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When all the fights were in the book there was lots of movement in FIGHT!’s rankings, though most of it took place at lightweight.
Perennial middleweight contender Nate Marquardt got back on the winning track by stopping highly-regarded Rousimar Palhares – Marquardt moved from #4 to #2 in FIGHT!’s Middleweight Rankings with the win, leapfrogging the last man to defeat him, Chael Sonnen. It’s an interesting result, likely due to the fact that the decision loss to Sonnen didn’t hurt “The Great’s” ranking value that much, and unlike Sonnen, Marquardt has a tendency to finish his opponents, which adds value to his wins. Palhares drops from #12 to #19 following the loss.
In the night’s co-main event, Efrain Escudero faltered again, losing quickly to UFC phenom Charles Oliveira. Escudero falls from #56 to #80 in our Lightweight Rankings with the loss. “Do Bronx” is currently unranked will enter our rankings after he notches his third qualifying fight.
Cole Miller took a big step towards lightweight title contention with his stoppage win over Ross Pearson; Miller jumps from #27 to #10, while Pearson falls hard from #13 to #27. Jim Miller also moved into the top 10, climbing from #14 to #8 with a win over Gleison Tibau, who falls from #11 to #25. Towards the bottom of the rankings, Yves Edwards breathed life into his career with a win over John Gunderson, moving from #99 to #71. Gunderson fall from #85 to #113.
In night’s lone Light Heavyweight tilt, Kyle Kingsbury enters our rankings at #24 following his win over Jared Hamman, who falls from #29 to #52. Dave Branch also notched his third qualifying fight on Wednesday night, entering our Middleweight Rankings at #44 with a win over Tomasz Drwal. Drwal came into the fight ranked #31 at Light Heavyweight but was reassigned to 185 pounds after the fight and enters the Middleweight Rankings at #80.
At Welterweight, David Mitchel falls from #23 to #57 after his loss to unranked Anthony Waldburger, and Brian Foster leaps from #80 to #48 with a win over Forrest Petz, who drops from #72 to #107. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.