Everyone knew that “Shogun” Rua had a lot riding on his scrap with Ovince St. Preux, and following his quick defeat, the renowned light-heavyweight has exited the UFC’s top ten rankings.
The UFC has released its latest rankings, following UFC Fight Night 55 and 56, and Rua has dropped two positions and sits at #11. St. Preux, on the other hand, moved up one spot and is ranked #10.
Jimi Manuwa, who originally was scheduled to fight Rua on Saturday until he broke his foot, also moved up a spot and is #10.
After “Shogun” KO’d James Te Huna last year, who would have predicted that one year later, the former champ would no longer be a top 10 ranked fighter?
Rua has lost four of his last five fights now, and recently the former PRIDE star announced he would consider changing weight classes.
Ryan Bader, who decisioned “OSP” in August, also moved up a spot and is now #7.
There was also a flurry of changes to the UFC’s featherweight rankings.
Since Chan Sung Jung recently confirmed that he won’t be fighting for two years, he’s been removed from the rankings. “The Korean Zombie” is performing his mandatory, two years of military service.
So, as a result, Dennis Siver, Nik Lentz, Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, Darren Elkins, Charles Oliveira, and Max Holloway all moved up a position.
Tatsuya Kawajiri, who was unranked, has moved into the #15 ranking.
At 155, Jorge Masvidal moved up two ranking spots and is now #11. Michael Johnson and Edson Barboza both slipped a spot and are now sitting at #12 and #13 respectively. None of those three fighters competed this past weekend.