Drastic Shift in the UFC Welterweight Rankings after UFC 171

The Official UFC Rankings underwent a drastic change Monday morning, following the UFC 171 event–which featured four welterweight fights that ultimately had impact on these rankings. The official UFC rankings can be found on http://www.ufc.com/rankings, and are compiled based on an average of votes from a panel of over 65 MMA media members from all over the world.

The latest rankings on Monday, March 17th, are summarized as follows:

  • Champion: Johny Hendricks
  • #1 Robbie Lawler jump up two spots after losing a close 5-round decision in the title fight against Johny Hendricks
  • #2 Rory MacDonald jumps up two spots, most recently defeated Demian Maia at UFC 170
  • #3 Carlos Condit falls one spot, after losing to Tyron Woodley
  • #4 Tyron Woodley has the biggest increase with 7 spots, after defeating the previously #2 ranked welterweight Carlos Condit at UFC 171
  • #5 Jake Ellenberger remains pat, and is scheduled to face the #9 welterweight Tarec Saffiedine at UFC 172
  • #6 Hector Lombard overtakes Jake Shields’ spot in the rankings, after defeating him at UFC 171
  • #7 Matt Brown jumps up one spot, riding a 6-fight win streak and is scheduled to face #15 Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati
  • #8 Demian Maia falls one spot, losing to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170
  • #9 Tarec Saffiedine no change, coming off a win over Hyun Gyu Lim and on a 5-fight win streak will face #5 Ellenberger
  • #10 Dong Hyun Kim no change, moved into the top 10 when he defeated John Hathaway at UFC Fight Night Macao
  • #11 Jake Shields takes the biggest decline dropping 5 spots, after a loss to the previous #12 ranked Hector Lombard, just his 1st loss in 5 fights–and despite having wins over #4 Woodley and #8 Maia
  • #12 Mike Pyle climbs up one spot, defeated T.J. Waldburger at UFC 170 and has won 5 of his last 6 fights
  • #13 Kelvin Gastelum sees his name on the welterweight rankings for the first time, the TUF 18 winner is undefeated and has won his first 3 fights in the UFC
  • #14 Gunnar Nelson another new name on the rankings, returned at UFC Fight Night London defeating Omari Akhmedov–is also undefeated and 3-0 in the UFC
  • #15 Erick Silva not his first time on the UFC rankings, but returns after a hiatus, he defeated Takanori Sato at UFC Fight Night 36

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