MMA Top 10 Rankings: Frankie Edgar Takes Over; Chael Sonnen Returns

October 13, 2011
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UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar

UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, Oct. 13. 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.

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

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

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

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

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

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

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Clay Guida
7. Dennis Siver
8. Ben Henderson
9. Jim Miller
10. Anthony Pettis

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Hatsu Hioki
4. Mark Hominick
5. Dustin Poirier
6. Erik Koch
7. Kenny Florian
8. Pat Curran
9. Diego Nunes
10. Marlon Sandro

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

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  • pickafight

    Aoki hasn’t beaten anyone worth mentioning and he’s number 4 LW. Group think in action here.

  • God

    Weekly does it best. Week after week. That said,
    let the bitching begin….

  • Mario

    It’s good to see Frankie take the number #1 spot. He deserves it after what happened this past weekend. But seeing Chael sky-rocket up to number #2? That honestly shocked me a bit.

    I can understand why Melvin Guillard gets removed, but why not insert Lauzon? At least at number #10. Putting in Anthony Pettis after a Split with Jeremy Stephens who wasn’t even ranked at the moment seems a bit off.. Joe beat a top 10 quality opponent, and he beat him quick! It just doesn’t seem right.

    I also feel that Anthony Johnson isn’t getting enough recognition. I really do believe he should be in there somewhere..

    And after looking at the top ten for 145, I realize that Aldo still has many potential challengers in that division. Chad Mendes of course, Erik Koch, Dustin Poirier, Hatsu Hioki. And then there’s the introduction of Maximo Blanco into that weight class as well. Any of those match-ups would be awesome I think..

    I may have my opinions, but I still think MMAWeekly has the best MMA rankings system out there!


  • I hate seeing Chael Sonnen be #2 right away! I still think Gilbert Melendez should be #1. I like Anthony Pettis being in the top ten, but he is a friend of mine, so I am favoring him over others. I agree with Lauzon being there somewhere.

    • Before I weigh in please explain to me why Gilbert Melendez deserves to be #1?

  • johnnylopes

    Chael should be number 2 hes def gonna beat Silva in the rematch, Lauzon should def be somewhere in the top 10 for LW, and King Mo should atleast but higher then Mousasi, King Mo beat Mousasi and KO an undefeated Roger Gracie (you got Florian who’s ahead of Nunes and only won 1 FW fight so only makes sense to have King Mo ahead of Gegard) and Hendo should be top 5 – Last 3 fight were KO wins over Fedor, Babalu Sobral, and Calvcante

    • wonggfan

      I don’t think there is any difference between 8 and 10. Both Mousasi and King Mo don’t care if they are ranked 8 or 10. Eight or 10 means that while they are good fighters, they cannot be considered an “elite” fighter.

      I’ve never seen Gustafson, is he good?

      The real LHW ranking:
      1. Jones
      2. Shogun
      3. Lyoto
      4. Rashad
      5. Rampage
      6. Hendo
      7. Mousasi
      8. Phil Davis
      9. King MO
      10. ???????

    • wonggfan

      Hendo should NOT be top 5.

      He has lost way too many times in the LHW division to be considered top 5.

      His recent wins are over Feijao, Sobral, and Fedor. Feijao, at this point, could be considered a one-trick pony. Only time will tell. Sobral is top 15 at best. Fedor is past his prime.

      Hendo lost to: Arona, Lil Nog, Wandy (prime), and Rampage.
      Hendo beat: Vitor, Feijao, and Sobral.

  • eugenepark

    Doesn’t Lauzon deserve to be ranked more than Pettis does? I mean Pettis beat Stephens and gets a #10 ranking, but Lauzon submitted Guillard who was ranked #6 in the last poll and does not even make the rankings..

  • bajafox

    Bisping top 5? He hasn’t even beat anybody in the top 10, lol

  • MrAdidas

    Why does Soenne going #2 “shock” you? He was the #1 contender in his last fight (b4 Stann) & he just owned a guy who NOONE wanted to fight @ MW (Sonnen was the ONLY guy who accepted) & a guy who has finished the last 3 oponents easily & brutaly. Not to mention Sonnen fight Vs Silva… he is the ONLY man who actually made Silva look ordinary & he did it for 23+ mins. Who was the last guy to win a Round off of Silva? Henderson in the 1st round of their fight. How did Hendo beat Silva?!? Same way Sonnen embaressed Silva, with wrestling. I think Sonnen looked in way better shape Vs. Stann than he ever has in any other fight, I honestly think Silva is worried about Sonnen, especially after the spanking he gave Stann.

    Love him – hate him – believe what he says or have common sense & not believe all the BS he spews. Some people need to realise he’s doing all this smack talk to get paid & to get people like some of you, really mad & hate him for his comments baout him still being the “Champ” & how he’s “allowing Silva a title shot for the real belt” etc. etc. etc. Just go on youtube & check out his interview with a Brazilian reporter, Sonnen shows who he really is & how he absolutely respects Brazilians & BJJ – Christ sakes people Sonnen trains with C Gracie – the same Cesar Gracie who trains Nick Diaz, Shields & Gil Melendez. Just chekc out the interview & see how respectful he is towards Brazil.

    It’s called thinking outside the BOX. How much more moeny do you think Sonnen & Silva are going to make from this fight & build up to it? The interviews, apparences, endorsements, merchandise, fight gear/clothing etc. It’s 2011 people atheletes are now becomming business men & they know how to sell themselves (the more you get people to talk about you +vely or -vely it doesnt matter, b/c the final product is the same… MORE MONEY!

    Sonnen is a Mixed Marial Artist, do you honestly think he believes that he won or that he’s “the Champ” even after beating Silva up for 23 mins, but ended up getting lazy for a few seconds & he tapped – do you HONESTLY believe Sonnen thinks he “won” after tapping? Give me a break people!