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MMA Top 10 Rankings: TJ Grant Jumps Up the Rankings with Knockout Victory

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MMARankings_Photo-TJGrantThe updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, May 30. 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 ineligible for consideration because he hasn’t fought in more than a year. Pat Healy is ineligible for consideration because he is currently serving a drug-related suspension.

(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. Cris Cyborg Santos (2)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Miesha Tate (5)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Megumi Fujii (7)
8. Marloes Coenen (8)
9. Sara McMann (9)
10. Alexis Davis (10)

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

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Lyoto Machida (2)
3. Alexander Gustafsson (3)
4. Dan Henderson (4)
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (5)
6. Rashad Evans (6)
7. Glover Teixeira (9)
8. Phil Davis (7)
9. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (8)
10. Ryan Bader (10)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Vitor Belfort (2)
3. Chris Weidman (3)
4. Michael Bisping (4)
5. Mark Munoz (5)
6. Costa Philippou (6)
7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (7)
8. Tim Boetsch (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Luke Rockhold (n/a)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
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. Demian Maia (7)
8. Robbie Lawler (8)
9. Nick Diaz (9)
10. Josh Koscheck (10)

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

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Ricardo Lamas (3)
4. Pat Curran (4)
5. Frankie Edgar (5)
6. Chan Sung Jung (6)
7. Cub Swanson (7)
8. Dustin Poirier (8)
9. Erik Koch (9)
10. Nik Lentz (10)

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

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

(Editor’s Note: It was mistakenly noted that Brian Bowles was ineligible for consideration. He is, however, eligible due to a recent bout at UFC 160.)


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  • Ste

    Luke Rockhold gets heis as knocked out in the first round but still manages to jump up to 10th place. How twisted is that.

    • Ste

      his ass! :)

      • Sir_Roy

        Yeah … but he got KO’d by the #2 in the division. And that fight was not his first rodeo.

        • Madmmax

          They are overhyping both guys. One or two more fights And we’ll see where they really are

          • Sir_Roy

            Not sure how you over hype a fighter. A promoter can try, but to any intelligent fan, their accomplishments are what they are. Meaning, who’ve they’ve beaten and the manner in which they won coupled with their losses, who’ve they’ve lost to, and the manner in which they’ve lost.

            Rockhold losing to Vitor by getting caught by the #2 in the division does happen (happens to everyone, ask GSP). So in that sense, yeah, it will be nice to see if he can redeem himself before we start singing his accolades on the rooftops or denouncing him as a fraud, agreed.

            But as many have mentioned, at least he’s beaten another top 10 fighter. Not so for other higher ranked fighters on that list. He’s earned the benefit of the doubt all things concerned.

          • Madmmax

            Not exactly sure if your agreeing or disagreeing. Are you comparing him to GSP? That’s exactly what I mean by ” overhyping”. He’s got a good record but outside the UFC and def not the highest quality opponents. Jacare is not a proven top 10, he caught Jardine at the end of his career, any other notable names Tim kennedy? Don’t really know anyone else on his list of wins. He could be that good, but we simply haven’t seen enough of him yet to be jumping on the bandwagon. All I’m saying is win a fight or 2, then we’ll talk

          • Sir_Roy

            I was using GSP to reinforce the notion that “anyone” can get caught … GSP highlights that it happens even to the best of them. So no, I was not comparing Rockhold directly to GSP so no “over hyping” going on here.

            Jacare beat Lindland, Miller and Lawler back when all three were still highly relevant (top of their game or near enough to). And Ed Herman is no joke.

            I don’t see any problems with either being considered top 10 considering there aren’t any that come to mind more worthy … who do you propose at the 10th and 7th place in their stead?

          • Madmmax

            Yes, we all know anyone could get caught. But if Vitor didn’t catch him with that, he would have caught him with something else. He’s just not at that level yet. Vitor got ” caught ” by Silva, but he prob would have lost either way. If Vitor ” caught ” Silva with that kick, then you could compare that to Serra ” catching ” GSP. You might have not meant to, but that was a bad comparison. I would just move Jacare to 10 and Luke to 9. Or vice versa

          • Madmmax

            That was for Sir Roy

      • Maddawgmar

        But Jacare is okay at number 7 by beating a nobody, plus has been beaten pretty convincingly by Rockhold

  • Maddawgmar

    I still think Rockhold is number 7 and Jacare should be number 8. You can’t dog Rockhold for losing to the number 2 in the world. Jacare is on a win streak but against who? Camozzi and Herman…

    • Ian Price

      Agreed 100%

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493632092 Anthony Lopez

      Either way, winning moves you up and losing moves you down

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I would like to see TJ Grant fight Nate Diaz. I know Nates coming off two losses but he’s still a veteran, a tough fight, young and a good name for your resume.

    • Lucas Freire

      Maybe after TJ loss to Bendo,if he loses.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        You know what I forgot about Josh Thompson coming over and beating the first to finish Nate in the UFC. TJ Grant vs Thompson for next crack at the title makes more sense.

  • Ian Price

    Roy Nelson took much more punishment from JDS and wasn’t KO’ed. He should be ranked 5th or 6th for sure. He doesn’t even know how to box and he’s kicking people’s ass on the standup. And he has excellent BJJ.

  • JudoMiguel

    So Munoz is 5th but Okami is 9th?? I Think there something wrong there..

    • johnny

      but munoz’s last lose was from weidman that is #3 ,and okami’s lost to tim that is #8. their last fight was 2-3yrs ago munoz rebounded with wins already and lost to the title challenger now.. now does that makes sense? hehe

      • Drock420

        no it doesn’t Munoz hasn’t beaten anyone in top 10, so how does he deserve top 5?!? Unbelievably over rated id say…