UFC Fighter Rankings: T.J. Grant moves up at 155, Dillashaw debuts at 135

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

UFC 160 didn't provide a lot of changes to the UFC fighter rankings, but lightweight T.J. Grant did make a jump after his win over Gray Maynard.

The UFC fighter rankings usually see a fair amount of changes after each event but despite a bunch of ranked fighters competing at UFC 160, not a ton changed. Junior dos Santos cemented his place as the number one contender, Glover Teixeira won but couldn't move past some bigger names, and Donald Cerrone's win didn't move him up either.

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).

One guy that did make a move though was T.J. Grant. The Canadian lightweight defeated Gray Maynard by first-round TKO and earned a title shot against champion Ben Henderson. That was enough to move him up two spots from number 5 to number 3. Unsurprisingly, Maynard dropped from the three to five. There was no more movement at 155.

One other development at UFC 160 was formerly-ranked Brian Bowles losing to George Roop. Bowles fell from the weight spot to right off the list. Mike Easton and Ivan Menjivar moved up one spot each (9 to 8, 8 to 7), and Team Alpha Male fighter T.J. Dillashaw makes his debut on the rankings in the number 10 spot. Dillashaw has won four fights in a row, most recently defeating Hugo Viana at UFC on Fox 7.

The only other division affected was heavyweight. Roy Nelson passed Alistair Overeem for the five spot despite not fighting, while Travis Browne passed Mark Hunt for the nine spot due to Hunt losing to Dos Santos.

Finally, Ronaldo Souza passed Constantinos Philippou for the five spot at middleweight, one week after taking out Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8.


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