The UFC’s heavyweight division was turned upside down in terms of the official rankings following Andrei Arlovski’s knockout victory over Antonio Silva in Brazil.
Arlovski, who was No. 14 heading into the contest, vaulted seven spots to seventh overall. His finish of Silva – who had been ranked No. 4 – allowed Stipe Miocic, Josh Barnett and Mark Hunt to all move up, as well.
Miocic is now fourth behind champion Cain Velasquez, former champion Junior dos Santos and Travis Browne. Sliding in behind Miocic is Barnett at No. 5, followed by Hunt. “The Super Samoan” takes on eighth-ranked Roy Nelson this weekend at UFC Fight Night 52.
The move by Arlovski also forced Ben Rothwell to fall a spot, as he dropped to No. 10 behind Silva. Alistair Overeem, Gabriel Gonzaga, Frank Mir, Stefan Struve and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira round out the Top-15.
Other changes included Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson flipping spots for No. 7 and 8 overall in the light heavyweight division; at middleweight, Gegard Mousasi dropped to eighth, Thales Leites moved to No. 11, Costas Philippou (No. 12) and Tim Boetsch (No. 14) each moved down a spot; Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Siver flipped for No. 10 at featherweight; at bantamweight, Takeya Mizugaki (fifth) and Johnny Eduardo (eighth) moved up one spot each, while Eddie Wineland (sixth), Bryan Caraway (ninth) and Mike Easton (No. 15) each fell one position.
Holly Holm made her debut in the women’s bantamweight Top-15, debuting at No. 15. Raquel Pennington is now 13th and Leslie Smith 14th.
The only other change happened in the pound-for-pound Top-10, as Johny Hendricks moved ahead of Renan Barao for ninth overall.