MMA Top 10 Rankings: Lyoto Machida Inches Up the Middleweight Division

February 19, 2014
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MMARankings_MachidaThe updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 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 and Martin Kampmann are not eligible they have taken a leave of absence from fighting. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is currently serving a drug-related suspension and is also ineligible.

(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. Cris Cyborg Justino (1)
2. Ronda Rousey (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Jessica Eye (4)
5. Sarah Kaufman (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Miesha Tate (7)
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 (5)
6. Josh Barnett (7)
7. Mark Hunt (8)
8. Alistair Overeem (9)
9. Stipe Miocic (10)
10. Gabriel Gonzaga (n/a)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Alexander Gustafsson (2)
3. Glover Teixeira (3)
4. Rashad Evans (4)
5. Phil Davis (5)
6. Chael Sonnen (6)
7. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. Jimi Manuwa (9)
10. Dan Henderson (10)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
1. Chris Weidman (1)
2. Anderson Silva (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (6)
6. Michael Bisping (5)
7. Mark Munoz (7)
8. Luke Rockhold (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Tim Kennedy (10)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
1. Johny Hendricks (1)
2. Carlos Condit (2)
3. Jake Ellenberger (4)
4. Jake Shields (5)
5. Demian Maia (6)
6. Robbie Lawler (7)
7. Rory MacDonald (8)
8. Ben Askren (9)
9. Matt Brown (10)
10. Tarec Saffiedine (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 (10)

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
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 (10)

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 (4)
5. Ian McCall (5)
6. John Moraga (6)
7. Tim Elliott (7)
8. Jussier da Silva (8)
9. Darrell Montague (9)
10. Zach Makovsky (10)


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  • TheCerealKiller

    How do you move Askren up when he still hasn’t beaten a top 15 fighter? I’m OK with him sitting at 10 until he gets tested, but he shouldn’t be ahead of anyone. Matt Brown and Tarec Saffiedine both have better wins. Hell, their loses mean more than Askrens wins.

  • Timothy Malone

    My thoughts on the welterweight division:

    I don’t agree with how high Ellenberger is. Lawler and Macdonald should both be moved above him, especially considering he last lost to Rory. In fact I would move Shields and Maia above him as well. He has a win over Jake but Shields hasn’t officially lost since that fight while Ellenberger has twice, and Maia has only lost to Shields at this weight.

    Brown and Saffiedine can consider themselves fortunate GSP and Kampmann aren’t being considered or else they wouldn’t be on the list.

  • El Gvapo

    What have I missed about Kampmann? Why is on a break from the sport?

    • TheCerealKiller

      Same as GSP, just taking a break. He’s been in a lot of damaging fights the past few years.

  • Tidbit

    Isn’t Gegard 185? not 205

  • comeonman1

    Souza above Machida?

  • laleggenda27

    Looking at these lists really highlights how deep 145 and 155 are. The heavier weights are very top heavy, but only have 6-8 (3 in the case of HW) top flight fighters. But FW and LW are simply stacked with well-rounded, well-conditioned competitors.