MMA Top 10 Rankings: Cain Velasquez Takes Over Heavyweight Division

October 28, 2010
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The latest MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, October 28. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to his 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.

Below are the current MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of October 28.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)*
#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Shane Carwin
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Brett Rogers

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Forrest Griffin
6. Ryan Bader
7. Jon Jones
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
9. Thiago Silva
10. Randy Couture

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva
2. Nathan Marquardt
3. Demian Maia
4. Dan Henderson
5. Yushin Okami
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Jorge Santiago
8. Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza
9. Michael Bisping
10. Hector Lombard

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
#1 Welterweight Fighter in the World: Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Thiago Alves
6. Paul Daley
7. Nick Diaz
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Matt Hughes

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Shinya Aoki
4. Gray Maynard
5. B.J. Penn
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Kenny Florian
9. Ben Henderson
10. Jim Miller

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Jose Aldo
2. Manny Gamburyan
3. Mike Brown
4. Urijah Faber
5. Josh Grispi
6. Marlon Sandro
7. Diego Nunes
8. Michihiro Omigawa
9. Bibiano Fernandes
10. Joe Warren

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Dominick Cruz
2. Brian Bowles
3. Scott Jorgensen
4. Joseph Benavidez
5. Miguel Torres
6. Damacio Page
7. Takeya Mizugaki
8. Brad Pickett
9. Masakatsu Ueda
10. Antonio Banuelos

(*UPDATED at 8:30 p.m. PT on Oct. 28 to correct Heavyweight Rankings. The Heavyweight Rankings were listed correctly in our Top 10 section, but mistakenly out of order when this article was originally published.)


  • God

    MMA Rankings have always been a tough business. You guys have weathered the storm and I agree with your rankings about 90% of the time. I must say your still probably the best authority on the subject. It’s no wonder CBS Sportsline, Jim Rome, SI and others have used your rankings. You guys still rock!

  • Pistoleroh

    You have have nearly the best heavyweight rankings I have seen throughout all these sites. #1 could be toss up between Werdum and Cain but I guess Cain has been more impressive but Werdum submitted Fedor.

    I think JDS should be ahead of Lesnar because Velasquez was ranked #8 or so when he beat Lesnar. Overeem should also be ahead of Carwin but other than that I think they are pretty good.

    I oddly do not see Chael Sonnen your middleweight rankings. Before the test he did beat Okami and Marquart so….

    • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

      Sonnen isn’t eligible due to his positive drug test and suspension.

  • Bazarov

    Well done on the rankings. These are very accurate, especially at HW.

    • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

      Thanks

  • grimsgrind

    LOL CHAEL WHO?
    LESNAR
    MACHIDA
    SILVA
    GSP
    FABER

  • grimsgrind

    (WORLD RANKING POUND4POUND)
    LESNAR
    MACHIDA
    SILVA
    GSP
    FABER

    LOL CHAEL WHO?