MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jake Shields Makes the Climb at Welterweight

October 12, 2013
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Jake ShieldsThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Saturday, Oct. 12. 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.

Note: Dominick Cruz is ineligible for consideration because he hasn’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. Cris Cyborg Justino (1)
2. Ronda Rousey (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Miesha Tate (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Sara McMann (8)
8. Alexis Davis (9)
9. Liz Carmouche (10)
10. Carla Esparza (n/a)

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

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

1. Chris Weidman (1)
2. Anderson Silva (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (4)
5. Michael Bisping (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Luke Rockhold (7)
8. Yushin Okami (8)
9. Tim Kennedy (9)
10. Francis Carmont (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    Isn’t Fujii officially retired? Please don’t replace her with another BW.

    • You are correct. That one slipped past us. We have updated it with Megumi removed from the top 10. Thanks.

  • uncle

    Matt brown should be on the top ten before Askren

  • Antonio

    How is Kampmann number 5? Didn’t he lose 2 in a row?

  • James

    Jake Shields squeaks out a split decision and hurdles Robbie Lawler? dafuq? I can think of 5 WW fighters not ranked in this top 10 that could beat Jake Shields.

    • uncle

      Jake The Care Bear Shields, doesn’t want to fight but hug for 5 rounds

      • Maddawgmar

        His grappling is his bread and butter. Did you really expect to see a stand up war between him and Maia? Wasn’t a pleasing fight, but I enjoyed watching two BJJ experts having at each other.

        • uncle

          I get that but Jake, should have been cut a long time ago, UFC
          let this boring bastard stick around.. long enough to win again
          but let go Fitch

          • Maddawgmar

            The difference is money. Fitch was way more costly to keep. Shields will get there.

          • RonnieV

            Such an idiot! Shields has two losses in the last decade. He held his own against GSP, and is a well-rounded fighter.

    • Maddawgmar

      Jake Shields submitted Robbie Lawler in less than a minute. Whether the fighter “could” beat him or not is irrelevant, they haven’t. Plus that’s your opinion. His only losses at WW in the UFC are to GSP and Ellenberger. Jake has victories over four Top Ten WW’s. Including two ranked above him (Condit, and Kampmann)

  • TheCerealKiller

    Matt Brown gets pushed out by Shields, but Askren, who has never beaten anyone ever ranked, stays? You have lost all credibility.

  • Ian Price

    Jake shields should have started out ranked like 8th or better. And now he should be ranked 5th. Yeah I know, not as exciting fighter, but did you see Maia submit him this week? Nope!

    I myself would like to see a jake vs jake rematch.

  • I’d like to see Shields fight Dong Kim. Tyron Woodley, Nate Marquardt and Hector Lombard hopefully make a big impact and mix things up in that division. They are all tough fights.

  • Darin

    I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Shields has the worst striking of any human being anywhere and anytime in history. My grandmother throws a cleaner punch.

    • RonnieV

      You are an idiot, he caused the most striking damage in the GSP fight. He could out box you with no arms

  • shakejunt

    can’t really argue with any of these rankings to be honest, but maybe dantas should be gettin some love if bibiano is recognized too.

  • mike

    Martin Kampmann number 5? WTF, he lost to Condit Hendricks, Sanchez, Shields, Daley and Marquardt, not to mention Semenoz. How is he rated 5?????

  • RonnieV

    Anyone that doesn’t like Shields is simply a hater, he is 18-2-1 NC over his last 21 fights. His only losses were a 5 round decision to GSP, and a TKO loss to Ellenberger 2 weeks after his father/trainer died. He has wins over over Condit Dan Henderson, Kampman, Lawler, Okami, Woodley, Maia, Daley & Miller. He is not a boxer, he is a wrestler & BJJ specialist, regardless he’s a winner and deserves his ranking. IMO he should be higher.