MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jacare Souza Makes Bold Middleweight Move

May 23, 2013
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Ronaldo Jacare SouzaThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, May 23. 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 and Dominick Cruz are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Pat Healy is ineligible for consideration because he is currently serving a drug-related suspension.

(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. Cris Cyborg Santos (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Miesha Tate (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Megumi Fujii (7)
8. Marloes Coenen (8)
9. Sara McMann (9)
10. Alexis Davis (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. Mark Hunt (9)
10. Roy Nelson (10)

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 (6)
7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (n/a)
8. Tim Boetsch (7)
9. Yushin Okami (8)
10. Brian Stann (9)

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 (9)
10. Josh Koscheck (10)

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

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

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

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  • Phael Sonnen

    The middleweight rankings are quite embarrassing…. no Rockhold, Yusihn at 9? Bisping at 4? Munoz at 5? Stann is ranked over Wanderlei? Fix your s*** mmaweekly.

  • No Joke

    Do you seriously have Frank Mir above Roy Nelson? And why is Roy so low? He’s on an impressive winning streak and did in fact beat Frank. Your rankings seem to be based on ideology rather than where the fighters actually rank.

    • shakejunt

      not so sure he beat mir, but you’re right on the other counts.

    • Joey

      He did in fact NOT beat Mir. Mir dominated him in the clinch and controlled him on the ground en route to a unanimous decision

    • Maddawgmar

      You, sir need to research before you talk. Mir destroyed Nelson

    • encoro-encuero

      Agreed. Roy Nelson should be above Frank Mir and Overeem.

  • so jacare beating Camozzi avenges his loss to Luke Rockhold?

    • shakejunt

      and somehow brian stann is still there?

  • teroothe

    why are diaz brothers 9?

    why is roy nelson 10?

    why isn’t rockhold on the list?

    why is stann even on the list?

    where’s wanderlei?
    this list is a fail

  • Maddawgmar

    mmaweekley normally I agree with you on most things. But your middleweight rankings are really bad. How can you put Jacare in the top ten and not Luke Rockhold? Rockhold loses to the number 2 middleweight in the world and Jacare beats a nobody. So in order to be a top ten fighter you have to only beat a non ranked fighter? And unless I dreamed it Luke Rickhold already beat Jacare in a pretty lopsided fight. Can you explain this to me? Cuz it makes no sense

  • Cereal Killer

    Time for Jacare vs Bisping.


    Lol ok i was reading and thinking to myself why do people care so much. It’s just an opinion. Then I saw that Robbie lawler is ranked over nick Diaz??? What in the hell has Robbie done lately besides land a lucky punch on the kosh and lose to Lorenzo Larkin? Not to mention nick Diaz has a knock out win over Robbie lawler. That makes 0 sense?? Nick lost a close fight to Carlos which many believe he actually won including chuck Liddell and randy couture. Then he losses to one of the pound for pound best fighters in the world George St. Pierre and Robbie lawler is ahead of him? I had to do a triple take and make sure I was reading mma weekly.. Ugh guys that’s bad


    Not to mention nick Diaz had an 11 fight win streak before the controversial loss to condit. Some of the wins included where over huge competition like frank shamrock, kj noons, santos, Paul daley, and BJ Penn.??