MMA Top 10 Rankings: Faber Makes a Big Jump

November 23, 2011
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Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 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 (1)
2. Alistair Overeem (2)
3. Cain Velasquez (3)
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. Rashad Evans (3)
3. Dan Henderson (6)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (2)
5. Quinton Jackson (4)
6. Lyoto Machida (5)
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 (3)
4. Gray Maynard (4)
5. Shinya Aoki (5)
6. Clay Guida (7)
7. Jim Miller (8)
8. Anthony Pettis (9)
9. Donald Cerrone (10)
10. Michael Chandler (N/A)

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. Urijah Faber (5)
3. Joseph Benavidez (3)
4. Brian Bowles (2)
5. Scott Jorgensen (4)
6. Renan Barao (6)
7. Michael McDonald (10)
8. Demetrious Johnson (7)
9. Brad Pickett (8)
10. Masakatsu Ueda (9)

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  • therealmo

    you’re being too harsh on cain, he should be #2
    you’re being too lenient on barnett, he’s top 7 at best
    feijao should be ranked not mousasi or mo
    bisping sucks, he’s not top5 and will never be
    diaz and fitch should swap
    neither alves, askren or sanchez should be ranked, waht about story who beat alves and kampmann who beat story and bj who destroyed diego
    benson over gray is dead wrong
    hominick is overrated he hasn’t beaten anyone of the top feaherweights
    mcdonald is not top 7 barely top 10

    • kneedleskane

      bisping sucks, he’s not top5 and will never be

      you got that right 100%

      • wonggfan

        Explain to me the Bisping hate. I just never paid attention to the dude.

        Is it because he is cocky?
        Is it because he is not a top fighter?
        Is it because he is a brit?

        He is quiet most of the time. What about him ticks people off???

        • KBEsq

          He’s quiet most of the time?! He’s a cocky, arrogant ass. Watch pre-fight interviews. He’s also been the coach on TUF twice! I’m surprised someone so familiar with MMA has not bee exposed to this guy enough to make a judgment.

  • wonggfan

    1. It doesn’t matter who’s #2 or #3. The difference is too small.

    2. I agree that Barnett should be ranked lower.

    3. Can’t believe Rashad is ranked #2, ahead of Shogun and Lyoto.

    4. Mousasi and Mo should be ranked higher than Feijao. But the difference doesn’t matter. Those guys are borderline top 10s.

    • Cptmats

      I think Feijao is better than Mo and Mousasi.
      I don’t think it will be long before Daniel Cormier is top 3 either !

      • wonggfan

        SF needs to make Mousasi vs Feijao happen ASAP. I just want to prove you wrong. :p

        Mousasi hype has died for two reasons, the Mo fight and Jardine fight. King Mo is probably the worst match up for Mousasi. Mousasi has good balance and takedown defense but Mo’s takedowns are world-class.

        Mousasi should have knocked out someone like Jardine in the first round. He didn’t. But Jardine was hurt badly in that fight.


        • Cptmats

          Im pretty sure Feijao would kill Musasi. Musasi has a ton of potential but just lived up to the hype around him. He’s a lazy fighter, He could of be Jardine if he had a little more heart !

  • Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald

    Make it happen Joe Silva!

  • johnnylopes

    Lightweight is UGLY!!! Chandler gets top 10 by gettin a lucky choke on Alvarez? good fight but lucky punch n choke. Joe Lauzon should be in top 10 end of story

  • Michael Chandler does not belong there. Sure he knocked the sh*t out of Eddie Alvarez, but Alvarez’ chin is glass. It didn’t take any great fighter to take him out, did it? In fact, Eddie almost beat him!
    Rashad needs to fight Dan Henderson, before placing him at the top of the class. He hasn’t even fought Rua yet.
    The welters are a stacked group, aren’t they?

  • RubeKegal

    Real Mo, agreed, Benson over Gray is wrong. However, Diaz and Fitch should not swap. Matter of fact, I think Diaz is at best #7. For the same reason I think Mousasi(31-3) shouldn’t be top 5 is the same reason for Diaz(25-7). He simply hasn’t beaten top level competition.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think BJ is one of the best ever, but he just doesn’t train hard at all.

    I think Fitch UD’s(unanimous Decisions) Diaz easily, Kos UD’s Diaz easily, Diaz and Shields would never fight but Shields would crush Diaz as he already does when they train. I think Condit is all around better than Nick and I think Ellenberger beats Diaz. Before BJ Penn, Nick’s most impressive win was Paul Daley and thats not saying much.

    Yeah why is Bisping on the cream puff schedule? He’s 11-3 in UFC but fought NONE of the other 9 on the top 10 list.

    I think Renan Barao will be champ after seeing him fight.

    Alvarez has a glass chin? He’s never been knocked out!

    Mayhem should be 10th over Belcher.

  • KBEsq

    I totally agree with the Faber jump too. Some people are upset that Faber gets a title shot after only one victory, but I think it’s warranted.
    You need to look at certain things to determine whether a title shot is warranted. (1) the nature of the division, (2) the nature of the last fight between the champ and the contender, (3) the history of the contender and the champ, and (4) the nature of one fight that got the contender the title shot.

    Here, no one else really makes as much sense as Faber right now, the last fight between Faber and Cruz was very close, regardless of who you think won, they are both even in their personal history, and finally, Faber’s fight with Bowles was an absolute massacre.

    Notice I didn’t even mention the fact that Faber is a huge money draw, even though I believe it’s legitimate to look at that as far as the UFC is concerned as long as it’s not the determining factor.