Rafael dos Anjos turned the UFC lightweight division on its head with a first round knockout victory over Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49 on Saturday. Benson Henderson was the unanimous choice for the #1 spot in the division after defeating the likes of Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson to earn the spot.
Dos Anjos scored the underdog win at just 2:31 in the first, and has now been placed at #3 in the division, with Henderson dropping to #4 as a result. Donald Cerrone, who dos Anjos defeated in August but has since won four straight, has dropped to #5.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is now ranked #2 in the division after remaining undefeated in the UFC with wins over dos Anjos, Pat Healy and Abel Trujillo. Gilbert Melendez now takes the #1 spot in the division ahead of his title shot against Anthony Pettis, and has also entered the pound-for-pound list at #15.
Elsewhere, Tyron Woodley regained the #3 spot in the welterweight division, leapfrogging Carlos Condit, after a 61 second victory over Dong Hyun Kim. Woodley rebounded from a disappointing display against Rory MacDonald, and put himself back in the hunt for a UFC title shot with the victory. Jordan Mein, who knocked Mike Pyle out after 72 seconds, enters the rankings at #13, with Pyle falling to #15.
The flyweight division also saw some movement, despite no significant 125lbs fights being hosted at either of Saturday’s events. Zach Makovsky and Timothy Elliott have both moved up one spot, with Brad Pickett falling to #10. John Lineker has overtaken Ali Bagautinov to the #6 spot, with the Russian currently on the sidelines following a failed drug test.
Thales Leites overtook Francis Carmont following his second round TKO victory on Saturday, now being placed at #12 in the middleweight division.
In the pound-for-pound list, Chris Weidman leapfrogged Demetrious Johnson into the #4 spot, while Johny Hendricks overtook Ronda Rousey to grab #9. Benson Henderson has been dropped from the #15, with Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier both moving up one spot as a result.
The full list of changes can be found below.
Pound-for-pound: Chris Weidman up 1 place to #4, with Demetrious Johnson dropping to #5. Johny Hendricks is now in #9, with Ronda Rousey ranked #10. After Benson Henderson was taken out of the P4P list, Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier both moved up one spot to #13 and #14 respectively, with Gilbert Melendez entering at #15.
Flyweight: John Lineker overtakes Ali Bagautinov to the #6 spot. Zach Makovsky and Timothy Elliott both move up one, now ranked #9 and #10 respectively. Elliott joins Brad Pickett at #10, with the Brit falling down one spot.
Bantamweight: Takeya Mizugaki overtakes Eddie Wineland to the #5 spot.
Lightweight: Benson Henderson drops to #4, causing Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov to jump up to #1 and #2 respectively. Rafael dos Anjos is up two spots to #3, with Donald Cerrone falling to #5.
Welterweight: Tyron Woodley overtakes Carlos Condit to the #3 spot. Demian Maia goes up one spot to #7, causing Jake Ellenberger to fall to #8. Mike Pyle fell to #15 following his first round knockout to Jordan Mein, who enters at #13.
Middleweight: Thales Leites, who defeated Francis Carmont on Saturday, is now ranked #12, with Carmont falling to #15. Yoel Romero is now placed #10, with CB Dollaway dropping to #11.
Light heavyweight: Anthony Johnson joins Glover Teixeira as joint fourth in the world. Ryan Bader overtakes Dan Henderson at #7.
Women’s bantamweight: Lauren Murphy enters the rankings at #15, causing Jessica Rakoczy to drop out of the top 15.