For the first time since we started doing these particular rankings, the SB Nation pound-for-pound rankings finally been mixed up a bit. We can thank Chris Weidman for that after he defeated reigning P4P # 1 Anderson Silva at UFC 162 last weekend. So this time around, we have a new top dog and a new member of the list. But where did Silva and Weidman end up?
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. At present, this does not affect anyone who would generally be considered a Top 10 P4P fighter).
It's not surprising that the former # 2 and 3 guys, Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre, are now slotted in at 1 and 2 unanimously. But things get a bit fuzzy after that. Four of us believed that Jose Aldo belonged in the three spot, while one had him at four and another had him at 5. Nonetheless, it was enough to claim 3. The former kingpin Silva fell to number four, which is where three of our panel members had him. One had him at three, one at five, and one at seven.
Cain Velasquez and Ben Henderson flipped the five and six spots, though I'm not sure why. The new middleweight champion made his P4P debut at seven, after all six panelists ranked him differently. He received votes from five of the six panelists, all the way from three to nine. I was the only one who didn't rank him at all. Why? Well, I believe that P4P has more to do with a body of work than just ladder rankings, and beating a P4P guy doesn't automatically earn you a berth on the list. Plus, the fight was so weird that I'm just not convinced he belongs there yet. The rematch should settle that for me.
Rounding out the list is Renan Barao at eight (no movement), Demetrious Johnson at nine (dropped two spots), and Dominick Cruz at 10. Johny Hendricks fell off the list but still received votes from two panelists, while Ronda Rousey and Anthony Pettis also got a vote.