MMA Top 10 Rankings: Small Shifts Now, but Major Moves Could Be Brewing

November 14, 2012
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The updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 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: Dominick Cruz is currently out of consideration because he hasn’t fought in more than a year. Frankie Edgar has been removed from the lightweight rankings due to his scheduled fight at featherweight.

(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 (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. 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. Stefan Struve (7)
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (8)
9. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (9)
10. Travis Browne (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. Michael Bisping (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Chris Weidman (4)
5. Tim Boetsch (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Alan Belcher (7)
8. Brian Stann (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Luke Rockhold (10)

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 (6)
7. Diego Sanchez (7)
8. Rory MacDonald (8)
9. Ben Askren (9)
10. Siyar Bahadurzada (10)

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

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. Cub Swanson (9)
10. Daniel Straus (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Michael McDonald (2)
3. Urijah Faber (3)
4. Brad Pickett (4)
5. Brian Bowles (5)
6. Bibiano Fernandes (6)
7. Masakatsu Ueda (7)
8. Eddie Wineland (8)
9. Mike Easton (9)
10. Marcos Galvao (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. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (7)
7. Darrell Montague (8)
8. Mamoru Yamaguchi (9)
9. John Moraga (10)
10. Chris Cariaso (n/a)


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  • Anthony Lopez

    That was kind of a pointless rankings update

    • http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly

      Sorry, we knew it wasn’t a huge deal, but wanted to put it out there primarily so people have a stronger point of reference when they come out next week, which is likely to have several high profile changes.

      • Anthony Lopez

        Understandable. I’m definitely excited to see how the rankings switch up following this weekend

  • Too Smooth

    damn… they dont even have rampage as a top 10 light heavyweight anymore

    • dana fowler

      mmamadman rankings make sense, mmaweekly? no

      • http://www.imakemovies.me Tiffany-Nicole Hill

        Agreed. I personally feel like this ranking system has noticeable flaws and just looking at a few names on here just proves it. Mmaweekly I live u guys but if you are too bored to put real thought into the list then stop.

    • uncle

      lol It looks like Bader took his slot we all know a healthy
      Rampage that can get in a violent state of mind will knock Bader’s block off

      • Anthony Lopez

        There hasn’t been a Rampage fitting that description in years now

  • Jesse Malloy

    I’m curious to see where GSP will fall in the event of a loss to Condit. Certainly still within the top 5, probably just above the loser of hendricks/kampmann.

    and just seeing Michael McDonald over Faber pumps me up for whenever he gets back in action. He should get a shot sooner than later, in my opinion. Nothing unjustifiable about this list.