MMA Top 10 Rankings: Featherweight Shake-Up

January 26, 2011
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MMA Top 10 World RankingsThe latest World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, January 26. 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 Wednesday, January 26.

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

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Rashad Evans
3. Quinton Jackson
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Forrest Griffin
6. Ryan Bader
7. Jon Jones
8. Thiago Silva
9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
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. Thiago Alves
5. Josh Koscheck
6. Paul Daley
7. Nick Diaz
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Chris Lytle

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri
7. Jim Miller
8. Kenny Florian
9. George Sotiropoulos
10. Anthony Pettis

1. Jose Aldo
2. Manny Gamburyan
3. Diego Nunes
4. Chad Mendes
5. Michihiro Omigawa
6. Hatsu Hioki
7. Dustin Poirier
8. Mark Hominick
9. Josh Grispi
10. Hiroyuki Takaya

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

  • michael106

    Bj isn’t even ranked that’s bs

    • BJ’s last fight was welterweight, as is his next. He is currently ineligible at lightweight. At welterweight, he is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in his last four fights. Where would you rank him?

      • You should just post a disclaimer in big bold print at the top of the article explaining this so you don’t have to keep repeating yourself every time new rankings come out. LOL

  • Mars

    Bisping over Vitor?

    • No. It’s just that Vitor hasn’t fought in a year and half, so he is currently ineligible for ranking. Once he fights Anderson, he will again be eligible for consideration.

      • Mars

        Thanks,my bad… just thought that the Anderson fight fit under “reasonable time frame”. Love the site.

  • ncar101

    Great site!

    Whats with Daley and Kawajiri’s jump? Those do not make much sense…

  • Madmaax9

    How can you justify Forrest Griffin at # 5. Any of those guys listed below him deserve to be ranked higher. Also, where would u fit Rich Franklin in there? I understand he’s only had one fight at LH, but looked very convincing against a game Lidell. We’ll see how things play out after Feb 5th.