MMA Top 10 Rankings: Georges St-Pierre Out, Carlos Condit Takes Top Spot

May 9, 2012
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, May 9. 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. Georges St-Pierre falls within this guidline, so he is currently ineligible for the rankings.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

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

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

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. Alexander Gustafsson (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. Ryan Bader (9)
10. Quinton Jackson (10)

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. Brian Stann (7)
8. Alan Belcher (n/a)
9. Yushin Okami (8)
10. Chris Weidman (10)

1. Carlos Condit (2)
2. Jake Ellenberger (3)
3. Johny Hendricks (5)
4. Josh Koscheck (4)
5. Jake Shields (6)
6. Jon Fitch (7)
7. Diego Sanchez (8)
8. Martin Kampmann (9)
9. Rory MacDonald (10)
10. Ben Askren (n/a)

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

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

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

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Joseph Benavidez (1)
2. Ian McCall (2)
3. Demetrious Johnson (3)
4. Jussiero da Silva (4)
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani (5)
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Mamoru Yamaguchi (9)
9. John Dodson (n/a)
10. Louis Gaudinot (n/a)

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  • The last time these rankings were released, I posed the question, how long should GSP stay in these rankings when his last fight was April 30, 2011. A few people said he deserved to be there because of what he’s accomplished in the welterweight division over the past several years. I guess being away from action for over more than a year is too long…and I can’t say I totally disagree. However, I don’t think it’s going to take long for him to climb the ranks once he gets back to fighting. Do you guys think it was the right move to remove him from the list??

    • phrankthetank


    • Booker T

      Heck yes. GSP is done.

      • phrankthetank

        Yea I know right? Guy’s dominated his division, had 6 straight title defenses. He’s definitely washed up.

        • AdamBianski

          I hate to agree with you but having GSP out of the top ten is almost like saying a stop sign isn’t red. What a joke GSP is so much better then anyone in that division his fights are not even fun to watch. I am a huge Diaz fan and although i talk alot about how Diaz could run with, GSP would pen him to the ground and violate him. Same with everyone else on this list. Oh yeah, the 185 pound list to (except anderson). These rankings are a bigger joke then the NFL power rankings.

          • phrankthetank

            I dont know why you hate to agree with me. Just because we don’t agree on some things doesn’t mean we have to disagree about everything. You’re gonna have your opinions and I’m gonna have mine. Once in a while we might actually share an opinion.

    • JimmyB

      I kind of agree,… you dont see retired people on there do you? He has to come back and show that he’s still the same. Right now he’s irrelevant.

      • macgrubber

        difference between injury and retired num nuts

    • sayten

      Better take Cruz off the list too then. He’s gonna be out for up to 9 months. When was his last fight again?

  • I also think Kenny Florian and Shane Carwin should be removed.

  • Askren?

  • rsnowbass

    Pettis ranked over Diaz…hmmmmmmm

    • KBEsq

      As much as I dislike Diaz, I think even more ridiculous is Melendez over Diaz. Diaz just demolished two top 10 lightweights (at least Cerrone was previously), and Melendez just barely beat someone who isn’t a top 20. Not to bash Masvidal. I think he’s legit and has great boxing.

      • RonnieV

        Well, on Saturday after his win, Diaz said his training partner (Melendez) is the #1 Lightweight in the world. One might think Gilbert puts a thrashing on Nate in practice? Who knows? I think Masvidal needs to get in the UFC, he’s an underrated fighter. I agree with all the rankings, but I believe Diaz should be #4 or #5 ahead of Pettis. Maynard is the forgotten name in all these talks. He has split fights with Edgar & Diaz (one unoffically on TUF). If Diaz does wait for the LW title fight, make Pettis fight Maynard. Or send one of those two to Strikeforce to challenge Melendez.

        • KBEsq

          Maybe, but you have to realize that fighters (especially right after they win a fight) say modest things all the time.

          Rampage said that Congo was always beating him up during training; Silva said that if Aldo were a MW, he wouldn’t be fighting.

          I really just think he’s saying something nice about a training partner who he will NEVER have to fight. I try never to engage in the type of analysis that says: well fighter A beat fighter B, and fighter C lost to fighter B, therefore fighter A will beat fighter C, BUT I think watching Melendez have some trouble with Masvidal’s boxing says a lot about how he would perform against Diaz if he couldn’t get him down.

          • RonnieV

            Great interview with Nate Diaz on Sherdog front page right now. He discusses why he thinks Gilbert is the best in the world. He also says he will do whatever the UFC tells him to do. If they want him to fight in two months, he said he would do it. Please check it out, the best part is the condom commercial preceeding the interview.

  • phrankthetank

    Unfortunate. Bad call mmaweekly

  • RonnieV

    BTW, I also mentioned GSP should have been removed from the rankings a few months ago, and I got killed on these message boards. Even when he returns, he will not be the same, nobody ever fully recovers from ACL surgery (I’ve had two). Plus 20-24 months of ring rust won’t bode well for GSP. GSP’s biggest strength was his explosiveness, and ridiculously fast takedowns. Getting that back won’t be easy. I’m rooting for him to prove me wrong.

    • phrankthetank

      You basically got killed by me, I Strongly disagree with this move but I’ve said my piece and I’ve gone unheard. It is what it is

  • kylesmith

    Carlos Coward. What a joke.

    • macgrubber

      Diaz fan jelly?

    • Cptmats

      What your saying:” Condit is a coward, all he did was run”
      What I’m hearing: “Dam i wish my boy Diaz wasn’t so ****ing slow”

      • phrankthetank

        That made me chuckle

  • RubeKegal

    I love it!!! Nick Diaz is where he belongs…OFF the top 10!!!

    Also Pettis and Nate are ranked ahead of Guida who beat both of them.

    Condit is where he belongs, #1.
    The only man to defeat Ellenberger in UFC
    The only man to defeat Rory McDonald(who b*tched Nate Diaz btw)
    The only man to defeat Dong Hyun Kim and by stoppage no less.
    The only man to KO Dan Hardy

    and last but not least,

    he put on a BEAUTIFUL performance against Nick Diaz….made Diaz look really bad and I loved every second of it!!!

    • AdamBianski

      When you say he made Diaz look really bad what are you trying to say. The fight was pretty even all the way. Im starting to think you just post off the wall shit so people will argue with you.

    • RonnieV

      Made Diaz look bad? Yet half the MMA world thought Diaz won. Condit won the fight barely, and I commend him for his performance. BUT…he never slowed down Diaz, he never took down Diaz, he never knocked down Diaz. He decisioned Diaz, and by no means made him look bad.

      • RubeKegal

        More like you and the 8 people who follow him on twitter. He lost clear cut….not even close bro.

    • MrAdidas

      Yes Condit beat Ellenberger, but did you know Ellenberger took that fight on TWO weeks notice … 2 weeks & Condit barely beat him. also, Condit beat R.McDonald b/c the ref’s lack of common sense, to stop a fight with 7 secs left after McDonald spanked Condit for 10 mins is pretty pathetic, especially after seing so many refs allow fighters to try & survive the final 10-15 secs.

      I think Condit loses to McDonald & Ellenberger if they were to fight again, especially McDonald b/c Ellenberger looked a lil gassed out Vs Diego Sanchez after only 3 rounds. Lucky for Ellenberger it wasnt a 5 rounder.

  • MikeMc1983

    MmaWeekly, has their rules and criteria.
    It doesn’t matter who the guy is, if he’s not fitting their criteria they should be nixed off the list.
    Its not a knock against any fighter. It’s not as if Gsp gets a prize if he’s off the list.

    By the way, Diaz has been off the list since his condit fight, and before the drug suspension. I still which mmaweekly would say if he was nixed because of him announcing “retirement” or for his performance.

  • Nick Diaz lost eligibility when the NSAC announced he had tested positive for marijuana metabolites and placed him on temporary suspension.

    Georges St-Pierre was removed solely due to inactivity. Once he returns and fights, he will be eligible again. If he returns and wins, he will likely be right back at the top.

    Neither fighter’s performance had anything to do with their removal/eligibility.

    • RonnieV

      Thanks Ken!

    • phrankthetank

      With all due respect Ken, that’s nonsense. I get the 1 year rule for a top 10 fighter or even a newly minted champ, but GSP has solidified himself as the greatest welterweight of all time and has steamrolled all competition. This includes avenging both of his losses in devastating fashion, being a 2 time welterweight champ, defending his title 6 consecutive times and not losing a single round for nearly 4 years. How can you possibly say “he hasn’t fought for a year, he doesn’t qualify”? There are exceptions to every rule.

      • MrAdidas

        100% AGREE & then some!

  • Towers66

    Carlos Condit number one….bwahahahaha! Not for long. Nate should be higher up. Too bad Vitor is fighting Wandy next. I would love to see Vitor get his face pushed in by Bisping.

    • macgrubber

      bisping beat vitor? thank you i needed a laugh.

      • TandmWarElephant

        Why did this make you laugh? is it the fact that Bisping continues to get better and ALWAYS exceeds the expectations of the general public? Bisping vs Vitor is a fight that makes more sense then Bisping vs BOetch thats for sure, yea vitor would probably win but Bisping HAS a chance, he showed he was just as strong as Sonnen everyone thought Sonnen was gonna beast Bisping, didn’t even come close, why don’t you start watching fighters fight instead of buying into their personality? I bet you dislike Diaz and Mir also

        • Triggerman99

          Bisping chose to fight Boetsch. He picked him over like 4 other fdighters. That’s why he’s fighting him.

  • Prodigy815

    Rankings will always be biased

  • Hopefully Condit will knockout GSP in front of all his hometown fans just like he did to Dan Hardy a few years ago.

    • MrAdidas

      BAHAHAHAHAH yeah just like like BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Serra 2, Hardy & Shields was going to do. Yet Condit barely beat Diaz, but you think he will KO GSP, a guy noone has come close to even competing with for 5 mins, let alone 25 mins.

      KOing Hardy is no big accomplishment, winning a Round Vs GSP is almost impossible & I dont even know how Shields won 1 round from GSP, let alone 2 rounds.

      FYI: After seing Condit Vs Diaz, I have no doubt GSP would destroy Condit. I thought Condit was going to msash Diaz, I really did. Diaz did surprisingly better than expected & many people thought he won Vs Condit.

  • Hector Lombard should be somewhere on the MW division list. He would destroy the 5-10 fighters on the list and Jake Shields has moved up to Middleweight now also.

    • TandmWarElephant

      Idk about destroy but I definitely see him being a force in this division especially since everyone claims that the division is weak apparently..

      • MrAdidas

        Ohhh NO … not apparently, it IS THE WEAKEST division in all of MMA/UFC! Name me another fighter in the MW division (not named Anderson Silva) in the top 10 or even top 20 P4P list.

        P.S you may need to go back yrs … Dont get me wrong, there are some great fighters at MW, but in every other division they have INCREDIBLE fighters.

  • RealmmaFan

    bahh how is cain top 2???? with not even 10 wins and coming off a brutal KO loss? hes still top ten just not top 5 at all as of right now…

    • AdamBianski

      He is number 2 because he would dominate everyone on that list underneath him. Outside of a punch to the back of the head he has dominated everyon. After he destroys Silva you will see why.

  • AdamBianski

    GSP is off the list but if he fought anyone on the 170 ranking list he would be favored. He would proly be favored almost 2 to 1 against anyone of them. That is o.k. these rankings mean as much as the ESPN NFL power rankings. After he pens Condit to the mat for 5 rds and wins another decision he will be right back at the top.

    • Cptmats

      2 to 1 ? i would give hime 5 to 1 easy. George is the best p4p fighter on the planet, has been for a long time and would beat anyone at WW or MW !

  • davestiles don’t know nothing about MMA the rankings are all wrong your guys are so lazey you post other MMA sites postings and articles etc… and all your mma gear is overpriced now … must be a new owner or something. best of luck

  • leugim41004

    I dont know whats more stupid the fact that GSP was taken off this list treating him like he was retired or the fact that Ben Askren is one the list but not Nick Diaz

  • grimsgrind

    so Nick Diaz is not even a top 10 welterweight? WTF….And Josh Barnett is #3 Heavyweight in the world!?!?!?1 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH WHAT!

    • leugim41004 ranking is pathetic right lol

  • leugim41004

    I dont know whats more stupid the fact that GSP was taken off this list treating him like he was retired or the fact that Ben Askren is on the list but not Nick Diaz

    • grimsgrind

      oh my god,I didn’t see askren…..I’m never taking this site seriously again lol

    • Cptmats

      Diaz is suspended, he can’t be ranked. George has fought in over a year and can’t be ranked either.

  • Triggerman99

    The rankings here are way too varied. They remove fighters who shouldn’t be removed, but then rank guys who haven’t even done anything.

    The rankings on my usual message board site are much more flexible and less biased (not everyone there nut-hugs the same exact fighters).

  • GiovanniB

    This focking idiots at MMA Weekly and the ones that do the rankings can suck my bolls and deek too until my cum squirts on their face and goes down their throat. Obviously they don’t know what the fock they’re talkin about. Kenny Florian can stay at # 8 and he hasn’t fought in a long time either and Kenny has done a lot but not as much as GSP. Kenny gets to stay in the rankings for being a gate keeper? Comeon focking idiots! Learn to judge rankings before u take GSP out. Morons! Suck my deek and those who agree with them can suck it too!

    • RonnieV

      Giovanni – The hotline for Hooked on Phonics is 555-867-5309!

  • Mario

    I don’t know if the people at MMAWeekly haven’t noticed, but why is Masakatsu Ueda still ranked in the top ten when he lost to Travis Marx in Bellator?

    Did you guys know that?