Hold on to your 4-ounce gloves folks, we got a lot of rankings to talk about. Cain, JDS, Josh Barnett, Bigfoot, Overeem, Mark Hunt, Jon Jones… we're going to get to them all.
Considering four of the top 10 UFC heavyweights went at it Saturday night at UFC 160 you'd think there'd be some huge shakeup in the Fox 11 power rankings, but in reality it wasn't the heavies but the lightweights that saw the biggest movements.
Cain Velasquez versus Antonio Silva II. Same fight, less blood. First round TKO victory for Cain despite the complaints after the fight by "Bigfoot" that he was hit in the back of the head and neck.
So Cain was the champ and nothing's changed.
He was also number 5 on my pound-for-pound rankings and… nothing's changed.
Junior Dos Santos was already number one on my heavyweight rankings and guess what… nothing's changed.
"Bigfoot" was fourth on my heavyweight rankings and guess what… nothing's changed.
I still have him below Fabricio Werdum and ahead of Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir largely because the latter two haven't done anything to show they should be moved ahead of Silva, despite the loss.
Mark Hunt was number nine on our big-guy rankings and largely due to the fact that he was a very game opponent and showed a lot of grit in going toe-to-toe with the former champ, he only moved down one spot in our rankings to tenth.
He was actually jumped by Josh Barnett who is a new addition to the all-of-a-sudden very robust heavyweight roster…. and I was immediately confused as to where to put the guy.
I settled on ninth which I'm sure is entirely too low for his ardent supporters and entirely too high for those who saw him slog through five rounds with Daniel Cormier in his last meaningful bout.
Barnett is a guy that has beaten the best of the best, owning wins over Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the aforementioned Mark Hunt and Gilbert Yvel.
But he's also a guy that has failed two drug tests, is 35 years old and looked utterly overmatched in his fight versus Cormier.
Basically what I'm saying is the UFC needs to book a Barnett – Frank Mir fight immediately.
Sorry Travis Browne fans, I had to push him out of my top 10 heavies. He will get a chance to show he is the real deal soon enough in his fight against Overeem though.
So like I said, not a ton of movement with the big guys but I imagine there was a seismic shift in most everyone's lightweight rankings.
Gray Maynard plummets. TJ Grant is legit. That's the story coming out of Saturday night.
All the other fights, more or less, went as planned but the shocker, to those not from Nova Scotia, was how nice Grant looked.
Gray was second on my 155 contenders list, TJ was eighth but after the fight Maynard fell all the way down to eighth, while Grant rose to fourth.
A lightweight title fight versus Benson Henderson awaits Grant while for Maynard, who knows what is next for him. It seems like Clinton was in office when Maynard knocked down Frankie Edgar approximately 47* times in the first round of their first title fight.
(*More accurately, it was three times, but you get my point.)
So other than working on his stand-up defense, I have no idea what is next for Maynard.
Also in the lightweight rankings, one of the most difficult names in the sport, Khabib Nurmagomedov rose a couple spots to seventh after his severe rag-dolling of Abel Trujillo.
And finally, in the 205 division, Glover Teixeira moved up just one spot to number three despite an ultra-impressive choke out of James Te Huna.
And even more impressive is the fact that Teixeira has now choked out or knocked out eight of his last nine opponents not nicknamed "Rampage."
So as strange as it sounds, even though I think Glover would get smashed by Jon Jones, I don't think anyone would be up in arms if he got a title shot. Because after 96* straight victories in a division where it's difficult to go .500, the guy has absolutely earned his way to a try and grab him some gold.
(*More accurately, it's 19 straight wins, but you get the point.)
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