Everyone argues about rankings. It's just natural because they're so subjective. Of all the rankings categories though, pound-for-pound is the one that incites the most anger because it's completely mythical. Nonetheless, we do compile P4P rankings and in this week's edition of the official UFC rankings, a new fighter has entered the list - T.J. Dillashaw. The Team Alpha Male product claimed the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 173 and is now a top-15 P4P fighter - even though he's below the guy he just beat.
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 - Lots of changes. Renan Barao plummeted five spots from three to eight. This allowed Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson, and Chris Weidman to move up one spot to three, four, and five respectively. Anthony Pettis leapfrogged Anderson Silva and moved up two spots to six. Dillashaw entered the list at 11, which bumped Vitor Belfort to 12, Ben Henderson to 13, Alexander Gustafsson to 14, and Gilbert Melendez to 15.
Light Heavyweight - Daniel Cormier's UFC 173 win moved him up two spots to the number two position. That bumped Rashad Evans to three and Glover Teixeira to four. Dan Henderson fell one spot to seven with his loss, allowing Phil Davis to move back up one spot to six. Ovince St. Preux also moved into a tie for 13th with Vitor Belfort.
Lightweight - Ben Henderson moved back ahead of Gilbert Melendez for the number one contender spot for some reason. Myles Jury also fell out of a tie for 8 with Gray Maynard and now sits at nine on his own.
Bantamweight -The new champ obviously led to some changes. Renan Barao is now the number one contender, with Urijah Faber at two, Raphael Assuncao at three, and Michael McDonald at four. Johnny Eduardo moved up three more spots to number nine, dropping Dominick Cruz one spot to 10. Francisco Rivera dropped two spots to 12.
Flyweight - No changes.
Women's Bantamweight - No changes.