UFC fighter rankings: UFC on Fuel 10 doesn't change much

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An event that was light in relevant fights led to barely a ripple in the official UFC rankings this week.

The official UFC rankings haven't seen much in the line of changes over the past few months other than in the lightweight division. With no titles changing hands in 2013 as of yet and a lack of major upsets, we're left with the same familiar faces. UFC on Fuel 10 didn't have many of those faces to start with, so it's not surprising that the rankings were barely touched by Saturday's event in Brazil. But we can go through the few minor fluctuations at least.

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 Steph Daniels).

The one somewhat important shakeup came in the heavyweight division. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's second-round submission loss to Fabricio Werdum caused him to slip from the eight position down to ten. Travis Browne and Mark Hunt each moved up one spot, to eight and nine respectively. Werdum didn't move from the three spot, but that's not very surprising considering who is ahead of him.

The two other changes were just delayed adjustments. Gray Maynard somehow moved back up a spot in the lightweight rankings to the number four position, while Josh Thomson dropped to five. Maybe T.J. Grant getting the title shot over Thomson convinced a few people to drop him down? I don't know, it's kind of odd. Also in the bantamweight division, T.J. Dillashaw and Ivan Menjivar flipped spots with Dillashaw going up to nine and Menjivar dropping to 10.

And that's a wrap. I don't see UFC 161 causing a whole of change either, but maybe UFC 162 will flip things around a bit.


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