MMA Top 10 Rankings: Faber Moves Over, Okami Moves Up

November 17, 2010
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MMA Top 10 World RankingsThe latest World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, November 17. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to his 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.

Below are the current World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of November 17.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Shane Carwin
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Brett Rogers

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Forrest Griffin
6. Ryan Bader
7. Jon Jones
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
9. Thiago Silva
10. Randy Couture

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Demian Maia
5. Dan Henderson
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Jorge Santiago
8. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
9. Michael Bisping
10. Hector Lombard

1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Thiago Alves
6. Paul Daley
7. Nick Diaz
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Matt Hughes

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Shinya Aoki
4. Gray Maynard
5. B.J. Penn
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Kenny Florian
9. Ben Henderson
10. Jim Miller

1. Jose Aldo
2. Manny Gamburyan
3. Mike Brown
4. Josh Grispi
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Diego Nunes
7. Michihiro Omigawa
8. Bibiano Fernandes
9. Chad Mendes
10. Joe Warren

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

  • TheBorg

    And where is Vitor Belfort?

    • Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought in more than a year, almost a year and a half come fight time, so he is currently ineligible. Once he fights again, we’ll consider if/where he falls.

    • MrAdidas

      I believe Vitor hasnt fought in over 12 months, which “disqualifies” him from any top 10 rankings. It says the “rules” for any Top 10 ranking consideration above!

  • You guys do a good job with rankings buuuuuuuuuuut you are giving Werdum the “Serra treatment”. How he is ranked above Dos Santos still has me scratching my head.

    Here’s how I see it:

    1. Cain Velasquez
    2. Junior Dos Santos
    3. Brock Lesnar
    4. Fabricio Werdum
    5. Fedor Emelianenko
    6. Shane Carwin
    7. Frank Mir
    8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    9. Alistair Overeem
    10. Brendan Schaub, Brett Rogers*

    * Tie for 10th but I don’t think either one of them are really worthy of the spot. Who else is there though?

    • Trust me, we constantly go round and round over where to rank who. Not a one man show.

    • jds13

      I agree 100% with Short Bus.

      Also in the LHW division, I would move Jon Jones up to the 4th spot. I like Rampage but his last win was against Jardine in early 2009 whereas Jon Jones is cleaning house over all his competition so far.

      Certainly hasnt fought any huge names yet though.

      • Name opposition is about the only thing holding him back at this point. Jones looks phenomenal. Can’t wait for him and Bader, that is a great fight.

      • MrAdidas

        Jon Jones will be the LHW Champ soon enough, unless Rashad beats Rua which I doubt he will, but if he does Jons will be the best fighter in any division without being Champ! As for saying he hasnt fought any “huge names” isnt really true, I know Vera isnt nearly as good as he was (& I have no idea why that is or what happened – waste of god given talent – IMO) but hes no joke. Jones also beat/DESTROYED Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko who has only lost (5 fights) to former or current Champs besides Jones – but I can guarantee that Jones will keep that streak of losses to only current or former Champs. Not a question of IF, just a question of when?!? Dont forget Jones just turned 23 yrs old a few months ago, I dont think any of us can say we were beating up & EMBARESSING top fighters/MEN at 23/Kid.

        I do know what you mean JDS13….. he hasnt fought anyone whos in the top 10 as of now/today, but I honestly do not think there are many fighters at LHW who can beat him & there are even fewer who will be able to give him a serious threat. I think Bader’s FUCT when he fights Jones, he barely looked decent Vs Nogueira and I doubt he will be able to take Jones down, which means ZZZzzzZZZ. IF – IF Bader does get lucky & gets Jones down, I doubt he’ll keep him down for long. IMO – The ONLY way Bader wins this fight is if he gets lucky & TAGS Jones. In order for Bader to win Vs Jones, besides getting lucky, Bader has to take the fight to the ground & thats ……… with Bader on top or he’ll be Jon Jones next ELBOW highlight reel like Vera, Matyushenko & Hamill are & thats NO FUN – NO FUN @ ALL!!! Bader has an even slimmer chance of beating Jones on the feet/stand up. NOT going to happen, unless he gets lucky…… I strongly doubt it.

        ALSO – I think Jones elbows should be illegal, do you see him throwing them?!? like their sharp pointed hammers, awesome may I please have another!

  • grimsgrind

    middleweight division is fucking HORRIBLE….I don’t mean your rankings I mean in general, Silva has it so easy, even though he’s pound 4 pound one of the best fighters in the world. But that division sucks, I’m sure he wants some challenge….Okami…Marquardt? are you kidding me? HAHAHA

  • MrAdidas

    grimsgrind: U think the “MW division is fucking HORRIBLE” – Are you crazy? Thats by far the best Division in the world……. BAHAHA just fucking kidding dude, I couldnt agree with you more. I’ve been saying that for yrs & thats Y I do not think Anderson is the #1 P4P fighter in the world. Give GSP the same bums (skill wise) to fight @ WW & GSP wins every fight before the 3rd or 4th round. Jesus, GSP hasnt lost a Round since Koscheck – which still blows my mind, b/c I have no clue how Kos won a Round from GSP. GSP has gone over 3.5 yrs/6 fights without losing a single Round, NOT only that but no oponent has ever come close to give any Judge(s) a 2nd thought on who that Round, when was the last time you thought….. “did GSP lose that Round” or “I think GSP might have lost that Round”. Not Vs Serra, Hughes, BJ Penn, Fitch, Alves or Hardy has he been “tested”. The WW division isnt the top division (b/c LHW is by far) but I can guarantee you its not too far behind the LHW & I think the WW is tied with the LW now the WEC has merged.

  • I have to agree Werdum is too high on the list.

    I generally like how you guys do the list but my problem is that when a fighter beats another fighter, they are automatically placed higher. Just because fighter A beats fighter B, doesn’t mean they are better. What if fighter A beats ten people, fighter B loses to the same ten people, and then fighter B beats fighter A? It can just be a bad match-up, there can be out-of-ring issues, and there is always luck. I don’t think beating the guy at the top automatically should place you at the top.