As expected, two of the biggest winners at UFC on Fuel 8 over the weekend have moved up in the official UFC fighter rankings. Main event winner Wanderlei Silva wasn't likely to earn a ranking either way, especially since his fight with Brian Stann took place outside of his regular division. But for Mark Hunt and Yushin Okami, the wins were very beneficial. Okami moved up a spot to become the number three contender at 185, while Hunt moved into the top 10 and is now ranked as the number nine contender at heavyweight.
Other fighters were able to make moves without even fighting. Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz flipped the 8 and 9 spots on the P4P list, as did Clay Guida and Nik Lentz at featherweight. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira also passed Roy Nelson and took over the number seven spot on the heavyweight list. And Robbie Lawler predictably moved ahead of Josh Koscheck at welterweight, but Kos did manage to stay on the list in the 10 spot. Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the divisional movement was former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza, who moved up two spots to number eight.
The biggest change was the addition of a women's ranking list, as UFC president Dana White promised. Since there are only 10 ladies signed and the champion isn't ranked, there is no one in the 10 spot. But here's a look at the inaugural UFC women's bantamweight division rankings:
One of the other major reasons for some of the divisional changes was the addition of a few new media members to contribute their rankings. And three of them should probably be familiar to you if you spend much time at Bloody Elbow - Chris Hall, Steph Daniels, and myself. If you'd like to see how we handled our individual picks, just go to the rankings page and choose each individual from the dropdown menu at the top.