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Nearly every fighter stepped into the Octagon on Saturday with an established ranking, and some of those who didn’t left with one.
In the championship fight, Frankie Edgar proved that his first win, and his #1 position in FIGHT!’s Lightweight Rankings, were no fluke, as he retained both with a masterful win over BJ Penn. Penn slips one spot, from #6 to #7. In the lightweight contender match, Gray Maynard bested Kenny Florian, moving from #11 to #4 and earning the next shot at Edgar’s belt, while Florian falls from #7 to #17. It was a busy night at 155, as Joe Lauzon crawls from #46 to #43 with a submission win over previously unranked Gabe Reudiger – “Godzilla” enters our rankings at #101, and Nik Lentz vaults from #66 to #33 with a win over Andre Winner. The Brit falls from #51 to #78.
In the night’s lone Light Heavyweight contest. Randy Couture maintained his #4 ranking and his dignity with a submission victory over unranked James Toney. Demian Maia held onto his spot, too, at Middleweight, with a win over previously unranked Mario Miranda. Maia stays put at #8 while Miranda enters our rankings at #59. In the night’s only other middleweight contest, Dan Miller moves from #45 to #37 – and likely keeps his job – with a win over John Salter, who falls from #72 to #81.
Nate Diaz made a charge into the top ten at 170, moving from #17 to #10 in our Welterweight Rankings with a win over Marcus Davis. “The Irish Hand Grenade” falls from #22 to #40. In the night’s other welterweight bout, unranked Greg Soto bested Nick Osipczak, who enters our rankings at #74, and Mike Pierce moved from #36 to #26 with a win over unranked Amilcar Alves.