Woodley, Leites Move Up UFC Rankings In Wins


Tyron “The Chosen One” WoodleyUFC Fight Night winners Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (14-3) and Thales Leites (24-4) found themselves rewarded for their performances with jumps in the rankings in their respective divisions. Both fighters made quick work in their fights on Saturday and have new, higher rankings to show for their effort.

Woodley landed 13 strikes en route to a first round stoppage against Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (19-3-1, 1NC) after countering a spinning attack by Kim with a devastating right hand that sent the Korean to the mat. Woodley followed him to the mat with a series of shots that led to the fight stoppage.

With the win, the Saint Louis, Missouri native jumped up one spot to the No. 3 contender spot in the UFC welterweight division over Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit (29-8) whom he defeated in his previous fight.

UFC welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (16-2) saw more movement beneath him in the rankings as Demian Maia (19-6) and Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (29-8) switched spots as Maia is now No. 7 and Ellenberger is No. 8. Maia won his last fight while Ellenberger has lost his last two fights.

Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (29-9) crashes the rankings, jumping to No. 13 after his dominant first round knockout of former No. 13 contender Mike “Quicksand” Pyle (26-10-1). Pyle dropped to No. 15 in the division with the loss. Mein’s father wasn’t allowed to work his corner in the fight because he was facing sexual battery charges in Tulsa.

Middleweight Thales Leites (24-4) came out with a barrage of bombs in the second round of his fight against Francis “Limitless” Carmont (22-10) and as a result the two fighters trade places in the UFC middleweight division rankings. Leites jumps from the No. 15 to the No. 12 contender while Carmont falls from the No. 12 to the No. 15 contender in the division.

Micheal “The Count” Bisping (26-6) didn’t move in the standings and remains the No. 8 contender in the UFC middleweight division in spite of his dominant performance against Cung Le (9-3).

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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