MMA Top 10 Rankings: New Blood Bursts Into the Rankings

June 1, 2011
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Brian Stann driving forward

Brian Stann driving forward

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, June 1. 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:

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

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Ryan Bader
8. Dan Henderson
9. Phil Davis
10. Gegard Mousasi

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

1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Nick Diaz
5. Josh Koscheck
6. Rick Story
7. Thiago Alves
8. Carlos Condit
9. B.J. Penn
10. Paul Daley

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Gilbert Melendez
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Jim Miller
7. Anthony Pettis
8. Melvin Guillard
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri
10. Dennis Siver

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

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

  • I think Junior dos Santos should be above Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is coming off a loss (although admittedly to the top guy,) while dos Santos has seven wins in a row, the same amount of fights in Brock’s whole career.

    And Mousasi better hope Anderson Silva never comes back up to Light Heavyweight or hes getting booted off this list.

  • boakid

    Gilbert Melendez #1 Lightweight?? What a joke. It should be Frankie Edgar.

  • Jmoney

    Gilbert Melendez IS the number 1 light weight out there!

  • Jmoney

    how would you rank edgar ar 1st anyways? he lost to Maynard in their 1st fight and 2nd fight a draw..

  • And here I thought everyone would be calling for BJ Penn to be the #1 ranked lightweight?!

    • omcclave

      omg here we go again. can some please explain how werdum is ranked higher that jds. jds knock him out with one shot. i think big foot silva has killed the fedor lie so fedor can now be removed from any rankings. also bj is 9 on the ww rankings? i thought he god robbed in that fitch fight and he deserves at least top 3 if your putting fitch at 2. also you really think shane carwin or frank mir dont beat fedor, come on man and last but not least Jorge Santiago SUCKS!!! wanderlie, alan belcher, chris leben, mayhem and tim kennedy all deserve to be there much more than Jorge does.

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Why the fuck is Bisping on the list?! Who has he beaten? I know the middleweight division is slim but for fuck sake how is it that he is above Stann

  • afk

    frankie might be the ufc champ but there’re a lot of talented guys at 155 and i don’t think he’s solidified himself as the best 55er alive.

    i agree that stann is better, he just hasn’t had the placement fights to prove it. he said after 130 he’d like to be the top contender by the end of this year and i think that’s what we’ll see.

  • Unador

    I think giving Brock # 3 is just that. A GIFT. It certainly wasn’t earned. He does not have an impressive win loss ratio, nor does he have a long history of fighting. Brock is a bully that doesn’t like to get hit. We see that everytime he gets tagged in the face. Pity Shane punched himself out, Then we would have had a real heavy weight title fight between Cain and Shane.

    Yeah, Bisbing, a joke. I don’t like that cat, and I’m not impressed with his ability either.

    But the biggest injustice is Griffon ranked over Henderson. Now I think Forrest is great, but not as a fighter. Hendorson has proven himself with more belts and tougher opponents. You ever see Hendorson give up after getting punched in the face by a guy with his hands down whose walking backwards?

  • collideoverme

    I have to agree with the Dan Henderson thing. He deserves tto be ranked muc, much higher. 3 at the least considering his past. He is the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champ. But his past fights with the quality of opponents he faced should rank him much higher.

  • Rick Story is legit, #6 is a good spot for him in the rankings.

    I’d like to see him fight someone like Fitch, Condit or Koscheck next. Or maybe even Ellenberger. Ellenberger is another guy who’s on the verge of breaking into the top 10.

    • XIRandomHeroIX

      Story already holds a unanimous decision win over Ellenberger

  • True, but that was outside the UFC 3 years ago and each guy has fought 9 times since then (each losing only once). I think they have both improved a tremendous amount since then and a fight between them would be both entertaining and relevant for status in the division.

  • Mario

    Gilbert Melendez deserves the top dog top. No doubt!

    Nathan Marquardt is set to debut at welterweight, which I think is crazy. So when he does, he has to be removed from the middleweight rankings. I’m guessing a victory over Anthony Johnson won’t grant him entry into the top ten at 170. He’ll have to win a few in a row over good guys. But I see it as a bad move for him.

    • Unador

      what happened to Nate the not so Great?

      He seemed like the next big thing, lots of victories in Japan, He looks like a light heavyweight, he seemed well composed for his interviews and then blah.
      He looked awful in the Okami fight, all he did was try and land a right hand, and he did, with little effect.
      He knocked out the leg lock submission expert from Brazil, but that guy stopped fighting in the middle of the round because he thought Nate had his ankles greased. And Nate, rightfully, took advantage of it. POW. gnite.

      Going down to 170 is Nate himself admitting he isn’t good enough at 185. I think he is going to end up like Sanchez when he droped to lightweight. He’s going to lose too much mass, it will weaken him. If he can even pull it off. Nate looks huge to be a middleweight.

  • Mario

    Top dog spot*


  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Nate looks like a huge middleweight, is it his thought that he is gonna drop weight and bully the 170 pounders? I think he is underestimating what the drop in weight is going to do to him physically