With flyweight and pound-for-pound king Demetrious
Johnson closing as high as a -1100 favorite entering his
UFC on Fox 24 headliner against Wilson Reis
on April 15, no one expected to see a new UFC 125-pound champion
crowned in Kansas City, Missouri; those expectations were on the
money. “Mighty Mouse” assaulted Reis for almost 15 minutes before
coolly armbarring him to notch his UFC record-tying 10th
consecutive title defense.
In this edition of the Sherdog.com rankings, Johnson does not have
to move a muscle, retaining his No. 1 spot at flyweight. However,
the rest of the
UFC on Fox 24 main card was filled with up-and-coming fighters
seizing the moment on primetime network television.
In the co-feature, Rose
Namajunas earned her fourth win in her last five bouts by
dominating former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder
Waterson, as she landed a nasty head kick and followed up with
a rear-naked choke in the second round. As a result, “Thug Rose” is
on the move again, rising one spot on our 115-pound list, from
fifth to fourth.
Before Namajunas took the cage, New Zealand's Robert
Whittaker put on a show, as the 26-year-old “Reaper” earned the
biggest win of his career, using his own second-round head kick to
drop longtime elite middleweight Ronaldo
“Jacare” Souza before finishing with ground-and-pound.
Polishing off the grappling legend moved Whittaker to 6-0 as a
middleweight and makes him our biggest mover in this rankings
update, as “Bobby Knuckles” jumps from No. 7 to the fourth spot at
The biggest surprise of all came in the first main card bout, as
“Moicano” Carneiro took a massive leap up in competition to
face power-punching veteran Jeremy
Stephens. Despite his underdog status, the lanky Brazilian rose
to the occasion and took a well-earned split verdict over “Lil
Heathen.” With the win, Carneiro makes his debut on our list,
taking the No. 10 spot while the previously eighth-ranked Stephens
falls to our featherweight contenders list.