MMA Top 10 Rankings: Cris Cyborg Exiled

January 11, 2012
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Cris "Cyborg" Santos

Cris "Cyborg" Santos

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Jan. 11. 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.

Former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos failed her most recent drug test and was placed under suspension, making her ineligible for the rankings.

(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 (2)
2. Sarah Kaufman (3)
3. Miesha Tate (4)
4. Marloes Coenen (5)
5. Zoila Gurgel (6)
6. Tara LaRosa (7)
7. Rosi Sexton (8)
8. Alexis Davis (9)
9. Ronda Rousey (10)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (n/a)

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. Quinton Jackson (5)
6. Lyoto Machida (6)
7. Phil Davis (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. Alexander Gustafsson (9)
10. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Yushin Okami (3)
4. Nathan Marquardt (4)
5. Michael Bisping (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Demian Maia (7)
8. Vitor Belfort (8)
9. Brian Stann (9)
10. Alan Belcher (10)

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

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Hatsu Hioki (3)
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. Brian Bowles (4)
5. Scott Jorgensen (5)
6. Renan Barao (6)
7. Michael McDonald (7)
8. Demetrious Johnson (8)
9. Bibiano Fernandes (9)
10. Masakatsu Ueda (n/a)

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  • Mario

    With the 145 pound division pretty much gone for the women, Megumi Fujii rightfully takes the number #1 spot.

    She should fight in the states more. I’d like to see that.

  • Darren2112

    Can anyone from MMA Weekly please explain to me why Nate Marquardt is still ranked as the #4 Middleweight. Firstly he hasnt fought since his suspension. Second, he hasn’t fought in over a year and finally when or if he does come back it will be at WW


    • Lesnardo

      He wasn’t suspended for drugs.

      Also, it hasn’t been a year since his last bout.

      Check the rule of the ranking before bitching.

      • Darren2112

        “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.”

        I’m pretty sure he was suspended for not having a prescription for HGH, or at least not proving he had the prescription to the commissioner. And he hasnt fought since.

        I wasnt bitching about it, just trying to get some justification. I like to watch Marquardt fight and wish him all the well, I just can’t figure out why he is still ranked as a MW contender.

        • fitefan

          yeah, he got popped for too much Testosterone according to this interview I tracked down on Google.
          So yeah, he should not be on the list.

          He failed his medical, and has not fought since his suspension. Take him off the list.

          Not sure if dropping to WW counts, since he hasn’t had a WW bout yet.

          PS. This Low T phenomenon that is sweeping through MMA is a pile of horse****.

          • Ememay

            Marquardt got penalized for not having the proper clearance for his testosterone replacement therapy. THAT’S NOT A DRUG. Testerone occurs naturally in a male body. It’s ok by athletic commissions if you have the proper clearance (doctor’s note or something stating you have lower than normal testerone levels). Dan Henderson came out in Marquardts defense and I think he stated that he also undergoes the same treatment with proper clearance.

            I think it’s BS, but that’s the story as I remember it. Don’t hang me if I got a detail or two wrong.

          • fitefan

            No reason to yell “that’s not a drug” at me. I didn’t realize they didn’t consider unacceptable levels of testosterone as a non drug. One could argue that HGH occurs naturally in the body as well, but I’m not a chemist or knowlegable about performance enhancing substances. So we’ll leave it at that.
            I guess I just got “lawyered!” ( ref. How I met your Mother )

      • b-soc

        With the exception of the bitching terminology, I have to agree with Lesnardo on this one. There was no suspension for drugs or anything of the sort as there was no failed test. That was the basis of the firing from the UFC, but no actual failed drug test.

    • therealmo

      his only mw losses are to the top 3 guys and he ko’d demian maia in like 10 seconds

    • ryanangelici

      Agree & how is (5. Michael Bisping), this gut hasen’t beat a top 15 guy, lost to Silva and Hendo. Guys 6-10 Have fought better competition and won….?

  • alhmiel

    Cyborg is a guy anyway fighting as a woman. Heck she could probably beat Aldo or faber now. Let the drugs kick in and she will have a beard soon enough. I’ll bet there are some jewels hidden also inside of Cyborg Santos. she should change her name to Mike or Bill.

  • alhmiel

    Talk about lipstick on a pig. Earrings on Cyborg doesn’t seem likely or real. Let her fight Ann Wolfe

  • fitefan

    Why is Hendo #3 under Evans at #2?

    Hendo clearly has a better fight record vs tougher opponents. Not only has he competed against the best at 185, but fights at 205 as well. Took the SF belt, and jumped to HW to put the smack down on Fedor.
    Went 5 against Jackson, and 5 against Rua for fight of the year.
    And is more well rounded with striking, wrestling and bjj. Rashad is a wrestler turned striker, we have yet to witness any bjj.

    • Lesnardo

      MMA weekly has a weird way of ranking losers. Also they do not give due credit for erroneous judging.

      How is Lyoto ranked lower than Evans when he destroyed him and will most likely destroy him again?

      MMAWEEKLY would say: Because Lyoto has lost to Rampage and Evans beat Rampage. Also, Lyoto is on a losing streak.

      Well, Lyoto beat Rampage. It was a bad decision. And Lyoto lost to Shogun and Jones, two of the best in the division.

      My ranking would be:

      1. Jones
      2. Hendo
      3. Shogun
      4. Lyoto
      5. Evans
      6. Rampage
      7. Phil Davis
      8. Ryan Bader
      9. Forrest/Lil Nog
      10. King Mo/Mousasi/Feijao

      • fitefan

        1-8 looks perfect.

        I’d dump Forrest out of the top ten and leave L’Nog at 9.

        Add Gustofsson to the list tied with 10.

      • themightyvandal


        I don’t think your logic really makes sense. Machida has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights. Saying that Machida should have won the Rampage fight might be true, but it’s very subjective. Best case scenario, Machida has lost 2 of his last 4 fights, while Rashad has lost only one fight in his entire career. Since losing, he’s won 3 in a row.

        Of course he should be ranked higher than Machida. He should also be ranked higher than Shogun, as he has lost two in a row. I think mmaweekly’s list is good. I’d personally switch Mousasi and Gustafsson, but nothing else.

        • fitefan

          Quality of opponents.

          Machida fought Rua twice and is 1 and 1. Evans not at all.
          Machida’s other loss is to Jones.
          Evans has fought him either.

          Evans has a victory of Rampage by decision, and Machida has a loss against Rampage by decision.

          All in all, Machida has fought tougher opponents. His only three losses are just these recent ones, against people Rashad hasn’t fought, except Rampage.

          And Rashad’s only loss is against Machida. So it stands to reason that Rashad would share in those loses against Jones and Rua.

          And again, the two in a row Rua lost are to Jones and Hendo. Two guys Evans hasn’t fought yet. And the Hendo fight is fight of the year.

          Lesnardo’s 1-6 is spot on.

          • themightyvandal

            I disagree.

            By your logic, Tito Ortiz should be ranked because he’s faced “quality opponents” consistenly for the last 5 years. So what if he lost most of them?

            Rashad wasn’t fighting exclusively cans. He beat 2 top 10 opponents in a row, and Tito was a fill in.

            Sure Machida faced top level competition, but that’s what top contenders do. He lost against other top ranked fighters. Evans beat top ranked fighters and has not lost since his first title defense. He’s been in line longer than Hendo…

            Timing dictates Jones’ next opponent. It will likely be Hendo, but Rashad is the #1 contender at this point in time.

          • fitefan


            I see your point. I’m assuming MMA weekly doesn’t have him listed primarily because he is 1-7 for the last five years.
            He may be a candidate under those conditions for an all time top LHW ( tho I don’t personally agree with that statement)

            Even so, he has losses to people he’s beat before, some of which are in the top ten, so he would be ranked below them. His overall record is one of the clearest representations of a fighter who is getting worse while everyone else is getting better. And that’s why I wouldn’t consider him as a present top 10. Even with his win over Bader.

            Plus, his recent wins, over five years ago were against Ken Shamrock twice and the end of his career, Griffon, who we now know isn’t as good as we led to believe and Belfort and Cote who are 185ers.

            You could make a case of him against Hendo’s 8 losses. But I think that would be a weak argument. Hendo is a 185er too, and Tito cuts weight to get down to 205. He’s huge for that divison.

            Overall there never really has been anything exceptional in Tito’s performance for a long time.

            Evans has been in line longer, and probably should get the first shot at Jones, but I still feel atm, that Hendo should be ranked above him, by 1.

          • themightyvandal


            Hendo had a great year, but you have to take his Ws into perspective.

            He’s only fought 2 LHWs in his last 4 fights. One was at MW against Sobral and one was at HW against Fedor.

            I love Hendo, but he’s new to LHW. He’s been successful thus far, but IMO Rashad is more deserving.

          • fitefan


            Alright, I cannot refute your point of view. You have convinced me that Evans should indeed be #2. He is a career LHW (since TUF) and Hendo has only had a handful of LHW fights like you said.
            I overlooked that fact in my argument for Hendo to be #2, ahead of Evans. I was arguing for Hendo to be ranked #2 from the perspective of a better fighter, not as a better LHW. My mistake.

            I appreciate you pointing out how I was wrong.

            Thanks you.

    • Cptmats

      Are you serios ? Evens has one loss. Hendo has a lot to lower level fighters. Beside there are at leat three or four LHW that could beat either one of thses guys !

      • fitefan

        Ofcourse I’m serious. Are you serious?

        Hendo has 8 losses, hardly a number that can be described as ” a lot”. It’s not like he’s batting .500.
        He’s got losses to A.Silva, both Nogs, Wanderlei, and Rampage. That’s 5 of the 8 opponents I’m familiar with that definately are NOT lower level fighters.
        Six, he got subed by Jake Shields who is deadly on the ground, not so much on the feet. That only leaves two left, hardly a number deserving of “a lot”.
        Henderson has more overall fights, and against tougher opponents than Evans.

        What am I missing in Rashad that is so profoundly indicative of Evans deserving to be ranked above Hendo? The one loss? Surely not. I can use that argument and say that Davis at 9-0 should be at the top.
        And how does the implied fact that there exists 3 or 4 lightheavy weights capable of beating both these guys prove that Evans should be ranked above Hendo? That sounds like a wash to me.

  • TKD

    Evans #2???? No way in hell!

    • themightyvandal

      He was the champion. Lost once. And has since won three in a row.

      Why shouldn’t Evans be #2? A case can be made for Henderson…. but nobody else is close to fitting.

      • Cptmats

        lots are better fits for the #2 spot than Rashad !

        • themightyvandal

          It doesn’t matter if you like him or not. He’s the clear #1 contender.

  • Your Ranking system amazes me. Nate Marquardt, and Yushin Okami Ranked Higher than Vitor Belfort ? Come on Dude, Really ?

    • fitefan

      I still fail to see the reason why people keep Vitor up on a pedastal. I like the guy, but the only thing really phenomenal about him is his hand speed.
      We’ll see how well he does against Johnson.

      • bbtakayama

        It is mainly because this will be his 15th year in the UFC and he still is knocking out people at the top of the division. His losses have all come against world champions. One KO loss to Silva, and a TKO stoppage against Randy Couture, and a lot of decision losses against 205ers, around the time his sister was kidnapped. Against the current middleweight division, he has the tools to beat the majority of them. A strong wrestler like Sonnen presents a bad stlye match up for him, but he is a BJJ black belt. He doesn’t use his BJJ because he’d rather knock people out. I hope that helped a little.

        • fitefan

          It does. Didn’t hit me square in the face about the 205ers until now, and I completely forgot about his sister. Not something I like to dwell on. Explains a lot about his so so record.
          I always felt his lack of a desire to use his bjj was holding him back.

  • bbtakayama

    How the hell is Michael Bisping ranked ahead of Vitor Belfort. Vitor takes dumps that are more impressive than Bisping.

  • bbtakayama

    Honestly, Belfort should be ranked at least third. He would never get knocked out by Matt “i can’t hear” Hamill, even if he had earplugs in, just to make it a fair fight. Nate “the Great” who? This list makes me want to smell my own farts.

  • fitefan

    There needs to be a lot more cross fighting in the MW division to clear it up.
    Bisping only has three loses. I’d like to see him get beat right off that list.

  • MikeMc1983

    Oh good lord. Lol at having ear plugs to “make It a fair fight.”
    I’m sure the ear plugs make it equal…lol

  • EricLahache

    Wanna know why Nate Marquardt is on the list? His last fight in the UFC, was March 19th,2011, UFC 128 against Dan Miller. Nate won by decision. Therefore he did fight within the required 12 months (notice it ain’t march 2012 yet), and he was also cleared already by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. He now fights in BAMMA in the UK. His next fight is February 11, 2012. That’s about it lol.

  • MikeMc1983

    I’m not positive on all of the particulars, but to maybe jog some people’s memories.
    If my memory is correct Nate had a fight. He then a day or 2 before the fight failed the medicals to fight. It was his numbers being to high for what his Trt treatment allows. (I believe)
    He then received a suspension until he could pass his medicals. Which I think he did two weeks later. (roughly, I think)

    Now to what I understand he wasn’t suspended for drugs, or any specific reason at all. It was just that he failed medicals as a whole. So I believe his suspension was based on the not passing the medicals as a whole, not the specific reason as to why he didn’t pass the medicals.

    I get why as fans we don’t look at it that way. I don’t know that the commissions even had the ability to break down each reason why a guy could fail their medical exam, and punish them accordingly. I’m pretty sure that’s a bunch of legal crap.

    On another note. Why do people get so hell bent on the year thing? Do you not see the line where they say a fighter is eligible when fighting within a year, OR has a fight sceaduled in a reasonable amount of time?
    That last line kind of gives mmaweekly free reign there to do what they want. Very few guys go over a year without having a fight at least get sceaduled. And they can call reasonable whatever they choose.

    Sorry, I know I was really if’y in a post where I said I was jogging people’s memories. Lol

  • ryanstewart

    The problem as I read it was Nate was getting testosterone replacement procedures,(which are not illegal)Everyone knew about it,but his levels needed to be down in time for foght night.The problem is (and I think all of you males on here know) is that testosterone is what drives us males to do our manly things.If your levels are increased past a certain point,you are actually putting another fighter in danger of serious injury.Let’s face it we all know Nate “The Great” is a hard hitting dude.Imagine him all revved up on a high level of test.The HGH comments I have seen are true in two ways.It’s illegal to take a HGH Supplement and compete in most any professional sport today.Your body produces HGH from your pituitary gland,so yes it is produced naturally.The problem when purchasing it is you will fail because of escalated amounts of seratonin. Test substitutes do the same thing and I believe they are deemed illegal.I wish these guys would grow up,get off the crap,and realize they put their name and career on the line everytime they put this stuff in their system.Ps. I wasn’t trying to sound like a drug rep and I’m sure I mispelled half of these Good Day to all.

  • alhmiel

    chris cyborg should be ranked with the men as she is a man anyhow?

  • Darren2112

    Cyborg vs Florian for the 145lb UFC Unisex Championship!!!

    Live only on PPV