MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jon Jones Maintains Stranglehold on No. 1

April 25, 2012
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MMA Rankings Update Jon JonesThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 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. Ronda Rousey (3)
4. Miesha Tate (4)
5. Marloes Coenen (5)
6. Tara LaRosa (6)
7. Rosi Sexton (7)
8. Alexis Davis (8)
9. Hiroko Yamanaka (9)
10. Jessica Aguilar (10)

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

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. Ryan Bader (9)
10. Quinton Jackson (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Chael Sonnen (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Tim Boetsch (6)
7. Brian Stann (7)
8. Yushin Okami (8)
9. Rousimar Palhares (9)
10. Chris Weidman (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Carlos Condit (2)
3. Jake Ellenberger (3)
4. Josh Koscheck (4)
5. Johny Hendricks (5)
6. Jake Shields (6)
7. Jon Fitch (7)
8. Diego Sanchez (8)
9. Martin Kampmann (9)
10. Rory MacDonald (10)

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

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

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Renan Barao (3)
4. Michael McDonald (5)
5. Brian Bowles (4)
6. Scott Jorgensen (6)
7. Brad Pickett (7)
8. Bibiano Fernandes (8)
9. Masakatsu Ueda (9)
10. Eduardo Dantas (n/a)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1) Joseph Benavidez (1)
2) Ian McCall (2)
3) Demetrious Johnson (3)
4) Jussiero da Silva (4)
5) Yasuhiro Urushitani (5)
6) Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
7) Darrell Montague (7)
8) Mitsuhisa Sunabe (8)
9) Mamoru Yamaguchi (9)
10) Dustin Ortiz (10)

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  • mighty_bluff

    Shouldn’t Overeem be off the list now for his 9-month suspension? Chael was taken off the rankings when he was suspended… same should be true for Overeem…

    • I’m assuming the difference is Chael tested positive during a fight, which makes his performance and thus spot in the rankings suspect. Overeem didnt test positive and be suspended for a fight, he was just caught in training and failed to get licensed.

    • You are correct, Overeem should have been off the list. We updated it on the individual heavyweight page, but accidentally left last week’s rankings here.

      Sorry about that. It has been updated.

  • davestiles

    MMA weekly is riding UFC nut sack that why they have not removed Overoid from the ranking. Overoid will never be the same fighter again just look at Brock. Look how much Brock Shrunk on his last fight. CHEATER PED USER. Overoid = slave to the UFC now.

    • phrankthetank

      …. Brock has a serious illness and had a section of his intestine removed, that would be why he lost some size.

    • MrAdidas

      Ur an IDIOT! I didnt realise Brock tested +ve for roids! When was that & how long was he punished for …?!? Whats that? He has NEVER tested +ve while figthing or playing pro football, but since you ASSumed Brocks a user, then thats all the proof I need, you f-ing loser!

  • I would also argue that Carlos Condit is the No. 1 welterweight in the world. GSP last fought on April 30, 2011, so shouldn’t his stock drop a little? Also, I don’t care what MMAweekly says, Nick Diaz deserves to be in the top-10 welterweight list.

    • phrankthetank

      GSP has had 10 title fights in his last 11 including a title unification and 6 straight defenses. His stock will drop when someone beats him.

      • Great response phrankthetank…those numbers are definitely impressive. Do you have an opinion as to when a fighter should start dropping from these top-10 lists when they haven’t fought since, for example, April 30, 2011? Is not fighting for a year too soon, or should Condit be up there since he is the interim champ? Condit has fought twice since GSP got hurt, and he won those two fights. Would like to hear your opinion on it.

        • phrankthetank

          I know the MMAweekly policy is to remove a fighter from the list after a year of inactivity, and for most fighters I would agree with that philosophy. However, when it comes to a fighter who has been as dominant as GSP or Anderson silva who has dominated their division for years, I believe that if they are going to return then they deserve to maintain their ranking until someone beats them. I believe that they have earned that respect.

        • MaritalArtist

          I think prank is probably right. I would say if gsp were like silva’s age and sort of close to retirement, then maybe he should’ve dropped. But he is really in his prime, age-wise.

    • MrAdidas

      Yeah, lets put a guy/Carlos Condit whos too scared to fight anyone, b/c hes obviously not confident enough in his skill to beat anyone & knows he could easily lose, especially if he were to fight Ellenberger or Rory McDonald. Sure it’s “smart” to only want to fight for the title, but I have no respect for a guy who doesnt believe he can beat ANYONE at ANYTIME, considering he’s the interim “champ”. I thought the interim belt was so that the division isnt stuck in pause, with the Champ being out due to injury. All we got was an OVERRATED/OVERHYPED fight between Condit & Diaz, which was a decent fight. But quite the opposite of what Diaz & especially Condit were saying the fight was going to be.

      GSP fought anyone the UFC asked him to fight, yet Condit wins the interim & doesnt fight anyone. BUT you want to put him ahead of GSP, b/c GSP has been injured?!? You are such an idiot & clearly have no idea what your talking about. Condit fought one more fight than GSP has in the last year, yet again you believe GSP should NO LONGER be #1?!? LOL Okay buddy!

      Lets give Condit the #1 WW for winning the interim belt & then doesnt fight anymore after that, way to think that through “J”inus.

      WOW Condit fought one more fight than GSP has, why isnt Condit the clear #1 WW in the world?!? GSP has only SPANKED/OWNED/EMBARESSED his last 7-8 oponents, to the point where he went over 30 rounds STRAIGHT without losing a single round. That basically turns out to be 7 or 8 fights of “perfection”. Neither Silva or Jones has even come close to that & we may never see that anytime soon, but lets give Condit #1 WW …. BAHAHAHAH f-ing loser!

  • Towers66

    So Diaz can be suspended for marijuana metabolites in his system and cut from the list but Overeem is fair play because he was not suspended. He just can’t apply because his testosterone level was higher than a horses. But it was from his anti-inflammatory medicine….right. Pierre is on the list why? Because he decisioned a fight two years ago, hmmmm. I hate to say this….Condit is the number one Welterweight in the world. That’s like saying Prefontain is the best boxer in the world. 🙂

    • phrankthetank

      Its been just under a year since GSP last fought, not 2 years. Fighters serving suspensions can’t be on the list, such as Diaz. Overeem is not serving a suspension.

    • MrAdidas

      Hmmm I hate to say this but … you are such an uneducated dummy. To say Condit is the #1 WW in the world b/c he won the interim belt & REFUSES to defend it, makes you look some stupid. Didnt Condit decision Diaz? While “many” believe Diaz won, but Condit is the #1 WW in the world right? b/c he decisioned Diaz?!? WTF? While you have GSP whos undefeated in 4-5 yrs & has 6 straight title defences & went on to win over 30 rounds straight … this is 30+ Rounds Vs. the best WW’s in the world, unlike the competition Condit has fought in the last 4-5 yrs. When Condit fights the calibor of fighters that GSP has & wins, but has to win with ease like GSP has, then we can call Condit #1. But to say Condit should be #1 b/c he’s only fought one more fight than GSP has in the last year & it was a decision, a decision “many” people believe Condit won. BAHAHAHAHA the STUPIDITY is strong in this one/Towers.

      Last time I checked, NOONE not even Ray Charles needed to be told by anyone, especially the judges that GSP won his fight.

      O Yeah Condit is DA MAN, da man with the interim belt who’s too scared to fight anyone, b/c he knows he’d lose & he’d never have another chance to fight GSP for a title. Condit barely beat Diaz, he’d get MURDERED by Rory McDonald & Ellenberger.

  • phrankthetank

    How the hell do you have shields ranked above Fitch? The guy’s 2 and 2 in the UFC and could just as easily be 0 and 4. Fitch is 13-2-1 in the UFC.

    • MaritalArtist

      Shields is that good. I love how people underestimate shields. It’s ok to be one-dimensional if your one dimension is light years ahead of the others. Even ground and pound specialist GSP let him get up. I would too if I were gsp.

      • phrankthetank

        I thought shields lost to kampmann, I thought he could easily have lost to akiyama since that whole fight was akiyama stuffing his takedowns. Regardless of how much natural talent the guy has, he hasn’t shown it in the UFC and I don’t think he deserves that ranking.

      • MrAdidas

        You’d let him up to if you were GSP … when you can only see out of one eye. And Shields still LOST to a one eyed fighter for over 15 mins. Yeah hes incredible, thats why he got KTFO in 20 secs by Ellenberger & not to mention he “lost” to Kampmann, but the UFC couldnt have Shields losing, considering they brought him in to fight GSP. That was the MAIN reason. Shields is 1-3 in the UFC & his only “real” win was Vs. SEXYyama … a decision.

        Yeah fool, Shields is incredible & doing real well being one dimensional. Just b/c it worked Vs. B level fighters, doesnt mean its going to work in the UFC, clearly. How is his 2-2/1-3 record in the UFC a “success” by being one dimensional?!?

  • Whitey

    MMA Weekly should do a Male Pound-For-Pound list.

    • phrankthetank

      That would just give us all more to argue about lol

  • It is correct that Overeem isn’t technically serving a suspension, but he can’t even apply for a license for nine months and he also agreed that he would not try to fight anywhere else during that time. So, he effectively is serving a suspension, although he isn’t officially on a suspension list.

    Thus, we made the decision to remove him from the list until he fights again.

    • phrankthetank

      Fair enough.

  • Towers66

    I like it.