Everyone understood heading into UFC Fight Night 26 that if Travis Browne scored an impressive win over Alistair Overeem it would be huge for his career, and the latest UFC rankings reflect that sentiment.
The promotion has released it’s latest rankings just days removed from Saturday’s card, and as a result of his thrilling, stoppage win over Overeem, Browne is the promotion’s #5 ranked heavyweight. Prior to the August 17th event “Hapa” sat at #8. Overeem, meanwhile, has dropped two spots and now sits at #7.
Another of the night’s biggest winners was Matt Brown, as he put away highly regarded vet Mike Pyle in just 29 seconds to earn his sixth straight win. After the card, Dana White was asked whether Brown would face a top contender next, to which the UFC President responded that it was up to the media (specifically those members who vote on the rankings) to get the punishing welterweight into the top ten. Well, Saturday’s performance evidently did the trick, as Brown is now ranked #10.
In the card’s headliner, “Shogun” Rua was tapped out by Chael Sonnen with a first round, guillotine choke, and the former light-heavyweight champ has dropped from #8 to #9. Sonnen, however, has moved into the light-heavyweight division’s #10 spot. “The American Gangster” is also the UFC’s #9 ranked middleweight.
At bantamweight, Brad Pickett has dropped from the #5 ranking to #6, as a result of his submission loss to the #3 ranked Michael McDonald. Raphael Assuncao is positioned now at #5.
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