MMA Top 10 Rankings: Benson Henderson Takes Top Spot

February 29, 2012
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Feb. 29. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted men’s weight classes and the Top 10 pound-for-pound women fighters.

Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport.

Fighters who are currently serving drug-related suspensions are not eligible for Top 10 consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of their suspension.

Fighters must also have competed within the past 12 months in order to be eligible for Top 10 consideration unless they have a bout scheduled within a reasonable time frame.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Megumi Fujii (1)
2. Sarah Kaufman (2)
3. Miesha Tate (3)
4. Marloes Coenen (4)
5. Zoila Gurgel (5)
6. Tara LaRosa (6)
7. Rosi Sexton (7)
8. Alexis Davis (8)
9. Ronda Rousey (9)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Junior Dos Santos (1)
2. Alistair Overeem (2)
3. Cain Velasquez (3)
4. Josh Barnett (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Fabricio Werdum (6)
7. Shane Carwin (7)
8. Daniel Cormier (8)
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (9)
10. Travis Browne (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (6)
6. Phil Davis (7)
7. Gegard Mousasi (8)
8. Alexander Gustafsson (9)
9. Ryan Bader (n/a)
10. Quinton Jackson (5)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (4)
4. Michael Bisping (6)
5. Mark Munoz (7)
6. Tim Boetsch (n/a)
7. Yushin Okami (3)
8. Brian Stann (8)
9. Rousimar Palhares (9)
10. Chris Weidman (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Carlos Condit (2)
3. Jake Ellenberger (4)
4. Josh Koscheck (5)
5. Johny Hendricks (6)
6. Jake Shields (8)
7. Jon Fitch (7)
8. Thiago Alves (9)
9. Diego Sanchez (10)
10. Rory MacDonald (n/a)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (3)
2. Frankie Edgar (1)
3. Gilbert Melendez (2)
4. Gray Maynard (4)
5. Jim Miller (5)
6. Anthony Pettis (8)
7. Shinya Aoki (6)
8. Clay Guida (7)
9. Michael Chandler (9)
10. Nate Diaz (10)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Hatsu Hioki (3)
3. Chad Mendes (2)
4. Dustin Poirier (4)
5. Erik Koch (5)
6. Kenny Florian (6)
7. Pat Curran (7)
8. Diego Nunes (8)
9. Marlon Sandro (9)
10. Chan Sung Jung (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Joseph Benavidez (3)
4. Renan Barao (4)
5. Brian Bowles (5)
6. Michael McDonald (6)
7. Scott Jorgensen (7)
8. Demetrious Johnson (8)
9. Bibiano Fernandes (9)
10. Masakatsu Ueda (10)

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  • fitefan

    I dunno, I kinda figured Benson Henderson at #10 in the welter weight division.

  • Wow lots of different divisions seeing movement this time.

    In Light Heavyweight I would have Bader up higher, like 7th. And Rampage only having dropped down to 8th. Its kind of hard to rank Mousasi, how good really are the guys he fights overseas? And Gustafsson is on his way up but I dont think above those guys yet. Wait until he faces Nogueira.

    • Lesnardo

      This is why I want to see Barnett, Sergei, Mousasi, King Mo, Feijao, et al (the top guys not in the UFC) to come over to the UFC.

      Kick out old timers that can’t perform like Rich Franklin and middle of the pack dudes Kongo.

      Honestly, UFC would rather let some of those bozos fight (e.g. Paul Buentello) but not those guys?

  • mmachoman

    Melendez above Pettis? Really?

  • brandonmorrison

    mendes #3 what is wrong with you guys? chandler at number 9? you guys need to take the crayons out of your brain. ill stick with sherdog.

    • Congratulations on the dumbest comment of the year.

      Sherdog currently has Mendes ranked #3, and Chandler #9, the exact things you are complaining about here.

      Did you think nobody would look this up?

      • phrankthetank


      • brandonmorrison

        thats what i was complainng about is that chandler should be higher than mendes. idiot

  • NurglesRot

    It’s a joke to think that just because someone is UFC champ in that weight class, that they are number one.
    UFC does not give title shots to those that deserve it, they give it to who generates the most interest.
    So Benson being champ means nothing.
    Melendez is number 1 all day.

    • Cptmats

      UUUUM if someone is UFC champ in there weight class, They ARE number one ! Melendez is over rated. He would be luckey to make top five in the UFC !

      • Lesnardo

        I think what NurglesRot is trying to say is that the UFC (as a fight organization that tries to maximize profit) does not always give a title shot to the most deserving fighter in terms of skill set but rather the determination of who gets a title shot is heavily influenced by ability to sell PPV.

        • phrankthetank

          True, but I think bendo earned his shot.

      • KBEsq

        Totally agree with you about Melendez. I have no freaking idea why people rate him so highly. Not a top 10 opponent in nearly his entire career and he almost just got beat by a guy who isn’t even in the top 20.

        I cannot wait for Melendez to come over and get handled.

  • emmettbarnacle

    Wow ^ your an idiot. The only thing that really dosent make sénce is boetch being ranked above palahares Weidman and stann he got lucky against okami

  • fitefan

    I wonder how Jackson is handling being ranked at 10? Below Davis, Mousasi and Gustafsson. Not a huge fan of Rampage, but I see him beating these three.

    Still waiting for Barboza to make the list, and Olivera too. I guess we need a few more fights from these guys still.

    I dunno about Tim Boetsch moving up to #6 from nowhere. This was his second fight at 185? And he was losing the fight against Okami. In fact he was out classed quite readily until he managed to land some power shots with some unexpected aggression. I would expect Stann and Phallares to outrank him still.

    What’s the skinny on Florian? Is he retired? permanantly injured? I haven’t heard even a hint of a whisper of him fighting again.

    • Lesnardo

      I do not see Rampage beating Mousasi. Rampage can still beat middle of of the pack guys. Mousasi can beat Rampage.

    • emmettbarnacle

      Florians deciding in June what to do because he didn’t want surgery that might not work

    • Florian is still seeing how his back goes. It doesn’t look good at this point, but last word was that he was still giving it a little time.

      I’d miss watching him fight, but I think he’s developing into a first-rate broadcaster and will only get better on that front as well.

  • romansak

    WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!11



    and how come you DROPPED MELENDEZ FROM 1 to 3?!?!?!?!?!

    • Nick Diaz was recently placed on suspension, thus not eligible for the rankings.

      Melendez dropped from 2 to 3, no fault of his own, but the consensus was Henderson, Edgar, Melendez, in that order.

      And yes, we’d be all for Melendez fighting Henderson, Edgar, and the other top UFC lightweights.

  • maddawgmar

    These rankings are all speculation. Until you can have cross organization challenges you cant really say Melendez is better than Henderson or vise versa. You can’t say Melendez is not top five because he is being held out of the UFC. The only problem I see is how is Pettis above Guida when Guida dominated Pettis. All Pettis has done since losing is get a KO of Lauzon, and barely eeked by Stephens (I felt Stephens won). And Guida lost to the current champ. That’s the only problem I see.

    • Yep, these are speculation. Any ranking that isn’t based solely on statistics is. MMA, like boxing, doesn’t have an effective statistical ranking system, so yeah, it is always going to be speculation. There will almost never be a point at which even 2 out of 10 people agree on the rankings top to bottom.

      We understand that, but we also appreciate all of the comments and opinions laid out here. It’s all taken into consideration when we compile our rankings.

  • shuangma77

    How in the world is Bisping ranked 4?
    lets see who he has beat; Hammil in a split decision, Dan Miller, Akiyama(who lost to Chris Leben), Rivera, and Jason Miller. Anytime he faces anyone who is any good; Wanderlei, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, Sonnen he gets his face smashed. how does someone move up in the rankings by only beating people that are not ranked and loosing to everyone who is ranked that is such a joke

  • philmckracken

    Why isnt Hector Lombard on here? Should be at least in top 5.

    • brandonmorrison


  • me vs you

    nate diaz #10?? crazy. i thought that he’d at least be in the middle of the pack, maybe above miller. so after he kicks jim miller’s ass in may he’ll probably be ranked #11 or 12.

  • jonathantaylor

    I personally think Donald Cerrone should be ranked in the top 10. A focus Donald Cerrone would wreck half of the top 10.