MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, August 29. This system ranks the top ten MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the six largest weight classes, as voted on by MMAWeekly.

We take into consideration 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.

As always, fighters who are currently serving drug-related suspensions are not eligible for top ten consideration.

Fighters must also have fought within the past 12 months in a weight class in order to be eligible for consideration.  As such, Dan Henderson – who has not fought in the middleweight division since his loss to Kazuo Misaki on August 26, 2006 – is not currently eligible for consideration in the middleweight rankings.

Here are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of August 29.


HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION  (over 205 pounds)

#1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World:  Fedor Emelianenko

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

3. Mirko Cro Cop

4. Josh Barnett

5. Randy Couture

6. Gabriel Gonzaga

7. Tim Sylvia

8. Andrei Arlovski

9. Fabricio Werdum

10. Aleksander Emelianenko



#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World:  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

2. Quinton Jackson

3. Chuck Liddell

4. Dan Henderson

5. Wanderlei Silva

6. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

7. Ricardo Arona

8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

9. Tito Ortiz

10. Kazuhiro Nakamura


MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION  (185-pound limit)

#1 Middleweight Fighter in the World:  Anderson Silva

2. Paulo Filho

3. Matt Lindland

4. Rich Franklin

5. Denis Kang

6. Nathan Marquardt

7. Robbie Lawler

8. Kazuo Misaki

9. Frank Trigg

10. Jeremy Horn


WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION  (170-pound limit)

#1 Welterweight Fighter in the World:  Matt Serra

2. Georges St. Pierre

3. Matt Hughes

4. Josh Koscheck

5. Karo Parisyan

6. Diego Sanchez

7. Jon Fitch

8. Jake Shields

9. Carlos Condit

10. Akira Kikuchi


LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION  (160-pound limit)

#1 Lightweight Fighter in the World:  Takanori Gomi

2. Hayato Sakurai

3. Gilbert Melendez

4. Tatsuya Kawajiri

5. Shinya Aoki

6. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro

7. Joachim Hansen

8. Joe Stevenson

9. Mitsuhiro Ishida

10. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto


FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION  (145 pounds and under)

#1 Featherweight Fighter in the World:  Akitoshi Tamura

2. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue

3. Antonio Carvalho

4. Hatsu Hioki

5. Urijah Faber

6. Masakazu Imanari

7. Jeff Curran

8. Yoshiro Maeda

9. Tenkei Fujimiya

10. Daiki “DJ” Hata