MMA Top 10 Rankings: Cain Velasquez Storms Back to No. 1 Heavyweight Ranking

January 3, 2013
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Cain Velasquez tops MMA World Top 10 RankingsThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, Jan. 3. 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.

Notes: Dan Henderson, Brian Bowles, and Dominick Cruz are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Frankie Edgar and Clay Guida have been removed from the lightweight rankings due to their scheduled fights at featherweight, while Diego Sanchez has been removed from welterweight consideration due to his scheduled fight at lightweight.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (1)
2. Miesha Tate (2)
3. Jessica Aguilar (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Jessica Penne (7)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Sara McMann (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (2)
2. Junior dos Santos (1)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Josh Barnett (6)
7. Stefan Struve (7)
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (8)
9. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (9)
10. Roy Nelson (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Lyoto Machida (3)
4. Phil Davis (4)
5. Alexander Gustafsson (5)
6. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (6)
7. Gegard Mousasi (7)
8. James Te Huna (8)
9. Ryan Bader (9)
10. Glover Teixeira (10)

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

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Carlos Condit (3)
4. Martin Kampmann (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Rory MacDonald (6)
7. Josh Koscheck (7)
8. Jon Fitch (8)
9. Ben Askren (9)
10. Mike Pierce (10)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
3. Gray Maynard (3)
4. Anthony Pettis (4)
5. Nate Diaz (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Eddie Alvarez (7)
8. Donald Cerrone (9)
9. Jim Miller (n/a)
10. Shinya Aoki (10)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Erik Koch (3)
4. Chan Sung Jung (4)
5. Ricardo Lamas (5)
6. Hatsu Hioki (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Pat Curran (8)
9. Cub Swanson (9)
10. Daniel Straus (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Michael McDonald (2)
3. Urijah Faber (3)
4. Eddie Wineland (8)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Brad Pickett (4)
7. Masakatsu Ueda (6)
8. Raphael Assuncao (7)
9. Mike Easton (9)
10. Erik Perez (n/a)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. Ian McCall (4)
5. Jussier da Silva (5)
6. John Moraga (9)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
9. Louis Gaudinot (n/a)
10. John Lineker (n/a)

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  • Jaguar

    i cant understand why stefan struve is so high up in the rankings. He seems to be over-hyped. How come roy nelson is in 10th place and he is 7th??? he would probably last less than 1 minute with all the others in the list..

    • Joey

      I agree with you that he is somewhat overrated but he has won four fights in a row in a division that is quite shallow. The biggest things he has going for him is the fact that he is tall and almost always has a reach advantage and he has a really solid ground game.

      I don’t know how far that will take him but if he fights smart, uses his reach, he could be competitive with some of the better heavyweights.

      • Benton

        Yeah but none of those wins came against any top ten heavyweights. Struve should be 10, Big Country at worst 9, and the rest is ok, although I would drop Big Nog to either 8 or 9.

        • Joey

          I can see where your coming from since Big Country did beat Struve a few years back but he hasnt beaten anyone in the top 10 lately either. In the past 6 fights Nelson is 3-3 with wins over Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione. In the past 7 fights Struve is 5-2 with four wins in a row hence why he is ranked higher.

          Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that the quality of fighter in the top 6 and the rest of the division is enormous.

  • Ola

    Well deserved, Cain!

  • Joe

    Johnny Bedford is a flyweight?

  • Rakell

    hmm, overeem?

    • marcus miles

      He is suspended. until his suspention is lifted, he wont be ranked.

      • Rakell

        aah okey isee

    • Guest

      You got that right, he should be in tha top 5, but “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.”

  • tom


    • Joey

      100% agree. Dude is so overrated. The one fight he had with a step up in competition, he loses. I would take Hacran Dias, Ivan Menjivar or even Tyson Nam (who just knocked out Dantas) over Ueda anyday.

      The fact that he is ahead of Assuncao is even worse.

  • Alternick

    No Hendo?

    • Joey

      From the top of the article:

      Notes: Dan Henderson, Brian Bowles, and Dominick Cruz are ineligible
      for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year.

  • les7056

    Hector Lombard will be fighting for the title in the near future

  • mike

    How is Rashad higher than Machida???? Following your own logic with regards to how you rank, you need to rethink your position. It should be the other way around.

  • George Sperry

    Lyoto Machida beat the heck out of Rashad Evans, finished him in the 2nd rd. Funny to see Evans rated in front of him.
    Of course I still laugh out loud when I see Gilbert Martinez rated number 2.

    • Guest

      Don’t forget that Gilbert is the Strikeforce Lightweight champion. That’s why kid is ranked so high. I feel like he deserves that rank and I cannot wait to see him in the UFC octogon for a title shot fight. Future #1?

  • Mike D

    Where is Frankie Edgar?