MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jon Jones Maintains Stranglehold on Top Spot

September 25, 2013
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Jon JonesThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Sept. 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.

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. Megumi Fujii (7)
8. Sara McMann (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Liz Carmouche (10)

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 (8)
8. Yushin Okami (9)
9. Tim Kennedy (10)
10. Francis Carmont (n/a)

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. Demian Maia (7)
8. Robbie Lawler (8)
9. Ben Askren (9)
10. Matt Brown (10)

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 (10)
10. Nate Diaz (9)

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. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
5. Raphael Assuncao (6)
6. Eddie Wineland (4)
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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  • Guest

    When Jones burst into the scene a few years ago, I thought he was so so overrated and overhyped after facing a few avarage fighters. I still think that…lol!

    • Lucas Freire


    • Sensei_jr

      Takes a big man to admit that he was stupid then and is still stupid now.

  • rhutton

    Glover is #3 despite not beating any of the 7 guys below him, and I’m not sure what Tim Kennedy has done to warrant a top 10 spot. Only 3 non-135 fighters in the women’s “pound for pound” is kind of silly too. Otherwise, decent rankings.

    • res

      glover is what you cal overrated

    • Lucas Freire

      It’s a common phenomenon in the MMA world.
      Glover was coming from lots of wins, and started facing some “warm-up” competition, until he faced Bader who was maybe the only top15 guy not coming from a loss, and not too far ahead from Glover on the rankings.
      Before this Bader fight, it wouldn’t make sense putting him against any top5 fighter, and the 6 to 10 were all coming from losses or with scheduled fights.
      Glover got the title shot pretty much like Leites got the shot, he’s on a winning streak while everybody is losing. Even though I think Davis deserves the shot more than Glover, he doesn’t bring to the table anything different than Rashad. Glover has a crisp boxing, heavy hands,hard chin and good wrestling.
      You can call him overrated, but I don’t think anyone was imagining Gustafsson would do what he did to Jones too, so let’s see what happens.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Khabib is my boy, but how can he move up and pass Nate without facing anyone on the top ten list? Nate fought for the title, Khabib needs to fight Nate next.

    • Maddawgmar

      I’m not a hundred percent sure but Pat Healy was top ten before he got destroyed by Khabib. That’s why.

      • TheCerealKiller

        The (10) show Khabib was ranked 10 last time and Nate was (9). Healy was not on MMAWeekly’s top ten. You’re not 1% correct.

        • Maddawgmar

          He was taken off the rankings cuz he was serving a drug suspension. Prior to that he was top ten. So you are 0% right. Aśs

  • Mr Pete

    Can we please use commonsense when making rankings based on “opinions”, because rankings are basically the author or editors “opinions”, right? So logically, does is not make more sense to rank a fighter based on the fights and the fighters performance, rather than based on a stats alone? Just because a judge says a fighter won, this makes it true? Serra/GSP 1, was Serra “really the better fighter? Phil Davis was man handled by Rashad, gifted 2 decisions from Machida/Lil Nog and ranked #5? Really??? Did Jon Jones really win? Did he really land more strikes than Gus? I saw Jon getting punched in the face repeatedly vs Gus getting kicked in legs and arms. If all those “head kicks” actually landed you honestly believe a guy who was exhausted to death can take it and just keep going? Stats are stats, right? Kicks anywhere, blocked/checked = leg strikes? Punch you on the arm = significant strikes? Take down lasting 1 second resulted in zero damage = Take down, control and aggression?
    Seriously? This makes sense to you people?

    • Arctiicwolf

      You make allot of valid points, but that is why rankings will always be a flawed system. You cant simple put a number next to someone in the fight game. With all the different style match ups, the injuries, and the terrible decisions, things don’t often make much sense. And I also thought Gus and Machida won their last fights, anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t trained martial arts enough to know that oblique kicks aren’t as significant as a punch to the face, and a kick that lands on the glove, is a kick that is blocked, even if you see impact, it doesn’t mean it did damage. Which explains why almost every fighter not in Jackson’s camp scored the fight for Gus, and every journalist whose never trained striking, gave it to Jones. I just wish Gus threw a spinning backfist instead of an elbow at the end of the fight, that would have landed lol. But props for picking up on a brand new technique mid fight.

      • Mr Pete

        I know, i saw that too. I did the exact same thing, I had a guy who constantly refuse to engage and kept doing the same thing over and over kicking me in the groin and hip area. So I kicked him in the balls as hard as I could and made it look like an accident. It was brutal too, full shin on cup. Lacerated the area where the cup was secured. Bastard deserved it, if you never had an mma fight, it is similar to video games where the one guy just keeps doing the same s*** over and over. Like street fighter Ryu hadouken, i’ll do that s*** right back