Not only did Lyoto Machida ensure he remained a top five, ranked middleweight at UFC Fight Night 58, but the Brazilian star has improved his contender status after taking out CB Dollaway.
As you likely know, “The Dragon” cruised through Dollaway on Saturday night, by crumpling over the decorated wrestler with a liver kick and then finishing the deal with follow up punches. Machida needed 62 seconds to record his 22nd, pro win.
Well, the UFC has released it’s latest rankings, and Machida has moved from the #4 spot to #3. Vitor Belfort, who is scheduled to battle champion Chris Weidman on February 28th, slipped to #4.
So, the top five now breaks down like this: the champion Weidman, #1 Anderson Silva, #2 “Jacare” Souza, #3 Machida, #4 Belfort and #5, Luke Rockhold.
In case you missed it, following Machida’s win on Saturday night, Rockhold called for a bout with the former light-heavyweight champ, and it looks as though the UFC wants to make it happen. You may not need to cross your fingers on this one, but why not right?
In pound-for-pound rankings news, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has risen one spot and is now sitting at #5, Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has slipped a position and sits at #6.
The UFC rankings are determined by a group of media members following each event.