MMA Top 10 Rankings: Fedor Loses, Shakes Up Heavyweight Ranks

February 16, 2011
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Feb. 16. 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 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, Feb. 16.

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

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

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

1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Thiago Alves
5. Josh Koscheck
6. Nick Diaz
7. Paul Daley
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. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Diego Nunes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Mark Hominick
8. Michihiro Omigawa
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

  • omcclave

    why does mma weekly not like the ufc. these rankings are always so anti ufc.why is aoki, fedor or jorge santiago in any of these top ten rankings they all suck. santigo got bitch slapped by chris leben and alan belcher and has been fighting in the b rate japanese organization sengoku for a while. aoki just got ko by a soso k1 fighter during mma rules in their match. and im sorry to all fedor fans but he sucks. his recorded is bloated with kick boxers, guys out of his wieght class like matt lindland and babalu, guys who everyone though were good but sucked like cro cop and nog or guys that are washed up like tim sylvia and andrea arlovski. mma weekly you need to seriously stop these wack ass ranking and give people in the ufc their due

    • Frye557

      I agree with you to a point. This site does rank many fighters far to high, based on insignificant wins. A far as Fedor goes, I disagree. He was fighter the best HW of the era. It doesn’t matter if they were kick boxers (which only some of them were). You could arguably say that about the current HW division being slanted towards wrestlers. His competition hasn’t been great in the last couple of years, but what he did in the early to mid 2000s is legendary.

  • mma24069

    yeah i love mmaweekly, but some of these rankings are b.s you cant tell me antonio silva has beat enough good people to be ranked ahead of mir. He beat fedor. which wasnt a very tuff task. come on now

  • Complaint coming about BJ Penn not being ranked coming in 3…2…1…

  • The_Power

    I don’t understand MMA Weekly sometimes. Why is Sergei Kharitonov who hasn’t fought any one relevant in a while on the list for beating a guy who wasn’t on the list??

    As for omcclave’s comment about Jorge Santiago ..ya he lost to Christ Leben but that was 4 years ago. He has been doing good since his depature from UFC.

  • We always love getting your guys’ feedback. Let’s see some lists. What would your rankings look like if it were all up to you?

  • Yeah anyone who thinks these lists are BS are welcome to post their own so we can shred them to pieces as well.

    I think Nate Marquardt is too high. He does have a win over Demian Maia but he hasnt done much since then

    • I don’t want to tear anyone’s list apart. Honestly want to see what others are thinking. It’s not an easy task and everything is relative. Everyone has their way of looking at it.

  • jared499

    Ok I get that some fighters may be ranked to high based on level of competion, but to say that MMA Weekly does not like the UFC is just insane. Here is the top 10 breakdown:
    Heavy wt: UFC 5 – SF 5 – Other 0
    Light hwt: UFC 10 – SF 0 – Other 0
    Middle wt: UFC 7 – SF 2 – Other 1
    Welter wt: UFC 8 – SF 2 – Other 0
    Light wt: UFC 6 – SF 1 – Other 3
    Father wt: UFC 8 – SF 0 – Other 2
    Bantam wt: UFC 9 – SF 0 – Other 1
    Add it up that equals UFC 53

    • jared499

      SF – 10
      Other – 7
      This includes Jorge Santiago in UFC cause he just signed and we will be able to find out soon how good he really is. AS well as all the old WEc guys now in UFC
      As far as Sergei Kharitonov being ranked in top 10, did you see that fight, he destroyed Andrei, who is suppose to have great boxing, and I mean destroyed, plus he has wins over Overeem and Werdum. Name someone more deserving to be in top 10

  • Cswan101

    hey whoever comes up with these rankings maybe should pay a little more attention to whats goin on.first of all i like fedor n all but come on the guy got beat his last 2 fights theres no way hes in the top ten right now i dont care what hes done im talkin about the present not whole careers. also why the hell is Sergei Kharitonov on there all of a sudden just because he knocked out jellow jaw arlovski cmon now people. literally every weight class is jacked up with people who are more fan favorites then anything like forrest has fought one time in the last year n hes on the list and the win before that was against wack ass tito. if you want a full rundown of whos in the real top ten holla at me cuz this aint even close

    • jared499

      Cswan101, please educate us and give us your list of top 10’s. I am very interested in who you are going to replace in the heavyweight division when you exclude Fedor, Sergi, and possibly Bigfoot Silva as many are calling for.

  • Cswan101

    This Is who i got more or less

    1) Cain Velasquez
    2) Allistar Overeem
    3) Fabricio Werdum
    4) Junior Dos Santos
    5) Shane Carwin
    6) Brock Lesnar
    7) Frank Mir
    8) Antonio Silva
    9) I Guess Fedor for now
    10) Matt Mitrione

    • jared499

      Really you replace Sergei with Meathead. Sergi has wins over Overeem and Werdum, while Meathead beat Kimbo and Hague. But in seriously, I agree in most part to your list. But here is mine.
      1. Cain Velasquez
      2. Allistar Overeem
      3. Junior Dos Santos
      4. Fabricio Werdum
      5. Brock Lesner
      6. Shane Carwin
      7. Josh Barnett
      8. Antonio Silva
      9. Frank Mir
      10. Sergei Kharitonov
      Now I know that Barnett can not be on MMA Weekly’s list, but I don’t care. There are like 4 or 5 people on the lists that have either tested or been accused of using roids. So I decided to put those who I thought were the best fighters.

  • Cswan101

    as i was doing this i realized it should be more like a top 5 because everyone else isnt up to a top spot weather theyve passed it or theres people like brenden schuab whos good but doesnt have enough experiance yet so its kinda a tough call after 5 or 6

  • Frye557

    I agree with most of your list. It’s nice to see someone put Brock below top 3 (because he’s not even close). I would, however, put Kharitonov above Meathead since Kharitonov has finished guys like AO, AA, Werdum, and others.

  • Frye557

    I see it more like:
    1) Velasquez
    2) Dos Santos
    3) Werdum
    4) Overeem
    5) Lesnar (only bc of his win over Carwin)
    6) Carwin
    7) Bigfoot
    8) Fedor
    9) Mir
    10) Kharitonov

    This is just my opinion, what do you think?

  • sevelei

    No Bj Penn, or Cung Le?

    • Penn is currently ineligible at LW. At WW, he is currently 3-3 and our panel didn’t feel he should be ranked yet at WW. Now should be beat Fitch….

      • omcclave

        is that a joke about his 3-3 record at ww. his only losses are two controversial decisions to gsp (one is semi legit loss even though that grease thing is kinda weird) and the other was to matt hughes who he just destroyed in 2 seconds. if you had to put your life and your familys life on a bet of who would win bj penn or the other top 9 ww in your ranking im positive your rolling with bj every time as would anyone else. thats why he is a top ten ww no doubt.

  • FightFan

    No Chael Sonnen in the MW rankings?

    • Frye557

      I think it’s due to his suspension and inactivity in the MW division due to it.

      • Yes, Chael is ineligible due to suspension. Once he returns from suspension and fights again, he’ll be eligible for consideration.

  • dandesmond

    I still think Werdum is ranked too high. In fact, I find the heavyweight rankings a bit messy.

    Fedor fights three fights in SF, loses 2 and beats Brett Rogers who isn’t top 10? I know his past achievements have been great, but I don’t think he’s that great anymore.

    1. Cain
    2. JDS
    3. Overeem
    4. Werdum
    5. Lesnar
    6. Carwin
    7. Antonio Silva
    8. Mir
    9. Kharitonov
    10. Mitrione

    • Frye557

      Good list. Can’t say I agree with Werdum and Overeem. Since Werdum has a win over him, and I just think Overeem’s competition over the last three years (even though his finishes are great, and his K-1 accomplishments) hasn’t been as good as Werdum. But I suppose it will be settled in their upcoming fight.

      • That’s not a a bad ranking. Although I don’t see Mitrione there yet after 4 fights. I just think it’s a little too soon for him. But definitely solid ranking.

        • dandesmond

          Cheers. I put Werdum under Overeem is because although Werdum did defeat Overeem, it was nearly 5 years ago. And he’s on a decent winning streak, while JDS took the knockout from JDS a few fights back.

          Mitrione because well, there’s not a lot of amazing heavyweights out there at the moment and he looked decent in his last few fights. His destruction of Kimbo was amusing, his KO of Marcus Jones was vicious (even though that was over a year ago) and he just looks good at the moment. I think if Big Nog gets a good win this year or Roy Nelson, they could overtake (or perhaps even Struve…tough to tell)

  • duxrunuhmux

    It’s a fine list. It’s pretty obvious that the people who complain that there is anti-UFC bias (I laughed so hard I farted btw) have some pretty anti-Strikeforce feelings that won’t let them be rational.

    I don’t understand these UFC fanboys’ hatred of another great promotion and their success. SF’s & UFC’s mutual success is MMA’s success. I love UFC & SF. But then, I’m a reasonable, rational MMA fan. The list is fine, give or take a spot here or there, like any list.

  • Cswan101

    hey well you say mitrione isnt top ten material yet after four fights…well he hes just as many wins as brock does in the ufc ..without the losses and..brock is just about controlling people with his size mitrione knocks people out..however mitrione isnt deserving and brocks number 3???..and 2 of his wins are over old ass couture who was to small n heath herring who sucks anyway,,,just something to consider