MMA Top 10 Rankings: Vitor Belfort Back in at Middleweight

August 10, 2011
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Aug. 10. 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.

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
2. Megumi Fujii
3. Sarah Kaufman
4. Miesha Tate
5. Marloes Coenen
6. Zoila Gurgel
7. Tara LaRosa
8. Rosi Sexton
9. Roxanne Modafferi
10. Mei Yamaguchi

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Antonio Silva
7. Josh Barnett
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. Dan Henderson
8. Phil Davis
9. Gegard Mousasi
10. Alexander Gustafsson

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
5. Michael Bisping
6. Brian Stann
7. Mark Munoz
8. Demian Maia
9. Vitor Belfort
10. Chris Leben

1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Nick Diaz
5. Carlos Condit
6. Josh Koscheck
7. Thiago Alves
8. B.J. Penn
9. Diego Sanchez
10. Jake Ellenberger

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Gilbert Melendez
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Jim Miller
7. Melvin Guillard
8. Clay Guida
9. Dennis Siver
10. Tatsuya Kawajiri

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Hatsu Hioki
4. Mark Hominick
5. Dustin Poirier
6. Erik Koch
7. Kenny Florian
8. Manny Gamburyan
9. Diego Nunes
10. Michihiro Omigawa

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Dominick Cruz
2. Brian Bowles
3. Joseph Benavidez
4. Scott Jorgensen
5. Urijah Faber
6. Demetrious Johnson
7. Brad Pickett
8. Masakatsu Ueda
9. Miguel Torres
10. Michael McDonald

  • jared499

    Please Staff, list the weight classes for the Women’s PNP. Would like to know what fights are possible.

    As for the other ranking, I am glad that Condit is in the top 5 WW, still not sure why Alves is still ranked.

    • dignon003

      I don’t think that you can have Marquardt in there over Sonnen.

      Rory Macdonald should on there as well, IMO.

  • Mario

    Sucks to see the last emperor get the boot. I feel it’ll be a long time till we see Fedor back in.

    If not ever again.

    But, onto more positive news, I like that Vitor got top ten treatment.

    I still feel it’s shocking that Hector Lombard isn’t at least number 10. But I can understand why you wouldn’t add him.

    Once again MMAWeekly provides the best ranking system out there!


  • Have you given any thought to trying a men’s pound for pound? You know, just to give fans even more to complain about 😉

    • wonggfan

      Yup! Also create a GOAT ranking that includes fighters like Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock.

  • God

    Great Job guys! Agreed. Not an easy task to give us the top 10 consistently for the past 10 YEARS!! I think everyone has their own little tweaks but overall the best rankings of all time have been at…

  • gnodeb

    I know that it is really hard to make good list. That is why I wont complain about AO and Werdum.

    But why is Josh Barnett on top 10 list. Last time he fought other top fighter was back in 2006 (when he lost to CroCop and Nogueira). CroCop and BigNog are not on this list. They don’t have to be, but at least they were “active”. Josh is great fighter but he was “inactive” for 5 years in terms of top competition…

    Once you think about it, it looks like being out of UFC is always big plus on any kind of top 10 list…

    • wonggfan

      Dude you know Barnett belongs there.

      He fought Nog and CC back in their primes.

      Barnett was in the top 3 before he left. Since then Brock, Cain, JDS, and Carwin have been doing well. So Cain and JDS and Brock moved up.

      I agree that he should be in the top 10, above Bigfoot and Sergei.

  • Bob

    Didn’t number 4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza get knocked out by number 6. Brian Stann? He was also KO’d by number 10. Chris Leben and by Alan Belcher. In fact he has only won a single fight in the UFC and that was in 2006! He even has a loss to Diego Sanchez and Manny Gamburyan!
    Michael Bisping shouldn’t even be on the list. The only high level fighter he has ever beat was Chris Leben. Every other time he has fought a high level fighter he has been exposed. The rest of the guys he has fought have all been lower level fighters.

    • Frye557

      No that’s Santiago not Souza. LOL

      • Bob

        LOL! Santiago! Maybe I should learn to read first… Makes more sense now!

        • wonggfan

          I can’t believe someone can’t differentiate between Jacare and Santiago…it shows that you are a UFC noob.

          None of your MMA comments are relevant anymore.

          • 2000MileWall

            You are the type of c**t that enjoys pointing out others,calling them noobs and other cute little original names you picked up from someone else online,for people who you think don’t know as much as you do about

            So I thought I would go ahead and point out one thing I know for a fact to be true about you,and that is you are a CUNT.

          • Bob

            UFC noob? lol. I started boxing when I was in grade 4. I was teaching kick boxing when the first UFC aired! I had some amateur fights. and trained in a bunch of different martial arts. I have also trained guys in MMA and boxing.

            So no noob here. Just need to read more clearly!

    • afk

      you live on our planet?

  • Beaver

    I think everything is pretty accurate except for Barnett being anywhere near the top 10. Also the LW’s are debateable. Ben Henderson deserves to be there…and Melendez shouldn’t be #1. He hasnt fought a tough opponent for a while.

    • wonggfan

      I agree with Melendez. But until the SF and UFC belts are unified the ranking doesn’t really matter. I think Frankie is okay with being #2 on this list.

      Barnett is definitely top 10 until someone beats him. I would say Brett Rogers is top 15~20. And from the way Barnett handled him, I think he is top 10.

      • afk

        you WOULD think that wife beating loser who’s only claim to legitimate competition is quick ko over a beyond-his-prime arlovski is in the top 15

        shows how ignorant you are

  • Darren2112

    My beef with these ratings is the fought within one year stipulation and also one fight after serving suspension.

    When did Chris Cyborg fight last? Brock? Jon Fitch? none of these fighters currently have a fight scheduled.

    And why is Nate Marquart still listed? He was suspended and has not fought since. You dont see Chael Sonnen up there.

    Lastly, I think Meisha Tate is the number one lady fighter. She won the tournament and then won the title. What more does she have to do?

    • phrankthetank

      Marquardt was only suspended for a week, so I guess they didn’t hold that against him, as far as female fighters, Kaufman has a win over Tate and cyborg is just a she-beast

      • Darren2112

        My point is she hasnt fought in a year and Nate was suspended and has not fought since. Once they fight again, they can be eligible to rejoin the rankings.

        I just want MMA Weekly to play by their own rules…

  • mcm

    Glad to Gustafsson made the list. And I agree that Aoki is top 5, but I’d probably have Miller over Alvarez. Also don’t know why BJ is top 10 at WW? I love the guy but he’s 1-1-1 in the past two years at WW.

  • 2000MileWall

    Wonggfan sucks c**k by choice!

  • McMens

    Would love to see Belfort v Bisping, i don’t think he shud be rated no5 and wanna see him ko’d another time 🙂

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  • Fightmaster

    Pretty good list overall, but the rule excluding Sonnen is silky: he has been cleared now from his drug abuse and is scheduled to fight soon. Everyone knows he should be top 5 in the 185. And where is Henderson in the 185? He would easily defeat most of those guys and needs to be ahead of Bisbing. He could possibly also be top 3-5 in 205. Swap Guillard for Aoki, who has not kept pace with modern MMA.