MMA Top 10 Rankings: Frank Mir Making a Move

December 14, 2011
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Frank Mir launching a head kick

Frank Mir launching a head kick

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Dec. 14. 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.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (1)
2. Megumi Fujii (2)
3. Sarah Kaufman (3)
4. Miesha Tate (4)
5. Marloes Coenen (5)
6. Zoila Gurgel (6)
7. Tara LaRosa (7)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)

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

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Quinton Jackson (5)
6. Lyoto Machida (6)
7. Phil Davis (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. Alexander Gustafsson (9)
10. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Yushin Okami (3)
4. Nathan Marquardt (4)
5. Michael Bisping (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Demian Maia (7)
8. Vitor Belfort (8)
9. Brian Stann (9)
10. Alan Belcher (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Jon Fitch (2)
3. Nick Diaz (3)
4. Carlos Condit (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Josh Koscheck (6)
7. Jake Shields (7)
8. Thiago Alves (8)
9. Diego Sanchez (9)
10. Ben Askren (10)

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Hatsu Hioki (3)
4. Dustin Poirier (5)
5. Erik Koch (6)
6. Kenny Florian (7)
7. Pat Curran (8)
8. Diego Nunes (9)
9. Marlon Sandro (10)
10. Chan Sung Jung (N/A)

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

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  • KBEsq

    Can someone explain to me why Gilbert Melendez is so highly ranked? I’m not trying to be a smart a$$, I admit that I don’t follow shows outside the UFC that much, unless it’s a huge fight. However, I looked at his record, and it’s just not that impressive. I realize I am in the minority with this opinion (in fact, I don’t think I have EVER heard anyone question Melendez being No. 2 or even 1)

    How can someone justify him being above Ben Henderson, Guida, Pettis, Maynard, or even some lightweights who aren’t on the list, like Lauzon, Sherk, etc. Yes, I know he beat Guida, but that was like 6 years ago and a split. I would bet Guida has improved more profoundly than Melendez in those six years, and what would you think of Melendez if he lost to Guida now?

    I just don’t get it. I think he should come in and fight someone like Guillard to test him. Depending on how he handles that fight, then we can talk potential title shot. I cannot understand people calling for an immediate title shot, or even an immediate title eliminator.

    • Expect to get flamed for that….

      anyway, you are not alone. I agree that having a spectacular record on the junior varsity doesn’t make you a top ranked guy, not #2 at least.

      Frankie, Gray, Bendo, Jim Miller, Clay Guida, Cowboy, Pettis….

      all those guys are fighting WAY tougher opposition than Gil. Sorry dude, but if you are a top 5 ranked UFC fighter, you don’t get to fight guys like Mazvedal (who I don’t even think is ranked top 20 right now) … instead those guys on that list fight the other guys on that list.

      Gil may prove to belong there or he may not, but until he beats the guys on that list I put up there, I don’t think he belongs in the top 5. Beating other guys who seem good by way of fighting other even less proven fighters in smaller MMA orgs does not equate to being ranked #2 in the world to me.

    • tsszaltax

      The reason he’s ranked so high is because of how he destroyed top ranked fighters at the time of their fights. For a long long time, Aoki was 1 or 2, just behind Penn. Josh Thomson and Kawajiri was up there for a while, but have fallen off due to the rise of so many of the named fighters above. He destroyed these guys. His w/l record might not look as impressive if you just look at it from a numbers stand point, but if you break it down, it’s pretty huge. He hasnt lost since 2008, and has been on a rampage ever since. He’s not even been in trouble in a fight. The decisions he has were as lop sided as the decisions GSP has been posting up.

      I wont flame you for not broadening your MMA horizons and watching other shows where there are great fighters 😛 But Melendez is the real deal. When he gets to the UFC, and it will happen, he’s gonna shake things up.

    • therealmo

      KBEsq is an ignorant moron

      • KBEsq

        First of all, tsszaltax, thank you for your informative and respectful response.

        Second, therealmo, who the hell do you think you are? Just because I don’t watch those fights doesn’t mean I am not familiar with the fighters or their competition. I saw the Melendez/Aoki fight. It was impressive, but not so impressive as to warrant a No. contender spot. The guy has like 4 wins in a row over competition that is not top 10! It seem objectively reasonable to me to question the No. contender arguments.

        I bet I know a heck of a lot more about MMA than you, but who knows, you just make one disrespectful comment with no substance. I made a claim, and I backed it up with a legitimate argument. Who’s the ignorant moron?

        • therealmo


          • KBEsq

            Wow, six total words in response to two well-reasoned comments. Way to back up your position, loser.

  • he is the future ufc champ wait n see

  • my horizons are plenty wide.

    if you don’t recognize the difference in quality of opposition between UFC fighters and non UFC fighters, I don’t know what to tell you.

    What I said was, he may be that good, he may not, time will tell.

    Mazvedal also looks pretty good against SF level competition, but plenty of guys that looked good against B-level org competition have gotten their asses handed to them upon entrance to the UFC.

    I’m fine with Gil in the top ten, but I think he needs to beat a UFC tested top ranked fighter before he should get a ranking as high as #2. Just my opinion.

    Shields hadn’t lost in years too, he has a losing record in the UFC. Sexyama was undefeated if my memory serves me correctly, he has gotten beaten up, Gomi was the god of 155, he’s gotten whooped, Santiago was supposed to be unstoppable, didn’t work out that way, Antonio McKee hadn’t lost a fight in 7 years and went 0-1 in the UFC.

    You can look awesome but until you prove it in the big leagues, I don’t feel you should be ranked #2.

  • pickafight

    These rankings reflect the thought pattern of an idiot who relies more upon feeling rather than reason.

    So many problems here to point out, but I’m just gonna mentions those in the heavyweight rankings.

    Overeem is at 2 because of what he has done in kickboxing, not MMA. The best fighter he has beat in the last 4 years is werdum and that was not impressive. Cain has knocked out Lesner and Big Nog, Two top top MMA fighters.

    Barnett at 4 is because of how long he has been in the sport and not because he has beaten any worthy opponents in recent memory.

    The most idiotic is Mir above Carwin! Mir got destroyed by Carwin and now he gets ranked above him? I’m sure this is because the writer ‘feels’ something bad about Carwin having to have surgery.

    Finally having Cormier at 9 is because of his one victory over a top 20 opponent? That win obviously gave the writer a strong ‘feeling’

    Please be more objective and use reason and not so subjective and use feeling!!

    What a Joke!

  • Let’s see some top 10 rankings from you fans. I’d especially like to see how you would rank out the Top 10 heavyweights.

    • tsszaltax

      I’ll go first Ken. I expect to be flamed for this because Im sure everyone will have a difference in opinion but whatever, here goes.
      9-Big Nog
      10-Antonio Silva

      Note*Lesnar is not ranked on my list because by definition of the original creators of this list, they must have fought within the last year, therefore disqualifies him from being on it. I know it also says “unless they have a bout scheduled within a decent time frame”, however 14 months to me is not a decent time frame. If you want to make me put Lesnar in, Id put him in at 4 and slide everyone on the list down 1 spot.

      Mr. Pishna, love the challenge of this one, will definately round out my lists after work! So awesome to have devs active and socialize with the fans. Keep up the good work!

      • Thanks. And no problem, honestly, we really appreciate the feedback, even when it comes in the form of flames.

  • dandesmond

    Some of these rankings are pretty flawed. Marquart shouldnt be ranked anymore as he is moving to welterweight. How is Brock number 4 when he hasn’t fought for over a year and hasn’t won since summer 2010, yet Frank was just won 3 straight?

    How have the lightweight ranks not moved? How are Guida, Miller and Pettis higher than Cerrone?

    Have some of these guys ever watched MMA?

    • List out your own top 10. Seriously, we like the feedback. Top 10 lists are definitely extremely subjective, so it’s always great to know what everyone else is thinking.

  • opposition13

    Some of those hi ranked fighters need to just go away! Starting with Bisping..I hope he gets his chance for the belt so he can get crushed and beat like a P>O>S he is.

  • I did a lot of research and record comparison as well head to head
    1. Fedor
    2. Kevin Kimbo Fergie
    3. Hong Man Choi
    4. Bob Sapp
    5. Jeff Monson
    6. James Toney
    7. James Tompson
    8. Andri Arlovski
    9. Ivan Drago
    10. Josh Koscheck