MMA Top 10 Rankings: Georges St-Pierre Maintains Stranglehold on Welterweight Division

March 20, 2013
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MMARankings_Photo-GSP-UFC-154The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, March 20. 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.

Notes: Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz, and Shane Carwin are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (1)
2. Miesha Tate (2)
3. Jessica Aguilar (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Jessica Penne (7)
8. Alexis Davis (8)
9. Liz Carmouche (9)
10. Carla Esparza (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (4)
5. Alistair Overeem (5)
6. Fabricio Werdum (6)
7. Frank Mir (7)
8. Josh Barnett (8)
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (10)
10. Mark Hunt (n/a)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Lyoto Machida (2)
3. Alexander Gustafsson (3)
4. Dan Henderson (4)
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (5)
6. Rashad Evans (6)
7. Phil Davis (7)
8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (8)
9. Glover Teixeira (9)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (2)
3. Chris Weidman (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Costa Philippou (7)
7. Tim Boetsch (8)
8. Yushin Okami (9)
9. Brian Stann (6)
10. Hector Lombard (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Carlos Condit (3)
4. Martin Kampmann (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Rory MacDonald (6)
7. Demian Maia (7)
8. Robbie Lawler (8)
9. Nick Diaz (n/a)
10. Josh Koscheck (9)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
3. Anthony Pettis (3)
4. Gray Maynard (4)
5. Nate Diaz (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Eddie Alvarez (7)
8. Jim Miller (8)
9. Khabib Nurmagomedov (9)
10. TJ Grant  (10)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Ricardo Lamas (2)
3. Chad Mendes (3)
4. Frankie Edgar (4)
5. Chan Sung Jung (5)
6. Cub Swanson (6)
7. Pat Curran (7)
8. Dustin Poirier (8)
9. Erik Koch (9)
10. Darren Elkins (n/a)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Michael McDonald (2)
3. Urijah Faber (3)
4. Eddie Wineland (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Brad Pickett (6)
7. Raphael Assuncao (7)
8. Mike Easton (8)
9. Erik Perez (9)
10. Tyson Nam (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. John Moraga (4)
5. Ian McCall (5)
6. Jussier da Silva (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Louis Gaudinot (8)
9. John Lineker (9)
10. Tim Elliot (10)

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  • stevemcz11

    I honestly cant stress enough how disappointing UFC 158 main event was. Georges held onto Diaz for most of the fight. Including the so called 13 minutes they spent standing Georges was holding Diaz for eight of those minutes and as for the other five minutes they spent standing Georges went for about five TDs but missed. He did zero damage and all in all a very disappointing match

    • SweSteel

      I tend to disagree. Believe it was a very technical fight. GSP was working the whole time for positioning and G&P, not just laying on him. Nick was the one not doing enoug, allowing GSP to execute his gameplan.

      In some extent I can agree with Nicks statement with regards to excluding elbows on the ground. However, if it is Mixed Martial Arts all out to the fullest, the BJJ-oriented guys sould come up with a way to deal with it instead…
      Like not allowing the goalie in NHL to have the catching glove, for a more public friendly game with more goals. Or something…

  • SweSteel

    Lets do:
    Rory vs. Kampmann.
    Ellenberger vs. Maia.
    Condit vs. Lawler
    GSP vs. Hendricks in Aug. —> GSP vs. Spider in Dec.
    Bones vs. Mauler in Nov. Bones vs. Spider in Apr 2014.
    *Given no upsets of the occur.
    You are welcome Joe Silva:)

  • james j

    It looked like Rush out boxed Diaz. Diaz had no energy and is not in the same category as Rush. Hence, the score should have been 30-24 (for the late Diaz punch). Complete lopsided victory that none of us want to see these 2 matched up again.

    • GoNoles

      hah you clueless or something? gsp was clearly the more tired fighter there bud, he didnt gas to the point where he couldnt defend himself but you could tell he was running fairly low. diaz looked normal to me he was still walking strait thru gsp punches all that what not. and 3 thru 5 was not lopsided what exactly did gsp do to make it lopsided? maybe 1 and 2 just cuz of the take downs but he didnt do much damage at all in those rounds either.

      • MuayThaiFood

        Diaz had a lot of time standing in this fight where he presumed he would have an advantage and didn’t do much. Instead of taunting and blocking punches with his face he should have been attacking relentlessly. It looked like he didn’t want it bad enough.

      • MMAreality

        Hah you clueless or something? GSP is the only fighter that did anything in that fight. People talk about how boring GSP is.I think of how Nick gave up his back so that GSP couldn’t GNP. This also tool away one of Nicks greatest advantages his threat to submit. Nick made that fight Boring.

  • Maddawgmar

    Why is Robbie Lawler ahead of Diaz? Diaz has losses against top five guys where the only top ten fighter Lawler beat was Koscheck. Plus Diaz has beat Lawler and Lawler just lost to a no ranked fighter before he stunned Kos. Makes no sense.

    • Milosc

      Zero respect to Diaz

      How do you slide 5-6 places after a decision?

      • Maddawgmar

        Here’s the thing Diaz has lost two in a row, that is fine. But it was against the number 1 and 3 guy in the world. Lawler lost to an unranked fighter (Larkin) them fights Kos and is top ten. I look at Diaz as being the WW Mir. Not a fan of Diaz, but fair is fair when it comes to ranking. Whether you like someone or not.

  • Legionarivs

    So Khalidov is not in the top 10 mw or above hamill at lhw? not sure..

  • A lot of potential interesting match ups, I want to see Shogun vs Bader,
    Evans vs Teixeira or Evans vs Shogun,
    Bisping vs Okami,
    Boetsh vs Lombard,
    Diaz vs Kampmann,
    Barnett vs Mir,
    Especially Diaz vs Kampmann, make it happen.

    • MuayThaiFood

      You want to see a rematch of Boetsh and Lombard or you didn’t realize they fought already?

      • My bad.

      • El Gvapo

        They didn’t really fight though did they?

  • Why is Wanderlei Silva not top 10 mw, but Brian Stann is number 9?

    • Darin

      I think it’s because Silva hasn’t fought at MW for over a year. That is also why Dominick Cruz is absent.

  • diaz knocked lawler out at welterweight yet he ranked below him

    • El Gvapo

      Are you serious? That was nearly ten years ago and Diaz has fought 20+ times since then. I guess by your logic Karo Parisyan should be ranked above Diaz?

  • dan

    LMAO. The title for this article is hilariously ironic since GSP hasnt put a stranglehold on ANYONE in the WW division since probably Trigg.

    • elpasc-the13th

      Did you missed the Hugues armbar???
      And the TOTAL DOMINATION of 90% of his opponents (all #1 contender).Nobody talk abt Bendo winning all his fights by dec that could’ve gone either way .
      But I know….you are playing the semantic game but you’re missing the point in the same time.

  • King ranking

    This site is bulls*** !!! Diaz is 4 or 3 this is a hater site that’s all overeem is 3 jds is 2 Cain 1 the world knows the last one was a fluke reem won’t ever make the mistake of looking past anyone again jds dodged him cause he knows it too lombard has been robbed twice this ranking system is s*****

  • Darin

    “GSP is truly the master of holding the top position” should have been the title here.

  • MCM

    How is Edgar ranked #4 when he’s 0-1 at FW? And where is Chael Sonnen. Why isn’t he ranked at MW? Don’t tell me it’s cause he’s fighting Jones next, cause they still have Pettis in the LW division and he’s taking on Aldo at FW next. And I love Big Nog and Banett, but there’s no way they’re top 10 and Struve isn’t.

  • tyrone

    Diaz should calm down now and look for another opponent cause gsp is just too much for diaz to ever handle. Gsp thoroughly manhandled diaz. Maybe diaz could try out for a bitter beer face commercial

  • Mark McDowall

    3 questions…

    1. How is Daniel Cormier #3 HW?
    2. How is Maynard #4 LW?
    3. How is Edgar #4 FW?

  • Rory

    So far lawler’s the only ww cross over from strikeforce to rank. I thought Jordan Mein’s finish of Dan Miller was very impressive, and Mein is definitely a guy to watch out for. Curios to see who he gets next

  • Doc

    I don’t see how Wanderlei Silva is not in there..That’s disturbing..