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8/13/12 3:54:35PM
Hello everyone, I am new to the site and I am enjoying all of the options that are available out here. I thought that I would post these rankings for you all. I hope you all enjoy this.

Updated Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Top 25 World MMA Rankings by Mac Greene

These rankings span 13 weight-classes, including 8 men’s and 5 women’s divisions and a top 10 pound-for-pound for both genders. I am sure there are quality fighters at the lighter weights and women’s divisions that I am not yet aware of. I do not have the resources that many of the major MMA websites do, so I can only rank fighters that I follow.


Notes: Please keep in mind that retired fighters and those in the men’s divisions that announce a move to another weight-class will no longer be ranked in their previous division, as the major organizations usually force fighters to focus on one at a time. The women’s divisions are different, since most of the top female fighters compete outsidde of major promotions, they are allowed to be ranked in more than one division as it is more common for them to jump between weight-classes especially in the case of 145. This may change with InvictaFC now grabbing up many of the top fighters on the women’s circuit.

Fighters will not gain ranks based on their championship status, #1 contender status, organization or name value The status of the previous titleholder is what usually pushes most fighters to the #1 spot. Example, depending on the depth in the division, if you are not ranked in the top 25 of a weight-class it will be hard for you to move to the #1 slot with only one big win, it may be enough for you to crack the top 10 or even the top 5, again, depending on the depth of the division. You do not automatically take over the spot of the fighter you just defeated or jump ahead of them in the rankings.

Holding a win over a top fighter within your division may keep him or her from jumping you soon after, but depending on the success of the fighter and competition they have faced since that point may allow for them to jump ahead of you later on. These rankings are also not based on who I think would beat who, but who I believe deserves the rank based on what they’ve done in the cage, or ring.

Pound-for-pound rankings are mythical but very fun to do. A loss in a division may not give the individual that defeated you automatic entry into the PFP rankings. Example, Ellenberger’s win over Shields, Shields is ranked for what he’s been able to do both at WW and MW, while Ellenberger has not done enough to warrant a PFP ranking. Another example would be Hendricks/Fitch, while Hendricks is ranked above Fitch at 170, both because of his previous high ranking, and the 2nd biggest win you can get in the division. He has not done enough to be ranked in the PFP just yet.

Lastly, moving up in the ranks of a division depends on a few things, your performance within a fight, win streak, finishing rate and competition level. Example, Alves does not drop very far in the WW ranks because of a strong performance in his loss to Kampann, and Boetsch is not able to move higher up the MW ranks because it was a come-back victory. Just because you fight in a certain organization does not mean that you have faced better competition than someone outside of ZUFFA/Bellator in every case.

Example, half of the fighters ranked in the men’s FW, BW and most in the FLW divisions aren’t under ZUFFA or Bellator contracts, so it would be easier for fighters in other promotions to make claim to a much higher placement in those weight-classes, this would be much harder to pull off in divisions like LW or WW. Name value does not mean a quality win in every case. Depending on the depth of a weight-class, a fighter with few quality wins may be able to sneak into the top 20. Keep all of this in mind before calling me crazy, LoL.

Moving Up In The Ranks:
-Competition Level
-Win Streak
-Finishing Rate
-Performance Within A Fight

I Do Not Rank Based On:
-Championship Status
-#1 Contender Status
-Name Value

Exclusion From Rankings:
-2 Years Of Inactivity
Missing Weight In Back-To-Back Fights
-Fighting In Another Weight-Class (Men)
-Announcing A Move To Another Weight-Class (Men)

Men’s Divisions: (Top 25)

Heavyweight (206-266lbs)
#1. Junior dos Santos
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Daniel Cormier
6. Frank Mir
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Josh Barnett
9. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva
10. Shane Carwin
11. Travis Browne
12. Mark Hunt
13. Stefan Struve
14. Cheick Kongo
15. Gabriel Gonzaga
16. Roy “Big Country” Nelson
17. Brendan Schaub
18. Sergei Kharitonov
19. Mike Russow
20. Ben Rothwell
21. Lavar “Big” Johnson
22. Stipe Miocic
23. Shane Del Rosario
24. Cole Konrad
25. Vitaly Minakov

Notes: JDS stays at the top of the HW division, successfully defending his crown for the first time since dethroning Velasquez back in November. Strikforce champ Daniel Cormier moves into the #5 spot with his dominant performance in the Grand Prix Final and Mir’s loss to JDS.

Light Heavyweight (186-206lbs)
#1. Jon “Bones” Jones
2. Dan “Hendo” Henderson
3. “Suga” Rashad Evans
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
5. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida
6. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
7. Alexander Gustafsson
8. Phil Davis
9. Forrest Griffin
10. Ryan Bader
11. Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante
12. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
13. Gegard Mousasi
14. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
15. Thiago Silva
16. Vladimir Matyushenko
17. Stanislav Nedkov
18. Glover Teixeira
19. Stephan Bonnar
20. Ryan Jimmo
21. James Te Huna
22. Travis Wiuff
23. Igor Pokrajac
24. Jan Blachowicz
25. Attila Vegh

Notes: Jon Jones remains at the top of the division. “Hendo moves up to #2 with Evans’ loss to Jones and an epic win over “Shogun” Rua. Machida and Jackson are barely holding on to their placings, dropping multiple fights in their last 5 octagon appearances. Davis stays in the top 10 after the Evans loss, while Gustafsson continues a fast rise up the ranks.

Middleweight (171-186lbs)
#1. Anderson “The Spider” Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Chris Weidman
4. Michael “The Count” Bisping
5. Tim Boetsch
6. Yushin Okami
7. Mark Muñoz
8. Brian Stann
9. Luke Rockhold
10. Alan “The Talent” Belcher
11. Rousimar Palhares
12. “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort
13. Hector Lombard
14. Alexander Shlemenko
15. Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza
16. Chris “The Crippler” Leben
17. Mamed Khalidov
18. Tim Kennedy
19. Ronny Markes
20. Wanderlei Silva
21. Constantinos Philippou
22. Ed Herman
23. Maiquel Goncalves
24. Francis Carmont
25. Antonio Neto

Notes: Chael Sonnen does not lose his placing, his performance in the fight with Silva was enough for him to hold on to #2. Weidman showed that his win over Maia was not a fluke, dominating former #3 Muñoz to crack the top 5. Tim Boetsch can also make the claim that he is a top 5 Middleweight, with wins over Okami and former Bellator 185 King Lombard in his last 2 Octagon appearances Tim slides in to #5.

Welterweight (156-171lbs)
#1. Georges “RUSH” St. Pierre
2. Carlos Condit
3. Johny Hendricks
4. Jon Fitch
5. Martin “Hitman” Kampmann
6. Jake Ellenberger
7. Josh Koscheck
8. Diego Sanchez
9. Rick “Horror” Story
10. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves
11. Ben Askren
12. Rory MacDonald
13. Erick Silva
14. Charlie Brenneman
15. Siyar Bahadurzada
16. Douglas Lima
17. Paulo Thiago
18. Nate “The Great” Marquardt
19. Jay Hieron
20. Demian Maia
21. Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley
22. Dong Hyun Kim
23. Mike Pierce
24. Karl Amoussou
25. Mike Pyle

Notes: Hendricks claims the #2 spot with the knockout of pound-for-pounder Jon Fitch and edging top 10 staple, Josh Koscheck. Fitch moves up to the 4 slot with Ellenberger’s loss to Kampmann who takes #5. The victory over former MFC WW king Douglas Lima and Brenneman’s loss to Team Nogueira’s Erick Silva allows Askren to continue his climb up the welterweight ladder. Both Silva and Bahadurzada take the #13 and #15 spots, respectively. Jake Shields has been removed from the rankings at 170, recently stating that he plans to return to middleweight for his next fight.

Lightweight (146-156lbs)
#1. Benson Henderson
2. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar
3. Gray “The Bully” Maynard
4. Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez
5. Nathan Diaz
6. Michael Chandler
7. Eddie Alvarez
8. Jim Miller
9. Shinya Aoki
10. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida
11. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis
12. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
13. Joe Lauzon
14. Gleison Tibau
15. Melvin Guillard
16. Rafael dos Anjos
17. Paul Sass
18. Khabib Nurmagomedov
19. Jamie Varner
20. Evan Dunham
21. Edson Barboza
22. Jacob Volkmann
23. Rick Hawn
24. Ronys Torres
25. George Sotiropoulos

Notes: Diaz jumps into the top 5 with the Miller win. Chandler moves into the 6 slot with Aoki’s loss to Alvarez and finds himself barely hanging on to the placing with Eddie picking up a huge win at Bellator 66. AMA’s Jim Miller and DREAM’s Aoki do not drop far however, but need solid wins to keep pace in the division.

Featherweight (136-146lbs)
#1. José Aldo
2. Pat Curran
3. Erik “New Breed” Koch
4. Chad Mendes
5. Daniel Straus
6. Hatsu Hioki
7. Chan Sung Jung
8. Ricardo Lamas
9. Diego Nuñes
10. Patricio “Pitbull” Freiré
11. Dennis Siver
12. Marlon Sandro
13. Hiroyuki Takaya
14. Hacran Dias
15. Dustin Poirier
16. Iuri Alcantara
17. Robert Peralta
18. Eddie Yagin
19. Tatsuya Kawajiri
20. Darren Elkins
21. Cub Swanson
22. Charles Oliveira
23. Mark “The Machine” Hominick
24. Manny Gamburyan
25. Alexandre “Popo”Bezerra

Notes: Straus claims #5 after capturing Bellator’s Season 6 Tournament Championship, capping the run with a decision win over Marlon Sandro. Hioki slides down to the 6 slot after dropping a decision to Ricardo Lamas. Jung continues to climb the FW ranks, cracking the top 10 with his submission of Dustin Poirier.

Bantamweight (126-136lbs)
#1. Dominick Cruz
2. Renan “Barão” Pegado
3. Urijah Faber
4. Brian Bowles
5. Eduardo Dantas
6. Michael McDonald
7. Bibiano Fernandes
8. Scott Jorgensen
9. Brad “One Punch” Pickett
10. Miguel Torres
11. Luis Nogueira
12. Antonio Banuelos
13. Eddie Wineland
14. Marcos Galvão
15. Takeya Mizugaki
16. Masakatsu Ueda
17. Zach Makovsky
18. Travis Marx
19. Mike Easton
20. Ivan Menjivar
21. Alexis Vila
22. Raphael Assuncão
23. Rodolfo Diniz
24. Yves Jabouin
25. Leandro Issa

Notes: Dantas, MacDonald and Fernandes all move up with the Jorgensen loss who moves down to #8. With the win Wineland climbs up to #13 dispite dropping 2 straight prior to his 2nd round stoppage of Scott Jorgensen. Pickett gets back on track, claiming #9 with his victory over Page. Nogueira finds himself just outside of the top 10 but needs a couple big wins to actually crack the listing.

Flyweight (116-126lbs)
#1.Joseph Benavidez
2. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
3. Ian McCall
4. Jussier da Silva
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani
6. Mamoru Yamaguchi
7. Darrell Montague
8. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima
9. José “No Chance” Tomé
10. Fumihiro Kitahara
11. Haruo Ochi
12. Dustin Ortiz
13. John Dodson
14. John Moraga
15. Louis Gaudinot
16. Rambaa Somdet
17. Tim Elliot
18. Alexandre Passidomo
19. Kiyotaka Shimizu
20. Dileno Lopes
21. Ulysses Gomez
22. Sean Santella
23. Danny Martinez
24. Chris Cariaso
25. Tatsuya Watanabe

Notes: A new #1 comes in the form of Joseph Benavidez who claims the spot with a combination of a victory over former #2 Urushitani and after McCall finds himself on the wrong side of a close decision. Johnson debuts at #2 and looks ahead to a flyweight title bout with Benavidez later this year to crown the UFC’s first 125 pound champion.

#1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Anderson Silva
3. Jon Jones
4. José Aldo
5. Dominick Cruz
6. Dan Henderson
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Jon Fitch
9. Jake Shields
10. Rashad Evans

Notes: GSP and Silva continue their battle for #1 PFP, now there’s another player in town. With wins over 5 of the top 10 rated LHWs, 4 of whom previously holding the division’s crown, 3 of whom formerly rated in the PFP rankings, JBJ has a real case for any placing in the top 3. While he may have 2 losses under the UFC banner, GSP comes in at #1 due to not only consistently facing better competition than Silva, or his impressive resume that includes several victories over former and current pound-for-pounders, but dominating what most consider the top division in the UFC, or at the very least #2. While not showing the finishing ability of Silva as of late, his dominance over one of the most stacked weight-classes in the sport keeps him slightly ahead of both Silva and Jones.

Women’s Divisions: (Top 25)

Featherweight (136-146lbs)
#1. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
2. Marloes Coenen
3. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
4. Amanda Nuñes
5. Milana Dudieva
6. Yuko “Hiroko” Yamanaka
7. Elaina Maxwell
8. Yana Kunitskaya
9. Rin Nakai
10. Romy Ruyssen
11. Cindy Dandois
12. Ediane Gomes
13. Julia Budd
14. Ashley Sanchez
15. Kaitlin Young
16. Lauren Taylor
17. Leslie Smith
18. Shana Nelson
19. Sarah D’Alelio
20. Elina Nilsson
21. Fiona Muxlow
22. Danielle West
23. Andria Caplan
24. Julia Griffin
25. Adrienne Seiber

Notes: No one comes close to challenging “Cyborg” at 145, and none seem to want to. It shows the thiness of the division when 6 of the top 10 rated fighters also compete at BW, and the majortiy of the division’s top 20 could easily drop down to 135 or lower. With that said, the division still has some solid prospects but needs quality 145ers to bring depth to the weight-class.

Bantamweight (126-136lbs)
#1. Sarah Kaufman
2. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
3. Sara McMann
4. Miesha “Takedown” Tate
5. Alexis Davis
6. Marloes Coenen
7. Shayna Baszler
8. Amanda Nuñes
9. Julie Kedzie
10. Sarah D’Alelio
11. Vanessa Porto
12. Hitomi Akano
13. Liz Carmouche
14. Roxanne Modafferi
15. Tonya Evinger
16. Kaitlin Young
17. Rin Nakai
18. Milana Dudieva
19. Claudia Gadelha
20. Leslie Smith
21. Raquel Pennington
22. Holly Holm
23. Raquel Pa’aluhi
24. Juliana Aguiar
25. Sarah Moras

Notes: Rousey moves into the #2 spot with her armbar submission of former Strikeforce champion Tate, but does not have enough experience or big wins at BW to take #1. That rating belongs to Sarah Kaufman, who also holds a win over Tate, as well as many top fighters within the weight-class. Rousey will have to defeat the once beaten Kaufman before claiming her spot at the top of the division. McMann earns the #3 spot by barely edging out long-time top 10 staple, Shayna Baszler at InvictaFC 2. Modafferi may be on a sizable losing streak but the majority of those losses have come outside of the division.

Flyweight (116-126lbs)
#1. Tara LaRosa
2. Rosi Sexton
3. Zoila Gurgel
4. Cat Zingano
5. Sheila Gaff
6. Munah Holland
7. Barb Honchak
8. Aisling Daly
9. Jessica Eye
10. Carina Damm
11. “Slick” Sally Krumdiack
12.. Carla Esparza
13. Takayo Hashi
14. Hanna Sillen
15. Marianna Kheyfets
16. Claudia Gadelha
17. Maiju Kujala
18. Angela Magaña
19. Jasminka Cive
20. Jennifer Maia
21. Kalindra Faria
22. Reyna Cordoba
23. Michelle Ould
24. Kate Jackson
25. Kinberly Novaes

Notes: One of the top fighters in the women’s divisions for more than 8 years LaRosa has proven to be the top 125 pound fighter in the world. Rosi Sexton reclaims the 2 slot with a unanimous decision win over Aisling Daly at CWFC 47. Gurgel’s knockout of Sexton keeps her in the top 5, a loss that remains Sexton’s only defeat at the weight. Zingano and Gaff hold strong at #4 and #5, respectively. Holland makes a dash for the 6 slot with back-to-back knockouts of Kheyfets and Damm.

Strawweight (106-116lbs)
#1. Jessica “JAG” Aguilar
2. Megumi Fujii
3. Ayaka Hamasaki
4. Zoila Gurgel
5. Seo Hee Ham
6. Katja Kankaanpää
7. Mei Yamaguchi
8. Carla Esparza
9. Kyoko Takabayashi
10. Yuka Tsuji
11. Felice Herrig
12. Lisa Ellis
13. Saori Ishioka
14. Sanja Sucevic
15. “Little” Patricia Vidonic
16. Tomomi Sunaba
17. Lena Ovchynnikova
18. Karla Benitez
19. Joanne Calderwood
20. Emi Fujino
21. Sarah Schnieder
22. Ashley Cummins
23. Ayame Miura
24. Mizuki Inoue
25. Chelsea Colarelli

Notes: ATT’s Jessica Aguilar comes in at #1 this month coming off of a huge win at Bellator 69, outpointing Fujii to take a split decision. #3 Hamasaki continues to roll, pushing her unbeaten streak to 8-0 with her first round stoppage of Tsuji and submission of Lacey Schuckman. Posting 3 top 10 wins in as many months back in 2010, Gurgel stays in the top 5 but risks removal from the rankings due to inactivity.

Atomweight: (96-106lbs)
#1. Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama
2. Kikuyo Ishikawa
3. Michelle Waterson
4. Jessica Penne
5. Yasuko Tamada
6. Stephanie Frausto
7. Lisa Ellis
8. Misaki Takimoto
9. Amy Davis
10. Naoko Omuro
11. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
12. Sadae Suzumura
13. Sachiko Yamamoto
14. Diana Rael
15. Angelica Chavez
16. Yukiko Seki
17. Shino VanHoose
18. Fukuko Hamada
19. “Lightning” Liz McCarthy
20. Megumi Morioka
21. Cassie Rodish
22. Miyoko Kusaka
23. Kayo Nagayasu
24. Jodie Esquibel
25. Mamiko Mizoguchi

Notes: Jewels Queen Sugiyama takes the top spot in the class, unbeaten at the weight. Jackson MMA’s Waterson comes in at #3 most recently stopping Diana Rael via submission. Bellator veteran Jessica Penne has found immediate success in a new weight class, stopping fellow BFC vet Ellis in the 3rd. The Once beaten Penne cracks the top 5, coming in at #4, also holding a win over Rael, Stephanie Frausto rounds out the top 5. Rael does not lose her ranking because the bout with Ellis was contested at 110 which is technically Strawweight.

#1. Tara LaRosa
2. Sarah Kaufman
3. Jessica Aguilar
4. Megumi Fujii
5. Cristiane Santos
6. Ronda Rousey
7. Miesha Tate
8. Marloes Coenen
9. Zoila Gurgel
10. Rosi Sexton

Notes: Tara LaRosa continues to roll on, with wins over quality fighters from multiple weight-classes, she comes in at #1. Sarah Kaufman is not only one of the best 135ers in the world, but one of the best female fighters currently competing, her resume speaks for itself. Jessica Aguilar has been a quality strawweight for years, she finally made it to the top of the division in May we she outpointed Megumi Fujii, that win earns her the #3 spot.
8/13/12 4:31:27PM
Damn bro, did you write that up yourself?
8/13/12 4:46:42PM
I'll be that douche, Sanchez moved back to LW.
8/13/12 6:32:41PM
Atomweight = Cockpuppet Weight?
8/13/12 6:37:45PM

Posted by infestructure

Atomweight = Cockpuppet Weight?

8/13/12 9:22:17PM
Where is Nick Diaz? Don't tell me he didn't deserve a top 25 spot.
8/14/12 9:01:25AM
Yes sir, I update them monthly forgot to add the updated LHW rankings though, Lyoto is four and Shogun is five btw. Thanks.
8/14/12 9:03:38AM

Posted by MALICE

Where is Nick Diaz? Don't tell me he didn't deserve a top 25 spot.

Notes: Please keep in mind that retired fighters and those in the men’s divisions that announce a move to another weight-class will no longer be ranked in their previous division
I think he still counts as retired...obviously there is an error with Sanchez, as mentioned for similar reasons.
Bisping #4
8/14/12 9:06:44AM
Diaz was not ranked because he said that he's retiring, which is one of the ways you get removed from the listing. I will place him back in the rankings once he officially announces that he's returning, I know he's talking about fighting Silva, but I don't know how to take that, lol.
8/14/12 8:51:09PM
Damn. That's quite the list! BTW, your name reminds me of MacGyver, therefore I think you should officially change your name to MacGyver.
8/14/12 10:11:59PM

Hendricks claims the #2 spot....

you have him at #3
8/15/12 6:58:56AM
Just wanted to say for all of the hard work, don't have time to go through it but I'm sure that it took some effort to rank so many fighters.
8/16/12 10:50:57PM

Posted by MacTVOR

Diaz was not ranked because he said that he's retiring, which is one of the ways you get removed from the listing. I will place him back in the rankings once he officially announces that he's returning, I know he's talking about fighting Silva, but I don't know how to take that, lol.

That's right. I forgot he supposedly retired. Everyone knows he was just upset and will return. I was thinking he was out due to his suspension and completely forgot the whole retirement BS.
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