December 22, 2009
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MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Dec. 23. 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 his 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.

Below are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of Dec. 23.


HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)

#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Fedor Emelianenko

2. Brock Lesnar

3. Frank Mir

4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

5. Cain Velasquez

6. Junior Dos Santos

7. Brett Rogers

8. Shane Carwin

9. Fabricio Werdum

10. Alistair Overeem



#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Lyoto Machida

2. Rashad Evans

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

4. Quinton Jackson

5. Anderson Silva

6. Gegard Mousasi

7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

8. Forrest Griffin

9. Thiago Silva

10. Jon Jones



#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva

2. Nathan Marquardt

3. Vitor Belfort

4. Dan Henderson

5. Jake Shields

6. Robbie Lawler

7. Kazuo Misaki

8. Yoshihiro Akiyama

9. Demian Maia

10. Chael Sonnen



#1 Welterweight Fighter in the World: Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Josh Koscheck

5. Matt Hughes

6. Paul Daley

7. Dan Hardy

8. Paulo Thiago

9. Martin Kampmann

10. Carlos Condit


LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: B.J. Penn

2. Shinya Aoki

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Kenny Florian

5. Tatsuya Kawajiri

6. Joachim Hansen

7. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante

8. Frankie Edgar

9. Gray Maynard

10. Gilbert Melendez



#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Jose Aldo

2. Mike Brown

3. Urijah Faber

4. Raphael Assuncao

5. Hatsu Hioki

6. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue

7. Manny Gamburyan

8. Leonard Garcia

9. Wagnney Fabiano

10. Bibiano Fernandes


BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Brian Bowles

2. Miguel Torres

3. Masakatsu Ueda

4. Akitoshi Tamura

5. Dominick Cruz

6. Damacio Page

7. Joseph Benavidez

8. Scott Jorgensen

9. Takeya Mizugaki

10. Brad Pickett

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