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UFC 113 shook up our rankings, sometimes in strange ways. Former #8 Light Heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been installed as our new #1 with his Light Heavyweight Championship bout victory over Lyoto Machida, who falls a very short distance, from #1 to #2.
After a no. 1 contender bout Josh Koscheck moves from #4 to #2 in the Welterweight Rankings with his Unanimous Decision win over Paul Daley, who slips from #9 to #10. In other main card action, Alan Belcher moved into the Middleweight top-10, from #11 to #6, by finished Patrick Cote, who enters our rankings at #32 with the loss. Jeremy Stephens climbs to #16 at Lightweight after his war with Sam Stout, who slides to #39. Kimbo Slice falls from #45 to #50 in our Heavyweight Rankings after his TKO loss to Matt Mitrione, who has not had enough qualifying fights to enter our rankings yet.
In undercard action, heavyweight Tim Hague holds steady at #51 after his decision loss to unranked Joey Beltran. Mike Guymon enters our Welterweight Rankings at #66 following his decision win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida, who falls from #47 to #75 with the loss. Joe Doerksen made a case for returning to the UFC full-time with his submission win over Tom Lawlor. The Canadian jumped from #28 to #16 in our Middleweight Rankings while Lawlor fell from #32 to #50. Marcus Davis is making moves at welterweight, climbing from #49 to #18 with a stoppage win over Jonathan Goulet, who falls from #31 to #55. In an odd quirk, Johny Hendricks dropped from #18 to #39 at welterweight after a win. He needed all three rounds to defeat the much lower-ranked TJ Grant, who fell from #57 to #82 after the loss. In an unfortunate twist, Jason MacDonald’s injury-TKO loss to John Salter dropped him from #68 to #90 in the Middleweight Rankings, while the previously unranked Salter enters our rankings at #68.