MMA Top 10 Rankings: Welterweight Division Undergoes Major Shake-up

March 19, 2014
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Top 10 Rankings Johny HendricksThe updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, March 19. 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: Dominick Cruz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Georges St-Pierre and Martin Kampmann are not eligible they have taken a leave of absence from fighting. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is currently serving a drug-related suspension and is also ineligible.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings: 

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (2)
2. Cris Cyborg Justino (1)
3. Cat Zingano (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (5)
5. Alexis Davis (9)
6. Jessica Aguilar (6)
7. Jessica Eye (4)
8. Miesha Tate (7)
9. Sara McMann (8)
10. Barb Honchak (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez (1)
2. Junior dos Santos (2)
3. Fabricio Werdum (4)
4. Travis Browne (5)
5. Josh Barnett (6)
6. Mark Hunt (7)
7. Alistair Overeem (8)
8. Stipe Miocic (9)
9. Gabriel Gonzaga (10)
10. Vitaly Minakov (n/a)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Alexander Gustafsson (2)
3. Glover Teixeira (3)
4. Rashad Evans (4)
5. Phil Davis (5)
6. Daniel Cormier (n/a)
7. Chael Sonnen (6)
8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (7)
9. Dan Henderson (10)
10. Jimi Manuwa (9)

1. Chris Weidman (1)
2. Anderson Silva (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (4)
5. Lyoto Machida (5)
6. Michael Bisping (6)
7. Mark Munoz (7)
8. Luke Rockhold (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Tim Kennedy (10)

1. Johny Hendricks (1)
2. Robbie Lawler (6)
3. Rory MacDonald (7)
4. Tyron Woodley (n/a)
5. Carlos Condit (2)
6. Hector Lombard (n/a)
7. Jake Ellenberger (3)
8. Dong Hyun Kim (n/a)
9. Jake Shields (4)
10. Demian Maia (5)

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

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Ricardo Lamas (3)
4. Cub Swanson (4)
5. Frankie Edgar (5)
6. Chan Sung Jung (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Nik Lentz (8)
9. Pat Curran (n/a)
10. Daniel Straus (9)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Urijah Faber (2)
3. Raphael Assuncao (4)
4. Michael McDonald (3)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Eddie Wineland (6)
7. TJ Dillashaw (8)
8. Takeya Mizugaki (9)
9. Erik Perez (10)
10. Eduardo Dantas (n/a)

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

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  • Seth

    2 Qs. How TJ Grant can be ranked #4 while he didnt fight for a longer while? Second…who the hell is Vitaly Minakov? Since he suppose to be top 10 HW, shouldnt he be known or something?

    • MaritalArtist

      After what he did to the bully….

      • Seth

        Yeah, but wasnt it like…8 months ago? Or sth like that?

        • Fire Ramdeen


          • Seth

            So, being out of action for that long…he shouldnt drop out of top 10, but I don’t see him as top 5 today…

  • komach

    I want Chad mendes to fight Aldo again. Not trying to take things away from aldo but he grabbed fence hard so Chad couldnt take him down. And he improved himself a lot. He even made 1st ko loss for clay guida. Im sure he can take aldo fight. I Heard gils gonna fight pettis. So i hope mendes can get a chance to revenge.

    • MaritalArtist

      Not a bad idea

  • Joe Dog

    These lists are hard to follow. I guess they are necessary to help determine match-ups and contenders. There seems to be a host of inconsistencies. One that stands out is Sonnen being ranked one notch down from Cormier. Cormier would easily kill Sonnen. Henderson is one notch below Rua even though he beat him in their last outing. Etc…etc….

    • Joe Dog

      Where’s Lesnar?

  • TheCerealKiller

    Good thing rankings don’t mean anything, because Jake Ellenberger kinda got shafted. I don’t agree with dropping that far without having a fight.

  • riks

    lombard v woodley /// nick diaz v rory mcdonald // hendriks v lawler 2


    With Big Rig out for a while (torn bicep) we should be able to see some elimination fights or two for #1 contender at WW.
    Fights that would be nice: Lombard vs Woodley, Rory vs Stun Gun, Lawler vs the loser of Ellenberger vs Saffiedine, Condit vs Sheilds, & the winner of Brown vs Silva gets Gunner loser gets Maia…

  • Wildass

    Lombard v. Woodley would be exciting but they’re bot ATT so I do not see that happening. However, Woodley v. MacDonald & Lombard v. Kim makes better sense.


      Thats true, but either way all nice match ups. If they make Lombard fight Woodley then they should make Sheilds fight Nick , Lol

  • MPA2000

    Nope don’t agree with Lawler’s place.

  • doug

    Cormier has 1 fight at lhw against a nobody in the division and he’s #6…..seriously what a joke

    • gnodeb

      If you accept that this is popularity contest, everything is just fine… I’m confused why we don’t see Ronda and Sonnen in every division…

  • The Prognosticator

    Where’s Junie Browning at Lightweight? An OBVIOUS oversight by the MMA Weekly Staff.

    • RubeKegal

      I love you no homo. Keep these comments coming!!

  • The Prognosticator

    After defeating the always dangerous Patrick Cummins, Daniel Cormier has CLEARLY earned his spot amongst the Top 10 at Light Heavyweight.