USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Power Rankings, March 5: Kim storms the welterweight class


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Pound 4 Pound rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
1
draw
0
After delays pushed back his matchup with Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira, Jones has finally been announced as the headliner for UFC 172, which takes place April 26 in Baltimore.
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 1 - 0
02
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
24
loss
1
draw
0
Aldo's incredible run through WEC and UFC competition continued at UFC 169, where he seemed to effortlessly down Ricardo Lamas. Aldo was expected to move up to 155 pounds, but with Anthony Pettis facing Gilbert Melendez could stay at featherweight.
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 1 - 0
03
UFC | Canada
change
--
win
25
loss
2
draw
0
With St-Pierre stepping away from the sport, his days on this list may be numbered. Initial indications suggested his decision was more "leave of absence" than outright retirement, but the former champ seems content for now.
Change: -- | Record: 25 - 2 - 0
04
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
2
draw
1
Critics of the flyweight division obviously haven't been paying attention to Johnson's latest performances; he now boasts two consecutive finishes.
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 2 - 1
05
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
0
draw
0
Weidman was expected to meet Vitor Belfort before an NSAC ruling changed those plans. Instead, the champ will now face Lyoto Machida in May.
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 0 - 0
06
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
1
draw
0
Velasquez made a huge statement with another destruction of the dangerous Junior dos Santos. Dana White believes Velasquez may be primed to become the greatest heavyweight champ in UFC history.
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 1 - 0
07
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
32
loss
1
draw
0
As Joe Rogan famously yelled, Renan Barao is a monster. The UFC bantamweight champ made quick work of Urijah Faber and somehow seems to improve each and every time he fights.
Change: -- | Record: 32 - 1 - 0
08
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
33
loss
6
draw
0
Time will tell whether Silva's broken leg will signal the end of his career. His reps believe he'll be back, and they want Georges St-Pierre in the return fight.
Change: -- | Record: 33 - 6 - 0
09
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
2
draw
0
A knee injury forced Pettis out of a planned title fight with Josh Thomson. "Showtime" will now instead face Gilbert Melendez after the pair coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 20."
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 2 - 0
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
2
draw
0
With Georges St-Pierre stepping aside, Hendricks now challenges Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight title at March's UFC 171 event.
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 2 - 0
11
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
1
draw
0
Mendes has emerged as the best featherweight not named Jose Aldo. With his win over Nik Lentz, a title shot may very well come next.
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 1 - 0
12
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
24
loss
10
draw
0
Despite an incredible 2013, Belfort's future appears uncertain, at best, now that the testosterone replacement therapy he contends is necessary is no longer allowed.
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 10 - 0
13
UFC | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
3
draw
0
Henderson earned a win over fellow lightweight contender Josh Thomson, but it wasn't without some controversy. "Smooth" will need a few more decisive wins before he gets another shot at the belt.
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 3 - 0
14
UFC | USA
change
--
win
14
loss
0
draw
0
With an undefeated run at heavyweight, Cormier now sets his sights on the light-heavyweight division. His win over Patrick Cummins was expected, but now he'll look to face a higher-ranked foe.
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 0 - 0
15
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
20
loss
3
draw
0
"Jacare" picked up another win last month, and he seems destined for a No. 1 contender fight in his next outing, perhaps against the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy.
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 3 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Urijah Faber
UFC | USA
change
--
win
30
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 30 - 7 - 0
Lyoto Machida
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
21
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 4 - 0
Gilbert Melendez
UFC | USA
change
--
win
22
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 3 - 0

Heavyweight rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 1 - 0
02
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
16
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 3 - 0
03
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
18
loss
5
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 5 - 1
04
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
18
loss
5
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 5 - 1
05
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
2
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 2 - 1
06
UFC | USA
change
--
win
33
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 33 - 7 - 0
07
UFC | United Kingdom
change
--
win
37
loss
13
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 37 - 13 - 0
08
UFC | New Zealand
change
--
win
9
loss
8
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 9 - 8 - 1
09
UFC | Netherlands
change
--
win
25
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 25 - 6 - 0
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 1 - 0
11
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 9 - 0
12
UFC | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 9 - 0
13
change
--
win
34
loss
9
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 34 - 9 - 1
14
Bellator | France
change
--
win
20
loss
9
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 9 - 2
15
Bellator |
change
--
win
14
loss
0
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 0 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Gabriel Gonzaga
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
16
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 8 - 0
Soa Palelei
UFC | Australia
change
--
win
20
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 3 - 0
Brendan Schaub
UFC | USA
change
--
win
10
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 10 - 3 - 0

Light-Heavyweight rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 1 - 0
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
3
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 3 - 1
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
12
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 1 - 0
04
UFC | Sweden
change
--
win
16
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 2 - 0
05
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
22
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 2 - 0
06
UFC | USA
change
--
win
14
loss
0
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 0 - 0
07
UFC | USA
change
--
win
30
loss
11
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 30 - 11 - 0
08
UFC | USA
change
--
win
28
loss
14
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 28 - 14 - 1
09
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
22
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 9 - 0
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 4 - 0
11
change
--
win
21
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 5 - 0
12
UFC | Iran
change
--
win
34
loss
4
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 34 - 4 - 2
13
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
34
loss
11
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 34 - 11 - 0
14
Bellator | Slovakia
change
--
win
29
loss
5
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 29 - 5 - 2
15
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
23
loss
7
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 7 - 1

Honorable Mentions

Ryan Jimmo
UFC | Canada
change
--
win
18
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 3 - 0
Muhammed Lawal
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
12
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 3 - 0
Jimi Manuwa
UFC | England
change
--
win
14
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 1 - 0

Middleweight rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
0
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 0 - 0
02
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
33
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 33 - 6 - 0
03
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
24
loss
10
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 10 - 0
04
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
20
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 3 - 0
05
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
21
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 4 - 0
06
UFC | United Kingdom
change
--
win
24
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 6 - 0
07
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 2 - 0
08
WSOF | Japan
change
--
win
30
loss
8
draw
0
Upcoming Fight: vs. opponent TBA | Aug 02, 2014 - WSOF 12
Change: -- | Record: 30 - 8 - 0
09
UFC | France
change
--
win
22
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 8 - 0
10
UFC | Japan
change
--
win
13
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 4 - 0
11
Bellator | Russia
change
--
win
50
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 50 - 7 - 0
12
UFC | Cyprus
change
--
win
12
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 4 - 0
13
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 6 - 0
14
UFC | USA
change
--
win
12
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 1 - 0
15
UFC | Iran
change
--
win
34
loss
4
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 34 - 4 - 2

Honorable Mentions

Alan Belcher
UFC | USA
change
--
win
18
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 8 - 0
Tim Kennedy
UFC | USA
change
--
win
18
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 4 - 0
Cung Le
UFC | Vietnam
change
--
win
9
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 9 - 2 - 0

Welterweight rankings

01
UFC | Canada
change
--
win
25
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 25 - 2 - 0
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 2 - 0
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
29
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 29 - 8 - 0
04
UFC | Canada
change
--
win
16
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 2 - 0
05
UFC | USA
change
+1
win
29
loss
7
draw
0
Change: +1 | Record: 29 - 7 - 0
06
UFC | South Korea
change
+3
win
19
loss
2
draw
1
Kim credits his second consecutive spectacular knockout to a new style designed to please fans and earn him title consideration. He's due for a big-name opponent next time out.
Change: +3 | Record: 19 - 2 - 1
07
UFC | USA
change
-2
win
26
loss
9
draw
0
Diaz remains a fan-favorite, and his name is brought up anytime someone needs a big opponent at 170 pounds. But for now, he remains retired, and his inactivity sees him start to slide down the list.
Change: -2 | Record: 26 - 9 - 0
08
ONE FC | USA
change
-1
win
12
loss
0
draw
0
Change: -1 | Record: 12 - 0 - 0
09
UFC | USA
change
-1
win
18
loss
11
draw
0
Change: -1 | Record: 18 - 11 - 0
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
22
loss
10
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 10 - 0
11
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
18
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 6 - 0
12
UFC | Denmark
change
--
win
20
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 7 - 0
13
UFC | Belgium
change
--
win
15
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 15 - 3 - 0
14
WSOF | USA
change
--
win
25
loss
6
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 25 - 6 - 1
15
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 6 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Douglas Lima
Bellator | Brazil
change
--
win
26
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 26 - 5 - 0
Jake Shields
UFC | USA
change
--
win
29
loss
7
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 29 - 7 - 1
Tyron Woodley
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 2 - 0

Lightweight rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 2 - 0
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 3 - 0
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
22
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 3 - 0
04
UFC | Canada
change
--
win
21
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 5 - 0
05
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
25
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 25 - 3 - 0
06
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
12
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 1 - 0
07
UFC | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 6 - 0
08
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 9 - 0
09
UFC | Russia
change
--
win
22
loss
0
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 0 - 0
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
3
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 3 - 1
11
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
20
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 7 - 0
12
UFC | USA
change
--
win
23
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 6 - 0
13
UFC | USA
change
--
win
23
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 4 - 0
14
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
13
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 2 - 0
15
UFC | USA
change
--
win
15
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 15 - 8 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Bobby Green
UFC | USA
change
--
win
22
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 5 - 0
Joe Lauzon
UFC | USA
change
--
win
23
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 9 - 0
Diego Sanchez
UFC | USA
change
--
win
24
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 6 - 0

Featherweight rankings

01
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
24
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 1 - 0
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 1 - 0
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 5 - 0
04
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
4
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 4 - 1
05
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 3 - 0
06
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
22
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 5 - 0
07
Bellator | USA
change
--
win
20
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 20 - 5 - 0
08
UFC | South Korea
change
--
win
13
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 4 - 0
09
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 3 - 0
10
Bellator | Brazil
change
--
win
21
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 2 - 0
11
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 4 - 0
12
UFC | Japan
change
--
win
33
loss
8
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 33 - 8 - 2
13
UFC | USA
change
--
win
24
loss
6
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 6 - 2
14
change
--
win
23
loss
3
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 3 - 1
15
UFC | USA
change
--
win
23
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 9 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Dennis Bermudez
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 3 - 0
Robert Peralta
UFC | USA
change
--
win
17
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 4 - 0
Dennis Siver
UFC | Russia
change
--
win
22
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 9 - 0

Bantamweight rankings

01
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
32
loss
1
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 32 - 1 - 0
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
30
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 30 - 7 - 0
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 3 - 0
04
UFC | USA
change
--
win
21
loss
9
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 9 - 1
05
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
22
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 22 - 4 - 0
06
UFC | United Kingdom
change
--
win
24
loss
8
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 24 - 8 - 0
07
ONE FC | Brazil
change
--
win
15
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 15 - 3 - 0
08
Bellator | Brazil
change
--
win
16
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 3 - 0
09
UFC | USA
change
--
win
9
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 9 - 2 - 0
10
Bellator | Brazil
change
--
win
15
loss
6
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 15 - 6 - 1
11
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
29
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 29 - 5 - 0
12
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 4 - 0
13
UFC | Japan
change
--
win
19
loss
7
draw
2
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 7 - 2
14
WSOF | Brazil
change
--
win
13
loss
4
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 4 - 1
15
Bellator | Brazil
change
--
win
17
loss
3
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 3 - 1

Honorable Mentions

Bryan Caraway
UFC | USA
change
--
win
18
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 6 - 0
Wilson Reis
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
17
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 17 - 5 - 0
Francisco Rivera
UFC | USA
change
--
win
10
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 10 - 2 - 0

Flyweight rankings

01
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
2
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 2 - 1
02
UFC | USA
change
--
win
15
loss
6
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 15 - 6 - 0
03
UFC | USA
change
--
win
19
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 19 - 4 - 0
04
UFC | USA
change
--
win
12
loss
4
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 12 - 4 - 1
05
UFC | Russia
change
--
win
13
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 2 - 0
06
UFC | USA
change
--
win
14
loss
2
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 2 - 0
07
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
16
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 3 - 0
08
UFC | Brazil
change
--
win
23
loss
7
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 23 - 7 - 0
09
UFC | USA
change
--
win
10
loss
4
draw
1
Change: -- | Record: 10 - 4 - 1
10
UFC | USA
change
--
win
13
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 3 - 0
11
change
--
win
18
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 18 - 4 - 0
12
UFC | USA
change
--
win
11
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 11 - 3 - 0
13
UFC | USA
change
--
win
16
loss
5
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 16 - 5 - 0
14
UFC | USA
change
--
win
14
loss
9
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 9 - 0
15
UFC | USA
change
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win
13
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 13 - 3 - 0

Honorable Mentions

Louis Gaudinot
UFC | USA
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win
7
loss
3
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 7 - 3 - 0
Yasuhiro Urushitani
ONE FC | Japan
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win
21
loss
6
draw
6
Change: -- | Record: 21 - 6 - 6
Alexis Vila
CFA | Cuba
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win
14
loss
4
draw
0
Change: -- | Record: 14 - 4 - 0

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Power Rankings, March 5: Kim storms the welterweight class

With back-to-back starchings of respected welterweights, Dong Hyun Kim is making a name for himself at 170 pounds, and it’s all by design. The risk is providing immediate rewards.

The latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Power Rankings see “Stun Gun” make a charge up to the No. 6 slot in the welterweight division, sliding just past Nick Diaz, whose inactivity sees him slide down the list. Kim, who said his new aggression is part of a conscious ploy to get fans’ attention, now appears in line for a big fight in his next outing.

With a new UFC welterweight champ to be crowned later this month and more key 170-pound fights on the horizon, the welterweight division is as exciting as at any other time in recent memory, and Kim now looks to be a key part of those potential matchups.

ranking criteria

The rankings take into account a fighter's wins/losses, quality of competition, finishing rate/dominance and frequency of fights.

Fighters are no longer eligible to be ranked after they've been inactive for 24 months, either due to injuries, drug/conduct suspensions, contract disputes or self-imposed hiatuses.

Fighters serving drug/conduct suspensions are eligible to be ranked, so long as they're not inactive for more than 24 months.

To the best of our ability, fighters will be ranked in their primary weight class. Catchweight fights and bouts outside the fighter's primary weight class can have a positive or negative impact on the ranking. However, fighters can be ranked in only one weight class at a given time, and in most cases, they won't be ranked in a new weight class until they've had their first fight at that weight.

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