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UFC: Phil Davis Moves Into Coveted Top Five Rankings

Kelsey Mowatt


Phil Davis may not have sent the masses into an excited frenzy on Saturday, but the decorated wrestler did score an impressive win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 179, and has benefited as a result.

The UFC has released its post-fight rankings, and Davis has moved into the promotion’s #5 spot at 205. Teixeira, who lost the fight by unanimous decision, slipped two positions and is now #6.

Anthony Johnson, who decisioned Davis earlier this year before bombing out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, moved up two spots and is now #3. Former champ Rashad Evans dropped to the #4 position.

The legendary Dan Henderson moved up to #7 as a result of the shake-up in the light-heavyweight division, and Ryan Bader dropped a position to #8.

Since Davis was coming off a loss to the aforementioned Johnson, “Mr. Wonderful” needed a win to remain in the title shot conversation, and he did just that.

If you missed the fight, Teixeira came out aggressively early on and was able to defend several takedown attempts, but eventually, Davis and his vaunted wrestling game took over the bout. Teixeira didn’t get brutally beat down or anything, but he spent much of the fight trying to get back to his feet as he ate shots from Davis.

Interestingly enough, although neither Ronda Rousey or Johny Hendricks have fought recently, the two swapped spots in the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings. The bantamweight champ Rousey moved up to #8, and the welterweight champ Hendricks slipped to #9.

Jose Aldo’s position in the P4P ranks remains the same, following his thrilling, UD win over Chad Mendes on Saturday. The featherweight champ is still holding down the #2, P4P ranking, while light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones is sitting at #1.

UFC 179 was hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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