MMA Top 10 Rankings: Is Rory MacDonald the Next Georges St-Pierre?

December 12, 2012
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The updated World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted men’s weight classes and the Top 10 pound-for-pound women fighters.

Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to 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.

Notes: Dan Henderson and Brian Bowles recently joined Dominick Cruz as fighters ineligible for consideration because they haven’t fought in more than a year. Frankie Edgar has been removed from the lightweight rankings due to his scheduled fight at featherweight.

(Fighter’s previous ranking is in parenthesis.)

Below are the current World MMA Rankings:

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND (all weight classes)
1. Ronda Rousey (1)
2. Miesha Tate (2)
3. Jessica Aguilar (3)
4. Sarah Kaufman (4)
5. Megumi Fujii (5)
6. Marloes Coenen (6)
7. Jessica Penne (7)
8. Rosi Sexton (8)
9. Alexis Davis (9)
10. Sara McMann (10)

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)
1. Junior dos Santos (1)
2. Cain Velasquez (2)
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
4. Fabricio Werdum (4)
5. Frank Mir (5)
6. Josh Barnett (6)
7. Stefan Struve (7)
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (8)
9. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (9)
10. Travis Browne (10)

1. Jon Jones (1)
2. Rashad Evans (2)
3. Lyoto Machida (4)
4. Phil Davis (5)
5. Alexander Gustafsson (6)
6. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (3)
7. Gegard Mousasi (7)
8. James Te Huna (8)
9. Ryan Bader (9)
10. Glover Teixeira (10)

1. Anderson Silva (1)
2. Michael Bisping (2)
3. Vitor Belfort (3)
4. Chris Weidman (4)
5. Tim Boetsch (5)
6. Mark Munoz (6)
7. Alan Belcher (7)
8. Brian Stann (8)
9. Yushin Okami (9)
10. Luke Rockhold (10)

1. Georges St-Pierre (1)
2. Johny Hendricks (2)
3. Carlos Condit (3)
4. Martin Kampmann (4)
5. Jake Ellenberger (5)
6. Rory MacDonald (9)
7. Josh Koscheck (6)
8. Jon Fitch (7)
9. Diego Sanchez (8)
10. Ben Askren (10)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155-pound limit)
1. Benson Henderson (1)
2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
3. Gray Maynard (3)
4. Anthony Pettis (4)
5. Nate Diaz (5)
6. Michael Chandler (6)
7. Eddie Alvarez (7)
8. Clay Guida (8)
9. Donald Cerrone (9)
10. Shinya Aoki (10)

1. Jose Aldo (1)
2. Chad Mendes (2)
3. Erik Koch (3)
4. Chan Sung Jung (4)
5. Ricardo Lamas (5)
6. Hatsu Hioki (6)
7. Dustin Poirier (7)
8. Pat Curran (8)
9. Cub Swanson (9)
10. Daniel Straus (10)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
1. Renan Barão (1)
2. Michael McDonald (2)
3. Urijah Faber (3)
4. Brad Pickett (4)
5. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
6. Masakatsu Ueda (6)
7. Raphael Assuncao (10)
8. Eddie Wineland (7)
9. Mike Easton (8)
10. Marcos Galvao (9)

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 pounds or less)
1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
3. John Dodson (3)
4. Ian McCall (4)
5. Jussier da Silva (5)
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (6)
7. Darrell Montague (7)
8. Mamoru Yamaguchi (8)
9. John Moraga (9)
10. Chris Cariaso (10)

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  • George Sperry

    Shouldn’t Frankie Edgar be ranked somewhere? Removed from Lightweight rankings because of a SCHEDULED fight at Featherweight? He hasn’t fought as a FW yet and he’s better than most of the 145 and 155 pounders.

    • Markz

      Same thing with Sonnen

      • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

        so must happen the same with Clay Guida

      • Jake Simmons

        Sonnen lost twice to the GOAT, …. So that means he’s removed from the rankings entirely??

        • BobLemons

          No, he’s moved up to LHW that’s why he’s removed.

      • Timothy Malone

        They shouldnt be ranked in a division they havent fought in for years if ever, and its pointless to rank them in a division they dont plan on competing in anymore. Just wait awhile.

  • Joey

    Nothing from Gilbert’s last two fights make him deserving of the number two spot in that ultra competitive Lightweight division. The dude almost lost to Josh Thompson for gods sake.

    He fought Shinya Aoki in 2010 and Clay Guida in 2006. That’s about all he has for quality wins.

    • ti

      Hendricks almost lost to koscheck i guess he’s not number two either

      • kooolout

        JH beat John Fitch, Josh K, Martin K in the last year to get #2. Gilbert AS Joey said only beat Aoki in 2010. Who else has he fought that was ranked? He is still a great fighter but #2 is pushing it until he fights some top 10 competitors.

      • Joey

        hmm pretty weak comparison.

        Lets see Koscheck has fought GSP (top 2 p4p fighters in the world) twice, Matt Hughes (a legend, granted past his prime, but a legend nonetheless), Diego Sanchez, Anthony Johnson and Paul Daley. All of which were in the UFC and I would hardly say Hendricks “barely” beat him. Not to mention Hendricks knocked out Jon Fitch (challenged for the title against GSP) and Martin Kampmann in less than a minute. Thats far and away more impressive than anything Gilbert has done in his career.

        Plus comparing someone “barely” beating Josh Thompson to barely beating Josh Koscheck isnt even an argument. Koscheck has fought at the highest level damn near his whole career while Thompson, not so much.

  • Anthony Lopez

    Do not agree with Phil Davis still being ranked over Gustafson. Their fight was a while back and Alexander has been on a much more impressive tear since then. Phil Davis is mayyybe top 5. Gustaf is top 3 for sure.

    • Anthony Lopez

      Also, Nate Diaz gets absolutely crushed and stays at 5? I’m not feelin this lol

  • kennybro

    can’t wait for the top 10 middleweights to start fighting again. no changes, no surprise.

  • HighlandStyle

    I just can’t believe nobody is talking about Bisbing being ranked #2! He’s lost 3 of his last 9 and has yet to beat any top contenders. I see him ranked #5 at best.

  • Denny Swain

    Jon jones will be knocked out by alexander gustafsson.
    anderson silva will continue to duck chris weidman