UFC Rankings Update: Anthony Pettis Lands P4P Position, Josh Barnett Moves Up
By FCF Staff
UFC 164 was the biggest night in the career of Anthony Pettis to date, as the former WEC champ ended the seven fight winning streak of Benson Henderson to become UFC Lightweight Champion. As a result of the win, which came via first round armbar, Pettis has moved into the promotion’s top ten, pound-for-pound rankings.
The updated rankings, which are voted on by certain media members, have Pettis sitting at #8 in the P4P top ten, while Henderson has dropped from the #6 slot all the way to #10. With the move, Pettis is now ranked above middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who sits at #9. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has also moved up a position in the P4P rankings and now sits at #3, while Anderson Silva has dropped to #4.
As far as the lightweight rankings go, Henderson is now in the #1 slot and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez has dropped a position and sits at #2.
Former heavyweight champion Josh Barnett made the most of his Octagon return Saturday, by stopping Frank Mir in the first round, and as a result “The Warmaster” is now ranked #6. Prior to the event, Barnett was ranked as the promotion’s #10 heavyweight, which is now where Stipe Miocic’s positioned. Mir dropped two positions as a result of the loss and is now ranked #8.
Flyweight Tim Elliott also made a big jump, thanks to a one sided, decision win over Louis Gaudinot, and has moved three spots to #7. Gaudinot, however, dropped two rankings and sits at #9.
Glover Teixeira moved up a position and is now ranked the promotion’s #2 light-heavyweight, while former champ Lyoto Machida dropped a slot and is at #3. Teixeira is set to fight Ryan Bader tomorrow night at UFC FN 28, and Machida is moving to 185 and will fight Tim Kennedy on November 6th.