MMA Top 10 Rankings: Can Anyone Dethrone Anderson Silva?

July 18, 2012
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MMAWeekly World Top 10 MMA RankingsThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, July 18. 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. Sarah Kaufman (1)
2. Ronda Rousey (2)
3. Miesha Tate (3)
4. Jessica Aguilar (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Tara LaRosa (7)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)

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

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

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

1. Carlos Condit (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Martin Kampmann (3)
4. Jake Ellenberger (4)
5. Josh Koscheck (5)
6. Jake Shields (6)
7. Jon Fitch (7)
8. Diego Sanchez (8)
9. Rory MacDonald (9)
10. Ben Askren (10)

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

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Renan Barao (3)
4. Michael McDonald (4)
5. Brian Bowles (5)
6. Brad Pickett (6)
7. Bibiano Fernandes (7)
8. Masakatsu Ueda (8)
9. Eduardo Dantas (9)
10. Eddie Wineland (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Joseph Benavidez (1)
2. Demetrious Johnson (2)
3. Ian McCall (3)
4. Jussiero da Silva (4)
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani (5)
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Mamoru Yamaguchi (8)
9. John Dodson (9)
10. Louis Gaudinot (10)

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  • Mario

    “Feijao” is ranked?

    Isn’t he on suspension?

    • fjc1113

      I asked that same question when the last rankings came out but never got a response. They must not know who to put in there

  • Maine2Alaska

    can anyone dethrone Anderson? I think i saw the guy take munoz apart piece by piece..

    • Lesnardo

      Let’s be real. People want to see Anderson Silva get out for one reason or another. I personally want him to lose so that the MW division could be revived again.

      Mark Munoz is an excellent fighter. But what has he done to make him a contender? He has been beating middle-of-the-pack dudes and losing to contenders.

      Weidman didn’t really “destroy” Munoz. If you want to see a destruction go see Fedor vs Heath Herring.

      So Weidman deserves a title shot or a title contendership match against Vitor or Chael.

      But to say that he will dethrone Silva is kinda extreme.

      • KBEsq

        I’m always an Anderson defender, but I think the Weidman match is the most compelling (at least for more hard core fans). I think the problem is selling the fight.

        I think the way Weidman beat Munoz is particularly compelling. Let’s face it, Munoz is a guy who MMA guys have been going to for years to teach them wrestling, and Munoz got absolutely controlled on the ground. I think that says a lot about what Weidman can do.

        Again, I’m not saying Weidman will beat Silva, but I think it’s the most compelling match right now.

        Marketability wise, I bet you they give the next shot to Bisping if he wins.

        • macgrubber

          “Marketability wise, I bet you they give the next shot to Bisping”

          Why would they give a shot to bisping? They could have given him title shots before but never had because they feed him lower level fighters so he keeps winning and the UK fans have something to cheer for. If he fights AS he gets destroyed and the UK fans have no1 to root for. All about the money bro.

          • elguapo

            It’s a bit naive of you to assume all us Brits cheer for bisping, and also pretty ignorant to suggest there’s “nobody else to cheer for” if and when he loses. There’s plenty of decent British fighters and indeed other European fighters. Granted there are no Brits except bisping near title contention and there probably won’t be for a long time, but there are some guys who are fun to watch. The one thing you are guaranteed with European fighters is that you will never see any lay and pray. And for you to think they would put bisping in the main event for the cash again shows your ignorance. Firstly, the uk market for the ufc is a drop in the ocean in comparison to usa, brazil, canada, china, japan etc, plus we don’t have to pay for any UFC events (including all PPVs), so why would the UFC concern themselves with such minnows. Why do you think every UFC event in the uk has such a shi**y card?

            Also, I think mma transcends nationalities. I like the fighters I like because of how entertaining they are rather than where they’re from, and I reckon most rational adults on this site would agree with me.

      • opposition13

        Just for the record, comparing Widman vs Munoz to Fedor and Herring is a horrible comparison…just saying….just like comparing Jones vs Evans to Tito vs Shamrock….


      You can leglock the hell out of him though I don’t know why nobody is trying…

  • dangalanga

    GSP not any good?

    • RonnieV

      Who Knows? He hasn’t fought since April 2011

  • dangalanga

    Oh within a year….my bad

    • dathump

      plus i don’t see GSP going up in weight yet,

  • Prodigy815


  • I agree also… Before people think Weidman is so ready to dethrone AS lets put the win on Munoz in some prospective Munoz looked a bit rusty coming off a long layoff due to injury and lets rememeber Munoz hasnt been destroying people as UFC is trying to make it look. I remember the Maia fight wasnt as decisive as many people think Maia gave him a good match and he moved down to 170.I know. I think Weidman, Belcher and Lombard if he wins needs to fight before anyone is the clear #1 contender…Im a AS fan but nobody in this division excites me for his next fight other than Lombard and thats just cause I want too see if he is for real or just fighting lower tier guys which is what I suspect….

  • markrenton

    Mark Munoz is a solid fighter, but knocking him out does not mean that you are ready to go out and beat one of the greats…just ask Matt Hamill. Weidman is not Hamill though and with 3 years of pro fighting experience his future looks extremely promising. Keep in mind that he took the Maia fight on short notice (11 days ), without a camp to prepare. On top of that, it was his 4th fight in the UFC and Maia’s 13th.

    With his wrestling and ground game, its going to take a high level striker to beat him. Give him Vitor or Lombard and if he wins impressively, then id say bring on Silva.

    • obuchons

      Lets slow down! Lomard has not gotten by Tim Boestch yet. If Boestch was to destroy or beat Lomard then he would have to be considered?

  • maddawgmar

    I think there is another top ten guy at 170. Nate Marquardt who has been a consistent figure at 185 top ten now is a figure at 170. Put him in the UFC and I see him being in the top five, throw Kos back a spot. I can even see him making a solid run at the WW crown.,

  • jryan

    let weidman fight vitor next..give next title shot to Lombard if he gets pass through his respective opponent because I really think Stam will KO bisping and take him out of the title hunt

  • RonnieV

    Too bad the best Welterweight smokes weed!

    • b-soc

      GSP smokes weed? When did this happen?!?!

      Bottom line, Chael is the biggest threat to Anderson and he’s lost twice. Anderson can be dethroned, but it is going to happen…..don’t think so. Age is the only thing that is going to beat him.

    • maddawgmar

      Carlos Condit doesn’t smoke either.

  • andthenisaid

    Chris Weidman can and will dethrone Anderson Silva.
    Although I am not as confident, I will also say that Travis Browne can and will defeat JDS.

  • RubeKegal

    I honestly wish Palhares would have beat Belcher because I think he has best shot after Weidman.

  • nicolasg.

    Anderson “The Cheater” Silva !

    • nicolasg.

      Anderson Silva announced he would revolutionize the MMA at UFC 148 and he did, he was the first man to win a fight for the world championship belt by cheating from beginning to end, revolutionary ! (And Dana White has approved… Well done ! )

      • nicolasg.

        UFC = Union of F-ck-ng Cheaters ?

  • nicolasg.

    I predict that Anderson Silva will soon have a “very big problem” named “Hector Lombard” !

  • opposition13

    As long as Silva dont rub face vasoline on his arms, grabs short, and knees on the face, he will be dethrone next fight…what a f@king 2sshol3 loser champion!

  • b-soc

    All you Anderson Silva haters who are naming all the people who are going to dethrone him, have you been watching MMA for the past 6 years? The guy has wrecked the best at 185 plus a former 205 champion. Dan Henderson, one of the toughest fighters on the planet, fighting for the LW title – Anderson destroyed him. And the so called cheating – the ref addressed the vasoline, he warned him about the shorts grab, and clean the S&^T out of your eyes because you obviously didn’t see that the knee was clearly to the chest. I’m not a big fan of Anderson at all, but objectively speaking, he is the greatest of all time and he’s beaten every style: wrestlers, BJJ, strikers, you name it!!!