MMA Top 10 Rankings: Junior dos Santos Maintains Stranglehold on Top Spot

May 30, 2012
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MMA Top 10 Rankings - Junior dos SantosThe updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, May 30. 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 MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Sarah Kaufman (1)
2. Ronda Rousey (2)
3. Miesha Tate (3)
4. Jessica Aguilar (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Tara LaRosa (7)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Hiroko Yamanaka (10)

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

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
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. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
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. Alan Belcher (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Chris Weidman (10)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
1. Carlos Condit (1)
2. Jake Ellenberger (2)
3. Johny Hendricks (3)
4. Josh Koscheck (4)
5. Jake Shields (5)
6. Jon Fitch (6)
7. Diego Sanchez (7)
8. Martin Kampmann (8)
9. Rory MacDonald (9)
10. Ben Askren (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. Clay Guida (8)
9. Eddie Alvarez (9)
10. Jim Miller (10)

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Hatsu Hioki (2)
3. Chad Mendes (3)
4. Erik Koch (4)
5. Chan Sung Jung (5)
6. Dustin Poirier (6)
7. Pat Curran (7)
8. Kenny Florian (9)
9. Iuri Alcantara (10)
10. Daniel Straus (n/a)

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

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. Mamoru Yamaguchi (8)
9. John Dodson (9)
10. Louis Gaudinot (10)


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  • WhiteboyGBJJ

    Who ranked the light heavies, Helen Keller? Machida knocked Rashad out cold, Shogun knocked out Machida, how is Rashad ranked over both of them. Henderson would do the same thing to Rashad as Machida did. This is Wack!

    • RubeKegal

      Henderson would not have a chance against Rashad…you do realize Shields outwrestled Hendo right? Hendo was a Greco wrestler but his freestyle isnt the best. Rashad will take him down at will.

      • Dayrelphareal

        Evans is the #1 LHW
        JBJ is #4 HW fighting at LHW

    • BizzleZX10R

      Machida is also 2-3 in his last 5 fights Since knocking Rashad out.

      and since losing to Jones,Shogun beat a non-Top 10 Opponent (As much as i love Griffin) and lost to Henderson. Rashads only loss since Jones,was Machida in 2009.

      So,the 205 list looks to be correct.

  • WhiteboyGBJJ

    And where is Nick Diaz, Carlos lost their fight by being a bitch and running. I understand St Pierre not being list but come on. You guys are a bunch of window lickin short bus ridin morons!

    • RubeKegal

      Just stop with Diaz…he can’t beat anyone on that top 10 list.

      • RonnieV

        Dude, we know you hate Diaz, but saying he couldn’t beat any of the Top 10 is just dumb. The #1 guy BARELY got past him.

        • macgrubber

          You arent ranked in the top ten by BARELY losing fights.

        • RubeKegal

          barely got past him? A unanimous decision isn’t “barely”

    • mrsister

      Whiteboy. Tell me where you live so I can come out there and end your life. Please. It won’t hurt. You can show me your BJJ. Please. The world doesn’t want you around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Wow someone is STILL bitching because Condit made Diaz look like like a Caveman. As if standing in front of someone and winging punches is MMA. Just Wow.
    Diaz is suspended. Suspended fighters are not ranked. Now there are 2 things you showed you know nothing about.
    Now to the rankings… I don’t see too many Champions that have much of a challenger. Some think Cain has a chance. Meh.
    Jones looks to be 205 champ until he can’t make weight. Aldo and Cruz also look to be solid.
    Hey did anyone else notice that dos Santos moved in, punched and moved back out? Don’t tell Whiteboygbjj. He will call him a bitch.

    • phrankthetank

      Well played good sir

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=784498372 stefanonogarole

    I think u should rank Ayaka Hamasaki as one of the top 10 p4p girls

    • RubeKegal

      I was thinking the same thing…she looks to be the real deal and not having her in the top 10 is straight up quack-fucckery!!

  • haterles

    georgesperry, well said. you basically owned whiteboy (–that name alone was already a clear indicator that he isnt the brightest out there, lol–) the same way Condit owned Nick “The Caveman” Diaz.

    • macgrubber

      you racist bro?

  • catch797

    Mir top 4 in HW?? “What’s that”!! Carvin destroyed him!!

    • MaritalArtist

      Yeah when I read that I thought the same thing, how can Mir be #4. But then again, he beat a few good guys and that’s why he got the title shot. Maybe not #4, but not worse than #6 either, ya know?

      • Lesnardo

        Past-prime Cro Cop/Nog and Fat Nelson = #4 in the world????

        The REAL RANKING without Overeem and Brock

        1) JDS
        2) Cain
        3) Carwin
        4) Cormier
        5) Frank Mir
        6) Werdum
        7) Barnett

        • BizzleZX10R

          Why would Carwin be #3 ? if ANYTHING he should be above Werdum but thats it. He’s on a 2 Fight losing streak and hasn’t fought in how long?

          1)JDS
          2)Cain
          3)Cormier
          4)Barnett
          5)Mir
          6)Struve
          7)Werdum
          8)Nelson
          9)Carwin (Maybe)*

          *With Carwins inactivity and lackluster performance against JDS he shouldn’t be on the list IMHO

          • Lesnardo

            Let me ask you. If Carwin and Mir fight again, who would you bet on?

            Carwin lost to Brock (after pummelling him) and JDS (the current champ who practically cleaned out the division).

            Carwin would have destroyed Nelson, Nog, and Crocop.

            You can’t just look at the record without looking at the quality of the opponents.

            Frank Mir at #4 because??? He didn’t get destroyed by JDS in round 1 but managed to survive until getting KTFO in round 2?????

    • BizzleZX10R

      Shane destroyed Mir 2 years ago,and since then Mir knocked out Cropcop,Went the distance with Nelson,and Broke Nogs arm.

      Granted Crapcop isn’t shit nowadays,but not being knocked out by Nelson is a feat in itself.

      It’s easy to climb the ladder in the HW division honestly. So i’m not surprised at all with this list.

      Now as far as the woments P4P list and Sarah Kaufman being #1 makes 0 Sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    Ok obviously Whiteboy doesnt know how the rankin system goes and didnt know bout suspended fighters or retired or fighters that havent fought in over a year, but r yall seriously bashin Nick Diaz that dude is a F*ckin brawler and i like condit but if u really think condit looked good that fight ur an idiot all condits wins that he finished people and then he pulls that weak dont fight ur opponenet just stick and RUN was a crap performance, he fought not to lose he ddidnt fight to win just like GSP and how boring of a fight that will end up being lets not fight for 5 rounds and so who wins, cmon now. and what dos santos did to mir was way different, he made mir stand up and bang he didnt throw a punch and run a way he threw several punches and got in mir face and stuffed takedowns this is MMA people not point karate. not sayin Diaz should of got the “W” but condit should have gotten knocked off the pedestal he was on after that performance i woulda rather watched fitch sit on top of someone for 5 rounds then watch that garbage. and what u talkin bout aldo has no competition have u been watchin the korean zombie, and if u think hendo doesnt have chance against jones ur crazy not that jones aint good but u can never count out hendo he if nothing else has a overhand right of a chance to win

    • phrankthetank

      I read about 3 sentences and realized the rest wasn’t worth my time. Diaz hasn’t beaten anyone worth mentioning outside of BJ penn. he beat an over the hill frank shamrock and koed Robbie lawler 8 years ago. The dude is an exciting fighter but he has very few impressive victories. Diaz does one thig really well, condit avoided that while landing shots of his own. Diaz couldn’t adjust and became a victim of his own gameplan. Now shut the hell up about Diaz. I’m sick of hearing it.

    • BizzleZX10R

      Condit didn’t run..as soon as he got close to the fence he got away from it. Which is the point. Condit clearly landed way more significant shots. Diaz bitches that leg kicks don’t do shit,but then bitches that Judges don’t look at things that make you score points..so it seems he only bitches when shit doesn’t go his way.

      Standing in the middle of the octagon eating kicks to the legs and face and taunting,doesn’t score you points. Maybe i need to watch the fight again to really back up my post. But judging from what i remember,Diaz didn’t do much.

      • RonnieV

        I’ve watched the fight several times, and anyone that thinks Condit dominated is a clown. 50% of the MMA world thought Diaz won that fight. Phrank, saying Nick hasn’t beat anyone is just an ignorant statement, he has a bunch of impressive wins. Did Condit out point Diaz.. YES! Did Condit takedown, slowdown, or damage Diaz..NO! He kicked Diaz in the face, and the guy didn’t even flinch. It was a close fight, could have gone either way, Condit had a great game plan and won. Nuff said!

        • Cptmats

          Funny cause i saw Condit having it 5 rounds to 0. Only real fighter Diaz has beat in years was BJ and that was only because he gassed after giving Diaz a five minute boxing and BJJ lesson.
          Diaz is tough as hell and has great cardio……thats it !

        • BizzleZX10R

          He dominated,with points. He kicked Nick in the face,and landed alot of nice clean shots. Significant damage or not,he did more than Nick.

        • phrankthetank

          Who worth name 4 people worth mentioning that Diaz has impressive wins over.

  • joan

    Shane Carwin should fight Daniel Cormier or Josh Barnet next

    • shakejunt

      agreed, i really hope they bring a UFC guy over just for the plus one fights
      Carwin – Cormier
      Mir – Barnett

      • BizzleZX10R

        That would be an amazing card.

      • Cptmats

        Barnett vs Mir would be a great fight, But im pretty confident Cormier would walk through Carwin. IMO Cormier is easily the #2 HW.

    • Lesnardo

      That would be awesome.

      Mir should fight Sergei or Bigfoot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    I did the same thing Phrank, I got up to the part where he called people with differing opinions idiots.
    The one big problem with blogs is that people hide behind a nick and say things they would NEVER say to anyone’s face.

    • phrankthetank

      Yup. I can remember being called an idiot to my face twice in my life. Keyboard warriors call me an idiot 5 times a day. It is what it is.

      • macgrubber

        wow phrank you sound like one tough guy… no wonder no1 calls you an idiot to your face. If it were me id punch u in the face.

        • phrankthetank

          Lmao, did I ever say I was a tough guy? No. I just said people are far more inclined to insult you online than they are in person… If you’re being called an idiot frequently in daily life then I guess the shoe fits.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

          agreed tough guy comments bet id tell u to your face.bunch a band wagoner fans here.

      • RonnieV

        Oh Phranky, who on Earth would call you an idiot? WAR DIAZ

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

      get off PHRANKs nuts!! Please its sad. that’s a lot of both of your problems. u only read or watch what u want to watch enough to try and justify your opinion, but then turn around and contradict your last statement. i never said one dominated the other or Diaz won that fight simply condit looked like trash “That Fight.”
      then u sit there and talk bout people not sayin stuff to your face but continue to bash others opinions in the same sentence, HYPOCRITES. yall should date one another. and throw Bizzle and CPtmats in there as the third and forth wheel. when did condit out box and BJJ diaz, he kick boxed not boxed he never stayed in pocket long enough to box and the one time they went to the ground diaz had to force it and it looked like garbage on both there parts.

      • phrankthetank

        I comment on a lot of threads, I don’t think I ever contradict myself. Who are you to talk about how I respond to people in threads? If I reply to a well thought out and well worded post, then I reply in kind. When I see “if y’all really think condit looked good in that fight ur an idiot” I don’t have much respect for the poster. Personally I think condit looked great that fight. He got in and out, stayed away from he cage, and landed punches and kicks more frequently. You’re just pissed because you’re a Diaz fan and can’t see past that to accept he lost. The only ‘controvercy’ is that condit didn’t fight diaz’s fight and you feel robbed of a typical Diaz fight. If someone takes him down and pounds him to mush for 5 rds you’d be just as upset and say he just laid on him. You can’t win with a Diaz fan.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

          there u go again automatically assuming, i have said over and over Condit one the fight get over that stop resorting back to things i never said, you are arguingwithin ur own statements Condit fought Greg jacksons fight where he has announced the more boring the better when it comes to pointing and winning the judges. condits fight is all heart and great kickboxing nd fighting till the end and one man standing, ex. Rory mcdonald, kim, dan hardy, miura,prater, goes on and on.rarely he has come out and went to decision, he fought for a decision u cant argue that fact. so while u r still conflicting with urself on diaz fans and ur own personal emotional merry-go-round, look at the facts stop seeing one thing and shutting everything else out and goin off of one event or comment, man ur really upset, over nothing but u arguing with urself.

          • phrankthetank

            What’s your argument then?? “condit beat Diaz but I don’t like it so I’m gonna bitch and moan”? I don’t even know how to respond to you due to you not being able to formulate a sentence.

  • Lesnardo

    Cormier looked impressive against Barnett. The HW division is soooo stacked right now. I just want to see Reem, Brock, Cormier, Barnett, and Sergei in the UFC.

    Kick out scrubs like Struve, Kongo, and Peewee Herman and sign Cormier, Barnett, and Sergei!!!!

    • phrankthetank

      Struve is getting better every fight, Herman hasn’t lived up to his hype and Kongo is probably one fight away from getting the boot. So I mostly agree with you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Stefan Struve is one of the best up and coming HW’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    agree on struve but is he good or lucky, cause most of his wins he has been in trouble, i props that he can think clear enough while getting pummeled to pull the sub. as far as u other guys u give diaz credit but say he is unworthy of n e thing, hypocrites he is tough has some of the best if not the best boxing in welterweight division and his BJJ is next to no one and he is tough as hell. u cant knock him just cause of his personality i already said he didn’t win against condit, i said condit’s performance sucked, especially if u compare it to his other fights. some of u guys are idiots cause u aren’t giving credit where it is due and your just on certain fighters nuts, i like fighting and i like watching fights but a lot of u like winners u could care less bout the fighting aspect of MMA. as long as your band wagon keeps winning. any champ that goes out there not to lose is crap, “GSP” and i only say condit cause of his diaz fight. other than that he is great fighter yes he fought smart fight, but your saying he destroyed diaz c’mon now even he respected diaz enough not to fight him. Phrank u r an idiot probably y u get called it a lot, wouldn’t made the comment if u didn’t. and how can u go off any of the judges decisions lately they have been getting worse. u cant give a guy a point for a take down if the other guy uses defensive BJJ or wrestling to get back up, GSP for instance great take downs but the guy always gets back up, immediately after. so any thing that involves judges gets thrown out. Cormier is awesome should he get immediate title fight maybe see who he fights next and how he performs. as far as Carwin he needs to be given some one good but not in title contention he been out to long and getting over surgery, ring rust has proven to be a factor, in a lot of fights.

    • phrankthetank

      There are a lot of times when I disagree with the judges, Diaz vs condit is not one of them, you talk about hugging fighters nuts but you have diaz’s so far down your throat I’m surprised you can see the keyboard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

        thats been the topic DE da de, we been talking bout diaz, i think ur chokin to much on ur own nuts to think straight. and again dumby never said condit won that fight, so get ur facts straight stop lookin like a dumbass. get off ur own nuts for one second, and read i am lookin at it from both angles, all i have said is u cant deny the facts and not give people there respect, condit awesome fighter looked like garbage fighter against Diaz, did he win YES did he deserve it YES, could he have fought a better fight HELL YES, does he have tools to beat diaz in an actual fight YES, did he fight Diaz NO he pointed diaz out on the judges score cards. if i wanted to watch point fighting id watch karate kid. so stop gettin so hostile and running a muck keyboard tough guy for real think we struck a nerve with you, all that trash talkin people do online not to your face probably because u wont start shit with them to there face just get on the old computer and rage out, so im thinking you described yourself. watch out everyone Phrank is the internet phenom. he will type ur ass to the ground with punctuation marks.

        • phrankthetank

          Are you too blind to see your own hypocrisy? You insult people by saying they’re nut huggers yet you yourself are a serious diaz nut hugger, you call me a keyboard tough guy when I’ve never claimed to be a tough guy, meanwhile you lay down the tough guy talk calling people idiots every second sentence. I speak my mind whether in person or online, if I agree with someone, I tell them, if I disagree, I tell them. You just sit there and try to make a point while contradicting yourself over and over, then when you realize you have no arguement you try to turn it around on me with no justification. What ever happened to the intelligent people I used to argue with on this site? I relish they days of lesnardo and wonggfan, at least they made a point and stuck to it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

            obviously your blind your still looking for an argument that never existed. if u sit back and read some of your “ill call them followers” they are kinda nut huggin.
            where as all my comments have been unbiased. other than the performance of condit in the diaz fight to me it sucked if that makes u feel better. HOLD ON for u get pissy does Condit suck no not at all, if he fights his fight not greg jacksons fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    YOU cant argue with anti diaz fans the guy could go in smoke some weed kick ass save a box of kittens from a house fire, give thousands to charity, break six arms with one armbreaker and u would stil call him garbage, WHY? cause he fights one way cause he smokes pot trash talks, gives shitty interviews, i just dont get it, then you get so worked up when someone gives him his due you start bashing that person. ridonkulous. yes a s a fighter i like diaz he is in ur face talkin shit and out boxing with slow punches. he doesnt change no matter who his opp is, so what, the dude can fight and wouldnt none of yall say different to his face hell the people he fights wont even say that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    thats the point, i didn’t have an argument to begin with u took the idiot statement, as personal attack and haven’t stopped arguing yet. difference is u have good grammar i applaud you u can type YAAYY!!! u cant read though. so u fell short there not the first time u and short have met, sure it use to pick u up as a child. ok i like diaz big whoop again i admit he lost have no issues but u kept bringin it up again and again when in my first poster i talked bout henderson, korean zombie, gsp, etc. buit u picked out Diaz and kept goin back to it and back to it and back to it, all i have ever said was he lost and condit looked like garbage if u compare condit to the condit that fought all his other opp he looked like crap and scared to engage diaz at all just kick slip punch slip he even stated he didnt want to get in a brawl with diaz, so again tough guy u can go at this for days and im sure u probably will cause u havent even realized i have no argument for or against diaz only condits performance with diaz fight. and i dare say it wasnt good performance at all. sure u will have something to say. but u wont get this far you will get to the short bus comment and stop reading. and argue on and on and on with yourself.

    • phrankthetank

      I actually tried to read through that one, it was painful, but I made it. Yes I kept going back to Diaz, you’ve brought him up in damn near every one of your posts (responding to me or not) and then attack me for going back to it? What did you say about GSP? That everyone he takes down gets back up? That’s so wrong I didn’t even justify it with a response. TKZ is a solid fighter? Yea, he is. Don’t try to patronize me because I can make an intelligent argument. You write a 200 word comment and tell me you had no point? Right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    OK HOW BOUT WE GO WITH THIS, CAUSE I THINK IF U GET PASSED THE BAD GRAMMAR, I HAVE MADE MY POINT. MY REGRETS SITTING HERE CONTINUING TO DO THIS WITH YOU, ITS LIKE ARGUING WITH A GREAT TYPING TODDLER. SO YOU ARE RIGHT I HAVE SEEN THE ERRORS OF MY WAYS, ILL START SHARING YOUR OPINION AND TELL EVERYONE THAT GOES AGAINST IT THEY ARE WRONG, PHRANK CAN’T BE WRONG, HAVE U SEEN THIS GUYS TYPING, NO WAY HE IS WRONG. SAD PART IS YOU TYPED GREAT NOT THAT WE WERE COMPETING IN A TYPE OFF. CLEARLY I’D LOSE. BUT YOU STILL HAVEN’T SHOWED A POINT WITH ALL THAT FANCY TYPING GOING ON. SO I COULD TYPE BADLY AND EXPRESS MY POINT OR TYPE GREAT AND SAY NOTHING AT ALL. OH WAIT YOUR RIGHT MY BAD FORGOT ITS ALL YOU MAN, U GOT IT. GO AHEAD AND REPLY SO U KNOW U GOT THE LAST COMMENT ON HERE SO EVERYONE SEES AND KNOWS YOU ARE KING OF THE FORUM. HOLLAR

    • phrankthetank

      Glad to see that you’re coming around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    I DON’T KNOW WHATS WORSE MY GRAMMAR OR THE FACT U COUNTED HOW MANY WORDS I USED. OK NOW I’M DONE

    • phrankthetank

      Pretty sure you’re the only person on this forum sad enough to think that I actually counted your words.