MMA Top 10 Rankings: Where Does BJ Penn Fit In?

March 2, 2011
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, March 2. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

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, which are up-to-date as of Wednesday, March 2.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Junior Dos Santos
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Antonio Silva
7. Fedor Emelianenko
8. Shane Carwin
9. Frank Mir
10. Sergei Kharitonov

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Rashad Evans
3. Quinton Jackson
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Jon Jones
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Thiago Silva
8. Ryan Bader
9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
10. Randy Couture

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Nathan Marquardt
4. Demian Maia
5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
6. Jorge Santiago
7. Michael Bisping
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Hector Lombard
10. Vitor Belfort

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

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri
7. Jim Miller
8. Kenny Florian
9. Anthony Pettis
10. Melvin Guillard

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Diego Nunes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Mark Hominick
8. Michihiro Omigawa
9. Josh Grispi
10. Hiroyuki Takaya

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

  • dandesmond

    I like that BJ got to number 10 on welterweight, not an easy thing to draw with Fitch.

    I still think some of these rankings aren’t great though :\

  • Cswan101

    ok here we go again.first of all theres no chance in hell brock is number 3, lm pretty sure lyoto lost his last 2 fights sooo im not sure how in the fuck hes number 4 still,you got damien maia above the champ of strikeforce? same with welterweight..nick diaz is on a how many fight win streak? and holds a belt but u got koshcheck alves and sheilds whos only had 1 welterweight fight all above him???and im pretty sure pettis would showtime kick aoki’s head off and he got fucked up his last fight so i just dont get whereu come up with these rankings what so ever. if u need sum help email me in the future please!!

  • fjc1113

    x1234x needs a lesson in humility, grammar, and spell chek! can somebody delete this poor excuse of a comment?

  • Cswan101

    who r u talkin about and u spelled check wrong on spell check genius

  • grimsgrind

    These are the worst rankings Weekly has ever put out…

  • BigGuy

    Why the fuck is BJ Penn still in the top 10 in that division??? Oh, I get it…It’s a popularity list, not a serious Top 10 list. My bad.