April 7, 2009
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by MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 8. 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. It has been more than 12 months since Koetsu Okazaki last competed. He is currently ineligible for Top 10 consideration.

Below are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of April 8.


HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)

#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Fedor Emelianenko

2. Josh Barnett

3. Frank Mir

4. Andrei Arlovski

5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

6. Randy Couture

7. Tim Sylvia

8. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

9. Brock Lesnar

10. Fabricio Werdum



#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Rashad Evans

2. Lyoto Machida

3. Forrest Griffin

4. Quinton Jackson

5. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

6. Chuck Liddell

7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

8. Wanderlei Silva

9. Keith Jardine

10. Thiago Silva



#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva

2. Robbie Lawler

3. Yushin Okami

4. Nathan Marquardt

5. Jorge Santiago

6. Dan Henderson

7. Gegard Mousasi

8. Vitor Belfort

9. Kazuo Misaki

10. Yoshihiro Akiyama



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

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Jake Shields

5. Josh Koscheck

6. Matt Hughes

7. Matt Serra

8. Martin Kampmann

9. Carlos Condit

10. Nick Thompson


LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: Shinya Aoki

2. B.J. Penn

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Tatsuya Kawajiri

5. Joachim Hansen

6. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante

7. Kenny Florian

8. Mitsuhiro Ishida

9. Josh Thomson

10. Satoru Kitaoka



#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Mike Brown

2. Urijah Faber

3. Hatsu Hioki

4. Wagnney Fabiano

5. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue

6. Jose Aldo

7. Raphael Assuncao

8. Nam Phan

9. Leonard Garcia

10. Antonio Carvalho


BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Miguel Torres

2. Brian Bowles

3. Masakatsu Ueda

4. Takeya Mizugaki

5. Akitoshi Tamura

6. Will Ribeiro

7. Damacio Page

8. Joseph Benavidez

9. Manny Tapia

10. Marcos Galvao

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