MMA Top 10 Rankings: Can Daniel Cormier Make It to the Top?

April 24, 2013
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MMARankings_Photo-CormierThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 24. 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: Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz, and Shane Carwin are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year.

(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. Cris Cyborg Santos (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Miesha Tate (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Megumi Fujii (7)
8. Marloes Coenen (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Liz Carmouche (10)

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

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Lyoto Machida (2)
3. Alexander Gustafsson (3)
4. Dan Henderson (4)
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (5)
6. Rashad Evans (6)
7. Phil Davis (7)
8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (8)
9. Glover Teixeira (9)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (2)
3. Chris Weidman (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Costa Philippou (6)
7. Tim Boetsch (7)
8. Yushin Okami (8)
9. Brian Stann (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. Demian Maia (7)
8. Robbie Lawler (8)
9. Nick Diaz (9)
10. Josh Koscheck (10)

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (3)
3. Ricardo Lamas (2)
4. Pat Curran (4)
5. Frankie Edgar (5)
6. Chan Sung Jung (6)
7. Cub Swanson (7)
8. Dustin Poirier (8)
9. Erik Koch (9)
10. Dennis Siver (n/a)

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

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. John Moraga (4)
5. Ian McCall (5)
6. Jussier da Silva (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Louis Gaudinot (8)
9. John Lineker (9)
10. Tim Elliot (10)

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  • Jake

    Ok so Cormier and Melendez enter UFC with belts and they are in top 5. Moussasi may not be as decorated but should be in top ten after his Sweden win and his existing record. Also, if we are gonna top ten every ex sf fighter, why not start listin bellator guys? It’s like the UFC senior citizen list in a lot of divisions here.

    • Maddawgmar

      If Moussasi beat a top ten fighter then I say yes, but since he beat a no name fighter. He has yet to solidify his spot. And Gil showed he deserves his spot as number 2 in the world.

      • Cereal Killer

        Why not? Bisping and Stann haven’t beaten a top ten either. These rankings make so much sense!

        • Maddawgmar

          I agree that Stann and Bisping shouldn’t be on the top ten list. Or at least Bisping should be lower on the list, 8 or 9.

  • Jake

    Chandler Alvarez and curran are deservedly on the list. Moussasi should be on the list. I feel like these lists turn into a list of UFC senior citizens. Any onefc champs? No.
    And to prove my point you guys left out king mo . The guy is at his peak right now lol.

  • tyrone

    I liked cormier but he looked tired and average vs mir. I think the hillbilly will ko cormier,let alone jon jones. Cormier in trouble!!!

    • Nope.

    • urdooomb

      dude, Cormier was so nervous before the fight that he gassed in round 1, which he admitted to.

      It was his Octagon debut man and the most important bout of his career to date.

  • pa

    Roy nelson will ko cormier

    • You are HIGH.

    • urdooomb

      u r dumb

  • pa

    Big country kos cormier

  • Denny Swain

    Big country will ko cormier. Cormier looked weak against mir.

    • Sir_Roy

      And Mir beat Big Country so … I know it’s MMA math, but it’s not like Big Country looked stellar against Mir either.

      I think Big Country gets smothered by Cormier’s wrestling and speed.

      • Agreed, the wrestler will control that fight. Maybe get a TKO.

    • urdooomb

      Dude. Fat Country lost to Mir. No way in hell he can beat DC.

      What are you talking about????

      And no it is not MMA math.

  • Mark McDowall

    I still don’t think that Cormier is all he is hyped up to be.Part of these rankings is based on difficulty of opponents…look at his opponents…if the toughest opponent he has faced is Bigfoot…Im not sure how he can be #3. Winning the SF grand prix is like winning the AA world series in baseball…cool…but you have a hell of a ride to get to the big game!

  • Where is Mousasi?

    • Sir_Roy

      Hasn’t fought anyone near top 10 in the UFC yet. Gustafsson was supposed to place him … but alas.

      • urdooomb

        Yes, Mousasi is one of those guys that are top 10~15. Until he beats a top 10 guy, I wouldn’t rank him in top 10.

  • YelL0wm0nk3y

    Unless Cain loses, no by D.C.’s choice. I don’t know if he “can” but he has made clear he won’t.

    Makes you wonder if secretly these guys who are best friends with title holders of their natural division secretly hope for their friend to lose so they can have their spot. Maybe that’s too cynical, I don’t know.

    • urdooomb

      I think the most likely situation is that friends would fight each other.

      Not cynical to believe what you just said.

  • MCM

    How does Big Nog continue to be top ten going 2-1 in the past two years and Stefan Struve isn’t top ten going 4-2 over the same time span over the same (level) of opponents?

    And Belfort has beaten 1 top ten opponent in the past 8 YEARS. No way in hell is he ranked #2.

    I’d also switch Siver with Frodo for the 10th spot.

    • urdooomb

      The thing is Nog is that he will be out of top ten within 2 years from now.

      For some reason his PRIDE credentials still affect his ranking, which doesn’t really make sense. But the dude still beats shitty fighters like Dave Herman and Brenden Schaub. And so long as he continues to do that, he will remain in the top 10.

      Stefan Struve lost to Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt. Roy nelson is not top 10. Why should Struve be? He also recently lost via KO to Hunt who was not in the top 10 when they fought.

      At MW, I would say he is #2. At LHW he is not even top 15. It’s because he brutally KOed Rich Franklin and KOed Bisping as well. Vitor does well at MW.

  • Drock420

    How the hell is Mark Munoz top 5??? who has he beat to be in top 5? he lost to yushin okami ffs. Over rated i’d say.
    These rating are bogus…