MMA Top 10 Rankings: Cain Velasquez Takes Over Heavyweight Division

The latest World MMA Rankings were released on Thursday, October 28. 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 unless they have a bout scheduled within a reasonable time frame.

Below are the current World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of October 28.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)*
#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Shane Carwin
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Brett Rogers

#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Forrest Griffin
6. Ryan Bader
7. Jon Jones
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
9. Thiago Silva
10. Randy Couture

#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva
2. Nathan Marquardt
3. Demian Maia
4. Dan Henderson
5. Yushin Okami
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Jorge Santiago
8. Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza
9. Michael Bisping
10. Hector Lombard

#1 Welterweight Fighter in the World: Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Thiago Alves
6. Paul Daley
7. Nick Diaz
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Matt Hughes

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Shinya Aoki
4. Gray Maynard
5. B.J. Penn
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Kenny Florian
9. Ben Henderson
10. Jim Miller

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Jose Aldo
2. Manny Gamburyan
3. Mike Brown
4. Urijah Faber
5. Josh Grispi
6. Marlon Sandro
7. Diego Nunes
8. Michihiro Omigawa
9. Bibiano Fernandes
10. Joe Warren

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Dominick Cruz
2. Brian Bowles
3. Scott Jorgensen
4. Joseph Benavidez
5. Miguel Torres
6. Damacio Page
7. Takeya Mizugaki
8. Brad Pickett
9. Masakatsu Ueda
10. Antonio Banuelos

(*UPDATED at 8:30 p.m. PT on Oct. 28 to correct Heavyweight Rankings. The Heavyweight Rankings were listed correctly in our Top 10 section, but mistakenly out of order when this article was originally published.)