- WORLD MMA RANKINGS: BANTAMWEIGHTS DEBUT!

October 22, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, October 22. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world – now in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

This week, the Bantamweight fighters make their debut as part of the MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings. The Bantamweights are classified as athletes that compete at a weight of 135 pounds or less. Leading the initial charge for the class is World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres.

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 October 22.

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HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)

#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Fedor Emelianenko

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

3. Josh Barnett

4. Andrei Arlovski

5. Tim Sylvia

6. Fabricio Werdum

7. Gabriel Gonzaga

8. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

9. Aleksander Emelianenko

10. Sergei Kharitonov

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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)

#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Forrest Griffin

2. Quinton Jackson

3. Lyoto Machida

4. Rashad Evans

5. Chuck Liddell

6. Wanderlei Silva

7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

8. Keith Jardine

9. Rich Franklin

10. Thiago Silva

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MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)

#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva

2. Paulo Filho

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Matt Lindland

5. Kazuo Misaki

6. Yushin Okami

7. Nathan Marquardt

8. Dan Henderson

9. Gegard Mousasi

10. Yoshihiro Akiyama

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WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)

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

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Josh Koscheck

5. Jake Shields

6. Matt Hughes

7. Matt Serra

8. Diego Sanchez

9. Carlos Condit

10. Karo Parisyan

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LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

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

2. Takanori Gomi

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Shinya Aoki

5. Joachim Hansen

6. Tatsuya Kawajiri

7. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante

8. Mitsuhiro Ishida

9. Josh Thomson

10. Joe Stevenson

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FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145-pound limit)

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Urijah Faber

2. Akitoshi Tamura

3. Hideki Kadowaki

4. Hatsu Hioki

5. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue

6. Mike Brown

7. Jeff Curran

8. Rafael Assuncao

9. Wagnney Fabiano

10. Antonio Carvalho

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BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

#1 Bantamweight Fighter in the World: Miguel Torres

2. Masakatsu Ueda

3. Brian Bowles

4. Koetsu Okazaki

5. Marcos Galvao

6. Takeya Mizugaki

7. Manny Tapia

8. Will Ribeiro

9. Chase Beebe

10. Atsushi Yamamoto

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