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UFC Rankings: Anthony Pettis Moves Into P4P Rankings

Kelsey Mowatt

Josh Barnett

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has released its updated rankings following UFC 164 this past weekend, and not surprisingly, Anthony Pettis, Josh Barnett and Tim Elliott have made some big moves.

Thanks to his impressive, first round armbar victory over Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis is not only the promotion’s lightweight champ, but he’s broken into the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. Prior to UFC 164 Pettis was not ranked in the prestigious top ten, but now “Showtime” is ranked #8. Henderson, who had been sitting in the #6 P4P slot, has dropped to #10.

As one would expect, Henderson now sits in the #1 contender spot at 155, and Gilbert Melendez has dropped a position and is now ranked #2.

Heavyweight Josh Barnett also made a big move up the ranks, thanks to his first round, stoppage win over Frank Mir. The former champ was ranked #10 before UFC 164, but thanks to the victory he’s moved up four spots and is currently ranked #6. Mir, however, has dropped two slots and currently sits at #8.

Tim Elliott also benefited greatly from his impressive, UD win over Louis Gaudinot at UFC 164, as the flyweight has moved up three slots and is currently ranked #7. Gaudinot, on the other hand, dropped two positions and now sits at #9.

Some interesting notes to point out: Matt Brown has moved up another spot at welterweight and now sits at #9, while former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine moved down a slot to #10. Light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira, who will fight Ryan Bader tomorrow night at UFC Night 28, moved up a position to #2, and Lyoto Machida–who is moving to 185–dropped to #3.

Featherweight champ Jose Aldo has move up a ranking in the P4P division and is now positioned at #3, while former middleweight champ Anderson Silva has dropped to #4.

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