MMA Top 10 Rankings: New Blood Moves In

June 15, 2011
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Kenny Florian, Mark Munoz, and Clay Guida

Kenny Florian, Mark Munoz, and Clay Guida

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, June 15. 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. Junior Dos Santos
4. Brock Lesnar
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. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
5. Michael Bisping
6. Brian Stann
7. Mark Munoz
8. Demian Maia
9. Jorge Santiago
10. Robbie Lawler

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. Melvin Guillard
8. Clay Guida
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri
10. Dennis Siver

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

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

  • jdwilli09

    Santiago still ranked at MW? Really? I’m beginning to believe this is like one of those situations where a PR person pays for their client to win an award. The guy is a decent enough offensive fighter, but certainly a front runner. There are probably 20 or so MW’s who beat him more often than not. To have him ranked and not Lombard is an absolute joke at this point. It devalues your rankings so much. Also, it’s okay to go ahead and put JDS ahead of Werdum at this point, I know, I know he beat Fedor, and has looked great recently, but that doesn’t negate his loss to JDS. Just swap them in the rankings, it’s the right thing to do. They fought each other in their last handful of fights, the guy who won in under 90 seconds should be ranked higher.

  • It will be interesting to see where Chael Sonnen ranks at Middleweight when he is able to fight again.

    Even coming off a loss I think Josh Koscheck should still be higher than Nick Diaz. Diaz has that nice winning streak, but he hasn’t been facing fighters up to his level.

  • iowafightfan

    There are definitely some flaws in these lists, but not quite as bad as FIGHT! Magazine’s.

    One example, that seems to exist on several of the top 10 lists right now, is Alistair Overeem. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan, and think he has the potential to beat the best in the world at heavyweight……however, he has fought NO TOP 10 heavyweights AT ALL!! NONE! How the hell is he getting top 5 rankings already?

    • clizzark

      What are you talking about? Overeem has fought 3 ranked HWs.

  • afk

    jds should be number two, and will likely be number one as soon as he’s given the opportunity. unfortunately this site is filled with fedor fanboys who think he’s still the best p4p in the world and therefore anybody capable of beating him deserves to skyrocket through the ladders lol.

    antonio silva, really? other than fedor what has that juicer ever accomplished? other than beating veterans who should’ve been retired before he fought them

    • iowafightfan

      “Bigfoot” is one I actually think deserves a top 10 spot. He completely destroyed Fedor, KO’ed Mike Kyle after showing a ton of heart, and hung right in there in a close fought decision loss to Werdum. Not to mention, he beat on Arlovski for 3 rounds as well.

      Yes, he had the positive test a few years back, but I think if you do a little research into his situation, I think there may have been an error in the testing there, which Silva provided proof of, but was denied an appeal by the CSAC.

      I am anxious to see how he does in the next fight of the tournament. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Silva make it to the finals of this tournament, and potentially could win the whole thing.

      • afk

        fair enough.

        i haven’t read into the csac story but it sounds like something they’d do, lol.

        we’ll have to see his next fight, it will definitely be a huge test, especially since his size won’t be quite as much a factor against either of those guys.

  • wonggfan

    How is Werdum ahead of JDS when he lost? Werdum has looked like shit and he hasn’t been KOed silly because he hasn’t faced JDS again.

    There is no way in hell Werdum can beat JDS.

    • armendo420

      thats funny im sayin he would or wouldnt beat jds but everyone said werdum wont beat fedor but hey that was a quick ass fight!!