For some time, Dominick Cruz was widely regarded as the planet’s best bantamweight, so following his triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC 178, it’s not surprising to see him shoot up the rankings.
Cruz, who stopped Mizugaki with a flurry of punches just 61 seconds in, has leaped eight spots into the promotion’s #2 rankings. Mizugaki, who was ranked #5 prior to Saturday, is now #6.
The former champ Cruz was sidelined for almost three years with injuries and hadn’t fought since October, 2011. Who isn’t excited about seeing him throw down with TJ Dillashaw?
Saturday night was also a big night for Conor McGregor, as he took out fellow featherweight contender Dustin Poirier in less than two minutes. As a result, “Notorious” moved up four positions at 145 and is now #5. Poirier, on the flip side, fell two spots and is #6.
Yoel Romero may have scored a controversial win over Tim Kennedy on Saturday, but the middleweight has seen his ranking improve by four positions, and is ranked #6. Kennedy slipped one position and is now #7.
The UFC’s rankings are voted on and determined by a group of media members following each of the promotion’s events.
UFC 178 was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.