MMA Top 10 Rankings: Ricardo Lamas and Anthony Pettis Pounding Down the Door

January 30, 2013
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 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.

Notes: Dan Henderson, Brian Bowles, and Dominick Cruz are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Frankie Edgar and Clay Guida have been removed from the lightweight rankings due to their scheduled fights at featherweight, while Diego Sanchez has been removed from welterweight consideration due to his scheduled fight at lightweight.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (1)
2. Miesha Tate (2)
3. Jessica Aguilar (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Jessica Penne (7)
8. Liz Carmouche (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Rosi Sexton (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Josh Barnett (6)
7. Stefan Struve (7)
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (8)
9. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (9)
10. Roy Nelson (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Lyoto Machida (3)
4. Phil Davis (4)
5. Alexander Gustafsson (5)
6. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (6)
7. Glover Teixeira (10)
8. Ryan Bader (9)
9. Gegard Mousasi (7)
10. James Te Huna (8)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (2)
3. Chris Weidman (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Brian Stann (6)
7. Costa Philippou (7)
8. Tim Boetsch (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Hector Lombard (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Carlos Condit (3)
4. Martin Kampmann (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Rory MacDonald (6)
7. Josh Koscheck (7)
8. Jon Fitch (8)
9. Mike Pierce (9)
10. Tarec Saffiedine (10)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
3. Anthony Pettis (4)
4. Gray Maynard (3)
5. Nate Diaz (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Eddie Alvarez (7)
8. Jim Miller (9)
9. Khabib Nurmagomedov (10)
10. TJ Grant  (n/a)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Ricardo Lamas (5)
3. Chad Mendes (2)
4. Chan Sung Jung (4)
5. Dustin Poirier (7)
6. Erik Koch (3)
7. Pat Curran (8)
8. Cub Swanson (9)
9. Clay Guida (n/a)
10. Hatsu Hioki (6)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Michael McDonald (2)
3. Urijah Faber (3)
4. Eddie Wineland (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Brad Pickett (6)
7. Raphael Assuncao (7)
8. Mike Easton (8)
9. Erik Perez (9)
10. Scott Jorgensen (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. Ian McCall (4)
5. Jussier da Silva (5)
6. John Moraga (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Louis Gaudinot (8)
9. John Lineker (9)
10. Tim Elliot (10)

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  • Rico

    How the hell can u put clay guida in at number 9 he was on a two fight losing streak and clearly lost the bout against hioki. these rankings are fuckin stupid

    • Seth

      Well, our opinion doesn’t matter. Officialy he won, so we may argue about it, but this won’t change anything :/ He is boring as hell, but officialy he won against Top 10 fighter…

    • Joey

      I agree with you man.

      How Clay Guida, who did NOTHING except a few slams and some humping in the Hioki fight, is in the top 10 and Dennis Siver, who is 6-1 in his last 7 fights and 2-0 in the featherweight division, is not is bewildering to me.

    • RonnieV

      You may not like Guida’s fighting style (neither do I), but he is IMO a TOP 10 lightweight & featherweight by MMA standards. He has wins over two Top 5 lightweights, they weren’t impressive wins, but they were wins.

  • Tru

    Having Clay Guida in the top 10 is a joke. The man has not been fighting the same in his last couple of fights. Also how the hell is Bisping number 4? Didn’t he just get murdered by Vitor? He should be in the bottom tier of the rankings not top 5.

  • StarBuck

    Seems like you guys get the top 6 or 7 about right then just put some random names in to fill the last spots!

  • Cereal Killer

    How does Glover move up 3 spots for beating an unranked Rampage??

    • drkdisciple

      Who do you see ranked behind Glover that is better then him? Is it Mousasi the guy that could not beat Keith Jadine? Perhaps Bader who was dominated by an over the hill Tito Ortiz? Or is it The Tuna who has yet to beat anyone worth mentioning?

  • MMAMADMAN.COM there rankings are on point!!
    MMAWEEKLY is total garbage

    • kbroesq

      “they’re” rankings? Seriously, dude, get an education, then call people garbage – in that order.

      • Ron Couden

        Man, I can’t believe I’m actually agreeing with you on something.

      • you need glasses

  • Mike

    Where is Frankie? Hendo?

  • Mark McDowall

    They need to put Silva as the #1 MW…then put “everyone else” next to 10. With everything blank in between.

  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    still the funny/weird thing is Carmouche ranked as a top 10 p4p … she’s barely a BW top 10, absolutely behind Rousey, Tate, Kaufman, Davis, and McMann, probably Rin Nakai mauls her

    • Ron Couden


      • shakejunt

        what an enlightening comment

      • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

        I’ve explained my point, try to debate it 😉

  • EdP

    Stefan Struve is ranked higher than big country??? He got KTFO by Nelson and Nelson has had bigger wins. What a whacked system!

  • Efrat

    mike, frankie changed weight and Hendo didn,t fight more than a year. Because they don’t get Top 10

  • Ron Couden

    Their will be a lot of movement in the Lightweight Division with Melendez, Thomson & Healy coming into the UFC. Melendez & Thomson will most likely lose their first fight against the UFC’s best, but Pat Healy has a good chance of beating Jim Miller. After 3 fights in the UFC, I predict all three of those guys will be Top 10

  • Ron Couden

    Btw, How does Jake Shields get dropped? Not counting the Ed Herman NC, he’s 17-2 since 2006, with two wins over guys in the Top 5. He gave GSP his toughest fight since 2006, and was TKO’d by Ellenberger two weeks after his father/trainer died. No love! Not sure how long is suspension is, but his last fight was in August which makes him still eligible.