MMA Top 10 Rankings: Fabricio Werdum Inches Towards the Top of the Heavyweight Division

June 12, 2013
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Fabricio WerdumThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, June 12. 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: Dominick Cruz is ineligible for consideration because he hasn’t fought in more than a year. Pat Healy is ineligible for consideration because he is currently serving a drug-related suspension.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (1)
2. Cris Cyborg Santos (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Miesha Tate (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Megumi Fujii (7)
8. Marloes Coenen (8)
9. Sara McMann (9)
10. Alexis Davis (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (6)
5. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (4)
6. Alistair Overeem (5)
7. Frank Mir (7)
8. Josh Barnett (8)
9. Roy Nelson (9)
10. Mark Hunt (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Lyoto Machida (2)
3. Alexander Gustafsson (3)
4. Dan Henderson (4)
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (5)
6. Rashad Evans (6)
7. Glover Teixeira (7)
8. Phil Davis (8)
9. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (9)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (2)
3. Chris Weidman (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Costa Philippou (6)
7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (7)
8. Tim Boetsch (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Luke Rockhold (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. Demian Maia (7)
8. Robbie Lawler (8)
9. Nick Diaz (9)
10. Erick Silva (n/a)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
3. Anthony Pettis (3)
4. TJ Grant (4)
5. Gray Maynard (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Eddie Alvarez (7)
8. Josh Thomson (8)
9. Nate Diaz (9)
10. Khabib Nurmagomedov (10)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Ricardo Lamas (3)
4. Pat Curran (4)
5. Frankie Edgar (5)
6. Chan Sung Jung (6)
7. Cub Swanson (7)
8. Dustin Poirier (8)
9. Erik Koch (9)
10. Nik Lentz (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Michael McDonald (3)
4. Eddie Wineland (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (6)
6. Raphael Assuncao (7)
7. Brad Pickett (5)
8. Erik Perez (8)
9. TJ Dillashaw (9)
10. Mike Easton (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. John Moraga (4)
5. Ian McCall (5)
6. Jussier da Silva (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Louis Gaudinot (8)
9. John Lineker (9)
10. Tim Elliott (10)

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  • War Rhonda. The HW’s have quit a competition going on in their division. All big names and tough fights. Jones still has 5 more guys he could fight. All of those fights have something interesting towards them. Weidman has only fought 1 guy (Munoz) of all the top MW’s and so has TJ Grant in his division. The FW division just got interesting bc of Pettis moving down to shake things up. The BW and Flyweight division just don’t have enough competition and I am a very big fan of both respective champions.

    • tyrone

      Weidman only has 1 fight? Wow!!! Talk about oppurtunities, he gets a shot at silva with only one fight under his belt. Whats his record, 1-0-1?

      • Cereal Killer

        He’s only fought one of the top MW’s, Munoz. I think you are the only person who could read that and not be about to comprehend it.

    • Baller31

      Weidman also beat Maia, who was one of the top MW’s at the time…plus Weidman took that fight on 10 days notice. Either way, he’s beaten everyone they have put in front of him, has never dodged or refused a fight, and deserves the title shot. And I think the heavyweight division is particularly weak, JDS and Cain are a level above the rest of the competition. The only semi interesting fight Jones has left at LHW is Gustaffson….after that if he wins he needs to move to HW to keep it interesting. Not sure that Rhonda should be ranked above Cyborg. I think Pettis has a good shot at beating Aldo.

      • But Anderson Silva has been champion at MW for years now and so has GSP. Why does everyone want Jones to move up when there’s still fights for him? Silva has cleaned out the division so much he’s fighting a guy with only 9 fights. (No knock against Weidman I am a fan of his) Jones should still take fights at LHW. As for Rhonda and Cyborg, that is just a mess. Cyborg will always be the best fighter out there who Rhonda doesn’t get to face. I wish they just fought at a CW just to fight at this point. If Pettis beats Aldo, that will shake things up a bit. Let’s just hope Gray Maynard doesn’t try to come down to FW.

  • Cereal Killer

    Werdum moves up for beating an unranked retiree. Wow.

    • Timothy Malone

      Nogueira has only lost to Top 10 fighters. If he’s not an impressive win then I don’t know who is.

      • Cereal Killer

        Nog’s last meaningful win was over Barnett in 2006. He is .500 in his last eight fights. Wins over heath Herring, Tim Sylvia, Couture, Schaub and Dave Herman are nothing to brag about. When you lose to every top ten fighter you have faced over the last 7 years, it means you are not that good anymore.

        • Lucas Freire

          The truth is that only now the HW division is gaining some depth. Tim Sylvia was a powerhouse of the division back then,just like Couture.

          BUT…the game evolves, Minotauro sure is a legend but is nowhere close to the new breed of HWs.

  • tyro

    Ufc is in the business of protecting cain. Werdum has a great chance in this fight and he will be dodged and downgraded verbally until public demand grows too much, and in response, ufc will fold and promote fight. Very much like the case with silva and weidman upcoming fight. Silva ran and ran til he couldn’t run no mo,much like the actual fight will play out. Weidman wins this by 1 st ko.

    • Lucas Freire

      Your name is only “tyro” but by reading your comment I guess you’re the dellusional tyrone.

      If some fighters have a puncher’s chance, Werdum has a grappler’s chance.
      Other than the submission game, Cain is superior to Werdum in EVERY other aspect of a fight.

      Faster hands, heavier hands, better movement, better takedowns, better conditioning…I follow Werdum’s career and am a huge fan, and he may be worth a title contention, but sure isn’t the one who I think that would be able to take the belt away.

  • zztoppppp

    Werdum moves ahead os Bigfoot and Overeem by beating big nog? Did mmaweekly forget that Overeem was the last to beat Werdum?

    These rankings have officially become a joke…

    • Collideoverme

      As much as I do NOT want to see the third fight between Cain and dos Santos, The only other matchup would be Overeem vs Werdum. or Werdum vs Cormier.