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MMA Top 10 Rankings: Daniel Cormier Cements His Position Amongst the Best of the Best

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The updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Jan. 16. 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 MMAWeekly.com 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. Alexis Davis (9)
9. Rosi Sexton (8)
10. Sara McMann (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
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 (5)
6. Brian Stann (6)
7. Costa Philippou (7)
8. Tim Boetsch (8)
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. Mike Pierce (10)
10. Tarec Saffiedine (n/a)

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 (8)
9. Jim Miller (9)
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 (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Brad Pickett (6)
7. Masakatsu Ueda (7)
8. Raphael Assuncao (8)
9. Mike Easton (9)
10. Erik Perez (10)

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 (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (8)
9. Louis Gaudinot (9)
10. John Lineker (10)

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  • http://twitter.com/Uncanny390 Timothy Malone

    Even though Struve is on a winning streak, I would still have him below Nogueira and Silva. Nogueira and Silva have only lost to fellow top 10 competition. Struve lost to Browne and the only top 10 person he has fought is Nelson, who he also lost to. And Struve and Nelson are only on the list because Overeem and Carwin have been out.

    • Joey

      I think the only reason Struve is ranked higher than them is do to the rankings being a “what have you done for me lately” type of deal. I mean Silva is 1-2 over his last 3 fights and Nogueira is 2-3 over his last 5 fights. Although Struve has lost to higher tier talent, he is on a 4 fight win streak which is putting him higher on the list

      I do think a Struve/Silva fight would actually be pretty fun to watch.

      • BigB

        Agreed. Silva got destroyed by Cain. And Nog had his arm broken by Mir before beating a Dave Herman who was on a 2 fight losing streak at the time. Why should they be listed ahead of Struve who’s on a 4 fight winning streak against tough guys? Struve stopped the hype trains for both Dave Herman (21-2 at the time) and Miocic (9-0 at the time and was being groomed for a title shot). He also stopped a very tough Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson. Yes, those 4 wins were by way of stoppage. 25 wins and only 1 by way of decision. And that lone decision was over 3 years ago. I think he’s a far more exciting fighter to watch than either Bigfoot or Nog. Both of those guys are very good fighters but their hype trains left the stations long ago. Neither fighter is as good as they were in their primes. If this was 5 or 6 years ago, yes, Nog would be a lot higher and Bigfoot would be as well prior to his losses to Cormier and Cain. That being said, I think all 3 of these guys will have to fight each other at some point in the next year for any of them to move up in the rankings. Can’t wait to see those fights!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Zwonimir-Sega-Nogarole/784498372 Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    funny, it seems that Women’s p4p is “Rondaland” …

    women’s BW are no more stacked then SW, so I think Esparza deserves a spot in the top 10, at least still she’s the IFC SW champion …

    u’ve listed 5 BWs, 2 SWs, 1 FW, 1 FLW e 1 AW …

    also I can’t see Sexton as the better FLW, Kankanpaa and Porto are more active and better fighters …

  • bmc92

    i think big country is either 6or7 imo