MMA Top 10 Rankings: Women’s P4P Debut and Heavyweight Shake-up

June 22, 2011
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Cris "Cyborg" Santos

Strikeforce champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos

The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, June 22. 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:

NEW!! – WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
2. Marloes Coenen
3. Megumi Fujii
4. Sarah Kaufman
5. Miesha Tate
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. Fedor Emelianenko
9. Shane Carwin
10. Frank Mir

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Ryan Bader
8. Dan Henderson
9. Phil Davis
10. Gegard Mousasi

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. Jorge Santiago
10. Robbie Lawler

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

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. Tatsuya Kawajiri
10. Dennis Siver

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. Mark Hominick
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Erik Koch
8. Kenny Florian
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. Miguel Torres
9. Masakatsu Ueda
10. Michael McDonald

  • Oh look women’s rankings now *yawn*

    Still don’t think Gilbert Melendez should be #1 lightweight but I understand with the way the Edgar-Maynard fight turned out

  • druskill

    LOL. I love and respect how you guys put Megumi Fujii ahead of Zoila Gurgel in the women’s P4P list, when Zoila “technically” won their fight. Everyone who saw that fight knew who really won.

  • afk

    why is brock even listed?

    we all know the reality of his situation is that if he weren’t a behemoth he wouldn’t have had any chance against the people he beat in the first place, let alone to be considered a better fighter overall than fedor, barnett or big silva.

    secondly, if he won’t even be eligible to return to training until 2012 and his last fight was in oct 2010, we might as well knock him off now and have this thing ring with a little sense to it.

    i can’t see him consistently beating any opponents on that list other than the two giant american monkeys that he’s already defeated. and shane carwin can take all of that heart he has and invest it into some real estate because he isn’t going to be the heavyweight champion of anything ever again.

    i’m just a brock hater i know lol

  • grimsgrind

    how is Gegard Mousasi on the list? and how isn’t BJ penn in the top5 welterweights? That’s insane. Does 1 “loss” to clay guida really kick Pettis out of the top 10 lightweights too? Jesus guys….I usually agree with MMA Weekly rankings compared to other sites, I mean they’re never perfect but cmon…give guys credit where due. As for the moron above me saying Brock doesn’t deserve to be top 10. but Frank Mir does? lolololol…After Fabricio’s girly performance the other night he should be the one in the 7-10 rankings.

    • rob da rippah

      LMAO, so how many times has brock fought in the last year??? Mir is active, Lesnar isn’t. Plus Brock is a poor sport and he is a boring fighter. Mir isn’t much more entertaining though. Either way, you sound ignorant as fuuuuck.

  • grimsgrind

    I’m not even a fan of womans MMA. but isn’t Gina Carano #2 in the world according to ESPN?

  • Darren2112

    Like the womens P4P rankings – would like to see their fighting weight in brackets besides their name.

    I dont like the HW rankings this time. Why should Werdum the loser in his last fight be ahead of Barnet and Silva, the winner of their last fight?

    Similarily, why should Carwin the loser of his last two fights be ahead of Mir the winner of his last two.

    The same arguments could be made in the WW Div.

    • jared499

      I would also like to see the weight divsions next to their name, think it would help us to understand what potential matchups could be.

      As far as the HW rating. You have remember that Werdum holds a recent victory over Bigfoot Silva and that is why he is ranked higher, As far as Barnett, while I do think that he should be ranked higher, I get that this is his first major fight in a long time, but think about it, he beat Brett Rodgers who was highly over rated to begin with.

      Same thing applies to Carwin over Mir,
      Carwin just demolished Mir like less then 1 year ago, have to take that into consideration.

      The only thing I am mad about the WW’s is that Carlos Condit is not moving up, why is Rick Story debuting above Condit, Story beat Alves who has dropped 3 out the last 4, and he won by decsion. Condit beat hardy by devasting KO. I know he has been off awhile but should not ne penalized for injuries.

      • Darren2112

        now that I think about it I agree with what you said.

        I think Condit vs Story would be a great fight. If Condit won, I think he deserves the next title shot. If Story won, he could beat up Koscheck and then get his shot.

        • jared499


          I love that fight, Condit v Story. But It think that it should be the #1 Contenders match to determine who gets the next title shot.
          GSP has beat all the top 10 guys except, Diaz, Condit, Story, and Daley(who will never get the shot). If GSP beats Diaz, its the best match for new blood. If Diaz beats GSP, I know Dana doesn’t like doing it, but GSP gets automatic rematch.
          I know that some are going to argue for Fitch, but think about it. If you put the winner between Consdit and Story in a #1 Contenders match with Fitch, Fitch will get the “Lay and Pray” decision that we are use to him getting in his fights. I know all he does is win, but at some point, how you win has to be considered. Fitch’s last Non-Decsion win, June 12, 2007, Four years ago. Enough said. Why waste another contender on Fitch so that he can get the take down, lay on him for a few rounds, and get the win.

  • omcclave

    The jorge santiago conspiracy lives on!!!!!!!!!! Haha no one every knows why he is on the top ten list, mma weekly refuses to justify why. Yet hes still on it! And why no love for big country in the hw division. Hes better than fedor and wedrum and silva. Give the mam some props. Take fedor off that list as well too, hes such a bum

    • rob da rippah

      I like Big Country, but he has dropped 2 fights in a row. And he was dominated in both

      • omcclave

        true he has dropped to in a row but both are top 5 hw in the world. And he brought jds into the deepest waters of his career, also he broke frank mirs jaw and ribs. so i say he at least should get a top ten slot

    • ShockednAwed

      When you say, “Give the ‘mam’ some props,” is that just a typo, or because you also think he looks like a female with those enormous breasts swinging around?

  • BigGuy

    I’m just happy to see that Fedor’s fat ass is sliding off the scale. It’s long overdue!

    • jared499

      I gather that you are not a fan of Fedor, but were you this hard on the likes of Chuck Liddell or Matt Hughs when their careers started to tail off. I am a UFC fan thru and thru, but I still have to ability to see a great fighter when they are standing in front of us. Fedor at one point, and for a very long time, was the best fighter in the world. I know and hate the fact that he never fought in the UFC, but I think that it can be argued that during his rein in Pride, the HW division was not as stacked as it now. I mean during that time, we(UFC) had Champs like Tim Sylvia and Andre Arlovski who I would not have even paid to see fight Fedor because it would have been so lopsided. maybe Mir before the Bike accident, but I still think Mir losses. The only sure fire match I would have paid to see during that stretch was Fedor v Randy, and yes Randy would have lost.

      I know the sport has passed him by, just like Gracie, Shamrock, Frye, Severn, Liddell, Wanderlai, Franklin, Hughs, and many more, but don’t you think we should at least give the man the respect he has earned. For what the sport was during the time he competed at the highest level, he was the most dominant HW then and probably of all time to this point.

      While I like “Big Country” fights too, he is not in the top 10 by any means. Since IFL folded he is 2-4 with losses to Arlovski, Monson, JDS, and Mir. His only wins are against mid-level guys at best in Strueve and Schaub. Best comparison, “Cabbage Carrerria” with better BJJ but the same shotty Cardio. Gives us entertaining fights but will not make it to the top of the pile.

      Just my opinions

  • dealinwhips

    very good post, but I believe you left out TITO!!! That is all great post otherwise…

    • jared499

      That was intentional due to what I took as him ducking Chuck for so long, but I will concede and admit that Tito should have made that list, because when he was on he was dominant. Thank you for catching my ommission.

  • michael106

    Ok these rankings are so off you have Meledenz rank end number 1 he has only fought two ranked fighters you have to beat the top 1or 2 not the 4 and 8 he fought 2 guys you have Edgar with wins over bj, miller ect they are better than anyone Gilbert faced and the list goes on! The hw division is all messed up Mir should be 5 or six you have Barnett up there he beat yvell and Rogers they aren’t even top 10 fighters it’s bs and these guys beat a washed up fador now silva and werdum are somebody nah these guys fight in the ufc they are steping stones! werdum was in the ufc remember how that turned out? His ears almost got knocked off of his head!

  • Mario

    You people clearly don’t understand the ranking system. For the person arguing that Gina should be in woman’s rankings, uuuh, yeah, let’s put her in the top ten considering how she’s been looking real good lately! She hasn’t fought in over a year, why does she deserve top ten status? You guys need to read the requirements listed by the site. Josh Barnett finally making the top ten is also good. He’s had a few fights since his suspension, and all of them, he’s won in impressive fashion. Don’t forget the streak he had going before the steroid controversy. I would think those bouts don’t count, tho. Frank Mir at the bottom is also fair, since his last two bouts weren’t that exciting. Yes he won them, but they weren’t solid performances like when he beat Kongo. For the people arguing Gilbert’s #1 spot, I think it’s fair. Frankie Edgar might of beatin’ B.J. Penn twice in a row, but did he finish him, or ever come close to finishing him in those fights? .. No! .. Frankie’s basically the kind of fighter who doesn’t mind going to a bunch of decisions. Look at his record. In this day and age, performance, definitely matters. Another thing to take under consideration is the fact that Frankie hasn’t avenged his loss/losses. Gilbert has and in impressive fashion! Gilbert also finishes, unlike Frankie. So, I have nooo problem with Melendez being number 1. He’s the all around more impressive fighter.

    The ONLY thing I would have to agree with you guys on would be Brock Lesnar. I wouldn’t go as far as saying he should be removed completely. I would say just bump him down a few slots. Brock got lucky against Shane Carwin, and in the Cain fight, he was demolished. After watching the Dos Santos Carwin fight, I’m more than certain Brock would have gotten murdered. Shane is the tougher guy, Brock is more of a pussy when he get’s hurt. Point is: Brock shouldn’t be #4. I would think he should be #6. maybe even #7.

    That’s my two cents.

  • omcclave

    you kinda dont have a point with big country. The monson fight was a long time ago, the arlovski fight should have been ruled a no contest because elitexc was telling the refs to stand fights up even if one guy has a kamora in side control. Also arloski was a top ten hw at that time and still had something in the tank. Shaub is on the cusp if not a top ten hw. And losing to jds and mir in the way he did makes more of a case then takes away from it. Jds hardest fight was carwin or werdum it was big country and bc had a bum knee when they fought . Also mir def beat bc but got his jaw and ribs broken which is saying something

    • jared499


      You are just messing with me right.

      First of all, if anything the Nelson v Arlovski fight diminished your point that Nelson should be a top 10 HW, because Arlovski was in the middle of the slide down. Look it up, the last notable win over an opponent considered upper tier was Werdum in April 2007, and I can definately argue that Werdum was not yet upper tier at that point. Arlovski follows that up with wins over low/middle tier guys (O’Brien, Rothwell, Nelson), and then as soon as he makes his way back up to top tier guys, he drops 4 in a row (Fedor, Rodgers, Bigfoot Silva, and Kharitonov). And the fight should not have been ruled a no contest, that’s just you looking for an excuse as to why “Big County” lost.

      Secondly, the Monson fight was after the Arlovski fight, so if you are going to use the Arlovski fight as a agrument for being in the top 10 HW, you have to consider the Monson fight as a counter-argument.

      Third, My whole argument is settled simply by looking at “Big Country’s” complete record of opposition. If you were to take all 21 of his opponents and put them in order of best to worst. I can strongly argue that the 6 defeats that he has on his record are the best 6 guys on his opponent list, meaning he is beating who he is suppose to beat but can not pull off the victories to get him to the next level.

      Lastly, I want to state again, I like “Big County” fights, I think they are entertaining, but entertaining does not equal rank. As soon as he can prove that he can win that big fight against a name opponent, I will be the first to proclaim his greatness. But that we not happen if he does not improve his cardio. Until then he is a mid-level fighter that can take punches and has heart.

      Like I said before, reminds me a lot of Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, with better BJJ skills.

  • Mario

    @ omcclave

    “you kinda dont have a point with big country”

    That makes no sense, bro. Your argument for Roy Nelson being in the top ten is hilarious. Fedor in defeat is STILL better than Roy Nelson. But that aside, you must either be blind, or Roy Nelson’s close relative, cause there ain’t no reason for him being in the top ten. Be realistic if you can.

  • dandesmond

    I’ve got a few issues with these listings.

    1. I agree Brock should be off if he isn’t fighting for ages.

    2. Gilbert shouldnt be #1 lightweight. Edgar should still own that, especially for facing MUCH tougher competition.

    3. How is Jake number 3 in WW? I’d put Nick Diaz above him, especially for his superb fight with Daley.

    4. Rashad shouldn’t be as high as he is due to being inactive. Rampage has won 2 fights since then and is fighting the champ, so I think he should be above Rashad (and Rashad hasn’t fought since May 2010!)

  • omcclave

    The andrea fight is bs, Ask anyone. And he went on to a five fight winning streak with guys like werdum nelson and rothwell. And his most reason fights are against the number two and number 5 hw in the world and he faired very well against them. No one has given jds as good of a fight as bc period and jds may be the best hw in a couple of month. I went to that fight live and you have no idea how happy jds was when that fight was over. Roy landed some nice shots on him. The mir fight was def a mir win but mir broke a jaw and ribs to pick up a win. I guy who is that competetive against two top five hw has to at least get a look at for top ten statues.