MMA Top 10 Rankings: No Big Changes as Favorites Keep Winning

May 4, 2011
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Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields at UFC 129

Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields at UFC 129

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, May 4. 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.

Jose Aldo uppercuts Mark Hominick at UFC 129

Jose Aldo uppercuts Mark Hominick at UFC 129

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. Jorge Santiago
7. Michael Bisping
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Hector Lombard
10. Vitor Belfort

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

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. Miguel Torres
7. Brad Pickett
8. Demetrious Johnson
9. Masakatsu Ueda
10. Michael McDonald


  • Cptmats

    BS, Why is Hominick ranked #6 and the guy that couldn’t go one round with Aldo is Ranked #3 And Mendes #2 ? What a fucking joke !

  • rob da rippah

    so which one of u pot heads @ mmaweekly made this ranking? total bullshit, werdum is ranked above overeem? u guys have to be smoking some devastator bud

    • Cptmats

      everybody should be ranked higher than Overiod ! Werdum will beat him again !

  • thenextbarber

    Whoever comes up with these ranking really needs to rethink… I mean come on… Paul Daley in the top 10? His toughest opponents within the last 3 years have been mid level fighters and the only fighters that have been worthy of top 10 status he has lost to Nick Diaz (recent), Josh Koscheck (May/2010), & Jake Shields (October/2008)

  • robthc23

    I have difficult believing that these rankings are valuable,Why is Werdum still ranked in the top 4 or 5,is it because you really think he’s that good or because you wanna give his win over Fedor way too much validation!I really don’t have too much of an issue with the LHW Ranking’s except that I think Ryan Bader should not be ranked 7th,he should be dropped to the 10th spot and all those behind him should be moved up!I also think that Damian Maia should be moved from 4th to 6th with Jacare taking his 4th seed and Jorge moving to 5th!I know alotta people might not agree but I think that Nick Diaz would lose to a few guys below him,and probably against Fitch and Shields as long as they fight to their strengths,the ones below him I think would beat him are,Koscheck,and as long as Sanchez were to stick with a gameplan built around wrestling I think he would to,but 1 I gurantee would murk him is BJ Penn,don’t care what anyone says,he’s still the better striker!WTF is wrong with you guys ranking Gilbert Melendez #1,Why,is it because he beat a very very Inconsistent Kawijiri and the most one dimensional fighter in the world,Shinya Aoki,I mean really,I think it’s cause alot of people like there camp,and give them alot of slack,I mean alot of slack!Which I don’t understand,cause since when have we (as Americans) Excused stupidity,and lack of knowledge!Here is how the 145 lbers should go…
    1.Jose Aldo
    2.Hatsu Hioki
    3.Mark Hominick
    4.Chad Mendes
    5.Diego Nunes
    6.Manny Gamburyan
    7.Dustin Poierer
    8.Eric Koch
    9.Michihiro Omigawa
    10.Josh Grispi
    The 135 lb rankings look good to,only one I might change is Brian Bowles #2 and Joseph Benavidez #3,I’d have Joseph #2 but that’s not too big a deal!