MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jim Miller Clawing Back

January 25, 2012
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 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.

(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. Miesha Tate (3)
4. Marloes Coenen (4)
5. Zoila Gurgel (5)
6. Tara LaRosa (6)
7. Rosi Sexton (7)
8. Alexis Davis (8)
9. Ronda Rousey (9)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)

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

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Quinton Jackson (5)
6. Lyoto Machida (6)
7. Phil Davis (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. Alexander Gustafsson (9)
10. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Yushin Okami (3)
4. Vitor Belfort (4)
5. Nathan Marquardt (5)
6. Michael Bisping (6)
7. Mark Munoz (7)
8. Demian Maia (8)
9. Brian Stann (9)
10. Rousimar Palhares (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Nick Diaz (2)
3. Carlos Condit (3)
4. Jake Ellenberger (4)
5. Josh Koscheck (5)
6. Johny Hendricks (6)
7. Jon Fitch (7)
8. Jake Shields (8)
9. Thiago Alves (9)
10. Diego Sanchez (10)

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

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

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

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  • Madmaax9

    Could we please keep Aoki from the List unroll he fights and beats anyone worthy of even mentioning. This guy has got absolutely no striking. Anyone with half a takedown defense could beat him.

    • Madmaax9

      All those guys ranked behind him ( Guida, Pettis, Chandler, and Diaz ) would knock Aoki out in the first round

  • johnnylopes

    When Joe Lauzon beats Pettis can he finally get on thatlist? Lauzon tapped out Guillard quicker then Miller n got no love… IDK how u put Chandler n Aoki ahead ofhim… Lauzon beats pettis in Japan n should jump to 8, after Diaz beats Miller.. Lauzon should fight Miller.. Diaz n Lauzon r good friends nwont fight..

    • therealmo

      he also tapped out to george sotiropoulos who is on a two fight losing streak thats why jlo’s not top 10

  • johnnylopes

    n Lets not forget Diaz choked out Maynard in the Ultimate Fighter house.. MMA does not know howto do there ranking… MMAWEEKLY must notknow anything…they aint certified to do it… Just a buncha editors playin fan favoritess

    • Feel free to post your own rankings. I’m sure nobody will scoff at them…

    • MikeMc1983

      I’m curious as to who has been certified to do mma rankings? Is there a new school program, or government testing to certify people to rank mma fighters?
      If you meant you don’t believe they’re qualified then my question would be… Who is?

  • johnnylopes

    Chandler only choked out Alvarez… and Aoki cant win in America.. n Lauzons lost are to top notch competition

    • RonnieV

      I’m totally cool with the Aoki ranking, I think some of you need to actually watch his fights, instead of just looking at his record on Sherdog. He is probably the best submission specialist in the Lightweight division, and one of the best in all of MMA. Nate Diaz has never made the Top 10 list until after the Cerrone fight. Which kind of tells you how stacked the lightweight division is. If Lauzon beats Pettis, he will finally make it in. I didn’t see the Chandler-Alvarez fight, but it’s tough to see a guy in the rankings that has only fought one guy that any of us have heard of (Alvarez), and I personally thought Alvarez was over-rated.

  • omcclave

    hatsu hioki is overrated. I know mmaweekly wants to be fair to all of mma including japan but time and time again the japanese are just not at the level american mma is at and his fight with Roop just confirmed that. If someone post saying he beat Roop means you didnt watch the fight and only read the results.