MMA Top 10 Rankings: Welcome Renan Barão!

November 9, 2011
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Renan Barao cracks Brad Pickett

Renan Barao cracks Brad Pickett

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 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. Alexis Davis
10. Hiroko Yamanaka

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Josh Barnett
5. Brock Lesnar
6. Fabricio Werdum
7. Shane Carwin
8. Frank Mir
9. Daniel Cormier
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Dan Henderson
7. Phil Davis
8. Gegard Mousasi
9. Alexander Gustafsson
10. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Yushin Okami
4. Nathan Marquardt
5. Michael Bisping
6. Mark Munoz
7. Demian Maia
8. Vitor Belfort
9. Brian Stann
10. Alan Belcher

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

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Clay Guida
7. Ben Henderson
8. Jim Miller
9. Anthony Pettis
10. Donald Cerrone

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Hatsu Hioki
4. Mark Hominick
5. Dustin Poirier
6. Erik Koch
7. Kenny Florian
8. Pat Curran
9. Diego Nunes
10. Marlon Sandro

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

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  • wonggfan

    Let the bitching begin.

    “Oh! Overeem is ranked waaay too high! He should be ranked #5 and NOT #3. 5 minus 3 is two. Two is a big number!”

    “How is King Mo top 10 but Feijao not top 10! Feijao should be #10 and King Mo should be #11!!!!”

    “Nate is not in the UFC anymore. Therefore, he shouldn’t be ranked. UFC is the only organization that counts. We should all thank Dana for what he has done for us.”

    “Koscheck would kill Nick Diaz.”

    “Shinya Aoki should not be in the top 10!”

    “Go Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian!”

    “Faber would kill Brian Bowles.”

    • phrankthetank

      You’re still a douche.

      Ironically, some of your sarcastic arguments actually have merit

      • Black Belt

        You should have stopped at the, “You’re still a douche” part! He is a douche and an asshole!

  • Glad to see MMAWeekly kept their smarts and resisted the cries by Diaz fans to put Nick above Fitch. Fitch has lost only once in over TWENTY fights and that was to GSP. Twenty fights ago Diaz was washing out of the UFC against guys like Parisyan and Joe Riggs before getting back on top by beating the Strikeforce B-Team. Fitch is clearly the better fighter. And yeah we know he had a draw with Penn. That was one fight. Look at their records and its obvious.

    • phrankthetank


    • RonnieV

      Dude, are you suggesting that Diaz hasn’t improved since his first stint in the UFC? The good thing is the people who are doing the ranking aren’t judging the fighters on how they performed in 2005. They make their decisions on how they perform now. Fitch would give Diaz problems, no doubt. But Diaz looked way more impressive verse Penn, than Fitch did, and they both fought Penn in the last year.

      • Cptmats

        To be honest but in the Penn vs Diaz fight, Penn Completely outclass Diaz for the first five mins.and would have for the next ten as well if he didnt gas like he always does ! Penn is a better fighter than Diaz, that was clear. Only thing Diaz had on him was conditioning. Fitch wouldn’t gas like Diaz did. Diaz has improved but he still not top three !

        • Cptmats

          “Fitch wouldn’t gas like Penn did”

          • RonnieV

            Fitch is better conditioned than Penn, but the reason Penn gassed was because he tried to keep up with Diaz’s punching. If Fitch tries to throw with Diaz, he will gas, because Diaz simply doesn’t stop. he always presses the action. He did not outclass Diaz in the first round, he may have won the round, but he had one takedown, and did no damage. He actually did more damage to Diaz in the two rounds he lost.

  • trevorgough

    Since these lists are subjective – I normally don’t bother to whine about fighters that I feel are too high or too low. However, there is an exception with these rankings.

    Bisping at #5? Um, what exactly has Bisping done to warrant inclusion in the top ten – let alone in the top five?

    His most impressive win at 185 is probably over … Leben in 2008. I mean, you can point to his win over Sexyama – who really has gone 0-4 in the UFC – or maybe you got all excited when Bisping beat Dan Miller.

    Bisping has faced one great MW and one over the hill used to be great LHW – and he was owned in both cases.

    Bisping at number five without a win over a top 10 guy since 2008 (if Leben was top ten at that time…).

    What a fucking joke.

  • McFearless

    Yeah, I too believe that lay and pray artist should be at the top of every list as well. Seriously though, the UFC need to revamp their rules to prevent those dominant wrestlers who like to stall their way to a victory. They need to implement the yellow card system that Pride had. The athletic commission also need to hire more educated judges. We’ve seen to many fights where the guy on his back put in enough work from guard to win a fight. Their would definitely be more exciting fights going on.

  • chrisbenjamin

    I ask almost every time these ranking come out . . . but still no action. Every other ranking (usually) shows where the team/athlete stood in previous rankings. I like to know . . . Is the guy up this time . . . or down. Thanks for the head’s up that Renan is now ranked . . . why not let us know where everyone was on the last rankings! Please . . . don’t make me beg!

  • Why is Shane Carwin still in the top 10?? I doubt John Fitch would kill Nick Diaz. It would probably be a questionable decision. I agree with Bisping being in the top ten. My guess is that the UFC has its favorites, Bisping being one of them, and those always get protected by not facing “real” contenders. For instance, why have we not seen Bisping vs Okami or Belfort? I agree with Renan being in the top ten. I’d like to see him fight some other top 10 guys. Renan’s record is outstanding and he looked sharp on Saturday. I’d like to see him get tested with top five fighters. I also agree with the “yellow card” idea. I always liked that!! And more mma savvy judges?? Another great idea!!! BTW, Cain and JDS is going to own this Saturday!!!!!!! Either way a Hispanic man is going to be the baddest man on the planet and a lot of people will have to take that up their butts for a long time!!!!!

    • Black Belt

      I think you are the one that likes things up your butt!!!!

      • RonnieV

        Typical idiot statement by Black Belt. Your mommy should ground you from the computer little boy.

  • sb

    I agree with all your comments. I think Fitch should be 27th and then sometimes I think he should be #2 and then sometimes I think he should be selling inland marine insurance. Craaazeee! I do hope they make it interesting on Saturday by scoring a lot of touch downs. I hate when one team hogs the ball the whole game.

    But seriously folks MMAWeekly has had the only true “Top 10” for years. All the other wannabe sites take a peek over here and then make up their minds. I mean 10 years and counting, you can’t beat it.

    and btw chris “Benji off the Leash” I think your on to something!

  • therealmo

    Barnett is way too high, #4?? debatable

    mousasi ahead of mo makes no sense

    why isnt feijao in here?? he did beat mo

    bisping at 5 is complete BS

    koscheck should be ahead of ellenberger and condit

    diaz in my opinion is #2 not fitch

    bj should still be ranked, he beats more than half of these welterweights anyway

    hominick and koch ranked way to high