MMA Top 10 Rankings: Ronda Rousey Clearly No. 1

August 22, 2012
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MMA Top 10 Rankings - Ronda RouseyThe updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Aug. 22. 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.

Note: Chael Sonnen was removed from middleweight consideration because he has declared a move to the light heavyweight division and already has a bout scheduled in that division.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings:

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

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

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Dan Henderson (3)
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (5)
6. Phil Davis (6)
7. Alexander Gustafsson (7)
8. Gegard Mousasi (8)
9. James Te Huna (9)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (3)
3. Michael Bisping (4)
4. Chris Weidman (5)
5. Tim Boetsch (6)
6. Mark Munoz (7)
7. Brian Stann (8)
8. Alan Belcher (9)
9. Yushin Okami (10)
10. Luke Rockhold (n/a)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
1. Carlos Condit (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Martin Kampmann (3)
4. Jake Ellenberger (4)
5. Josh Koscheck (5)
6. Jon Fitch (7)
7. Diego Sanchez (8)
8. Rory MacDonald (9)
9. Ben Askren (10)
10. Siyar Bahadurzada (n/a)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Frankie Edgar (2)
3. Gilbert Melendez (3)
4. Gray Maynard (4)
5. Anthony Pettis (5)
6. Nate Diaz (6)
7. Michael Chandler (7)
8. Eddie Alvarez (8)
9. Clay Guida (9)
10. Donald Cerrone (n/a)

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Erik Koch (3)
4. Chan Sung Jung (4)
5. Ricardo Lamas (5)
6. Hatsu Hioki (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Pat Curran (8)
9. Patricio Freire (9)
10. Daniel Straus (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz (1)
2. Renan Barão (2)
3. Michael McDonald (3)
4. Urijah Faber (4)
5. Brian Bowles (5)
6. Brad Pickett (6)
7. Bibiano Fernandes (7)
8. Masakatsu Ueda (8)
9. Eduardo Dantas (9)
10. Eddie Wineland (10)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Joseph Benavidez (1)
2. Demetrious Johnson (2)
3. Ian McCall (3)
4. Jussier da Silva (4)
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani (5)
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Mamoru Yamaguchi (8)
9. John Dodson (9)
10. John Moraga (10)


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  • me vs you

    no wonder dana doesn’t want the women in the ufc yet…there is basically only one weight class with only a handful of fighters in it. there aren’t even enough fighters to do a proper ranking.
    i’m sure that with time that this will change, but right now there isn’tenough competition to keep it going. one or two fights a year makes it seem like the women are an exhibition instead of a legitimate bout.
    and don’t get me wrong, i think that most of the women’s fights that i’ve seen have been awesome, better than most of the other fights on the card. like that tate fight on saturday. those two girls scrambled and fought a great fight…much better than watching rousey hunt an arm(man, what a surprise that was. i was wondering what her gameplan was gonna be. how do you go into a fight with an armbar specialist and then hand her your arm in the first 20 seconds.)

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    No Jim Miller in the LW Top 10 but Clay Guida makes the rankings? Whatever.

    • me vs you

      yeah right. in my opinion he shouldn’t even be in the top 15 let alone #9…and diaz is only #6(why, because he went to welterweight for a few fights a couple of years ago) remember that this is mmaweekly’s rankings…it’s all subjective

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        Diaz vs Pettis would be sick. But Cerrone has that one most likely. We’ll see what happens though.

        • me vs you

          pettis should fight diaz for the title after nate beats the shit out of benson in january.

  • Lesnardo

    Man as soon as Miosic Stipe or Shane Del Rosario destroyed Stefen Struve. I can’t believe Struve and Nelson are top 10. They must be going around bragging that they are top 10.

    When Shane Carwin comes back, one of them has to go. Stefen Struve and Roy Nelson suck.

    • Huh

      Struve has finished 5 of his last 6 opponents, 3 of which were “of the night” honors. You are so. damn. wrong.

      Carwin was on a tear, 2 years ago, that ended in disappointment. I’m not counting him out when he returns but you’re reaching.

      Even Nelson has won 2 of his last 3 with KO or TKO, the loss being the Werdum fight.

  • mma_nate

    where is nate marquardt on this list? He’s a strikeforce WW champ….

    • maddawgmar

      I’d say he hasn’t had enough fight at WW yet, but I agree he should be number 9. Who dropped off WW that was #6?

      • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

        Jake Shields dropped out, moved to middleweight

        • maddawgmar

          Thanks, totally spaced Jake Shields.

  • lycan

    Why is rashad still number two ?

    • therealmo

      cause he is better than dan henderson. Jon jones said henderson is and older slower version of rashad evans

  • ChiTown420

    James tu huna top 10 shows how weak the lightheavy weight division is. I love james tu huna but come on you might as well put Glover Tex in there even Rampage should be top ten thats how weak the division is.

    • therealmo

      i agree te huna should not be there and rampage should still be top 10

  • horaceharter

    Rousey and 9 other plain ugly broads with no appeal. No future for the woman in MMA.