The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters.
Though he’s been sidelined because of shoulder surgery, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley currently sits atop the Welterweight MMA Top 10 Rankings. Woodley is coming off of back-to-back wins over Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson in 2017, but plans to be back in the Octagon in late summer to put his belt on the line.
Knocking on the door is interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington, who defeated Rafael dos Anjos to take a major leap up the rankings and cement a shot at Woodley to unify their belts.
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. The divisional rankings put a particular emphasis on recent results, while a fighter’s career, particularly if he or she has fought in multiple weight classes, adds considerable weight to the pound-for-pound ranking.
Fighters who are currently serving a drug-related suspension are not eligible for MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of said suspension.
Though we don’t have a strict timeline for fighters to compete, an athlete’s inactivity can also have an effect upon his or her MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration.
Men’s Welterweight MMA Top 10 Rankings
- Tyron Woodley
- Colby Covington (5)
- Stephen Thompson (2)
- Rafael Dos Anjos (3)
- Darren Till (NR)
- Robbie Lawler (4)
- Rory MacDonald (6)
- Kamaru Usman (7)
- Demian Maia (8)
- Neil Magny (9)
*Previous ranking in parentheses