Official UFC rankings updated following UFC 164: Anthony Pettis makes pound for pound debut

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports has updated its "official" consensus rankings following this past Saturday's UFC 164 event (now with four contributions from Check out the big movers and shakers below.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "official" rankings are live!

The media rankings are listed on, covering all eight weight classes (including women) plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after each UFC event, which means we're back with another installment following this past weekend's (Aug. 31, 2013) UFC 164 show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The biggest movers and shakers this week were in the Lightweight, Heavyweight and Flyweight divisions as Anthony Pettis dethroned champion Benson Henderson in the main event while Josh Barnett returned to UFC with a big splash, scoring a first round TKO of Frank Mir while Tim Elliott thoroughly dismantled Louis Gaudinot on the preliminary card.

Also notable is the disappearance of injured bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz from the pound for pound rankings.

If you're wondering how the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (in conjunction with FightMetric) compiles its list, here's the criteria:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

That voting panel includes yours truly as well as MMAmania's own George Halvatzis Jr, Matthew Roth and Michael Stets. You can check how our rankings stack up compared to the overall consensus by selecting either "Brian Hemminger (," "George Halvatzis Jr. (," "Matthew Roth (" or "Michael Steczkowski (" in the voting panelists tab at the top of the page.

Below are the updated rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, NR = not ranked last week)

1. Jon Jones
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Jose Aldo +1
4. Anderson Silva -1
5. Cain Velasquez
6. Demetrious Johnson +1
7. Renan Barao +1
8. Anthony Pettis NR
9. Chris Weidman
10. Benson Henderson -4

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. Joseph Benavidez
2. John Dodson
3. Ian McCall
4. John Moraga
5. Jussier Formiga
6. John Lineker
7. Tim Elliott +3
8. Chris Cariaso
9. Louis Gaudinot -2
10. Darren Uyenoyama -1

Champion: Dominick Cruz
1. Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2. Urijah Faber
3. Michael McDonald
4. Eddie Wineland
5. Raphael Assuncao
6. Brad Pickett
7. Scott Jorgensen
8. Mike Easton
9. TJ Dillashaw
10. Ivan Menjivar

Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Ricardo Lamas
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Cub Swanson
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Dustin Poirier +1
7. Dennis Siver -1
8. Nik Lentz
9. Clay Guida
10. Erik Koch

Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Benson Henderson -1
2. Gilbert Melendez -1
3. TJ Grant
4. Josh Thomson
5. Gray Maynard
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Nate Diaz
8. Jim Miller
9. Donald Cerrone
10. Pat Healy

Champion: Georges St. Pierre
1. Johny Hendricks
2. Carlos Condit
3. Rory MacDonald
4. Demian Maia
5. Jake Ellenberger
6. Martin Kampmann
7. Nick Diaz
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Matt Brown +1
10. Tarec Saffiedine -1

Champion: Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Vitor Belfort
3. Yushin Okami
4. Michael Bisping
5. Ronaldo Souza
6. Mark Munoz
7. Costa Philippou
8. Luke Rockhold
9. Chael Sonnen
10. Tim Boetsch

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Glover Teixeira +1
3. Lyoto Machida -1
4. Phil Davis
5. Rashad Evans
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7. Dan Henderson
8. Gegard Mousasi
9. Chael Sonnen
10. Mauricio Rua

Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior Dos Santos
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Antonio Silva
5. Travis Browne
6. Josh Barnett +4
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir -2
9. Roy Nelson -1
10. Stipe Miocic-1

Women's Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Sarah Kaufman
3. Miesha Tate
4. Sara McMann
5. Liz Carmouche
6. Alexis Davis
7. Amanda Nunes
8. Germaine De Randamie
9. Julie Kedzie
10. Rosi Sexton

See anything that stands out?

Let's get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to the last official UFC rankings click here.

Also, if you want to debate/complain about my personal rankings, I'll be on and off all day to discuss them.

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