MMA Top 10 Rankings: Phil Davis Finally Breaks Through

March 30, 2011
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Phil Davis

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, March 30. 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. Thiago Silva
8. Ryan Bader
9. Dan Henderson
10. Phil Davis

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. Josh Koscheck
6. Nick Diaz
7. Paul Daley
8. Carlos Condit
9. B.J. Penn
10. Diego Sanchez

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Jim Miller
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Kenny Florian
9. Anthony Pettis
10. Melvin Guillard

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Diego Nunes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Mark Hominick
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


  • Andural69

    I have no clue how Sergei Kharintov made the top 10 list.

    • Lack of depth in the division and a recent win on a televised card.

      • Absolutely a thin division when it comes to Top 10 caliber fighters.

        Would love some feedback on other deserving candidates for sure.

        That said, Kharitonov is 18-4 with 17 finishes. He has wins over Overeem and Werdum (albeit it a couple years ago), and has finished both his opponents by TKO/KO since returning to action.

        • Frye557

          I say put Big Country in there. No.10 no problem.

          • Mendel

            Big Country as Top Ten?
            He holds no noteable wins in my opinion and lately beat Stefan Struve, a fighter I like to watch, who clearly looks outcalssed against any high class opponent and Kimbo Slice need I say more 😉

            Kharitonov has a strong record and has fought and beaten some high class opponents.

            Ryan Bader over Dan Henderson… hmmm I am not so sure about that.

  • Frye557

    I think Martin Kampmann should be no.9 Welterweight, Sanchez no.8, Bj no.10. I say this just because he has a win over Condit, and his 2 most recent losses were controversial decisions to both Shields and Sanchez. He’s the most underrated welterweight IMO.

    • Frye557

      Perhaps even Bj no.8, Sanchez no.9, Kampmann, B.J did of course draw the no.2 Welterweight in the world, either way I think Kampmann should be in the top ten instead of Condit.

      • Food for thought:

        The Kampmann/Condit fight was a split decision for Kampmann.

        Since that fight, Kampmann is 2-3, Condit is 3-0.

        • Frye557

          Absolutely. I just think the difference lies in who these guys have fought. I’m not saying Condit is fighting low level fighters, but Kampmann has been fighting top 10-5 guys since the Condit fight. While Condit on the other hand took on Ellenberger, MacDonald, and Hardy. And IMO, of course, Kampmann won the Sanchez fight, and one could make the case that he beat Shields too.

  • All valid comments. The Top 10, obviously, is a very subjective matter. But we really do appreciate the input and it does a lot of times get us to think about things maybe we hadn’t.

    Great discussion guys!!!

  • bdono554

    If any one shouldn’t be in the top it its overeem. look at overated’s record any time he’s EVER fought ANYONE in any top 10 ranking he’s lost! He’s a joke a complete steroid inflated fake! If he’d fought Ben Rothwell I’d have no problem putting $100 on Rothwell!