'Wonderboy' Stephen Thompson just proved this past Saturday that you can't deny he's for real. He handled Johny Hendricks with a lethal combination of kicks and strikes, and it appears he did more than just win at Fight Night Las Vegas.
He simultaneously wowed UFC experts, particularly those in charge of determining the rankings.
He jumped five spots in the official UFC rankings
“Wonderboy’s” first-round KO of Hendricks moved him past Carlos Condit and to No. 3 among 170-pounders, behind only Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald. He holds a six-fight win streak and five of his seven UFC victories have come via KO/TKO.
So, here's where we stand with the current welterweight rankings, and with signifiers for movement and changes:
As you can see, Johny Hendricks falls to fifth in the division after the loss. Meanwhile, Thiago Alves has climbed a spot to no.13, while Albert Tumenov has debuted on the list at no. 14.
Outside of the Welterweight division, the recently victorious Justin Scoggins has made his Top 15 debut, placing 12th in the Flyweight division.
Ahead of his upcoming fight, Anderson Silva has jumped up three more slots to no. 7, just behind his next opponent Michael Bisping.
In the P4P Rankings, Robbie Lawler drops to no. 6, Rafael dos Anjos moves up to 4th, and Ronda Rousey has fallen off the list entirely, replaced by Frankie Edgar.
Do you think the UFC got it right?