The SB Nation rankings are back, and this week we're looking at the middleweight division once again. Our last MW rankings post was about 11 weeks ago and there has been a little bit of movement since then. Anderson Silva reigns supreme on top as usual, and will meet Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6th. But Weidman isn't number two anymore on our charts - he has been passed by Vitor Belfort.
As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Brian Hemminger from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow. Check out the fancy chart below to see where we had everyone at:
(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues)
Silva's place at number one is obvious but as I mentioned above, it seems that the number one contender has been passed by a former title challenger. Belfort's huge KO win over Luke Rockhold earned him three of the six votes at number two, which was enough to claim the spot. Weidman received two second-place votes, three thirds, and one fifth. That leaves him at three, with Yushin Okami and Michael Bisping maintaining their sports at four and five respectively.
Constantinos Philippou was the one to benefit from Rockhold's loss, moving up one spot to number six while Rockhold dropped to seven. Things get a little wonky at eight with Ronaldo Souza getting votes for the four, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten spot (I believe it's the first time that all six of us had a fighter ranked differently). Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch round out the top 10. Unlike last time when three other fighters received votes, only the ten listed got votes this time.
Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters
Anderson Silva (1) vs. Chris Weidman (3), UFC 162, July 6th
Mark Munoz (9) vs. Tim Boetsch (10), UFC 162, July 6th