MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jake Ellenberger and Josh Barnett Making Waves

September 21, 2011
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Sept. 21. 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. Roxanne Modafferi

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. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Michael Bisping
5. Brian Stann
6. Mark Munoz
7. Demian Maia
8. Vitor Belfort
9. Alan Belcher
10. Chris Leben

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. Gilbert Melendez
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Melvin Guillard
7. Clay Guida
8. Dennis Siver
9. Ben Henderson
10. Jim Miller

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. Manny Gamburyan
10. Diego Nunes

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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  • therealmo

    in hw i would switch nog and corimier, and i also think barnett is up way to high.

    lhw forrest should still be there and what about feijao?

    mw i would of added rockhold in and bisping is ranked way too high

    ww almost dead on except for diego i would put rick story

    lw gil number 1 idk, siver should not be there i think wiman kicked his ass good, i would put kawajiri or pettis in instead

    fw koch and hominick way too high, nunes too low and tysyon griffin should be there too

    bw close to dead on except mizugaki should be 10 not mcdonald

  • chrisbenjamin

    Guys . . . I love your site but I have a problem with the rankings (and I love the rankings). I’ve mentioned before (and do so again now) . . . PLEASE have the fighter’s rank from the last set of rankings next to their newest ranking. Yes, Barnett is up . . . but from where? Every other ranking system has this . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add this to your rankings! Many thanks, Chris

  • myappsaddme

    Really done very well. Only complaints werdum being so high up on the list in the HW. Sho gun should be much lower after his last outing and Lyoto should be at the bottom of the list if on it at all. Bisping that high on the list really? Dude is a chump (makes me wish I could fight) and we will all get to see it when Miller destroys him. Shields should no longer be on the list a the most over rated fighter in the UFC. He couldn’t hold BJ PENNS jock strap and you have him above him.Why even put Diego on the list? but the rest I will let slide thanks again. Chris

    • wonggfan

      Are you on drugs?

      Shogun should be lower? You mean, he should be ranked lower than Rampage?????

      Shogun killed Forrest…I just don’t understand.

      Lyoto killed Rashad and beat Rampages (it was a shit decision). MMAWEEKLY honors the decision, however, and ranks Lyoto as #5 when he should be #3.

      You are a dumb noob.

  • clizzark

    These rankings are just awful. Barnett at 4? Bisping at 4? Diaz at 3??? Hominick at 4? Poirier at 5?

    Also, people should disregard pretty much everything myappsaddme typed because he obviously doesn’t have much of a clue about anything.

  • Mario

    Many surprises this time around. I will say I’m quite surprised to see Bigfoot taken off the list. Big Nog knocks out some overrated guy, and he get’s in there? And why is Cormier at the bottom? I would think he deserves to be higher than Mir and Carwin, and maybe even Werdum. Shane Carwin is a on two-fight losing streak. Cormier just destroyed Bigfoot, and he’s undefeated? Hmmm. OK. And as far as Josh Barnett moving up to top 5, I think that’s fair. Sure he beat guys like Brett Rogers and Sergei, but look at the way he beat them. The man had his way with them. He made it look REAL easy.

    Middleweight rankings are fine, but my one compliant has always been Bisping. I think Stann is better than him. Should be Brian above Michael. Everything else seems fine. Nice to see Belcher get in there as well.

    Welterweight top 10 also seems fine. Good to see Ellenberger move up. After what he did to Shields, he deserves it!

    I’m also glad you guys removed Forrest from the rankings. Not only for the drubbing he suffered at the hands of Shogun, but also for his lack of desire as of late. The guy doesn’t even seem like he wants to fight anymore, or cares to? I have a feeling that played a role in that decision. LOL

    Also cool to see Mo back in there.

    MMAWeekly once again proves to be the best when it comes to MMA rankings.
    Thank you.

    • wonggfan

      Sergei doesn’t get the respect that he deserves. He lost to Barnett and I’ve been talking shit on his wrestling skills forever now. But he is not a can. Beating him would improve anyone’s resume.