MMA Top 10 Rankings: Gilbert Melendez Reaches The Top (UPDATED)

April 13, 2011
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Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 13. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

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:

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Junior Dos Santos
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Antonio Silva
7. Fedor Emelianenko
8. Shane Carwin
9. Frank Mir
10. Sergei Kharitonov

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Ryan Bader
8. Dan Henderson
9. Phil Davis
10. Gegard Mousasi

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Demian Maia
5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
6. Jorge Santiago
7. Michael Bisping
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Hector Lombard
10. Vitor Belfort

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

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

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Diego Nunes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Mark Hominick
8. Erik Koch
9. Michihiro Omigawa
10. Josh Grispi

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

(UPDATED at 9:30 a.m. PT on April 13, 2011 to remove Thiago Silva from rankings due to ineligibility.)

  • Mario

    Glad to see Gilbert at #1.

    Now, the question isn’t when will Gilbert go into the UFC and fight Frankie, it’s when will Frankie, come fight the best Lightweight, in the world?

    Gilbert Melendez FTW!

  • Mario

    Oh, and I def don’t understand how the hell Thiago Silva still get’s a spot in the top ten when he just failed his drug test? I know it says “Drug-Related”, but falsifying your urine should also fall into that category.

    • Leaving Thiago Silva in was an oversight on our part. Thanks for pointing it out.

      We have since corrected the light heavyweight rankings, removing Silva, and inserting Gegard Mousasi at #10, everyone below Silva moved up one spot.

  • Frye557

    This is a really good list. But personally, I think Hendo should be no.8, while Bader no.9. I also think Penn should be no.7 WW, while Condit to no.8. Just because I think knocking out Hughes and taking the long time no.2 WW in the world to a very close draw is worth more that a knockout over a previously overrated Hardy (plus Condit almost lost the fight with Rory, and went to a split with Ellenberger). Just my opinion though, great list otherwise.

  • gnodeb

    Melendez is great fighter but I don’t see how he can be #1. He is alone in his division. On the other side Edgar is a champ in a division that have more fighters then SF in all divisions combined. I truly would like to see Melendez going 3-0 in UFC before getting title shot. I know he is capable but I don’t see him willing to risk…

  • br0knhalo

    Gilbert Melendez as #1 Lightweight? Is this a joke? Edgar has beaten the who’s who, including the greatest lightweight of all time twice. What are you guys basing this on? What a pile of crap imo.

  • br0knhalo

    Gegard Mousasi, shouldnt ben in the top 10.
    Neither should Werdum, or BigFoot.

    • wonggfan

      I disagree for the reason that the HW division really has no one outside of the guys mentioned. If you take out Werdum, Fedor, and Big Foot, Fat Nelson, Schauub, or Fat Rothwell would be in top 10. That would be ridiculous for those guys really suck.

      HW ranking (measured by current fighting skills) =
      1. Cain
      2. Brock
      3. JDS
      4. Carwin
      5. Overeem
      6. Mir
      7. Werdum
      8. Big Foot
      9. Barnett
      10. Sergei

      Gegard should be in top 10, although it makes sense that he should also be out of top 10. His draw with Jardine (a can) is unexcusable. He should have knocked him out. No excuses.

      Gegard and King Mo really need to come to the UFC and test themselves against Bader, Lil Nog, Phil Davis, or Forrest Griffen.

  • wonggfan

    Thiago Silva is a crazy guy. Animal urine huh?

    He should have just told the Athletic Commission that he is an animal and therefore the urine belongs to him. As evidence, submit the Vera fight where he bitch slaps.

  • phrankthetank

    Bigfoot deserves to be there, melendez shouldn’t be no. 1, and you have bj and condit both at no 8

  • rob da rippah

    im gonna stop coming to this website if nick diaz isnt moved up in rank. he’s won 10 straight ands he’s the strikeforce ww champ. get ur heads out of ur asses

  • mazepa

    Exactly hes the STRIKEFORCE WW champ, he hasnt fought anybody…. the only reason why he beat Daley was because Daley cut too much weight and gassed. Diaz is a little above average, he wouldn’t last for shit in the UFC.

  • bdono554

    Diaz didnt last for shit he got his walking papers years ago. The lightwieght ranking should go everyone in the ufc who’s on the list then Alvarez then Gil then everone else. aoki is about a big of a joke as overeem! The only reason he’s less of a joke is aoki has actually fought someone in the top ten were steriod head “overeeem” has not.

    • bdono554

      check that Siver can be 10 but everyone else needs to be moved.

  • Cswan101

    Some of you people are ignorant as hell. just because someones in strikeforce dont mean shit nessisarily..diaz would fuck koscheck or fitch up now and melandez is a beast 2 so dont comment on shit you really dont know

  • Mario

    @ Ken Pishna – No problem!

    Thank YOU for the correction. Personally, I think these rankings are the MOST accurate. Sherdog’s rankings are nonsense.

    Keep up the great work!

  • omcclave

    come on you’ve got to be joking me. i love Gilbert Melendez as a fighter but he doesnt the deserve the top stop. beat bj penn twice and then will talk. kawajiri is good but not top in the world. also aoki had a nice win over Lyle but that does not put him in the top ten picture either. and for the love of jesus can you please remove jorge Santiago from any list that has to do with best fighters in the world. he hasn’t beat anyone good at all. oh and bj should be number two because he beat john fitch (bs draw). and machida beat rampage too, just saying

  • omcclave

    oh and btw jds ktfo werdum so why is he ranked higher them him? is it because werdum beat an over hype pudgy Russian dude? come on mma weekly thats such an obvious over rank of a fighter

  • phrankthetank

    Diaz is tough as nails and keeps getting better, but there’s a reason he’s starting to box, strikeforce doesn’t have a deep welterweight division. Do I think Diaz would do well in the UFC? Yes, do I think he’d beat alves or fitch? No. Oh, and machida beat rampage decisively… in the 3rd round, but he barely lost the 1st two, Still 29-28.

  • phrankthetank

    In addition, I don’t get how Melendez gets top spot without beating someone more highly ranked.