ByJack Sullivan, writer at
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Jack Sullivan

UFC Portland was a night full of close fights and controversial decisions. With three fighters missing weight, it was unclear how the rankings would be affected. Well, now we have our answer.

The UFC unveiled their new rankings after Wednesday's episode of UFC Tonight. While some moved up the rankings for winning in Portland, the biggest changes came from some of the night's losers. Here is our recap of the new UFC rankings.


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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest surprises of the night came from The Ultimate Fighter contestant Brandon Moreno. Moreno was eliminated early on this season, but because it had already been taped, he was given a short notice fight against then No. 9, Louis Smolka. Moreno stunned MMA fans with a submission win over the ranked fighter in the first round. Moreno's efforts pushed him into the top 15, knocking out Sergio Pettis, Smolka's original opponent.

The loss was devastating to Smolka, who fell four spots to No. 13. He was passed up by John Moraga, Matheus Nicolau, Dustin Ortiz, and Justin Scoggins.


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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Portland was headlined by two explosive bantamweights in John Lineker and John Dodson. The fight came down to the judges, and they gave the win to Lineker 47-48, 48-47, 48-47. Though many UFC fans disagreed with the decision, the big controversy came from Lineker missing weight for the fifth time in the UFC. Would that affect Lineker in the rankings?

Quite simply, the answer is no. Lineker moved up one spot to No. 2, surpassing Raphael Assuncao. Dodson did not move from his No. 10 spot after his impressive showing.

The only other movement in the division came from Jimmie Rivera and Bryan Caraway switching positions. Rivera has been surging up the rankings ever since his win against former title contender Urijah Faber, and now sits at No. 4. Caraway, who has not fought since May, now sits at No. 5.


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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The only change here was the result of Hacran Dias' loss to Andre Fili. Dias, ranked No. 12 before the fight, missed weight before losing to Fili by decision. This clearly did not sit well for the voters, who dropped Dias out of the top 15. He was surpassed by Darren Elkins, Doo Ho Choi and Renan Barao. Previously unranked Mirsad Bektic cracked the list at No. 15, as well.


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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The premier lightweight bout of the weekend was between No. 11 Will Brooks and Alex Oliveira in the co-main event. Oliveira missed weight, and Brooks did not take that well. Feeling disrespected, Brooks seemed rattled in the fight. A rib injury further shook him, and he eventually lost the fight. Brooks dropped out of the rankings as a result. He was surpassed by Gilbert Melendez, Francisco Trinaldo, Al Iaquinta, and Evan Dunham. Rashid Magomedov earned his spot back in the rankings, and is now at No. 15.

The only other movement inside the lightweight division was Michael Chiesa and Donald Cerrone. "Cowboy' has seemingly moved on from the lightweight division and has seen his ranking continually drop. He moved down a spot to No. 7, sending Chiesa up to No. 6.

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