Due to inactivity, Carlos Condit’s ineligible for rankings. Also previous rankings (2/13/15) listed in parenthesis:
1) Robbie Lawler (1)
Robbie Lawler is set to face Rory MacDonald in a rematch of their UFC 167 match at UFC 189 on July 11th. Their first meeting was not only a Fight of the Night but also fight of the year candidate as well.
2) Johny Hendricks (2)
Following a successful rebound match against Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks is rumored to be next for the title. It also depends on factors such as who wins the next title match and how everyone else does in the division.
3) Rory MacDonald (3)
Rory MacDonald will challenge Robbie Lawler on July 11th in Las Vegas during UFC International Fight Week. This is a position he never would’ve been in while his teammate Georges St.-Pierre was reigning champion.
4) Tyron Woodley (4)
After Tyron Woodley defeated Kelvin Gastelum in a close match at UFC 183, he refused the fine of the purse. It’s possible this win earned Woodley a title shot or there’s also the possibility he may have to fight one more match.
5) Matt Brown (5)
Matt Brown was supposed to face Nate Diaz in his welterweight return but is now set to face Tim Means at UFC 189. This should be a good rebound match for Brown who just got handled by former champion Johny Hendricks.
6) Ben Askren (6)
Unfortunately in his last outing Ben Askren poked Luis Santos by accident, resulting in a no contest on April 24. This marks Askren’s third of six matches on his contract with One Championships and the UFC is still in the air.
7) Jake Shields (8)
Jake Shields is officially meeting Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 22 on August 1st for the welterweight title. There is already history between these two as Shields has called Palhares a ‘dirty fighter’ because of his submission habits.
8) Demian Maia (9)
In his first match of 2015, Demian Maia successfully defeated Ryan LaFlare in his native Brazil on March 21st. It’s too early to determine what is next for Maia but this is certainly a step in the right direction for a title shot.
9) Taren Saffiedine (N/A)
Tarec Saffiedine currently has nothing scheduled but certainly has potential considering his past few fights. Regardless, Saffiedine is a force to be respected.
10) Kelvin Gastelum (10)
Following his The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 coaching tenure Kelvin Gastelum will fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 188 in his move to middleweight. At that point he will be removed from the WW rankings.