The UFC has released their latest set of rankings and it features a big shake up in the Light Heavyweight division. GMS looks at some of those who've won and lost in the most in the latest update.
Winner - Anthony Johnson - Light Heavyweight - #14 to #5
The obvious winner of this set of rankings is the returning 'Rumble' Johnson who made his UFC light heavyweight debut in destructive fashion at UFC 172 and rose nine places because of it.
Johnson faced off against the previously ranked #4 Phil Davis and managed to shut out Davis' wrestling based offense, shrugging Davis off his legs like he was no more than a yorkshire terrier.
His previous ranking of #14 was quite low given his potential but understandable as he was yet to prove himself in the division. That changed on Saturday with his win, which launched him into title contention. His next fight is unclear but there have been rumours he'll fight the winner of Cormier-Henderson, which takes place next month.
Loser - Phil Davis - Light Heavyweight - #4 to #7
On the flip side of Johnson's rise comes Davis' fall.
Down three places from before UFC 172, 'Mr. Wonderful' seemed to balk yet again against a top tier opponent, suffering his first loss since 2012, when he lost to Rashad Evans in a title fight eliminator.
Most damning of all for Davis is how far #7 puts him back in the pecking order. Those above him have either fought for the title recently or are involved in title fight eliminators. With how stacked the division is, Davis will have fight three, maybe even four fights before he gets a shot and he'll have to overcome top five opposition.
Winner - Bethe Correia - Women's Bantamweight #12 to #10
Bethe Correia scored a big win on the pre-show of UFC 172, defeating one of the self-titled 'Four Horsewomen' of MMA, Jessamyn Duke.
Overcoming Duke's long reach advantage, Correia scored herself a unanimous decision victory and the attention of the MMA world with her post-fight gesture aimed at the 'Horsewomen'.
The 'Horsewomen' are headed by the UFC Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, who calls herself the Ric Flair of the group, and that's who Correia could end up fighting with another win, in the rather shallow division.
Loser - Jimi Manuwa - Light Heavyweight - #10 to #11
Manuwa hadn't been heard of since his loss to Alexander Gustafsson in early March, until he spoke today about how he's still set on getting a title shot. His ranking update is going to serve as a big blow to those hopes.
Like Davis before him, the fall in the rankings will hurt those title hopes and for Manuwa it'll hurt even harder at 34 years of age.
Unlike fellow light heavyweight, Dan Henderson who can fight with short spells of rest, Manuwa's previous convictions stand against him travelling and fighter as much as he'd need to gain a title shot within a year or two, before he leaves his prime.
He'd have to score a victory over one of the top 10 soon but the UFC isn't scheduled back in the UK at any point this year.
Winner - Rashad Evans - Light Heavyweight - #3 to #2
Evans is currently sidelined with a knee injury but that didn't prevent him from leaping Glover Teixeira in the latest rankings.
Evans was originally supposed to face Daniel Cormier, until his injury postponed their fight and saw Dan Henderson take his place. That fight has been labelled a title fight eliminator, which will annoy Evans to no end as he was in the midst of a good title run.
It's likely with Evans out for the year that the winner of Henderson-Cormier will leapfrog him and return him to the #3 slot but for now, Evans has to be happy that the UFC remain so confident in him.
Loser - Chael Sonnen - Light Heavyweight - #7 to #9
The loud-mouthed Sonnen finds himself now ranked below Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, who Sonnen beat in his last fight.
The decision to drop him below Rua will not be one that Sonnen enjoys and although he's not in with a title shot in the near future, to fall below someone you've beaten convincingly isn't the best of moves in the rankings.
He fights against Wanderlei Silva next and while his opponent is unranked, it may be enough for Sonnen to leapfrog Rua, if it isn't fixed by the next set of updates.
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