MMA Top 10 Rankings: John Dodson Rockets Up the Flyweight Division

October 10, 2012
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Oct. 10. 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: Chael Sonnen was removed from middleweight consideration because he has declared a move to the light heavyweight division and already has a bout scheduled in that division.

Vitor Belfort remains in consideration at middleweight due to the special circumstances regarding his recent light heavyweight bout and no declaration about remaining in the division. We will re-assess as necessary as his future weight class becomes clearer.

(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. Miesha Tate (2)
3. Jessica Aguilar (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Jessica Penne (n/a)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Sara McMann (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Junior dos Santos (1)
2. Cain Velasquez (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Josh Barnett (6)
7. Stefan Struve (9)
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (8)
9. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (n/a)
10. Travis Browne (7)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (5)
6. Phil Davis (6)
7. Alexander Gustafsson (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. James Te Huna (9)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Michael Bisping (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Chris Weidman (4)
5. Tim Boetsch (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Alan Belcher (7)
8. Brian Stann (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Luke Rockhold (10)

1. Carlos Condit (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Martin Kampmann (3)
4. Jake Ellenberger (4)
5. Josh Koscheck (5)
6. Jon Fitch (6)
7. Diego Sanchez (7)
8. Rory MacDonald (8)
9. Ben Askren (9)
10. Siyar Bahadurzada (10)

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Erik Koch (3)
4. Chan Sung Jung (4)
5. Ricardo Lamas (5)
6. Hatsu Hioki (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Pat Curran (8)
9. Cub Swanson (9)
10. Daniel Straus (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Renan Barão (2)
3. Michael McDonald (3)
4. Urijah Faber (4)
5. Brad Pickett (6)
6. Brian Bowles (5)
7. Bibiano Fernandes (7)
8. Masakatsu Ueda (8)
9. Eddie Wineland (9)
10. Mike Easton (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (9)
4. Ian McCall (3)
5. Jussier da Silva (4)
6. Yasuhiro Urushitani (5)
7. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
8. Darrell Montague (7)
9. Mamoru Yamaguchi (8)
10. John Moraga (10)

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  • DevonG

    Struve over Browne doesn’t make sense… Neither does Munoz & Belcher over Okami and Rashad over Lyoto. None of them have done enough to discount those losses.

    • stevemcz11

      Well spotted DevonG 🙂

    • Anthony Lopez

      I disagree. Struve is coming off of four straight wins, and Browne just got knoocked out. If wins over the fighter meant everything, Fedor and Crocop would still be ranked

      • DevonG

        Nah, they lost consecutively; add that with retiring and it forces them off the rankings. Four straight against guys who haven’t beaten Browne or are ranked higher. Realistically, Struve should be a placement below Browne and Nelson until either of them loses again. At the moment, he doesn’t even have a top level win, meanwhile, Browne and Nelson have one… Struve himself. Quite silly to have him over them.

        • Anthony Lopez

          I’m not arguing that crocop and Fedor should be ranked, I know they shouldn’t. I’m saying the outcome of a matchup between two fighters doesn’t determine everything. Browne is a beast but, besides Struve, hasn’t beaten anyone significant. Should have lost against Kongo, who is mid-tier, if not for the point being deducted. His one win against Struve doesn’t negate all of that.

          • DevonG

            I’m sorry… but I can’t comprehend what you’re saying. You’re telling me just because Browne beat Struve doesn’t mean he should be ranked ahead of him… I can’t argue with logic that doesn’t exist. Nothing is being negated here! Browne knocked Struve out… am I missing something here?

        • Anthony Lopez

          Carwin beat Mir. Do you seriously think Carwin is a top 5 heavyweight now just because of that win then? That logic makes no sense

  • Macho

    nate diaz should be at 2 or 3 just cuz hes the number 1 contender and edgar isnt even in that weight class anymore, just thought of a frankie edgar vs nate diaz fight sounds entertaining

    • Anthony Lopez

      Just because someone is challenging for the belt doesn’t make them the automatic number 2 in the world. During broadcasts, challengers are often referred to “the number two guy in this weight class”, but this is just to legitimize the fight. While Diaz has been running through people, and while I think he’s a good choice for the next title shot, I don’t think he’s the number 2 ranked in the world. Just my opinion. But al that goes out the window if he beats Bendo

  • smeagle

    Um they forgot Chael

    • Notes: Chael Sonnen was removed from middleweight consideration because he has declared a move to the light heavyweight division and already has a bout scheduled in that division.

  • Hero Of Time

    Renan is number one Bantam, don’t care what this shit says

    • duri

      yea and shoudln’t cruz be dropped anyways? He hasn’t fought in over a year and has nothin scheduled

      • You are correct. Cruz should drop off. I’ve made a note of it and we will correct on the next rankings update. Thanks for the feedback!

  • huttt

    kojima and yamaguchi should be gone

  • Nick Diaz

    Where is Nick Diaz, Chael Sonnen, Alistair Overeem??? This is the worst rankings i have ever seen….ever