MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jon Jones Making Big Moves

February 9, 2011
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Jon Jones at UFC 126

Jon Jones at UFC 126, Shogun Looking On

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Feb. 9. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

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.

Below are the current World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of Wednesday, Feb. 9.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Alistair Overeem
7. Shane Carwin
8. Frank Mir
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Antonio Silva

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Rashad Evans
3. Quinton Jackson
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Jon Jones
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Thiago Silva
8. Ryan Bader
9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
10. Randy Couture

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Demian Maia
5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
6. Jorge Santiago
7. Robbie Lawler
8. Michael Bisping
9. Hector Lombard
10. Vitor Belfort

1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Thiago Alves
5. Josh Koscheck
6. Nick Diaz
7. Paul Daley
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Chris Lytle

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri
7. Jim Miller
8. Kenny Florian
9. George Sotiropoulos
10. Anthony Pettis

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Diego Nunes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Mark Hominick
8. Michihiro Omigawa
9. Josh Grispi
10. Hiroyuki Takaya

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz
2. Brian Bowles
3. Joseph Benavidez
4. Scott Jorgensen
5. Miguel Torres
6. Urijah Faber
7. Brad Pickett
8. Demetrious Johnson
9. Eddie Wineland
10. Masakatsu Ueda

  • mighty_bluff

    How in the world in Little Nog ranked higher than Bader??? Bader just beat little nog convincingly… and little nog hasn’t fought since then! Just because Bader got his a** handed to him by Jones doesn’t mean he drops in ranking below a guy he beat less than 6-months ago… Get this fixed!

    • We did make an error on Bader’s ranking, but it has been corrected.

      • mighty_bluff

        Thanks for fixing this MMA_Weekly!

  • bduv21

    mighty_bluff AKA Ryan Bader LOL or a nutt huger!

  • mma24069

    yeah these rankings nvr make sense. scott jorgenson is above faber too?


    How is BJ Penn not ranked?!

    • What an original question. You must be new here.

    • armendo420

      bj penn isnt ranked bcuz he is no longer in lightweight, and hasnt fought in welterweight…. jones will win the lhw belt yes!! but he wont have it long!!!he is to young watch!! dont get me wrong he is a great fighter!! one of my favs but i think he is gunna get caught tryin some of his crazy elbow and or knees….

  • mighty_bluff

    I take it BJ Penn isn’t ranked here for the same reason Rich Franklin wasn’t on the list for the last year or two… because they fluctuate between different weight classes, which can make it difficult to rank them. I agree that BJ should be ranked very high in either LW or WW or both divisions.

    As for Bader…I’m not Bader or a nuthugger… just stating facts. Little Nog hasn’t fought since losing to Bader, so there is no conceivable way of ranking him higher than Bader right now. It’s not like Bader lost to a scrub! He lost to the future UFC LHW champion.

  • michael106

    How do you have Jones ranked over Forrest he hasn’t beat the 1,3 ranked guys and just beat Franklin Jones has only beat one ranked fighter and that’s bader he is ranked 9 makes no sence! 7 Jones, 8 bader then nog

    • mighty_bluff

      My guess as to why Forrest is ranked lower than Jones… Forrest was inactive for over a year. The last 2 guys he beat were unranked fighters, Franklin and Ortiz. Prior to that he lost quickly to Anderson Silva, and lost his belt to Rashad. He hasn’t fought a LHW ranked fighter in over 2-years…
      Although Jones hasn’t faced many ranked fighters, he has manhandled everyone he’s faced and finished them. He’s also very active, fighting 3 or 4 times a year…and the fact that he dominated an undefeated fighter at Bader’s caliber put him over Griffin by a hair… for the moment… Pretty soon Jones will own the #1 spot outright..

  • G Logan

    I wished that they’d list the previous rankings next to the current rankings in order to see how far the fighters have moved up or down.