MMA Top 10 Rankings: Flyweights Debut with Joseph Benavidez at No. 1

March 7, 2012
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Top 10 MMA Rankings The updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, March 7. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from across the world in each of the 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.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Megumi Fujii (1)
2. Sarah Kaufman (2)
3. Ronda Rousey (9)
4. Miesha Tate (3)
5. Marloes Coenen (4)
6. Tara LaRosa (6)
7. Rosi Sexton (7)
8. Alexis Davis (8)
9. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)
10. Jessica Aguilar (n/a)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Junior Dos Santos (1)
2. Alistair Overeem (2)
3. Cain Velasquez (3)
4. Josh Barnett (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Fabricio Werdum (6)
7. Shane Carwin (7)
8. Daniel Cormier (8)
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (9)
10. Travis Browne (10)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (5)
6. Phil Davis (6)
7. Gegard Mouasi (7)
8. Alexander Gustafsson (8)
9. Ryan Bader (9)
10. Quinton Jackson (10)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Tim Boetsch (6)
7. Yushin Okami (7)
8. Brian Stann (8)
9. Rousimar Palhares (9)
10. Chris Weidman (10)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Carlos Condit (2)
3. Jake Ellenberger (3)
4. Josh Koscheck (4)
5. Johny Hendricks (5)
6. Jake Shields (6)
7. Jon Fitch (7)
8. Diego Sanchez (9)
9. Martin Kampmann (n/a)
10. Rory MacDonald (10)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Frankie Edgar (2)
3. Gilbert Melendez (3)
4. Gray Maynard (4)
5. Jim Miller (5)
6. Anthony Pettis (6)
7. Shinya Aoki (7)
8. Clay Guida (8)
9. Michael Chandler (9)
10. Nate Diaz (10)

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Hatsu Hioki (2)
3. Chad Mendes (3)
4. Dustin Poirier (4)
5. Erik Koch (5)
6. Kenny Florian (6)
7. Pat Curran (7)
8. Diego Nunes (8)
9. Marlon Sandro (9)
10. Chan Sung Jung (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Renan Barao (4)
4. Brian Bowles (5)
5. Michael McDonald (6)
6. Scott Jorgensen (7)
7. Bibiano Fernandes (9)
8. Masakatsu Ueda (10)
9. Brad Pickett (n/a)
10. Miguel Torres (n/a)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Joseph Benavidez
2. Ian McCall
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Jussiero da Silva
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima
7. Darrell Montague
8. Mitsuhisa Sunabe
9. Mamoru Yamaguchi
10. Dustin Ortiz


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  • jtmma

    Featherweights eh?

  • lycan

    ellenberger to fight condit for the title , while waiting for gsp would be cool joe silva …… ;)

  • julianmoran

    BJ Penn vs Jake Shields
    Fabricio Werdum vs Frank Mir
    Lyoto Machida vs Ryan Bader
    Rousimar Palhares vs Tim Boetsch
    Rousimar Palhares vs Yushin Okami
    Grey Maynard vs Clay Guida

    make it happen.

  • Mario

    Don’t know if I agree with them 125 rankings. Why exactly did Joseph get the #1 spot?

    I still feel like Ian deserves it.

    Either way, it’s cool to see these guys in the top ten now on MMAWeekly :)

    Hopefully the UFC brings in guys like Darrell and Ortiz. I wouldn’t mind seeing Mamoru in there as well.

  • shakejunt

    I get it.. he only has 2 loses and they’re both to cruz, but is joseph benavidez really the “p4p king?”
    I’m not sold.