UFC Fight Night 38 was basically a one-fight card, and that shows in the newest version of the official UFC fighter rankings.Other than the light heavyweight division and some minor movement at flyweight, nothing that happened in Natal had much of an effect on the top 15 in each division. There were unrelated (and weird) changes though, so let's take a quick look.
You can check out the full rankings here, and use the dropdown menu to see the individual picks of the three BE contributors (myself, T.P. Grant, and Fraser Coffeen).
P4P - Anderson Silva moved back ahead of Anthony Pettis for the seven spot, dropping Pettis to eight. Pettis had moved ahead of him last week, but that didn't last long. Gilbert Melendez also moved up one spot to 13, bumping Alexander Gustafsson down to 14.
Heavyweight - No changes.
Middleweight - Lyoto Machida passed Vitor Belfort for the number two spot, basically just because he got the title shot and Vitor's on the sidelines due to TRT and stuff. Alan Belcher also passed Brad Tavares for the 13 spot for some reason, despite saying he's basically retired and if he does fight again it'll be at 205. Sure, guys.
Welterweight - No changes. After last week's crazy action, I'm surprised there wasn't a little more delayed movement here.
Featherweight - Jeremy Stephens moved back ahead of Dennis Bermudez for the 10 spot, dropping Bermudez to 11. Tatsuya Kawajiri also inexplicably moved up two spots to 12, dropping Darren Elkins to 13 and Conor McGregor to 14. Erik Koch is still at 15 despite fighting at lightweight now. Sure, guys.
Bantamweight - Mike Easton moved up a spot to six, bumping Takeya Mizugaki to seven. Yes, this actually happened. Despite Easton not winning a fight since July 2012 and not having a current fight booked. I can't even...I just don't know. Erik Perez also moved up two spots to nine, with Dominick Cruz dropping two spots to 11. Yeah.
Women's Bantamweight - No changes.