Anyone who follows MMA knew that Rick Story had a lot to gain by defeating Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 53 this weekend, and after doing just that, the welterweight has cracked the promotion’s top 15 ranks.
Story worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nelson on Saturday, and in doing so, handed the renowned grappler his first pro defeat. Well, the UFC has released it’s latest rankings, and Story has moved into the #12 ranking. Nelson, meanwhile, has dropped two spots and is #14.
“The Horror” Story, who handed reigning champ Johny Hendricks a unanimous decision loss in 2010, is 3-2 in his last five fights.
Although neither Chris Weidman or Cain Velasquez have fought recently, the latter has dropped one spot in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings and is #5. The middleweight champ has surpassed his heavyweight counterpart and is now #4. Guess some of the media members, who determine the ranks, decided in the last couple of days that Weidman is the better, all around fighter…
In addition, welterweight champ Johny Hendricks rose a P4P ranking and is now #8, while bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey fell a position and is #9. Again, neither one of them has fought recently.
Dennis Siver, who scored a UD win over Charles Rosa at UFC FN 53, has moved up from the #11 featherweight ranking to #10. Jeremy Stephens slipped one position to #11.
Max Holloway, who bombed out Akira Corassani that same day, is now a top 15 ranked 145’er and holds down the #15 spot.
Other interesting changes included the re-introduction of Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira to the heavyweight ranks at #15, and Daniel Cormier dropped two positions in the P4P ranks and is now #15.
Mark Hunt climbed one position at heavyweight and is #4, while Stipe Mioci fell to #5.
The UFC rankings are determined by a panel of media members following each event.
UFC FN 53 went down in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4th.