Bowles flipped spots at bantamweight), but the UFC 157 results have changes things in a couple of divisions at least.
The biggest changes came in the light heavyweight division and the welterweight division. Dan Henderson, who was previously listed as the consensus number one contender to Jon Jones, slipped two spots to number three (the champion isn't listed numerically, only challengers are). Lyoto Machida moved from two to one, and Alexander Gustafsson moved from three to two. An impressive performance in his UFC on Fuel 9 bout with Gegard Mousasi (currently ranked at 10) might just move Gustafsson into the media's top contender spot.
At 170, things are still kind of weird. Robbie Lawler makes his debut on the list after his first-round TKO finish of Josh Koscheck, and he sits in the 10 spot. Somehow Koscheck is still above him though, currently sitting in the number nine position. Hopefully media members take care of that soon. The biggest benefactor of this wacky week in the UFC (which included the release of ranked fighter Jon Fitch) was Tarec Saffiedine, who moved up to the eight spot.
In other news, Chael Sonnen is finally ranked. At number nine. At middleweight. In other words, we're probably going to have to wait a couple of months before these rankings actually reflect a true consensus. In the meantime though, they're fun to debate.