UFC fighter rankings: Light Heavyweight division mixed up

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UFC 163 led to a few changes in the official fighter rankings, the biggest of which took place in the light heavyweight division.

A controversial decision in the UFC 163 co-main event has caused some major changes in the rankings of the UFC's light heavyweight division. There was a small amount of movement in other divisions as well, but it was all pretty minor and a lot of it had nothing to do with with what happened at last Saturday's event in Brazil. Without further ado, let's get to it.

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).

The biggest winner in terms of a rankings was Phil Davis. His close win over Lyoto Machida moved him up three spots from the number seven contender all the way to number four. Lyoto Machida's loss dropped him to number two, which allowed the next title challenger, Alexander Gustafsson, to take over the number one spot. Because of Davis' big move, three fighters all dropped one spot - Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Dan Henderson. They now occupy the five, six, and seven spots respectively.

The only other UFC 163-related change came in the flyweight division. John Lineker moved up one spot to number six, passing Louis Gaudinot. Gaudinot was the last man to beat Lineker, but he hasn't fought since then while Lineker has racked up three wins.

In other changes, Dominick Cruz regained his number nine spot on the P4P list, bumping Chris Weidman back to ten; Ivan Menjivar and T.J. Dillashaw flip-flopped the nine and ten spots at bantamweight; Nik Lentz moved up to eight at featherweight, dropping Clay Guida to nine; Gray Maynard took over the number four spot from Josh Thomson at lightweight; and finally, Martin Kampmann passed Nick Diaz for the six spot at welterweight.


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