Anthony Johnson needed less than one round to defeat Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 14, and in the process, he ensured his dramatic climb up the 205 rankings continued.
Yes, the UFC has released its latest rankings, and they reflect that Johnson has been voted into the #1 contender spot in the light-heavyweight division. Gustafsson, who had been sitting at #1, has slipped to #2. Daniel Cormier, who was ranked #2 prior to Saturday’s action, has dropped to #3.
Saturday’s card also saw Ryan Bader score a split decision win over fellow, light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis, and “Darth” has moved into the #5 position with the win. Davis, on the other hand, has moved from #5 to #6 as a result of the defeat. Former champ Rashad Evans continues to hold down the #4 ranking.
In addition, “The Mauler” lost his position in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. Gustafsson was positioned at #15 in the coveted rankings, but now interim heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum has moved into that slot.
Ronda Rousey also improved her P4P ranking, as she’s been voted into the #7 position while TJ Dillashaw slipped to #8.
At middleweight, Gegard Mousasi improved his ranking by stopping Dan Henderson in round one, as he’s risen from #8 to #7. Tim Kennedy had been occupying the #7 position and slipped to #8.
Henderson wasn’t ranked in the middleweight division, since he hadn’t fought at 185 in a long time. “Hendo” did slip three positions at 205, however, and is now ranked #12.
Conor McGregor’s stock continues to rise, following his one sided win over Dennis Siver on January 18th, as the rising featherweight now occupies the #3 ranking. Ricardo Lamas was sitting there, prior to the latest rankings, and is now #4. Chad Mendes remains at #1 and Frankie Edgar is #2. Cub Swanson is still ranked #5.
So, there you have it. The UFC rankings are determined by a panel of media members following each event.
UFC on FOX 14 went down in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 24th, and was hosted by the Tele2 Arena.