MMA Top 10 Rankings: Jose Aldo and Renan Barão’s Continued Domination

February 5, 2014
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Jose Aldo and Renan BarãoThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 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 and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Georges St-Pierre is ineligible as he has taken a leave of absence from fighting.

(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. Jessica Eye (4)
5. Sarah Kaufman (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (7)
7. Miesha Tate (6)
8. Sara McMann (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Barb Honchak (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (4)
5. Travis Browne (7)
6. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (5)
7. Josh Barnett (6)
8. Mark Hunt (8)
9. Alistair Overeem (10)
10. Stipe Miocic (n/a)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Alexander Gustafsson (2)
3. Glover Teixeira (3)
4. Rashad Evans (4)
5. Phil Davis (6)
6. Chael Sonnen (7)
7. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (8)
8. Gegard Mousasi (9)
9. Jimi Manuwa (10)
10. Dan Henderson (n/a)

1. Chris Weidman (1)
2. Anderson Silva (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (4)
5. Michael Bisping (5)
6. Lyoto Machida (6)
7. Mark Munoz (7)
8. Luke Rockhold (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Tim Kennedy (10)

1. Johny Hendricks (2)
2. Carlos Condit (3)
3. Martin Kampmann (4)
4. Jake Ellenberger (5)
5. Jake Shields (6)
6. Demian Maia (7)
7. Robbie Lawler (8)
8. Rory MacDonald (9)
9. Ben Askren (10)
10. Matt Brown (n/a)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Anthony Pettis (1)
2. Benson Henderson (2)
3. Gilbert Melendez (3)
4. TJ Grant (4)
5. Eddie Alvarez (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Josh Thomson (7)
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov (8)
9. Nate Diaz (9)
10. Rafael dos Anjos (n/a)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Ricardo Lamas (3)
4. Cub Swanson (4)
5. Frankie Edgar (5)
6. Chan Sung Jung (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Nik Lentz (8)
9. Daniel Straus (9)
10. Jeremy Stephens (n/a)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Michael McDonald (3)
4. Raphael Assuncao (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Eddie Wineland (6)
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. Ali Bagautinov (6)
5. Ian McCall (4)
6. John Moraga (5)
7. Tim Elliott (7)
8. Jussier da Silva (8)
9. Darrell Montague (9)
10. Zach Makovsky (n/a)

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  • Timothy Malone

    Jacare may be on a roll but I still think Machida deserves to be above him based on the quality of opponents he has been facing.

    I also think Rockhold coming off of a win over Philippou should be enough to have him over Munoz, who is coming off of a loss.

    And as for Kennedy, he is lucky Sonnen is holding off his return to middleweight because otherwise he would be pushed off the list.

    • Drock420

      I never understood why Munoz is top ten, most over rated fighter in the UFC i’d say, who has he beat to be considered top ten? Hell I remember when he was considered top 5 for the longest time?!? He got koed by Hamil an lost to Okami yet somehow hes ranked above him, For the record Rockhold would destroy Munoz in my opinion, along with anyone else on that top ten list…

      • XIRand0mHeroIX

        Small but important edit on your post. Munoz was KO’d by a god damn head kick by Matt Hamill… That was the first time I ever seen Munoz fight and I couldn’t believe it when people would try to tell me how awesome the guy that was head kicked by Matt Hamil was

    • Maddawgmar

      I think that Luke Rockhold should be above Jacare. He beat him convincingly and only loss after that was to Vitor. Jacare hasn’t beat anyone solid except Okami. Jacare is overrated in these rankings IMO. I think USA today has it right.

  • Jaymo

    “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.” – 6. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (5) ??

    • Aimed With “V”

      Heh good point 🙂

  • Seth

    So broken…Tate is #6? In which universe? Last time I saw her she was flying across the cage and getting beat up before she quit. And McMann and Davis are lower? Aren’t they undefeated in UFC thus far? Isn’t Tate like 0-2 with both losses via stoppage? Makes sense.

    • Maddawgmar

      Correct 1-3 in her last four fights, maybe rank 9 or 10.

      • Seth

        Maybe not ranked at all? Female 135 isnt that bad or that small that you need her there. She is just like her nickname – small, delicate and defenseless. Just like a cupcake.

  • brad king

    askren deserves to be in top ten? I guess till he faces someone in the top ten then boom

    • TheCerealKiller

      What about 5. Eddie Alvarez (5)6. Michael Chandler (6)? They go up in ranks by fighting each other!

      • Aimed With “V”

        Actually, Alvarez got a win over top ranked fighters before.
        Aoki, Kawajiri, Hansen were all top ranked when Alvarez beat them.

        Askren, on the other hand, has never beat a top fighter.

        • Cereal Killer

          Hansen was a .500 fighter the second half of his career(when Eddie fought him). But Aoki and Kawajiri are solid fighters.

          Askren shouldn’t be #10 just because he is undefeated. By that logic, Khabib should be around #4.

          • Aimed With “V”

            When he fought Alvarez, he was 17-6.
            And he was an UNDISPUTED top ten after beating the uncrowned lightweight king of the UFC (back then), Yves Edwards.

            I agree that Askren shouldn’t be ranked top 10.
            When he fought Hieron, Hieron was top 15-20, that was a real close fight, and it was Askren biggest win.
            So top 15 is all Askren deserves.

  • HitManIsOnVacation

    Why is Martin Kampman on this list if he just took a hiatus from MMA also and it was announced before this ranking list came out?

  • me

    The fact that you have cris cyborg as number 1 women’s pound for pound is completely stupid. she only has 1 ranked fighter on her record and tested positive for steroids. Rousey is an Olympian and undefeated UFC champion. you loss all credibility having her/him number 1.

  • me


  • Weidman has only fought one guy in the top 10 other then the former champion Anderson Silva. Every fight that guy has will not only be very interesting but exciting. Beating Anderson Silva is an incredible accomplishment alone but to defend the title against those other names would certainly cement his legacy as one of the greatest ever. People say Jones cleared out the division but he still has four other guys he never fought to defend his title against.