UFC fighter rankings: Shakeups at heavyweight, light heavyweight

USA TODAY Sports

Finally there's been some movement in the UFC fighter rankings. Heavyweight and light heavyweight both saw a few changes.

Finally, some action! UFC 161 wasn't the most relevant event ever, especially after injuries decimated the card. But an upset in the heavyweight co-main event and a close light heavyweight main event led to some changes in those two divisions in the official UFC rankings. As for everything else? Other than one minor variance at lightweight - nothing.

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).

We'll start at heavyweight. Stipe Miocic's upset of Roy Nelson completely re-arranged the bottom half of the division. It also made ranking some of them a headache. For example, Nelson and Mark Hunt have beaten Stefan Struve. But Struve beat Miocic. And now Miocic has beaten Nelson. There's also the recent addition of Josh Barnett to take into account. So how did this affect things?

Well, Nelson fell from five to seven. Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir each benefited from that, moving up one spot to five and six respectively. Miocic entered the rankings at eight. Travis Browne slipped one spot to nine. And Barnett enters the rankings at number 10. Formerly ranked Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are now out of the rankings.

At light heavyweight, Dan Henderson's loss cost him dearly in the rankings. He plummeted from three to six. Glover Teixeira moved up the ladder from four to three, while Evans moved up two spots from six to four - above the guy that beat him a few months ago, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The only other minor change saw Josh Thomson regain his number four spot at lightweight, bumping Gray Maynard back to five. They have flip-flopped the spots after three successive cards now.

So folks, what do you make of the tough-to-rank heavyweight division right now?


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