Entirely Indisputable World MMA Rankings

Original Publish Date: April 27, 2010 (3rd Edition)

Below is the third edition of our “Entirely Indisputable World MMA Rankings”. Now, we may be a bit biased, but, we think that these are the most accurate MMA rankings on the web today. A lot of work went into our MMA rankings – they were painstakingly compiled over multiple pints of beer. The process was simple without any complicated analysis – our rankings are based solely upon who would win if two fighters matched up in the near future. Some rankings take into account wins vs. losses, common opponents, strength of schedule, etc. Not ours! What you see is what you get – Lesnar would beat Barnett, King Mo would beat Franklin, Sonnen would beat Belfort… you get the idea. Comments and/or justification of the rankings at the end of each division.

Pound for Pound

#1 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Anderson Silva
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 26-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#2 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Georges St-Pierre
Country: Canada
MMA Record: 20-2
Current Organization: UFC
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#3 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Fedor Emelianenko
Country: Russia
MMA Record: 31-1 (1 NC)
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#4 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Jose Aldo
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 17-1
Current Organization: WEC
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#5 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Frankie Edgar
Country: United States
MMA Record: 12-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#6 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Mauricio Rua
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 18-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#7 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: BJ Penn
Country: United States
MMA Record: 15-6-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#8 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Lyoto Machida
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 16-0
Current Organization: UFC
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#9 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Brock Lesnar
Country: United States
MMA Record: 4-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#10 Ranked Pound for Pound
Name: Jake Shields
Country: United States
MMA Record: 25-4-1
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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Pound for Pound Comments: Anderson Silva is in dire need of a challenge – his boredom during fights is creating havoc for the UFC. Chael Sonnen thinks he might just be the man to restore order to Middleweight. Georges St-Pierre has now won seven in a row and has essentially cleaned out Welterweight. Fedor Emelianenko looks for his 29th win in a row against Fabricio Werdum on June 26. Jose Aldo dominated a very tough Urijah Faber at WEC 48 – he looks unstoppable at 145 lbs. Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn appear on the list and seem destined for a quick rematch – what was up with Penn? Shogun and Lyoto Machida will settle their arguments at UFC 113 on May 8 (smart money on Shogun?). Brock Lesnar makes his highly anticipated return against the heavy-handed Shane Carwin… what, no tune up match for Brock? Jake Shields rounds out the list… c’mon, admit it, you thought he had no chance against Hendo!

Heavyweight Division

#1 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Fedor Emelianenko
Country: Russia
MMA Record: 31-1 (1 NC)
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#2 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Brock Lesnar
Country: United States
MMA Record: 4-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#3 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Shane Carwin
Country: United States
MMA Record: 12-0
Current Organization: UFC
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#4 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Cain Velasquez
Country: United States
MMA Record: 8-0
Current Organization: UFC
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#5 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Junior dos Santos
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 11-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#6 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Josh Barnett
Country: United States
MMA Record: 26-5
Current Organization: Free Agent
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#7 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Frank Mir
Country: United States
MMA Record: 13-5
Current Organization: UFC
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#8 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 32-6-1 (1 NC)
Current Organization: UFC
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#9 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Fabricio Werdum
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 13-4-1
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#10 Ranked Heavyweight
Name: Brett Rogers
Country: United States
MMA Record: 10-1
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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Heavyweight Comments: After making quick work of Frank Mir, Shane Carwin is looking to take out a potentially rusty Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 on July 3. An impressive win by Carwin could catapult him to #1 in some eyes. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos continue to easily roll through their increasingly difficult opponents. Will Josh Barnett ever fight again? Has anyone heard from Frank Mir after his dismal performance against Carwin? Fabricio Werdum has a fantastic shot at superstardom against Fedor Emelianenko at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum on June 26. Brett Rogers will meet an increasingly scary Alistair Overeem at Strikeforce: St. Louis Heavy Artillery on May 15.

Light Heavyweight Division

#1 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Mauricio Rua
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 18-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#2 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Lyoto Machida
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 16-0
Current Organization: UFC
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#3 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Quinton Jackson
Country: United States
MMA Record: 30-7
Current Organization: UFC
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#4 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Rashad Evans
Country: United States
MMA Record: 14-1-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#5 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Muhammed Lawal
Country: United States
MMA Record: 7-0
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#6 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 18-3
Current Organization: UFC
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#7 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Jon Jones
Country: United States
MMA Record: 10-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#8 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Gegard Mousasi
Country: Armenia
MMA Record: 28-3-1
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#9 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Forrest Griffin
Country: United States
MMA Record: 17-6
Current Organization: UFC
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#10 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Name: Rich Franklin
Country: United States
MMA Record: 26-5
Current Organization: UFC
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Light Heavyweight Comments: Shogun gets a chance to prove that he is, in fact, the top Light Heavyweight when he rematches Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 on May 8. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal dominated a lethargic Gegard Mousasi in April… where was Mousasi’s takedown defense? Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans will finally settle their differences at UFC 114 on May 29. “Lil’ Nog” Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is a sizable favorite (-250ish) over former champ Forrest Griffin coming into UFC 114. Jon Jones has some nasty, nasty elbows, doesn’t he? Former Middleweight Rich Franklin steps in for the beleaguered Tito Ortiz to meet Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 on June 12.

Middleweight Division

#1 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Anderson Silva
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 26-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#2 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Jake Shields
Country: United States
MMA Record: 25-4-1
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#3 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Chael Sonnen
Country: United States
MMA Record: 25-10-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#4 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Nate Marquardt
Country: United States
MMA Record: 29-9-2
Current Organization: UFC
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#5 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Vitor Belfort
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 19-8
Current Organization: UFC
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#6 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Dan Henderson
Country: United States
MMA Record: 25-8
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#7 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Demian Maia
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 12-2
Current Organization: UFC
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#8 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Paulo Filho
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 19-1
Current Organization: Bitetti Combat, DREAM
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#9 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Robbie Lawler
Country: United States
MMA Record: 17-5
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#10 Ranked Middleweight
Name: Jorge Santiago
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 22-8
Current Organization: Sengoku
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Middleweight Comments: So much for Jake Shields being a “blown up Welterweight”, Shields made a believer out of Dana White and many others with his impressive win over Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville. Anderson Silva continues to obliterate his opponents and embarrass himself with his asinine in-cage antics. Demian Maia had absolutely nothing for the “Spider”, Chael Sonnen likely gets the next crack at him. Jorge Santiago sneaks into the Top 10 as a result of his recent win over Mamed Khalidov, Paulo Filho returns to action at Bellator Fighting Championships 18 on May 13, Robbie Lawler should be fighting someone soon, and Vitor Belfort is still recovering from injury.

Welterweight Division

#1 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Georges St-Pierre
Country: Canada
MMA Record: 20-2
Current Organization: UFC
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#2 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Jon Fitch
Country: United States
MMA Record: 22-3 (1 NC)
Current Organization: UFC
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#3 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Thiago Alves
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 16-6
Current Organization: UFC
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#4 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Paulo Thiago
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 13-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#5 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Josh Koscheck
Country: United States
MMA Record: 14-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#6 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Nick Diaz
Country: United States
MMA Record: 21-7
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#7 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Paul Daley
Country: United Kingdom
MMA Record: 23-8-2
Current Organization: UFC
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#8 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Dan Hardy
Country: United Kingdom
MMA Record: 23-7
Current Organization: UFC
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#9 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Diego Sanchez
Country: United States
MMA Record: 21-3
Current Organization: UFC
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#10 Ranked Welterweight
Name: Martin Kampmann
Country: Denmark
MMA Record: 16-3
Current Organization: UFC
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Welterweight Comments: Georges St-Pierre has now won seven in a row after bullying Dan Hardy at UFC 111… could Anderson Silva really be on the horizon? Some nice Welterweight fights coming soon – Josh Koscheck will look to silence UK antagonist Paul Daley at UFC 113 on May 8, Diego Sanchez pops back up to Welterweight to meet John Hathaway at UFC 114 on May 29, Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves and Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann at UFC 115 on June 12, and mean-muggin’ Nick Diaz meets Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at DREAM.14 on May 29.

Lightweight Division

#1 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Frankie Edgar
Country: United States
MMA Record: 12-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#2 Ranked Lightweight
Name: BJ Penn
Country: United States
MMA Record: 15-6-1
Current Organization: UFC
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#3 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Gilbert Melendez
Country: United States
MMA Record: 18-2
Current Organization: Strikeforce
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#4 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Gray Maynard
Country: United States
MMA Record: 10-0 (1 NC)
Current Organization: UFC
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#5 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Eddie Alvarez
Country: United States
MMA Record: 19-2
Current Organization: DREAM, Bellator
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#6 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Kenny Florian
Country: United States
MMA Record: 13-4
Current Organization: UFC
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#7 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Shinya Aoki
Country: Japan
MMA Record: 23-5 (1 NC)
Current Organization: DREAM, Strikeforce
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#8 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Tatsuya Kawajiri
Country: Japan
MMA Record: 26-5-2
Current Organization: DREAM
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#9 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
Country: Brazil
MMA Record: 14-3-1
Current Organization: DREAM
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#10 Ranked Lightweight
Name: Tyson Griffin
Country: United States
MMA Record: 14-2
Current Organization: UFC
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Lightweight Comments: Major changes in the Lightweight rankings as our previous top two at 155 lbs. lost – BJ Penn was shocked by huge underdog Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi and Shinya Aoki’s one-dimensional approach failed miserably against the always improving Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Nashville. Aoki falls quite a bit – he surprisingly showed very little in his loss. The 10-0-1 Gray Maynard jumps up a few spots by virtue of him being the only career loss on Frankie Edgar’s resume. Kenny Florian has to like the change in Lightweight title holders in the UFC and “Captain Bulky” Tyson Griffin meets a gritty Evan Dunham at UFC 115 on June 12.

–> Featherweight and Bantamweight Rankings to be added soon!

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