With UFC on FOX 7 in the books, MMA Oddsbreaker’s Fighter Rankings are due for an update. While the biggest fights heading into the card were the Lightweight Title bout between Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez, and the Heavyweight tilt with Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir, the biggest impact on the rankings came from another bout. With Josh Thomson knocking out Nate Diaz in the second round of their Lightweight fight, Thomson moves all the way up from #10 in the Lightweight rankings to #5. Diaz falls from #4 to #6, and everyone who was ahead of Thomson drops down a notch. Take a look at the updated Lightweight rankings here: 1. Ben Henderson 2. Gilbert Melendez 3. Gray Maynard 4. Anthony Pettis (from #5) 5. Josh Thomson (from #10) 6. Nate Diaz (from #4) 7. Donald Cerrone (from #6) 8. Michael Chandler (from #7) 9. Jim Miller (from #8) 10. Eddie Alvarez (from #9) 11. Rafael dos Anjos 12. Khabib Nurmagomedov 13. TJ Grant 14. Joe Lauzon 15. Shinya Aoki Coming up in the division: #9 Jim Miller will be in action at UFC 159 against Strikeforce crossover Pat Healy. The month of May will also be an active one for the Lightweight division, with #3 Gray Maynard and #13 TJ Grant squaring off at UFC 160, where #7 Donald Cerrone will also be in action against KJ Noons. The week prior, #11 Rafael dos Anjos takes on Evan Dunham at UFC on FX 8.
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