MMA Top 10 Rankings: dos Santos Takes Top Spot

November 16, 2011
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#1 Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos

#1 Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Nov. 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.

(NEW FEATURE! Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (1)
2. Megumi Fujii (2)
3. Sarah Kaufman (3)
4. Miesha Tate (4)
5. Marloes Coenen (5)
6. Zoila Gurgel (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 (2)
2. Alistair Overeem (3)
3. Cain Velasquez (1)
4. Josh Barnett (4)
5. Brock Lesnar (5)
6. Fabricio Werdum (6)
7. Shane Carwin (7)
8. Frank Mir (8)
9. Daniel Cormier (9)
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (2)
3. Rashad Evans (3)
4. Quinton Jackson (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (5)
6. Dan Henderson (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. Jon Fitch (2)
3. Nick Diaz (3)
4. Carlos Condit (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Josh Koscheck (6)
7. Jake Shields (7)
8. Thiago Alves (8)
9. Diego Sanchez (9)
10. Ben Askren (10)

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Hatsu Hioki (3)
4. Mark Hominick (4)
5. Dustin Poirier (5)
6. Erik Koch (6)
7. Kenny Florian (7)
8. Pat Curran (8)
9. Diego Nunes (9)
10. Marlon Sandro (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Brian Bowles (2)
3. Joseph Benavidez (3)
4. Scott Jorgensen (4)
5. Urijah Faber (5)
6. Renan Barao (6)
7. Demetrious Johnson (7)
8. Brad Pickett (8)
9. Masakatsu Ueda (9)
10. Michael McDonald (10)

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  • Mario


    Ben Henderson sky rocketed to #3?

    That’s…. a little, well, yeah I guess I can see how that’s fair. He’s earned his place among the top.

    Alistair jumps over Cain. Wow!

    This Saturday should provide a few more shake-ups in the rankings. That’s for sure.

    As far as the new feature, EH.


  • pickafight

    These ranking seem to rely more on emotion than reason. Cain gets knocked out and now Overeem jumps in front of him. Cormier wins his first relevant fight by knockout and now he’s ahead of Big Nog!? Lyoto destroyed Rashad and is ranked below him because he lost a controversial split dec to Rampage!? Seems this one is just following group think. King Mo beats Mousasi but is below him!?! This one seems based only on Mousasi hype. Bisping above Belfort!? Belfort beat Franklin! Bisping was beat by W. Silva! BJ Penn not even on the list but Askren is!????!????! Askren hasn’t beaten anyone relevent and nearly lost to Heiron, but that get’s him on over ppl like BJ or AJ!???! Henderson jumps above Maynard?!?! This is purely emotional. Finally, Faber is below Bowles, Benavidez, and Jorgenson even though he faired significantly better against Cruz than the other 3. This is because ppl are getting kinda tired of a 30 something ‘california kid.’ Please due us all a favor and do not let emotion override reason! Some of these lists are completely illogical!

    • wonggfan

      Some of your differences are trivial. I don’t think it matters whether you are ranked #2 or #3, although I do see problems ranking SF fighters in general. Also, Mousasi hype is no longer there. At the height of that hype, Mousasi was ranked #5 or #4. I doubt it matters whether Mousasi is ranked #7, 8, or 9. The fact of the matter is, he is not a top contender in the LHW division and has to beat at least two top 10 opponents (one top 5) before getting a title shot.

      I agree that the ranking doesn’t make sense here and there. How is Lyoto ranked below Rashad? How is Bisping ranked below Belfort?

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Why the fuck is Bisping ahead of 5 guys he couldn’t beat?

    • RonnieV

      Good Question

    • wonggfan

      It doesn’t even matter. The MW division has been a lack-luster one for years now. None of the fighters, except for few, have any character. The division will look more interesting once Hendo joins. Hendo vs Chael, Hendo vs Silva, Chael vs Silva, Belfort vs Chael.

      • Black Belt

        LOL at wonggfag for saying standing don’t matter until his gay fantasy, Dan Henderson enters the picture. What a moronic statement!

        Can you all picture wonggfag laying down at night saying goodnight to his Dan Henderson action figures and posters? Fuck-wad!

  • chrisbenjamin

    My begging was finally listened to! Thanks for getting previous ranking added to the list! Now I can start whining about something else!

    • Yep, no you can get in double the slamming for the same amount of rankings!!!

  • rayray

    How the hell is Jon Fitch still above Nick Diaz? I mean he fought BJ to a draw even though he dominated the last round of there fight but Diaz beat BJ into retirement. There must be some serious idiots working on these rankings.

    • KBEsq

      I was wondering that myself, but then thought: I wonder if they put Fitch there because there is a good chance he could beat Diaz. I actually think Fitch would beat Diaz because of the styles. Not that it would be a fun fight; most likely Fitch grinding out a decision.

    • Cptmats

      Prolly because he fought to a draw with Penn Who showed he’s clearly a better fighter than Diaz !
      Penn outclassed Diaz in the first five minutes with better boxing and BJJ and would have for the next ten as well if he didn’t gas like he always does !

      • KBEsq

        I totally agree with this. Trust me, I am not a huge Penn fan like some people (I actually don’t really like him). However, the really interesting thing about Diaz/Penn was that Penn was outclassing Diaz in all aspects of the fight game in the first round.

        It’s all cardio. Penn was done in round 2. I say it’s interesting because Penn is actually the more talented fighter, if cardio wasn’t an issue. It’s shame he doesn’t really work on this aspect of his game.

  • kneedleskane

    Michael Bisping ??? WTF he sucks!!!

  • trevor

    Penn is clearly better than Diaz??? How? He lost you idiot and lost definitively! Penn is old news and Fitch deserves 2nd . he may be boring ( according to some) but he has had 1 loss! The middleweight division is an absolute piece of shit. A champion should be defined by his competition and Anderson has fought some serious tin cans. The fact that an absolute hack like Bisping can place anywhere in a division is sad! I actually think welterweight is the best, most competitive and most athletic division.( and I am not on Georges or anybody elses dick.)

    • Cptmats

      YES Penn is clearly a better fighter than Diaz ! It was pretty fucking obvious genius !
      Retard !