Anjos was once the best lightweight in the world. He’s not the
greatest welterweight, at least not yet, but No. 2 is still awfully
Since back-to-back losses to Eddie
Alvarez and Tony
Ferguson oriented him towards 170 pounds, dos Anjos has been
increasingly impressive. After one-sided wins over Tarec
Saffiedine and Neil Magny,
the former UFC lightweight champion headlined
UFC on Fox 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, dominating
former welterweight ruler Robbie
Lawler for 25 full minutes. Whether he gets the next crack at
Woodley remains to be seen, but for now, he takes Lawler’s spot
in our rankings, rising from sixth to second.
The UFC’s second trip to Winnipeg also gives us a new entrant at
170 pounds as well. Courtesy of his exciting decision win over
Ponzinibbio makes the jump from the contenders list to the
ninth spot in our rankings.
There’s a more shocking No. 9 in this update courtesy of UFC on Fox
26, though. Stepping in for Jose Aldo,
Team Alpha Male seized the opportunity as a late replacement
against former UFC title challenger Ricardo
Lamas and blew “The Bully” away in the first round to claim his
rankings spot. Lamas falls from fifth to 10th.
It’s not purely a UFC-oriented update, though: former Bellator MMA
heavyweight champion Vitaly
Minakov rises two spots to No. 7, courtesy of his domination of
Johnson Jr. in his home promotion Fight
Nights Global on Dec. 16.