Josh Barnett moves up in UFC rankings despite loss

This past Saturday night, at UFC 168, Josh Barnett was knocked out viciously in exactly one minute by Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne. Most would believe that Barnett’s loss would certainly have him drop in the UFC rankings. Well, apparently Josh Barnett has actually risen one spot from his previous ranking. Check out the rankings below:

Credit: UFC.com

Credit: UFC.com

Barnett moved one spot up, as Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva moved one spot down. Silva most recently fought to a draw in an incredible fight against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33. After the fight, Bigfoot tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and was suspended. Regardless of the post-fight drug test, it certainly does not make sense that Silva would move down and Barnett would move up.

In the end of the day, this is not a major issue, but more of a continuity issue. If the UFC wants fans to care about the rankings, they need continuity and some common sense. The rankings recently moved to the top 15 in each division, so we will see if this will lead to a better understanding of each division, or just a more convoluted picture than before.

What do you think about the UFC rankings? Do you think they are useful, or do they not accurately portray each division? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA

Topics: Anderson SIlva, Antonio Silva, Chris Weidman, Josh Barnett, Travis Browne, UFC 168

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  • Christopher Flores

    I think it’s bullsh*t too. Even if you consider the fact that Silva getting popped for T and his two lopsided, first round TKO’s to Velasquez put him quite a ways from the belt, challengers aren’t ranked by title picture relevance… well… mostly… They’re usually ranked by recent win/loss records.

    However, if you really think about it, Browne/Barnett was supposed to be for the #1 contender spot. Considering this, even with a loss to Browne, who would you rank above Barnett? Hunt? Maybe. Overeem/Mir? Lolz, no.Miocic? I want to see two more wins out of him before I’d rank him top 5. A win over Gonzaga doesn’t convince me of anything except top 10 relevance which he already has. There’s nobody below Barnett that I’d rank above him even with the loss to Browne.

  • D Snow

    Well, part of it would probably be because Barnett would dismantle Bigfoot in a total destruction. Second, he essentially lost to Hunt (due to failing the test) and Hunt isn’t a heavyweight contender like Barnett is. Lastly, Barnett will move up again in a month when Cormier is removed.

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