February 25, 2009
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MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, February 25. 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. Karo Parisyan is currently under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and ineligible for consideration.

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 February 25.


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. Gabriel Gonzaga

9. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

10. Brock Lesnar



#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. Keith Jardine

9. Wanderlei Silva

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. Carlos Condit

9. Nick Thompson

10. Mike Swick


LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: Shinya Aoki

2. B.J. Penn

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Joachim Hansen

5. Tatsuya Kawajiri

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. Wagnney Fabiano

4. Hatsu Hioki

5. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue

6. Akitoshi Tamura

7. Hideki Kadowaki

8. Jeff Curran

9. Rafael Assuncao

10. Leonard Garcia


BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Miguel Torres

2. Brian Bowles

3. Masakatsu Ueda

4. Koetsu Okazaki

5. Marcos Galvao

6. Takeya Mizugaki

7. Will Ribeiro

8. Chase Beebe

9. Manny Tapia

10. Atsushi Yamamoto

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