As MMA continues to grow its presence with the UFC, Bellator MMA, WSOF and ONE FC, fighters are constantly jockeying for position in the eyes (and rankings) of the media.

Every week, Combat Press will rank each weight class from heavyweight to flyweight, as well as the pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: the numbers in parentheses represent the fighter’s ranking from last week



Heavyweight
  1. Cain Velasquez (1)
  2. Fabricio Werdum (2)
  3. Junior dos Santos (3)
  4. Travis Browne (4)
  5. Josh Barnett (5)
  6. Stipe Miocic (6)
  7. Mark Hunt (7)
  8. Roy Nelson (9)
  9. Ben Rothwell (10)
  10. Andrei Arlovski (-)

Dropped out of the rankings: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (8)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski scored a first-round knockout of former title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 51. The victory moved Arlovski into the top 10, while the loss dropped the Brazilian Silva out of the rankings.

Light Heavyweight
  1. Jon Jones (1)
  2. Alexander Gustafsson (2)
  3. Daniel Cormier (3)
  4. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (4)
  5. Rashad Evans (5)
  6. Glover Teixeira (6)
  7. Phil Davis (7)
  8. Vitor Belfort (8)
  9. Ryan Bader (9)
  10. Jimi Manuwa (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Middleweight
  1. Chris Weidman (1)
  2. Vitor Belfort (2)
  3. Anderson Silva (3)
  4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (4)
  5. Lyoto Machida (5)
  6. Luke Rockhold (6)
  7. Tim Kennedy (7)
  8. Michael Bisping (8)
  9. Gegard Mousasi (9)
  10. Yushin Okami (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Welterweight
  1. Johny Hendricks (1)
  2. Robbie Lawler (2)
  3. Georges St-Pierre (3)
  4. Ben Askren (4)
  5. Rory MacDonald (5)
  6. Matt Brown (6)
  7. Hector Lombard (7)
  8. Tyron Woodley (8)
  9. Carlos Condit (9)
  10. Dong Hyun Kim (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Lightweight
  1. Anthony Pettis (1)
  2. Gilbert Melendez (2)
  3. Khabib Nurmagomedov (3)
  4. Rafael dos Anjos (4)
  5. Eddie Alvarez (5)
  6. Benson Henderson (6)
  7. T.J. Grant (7)
  8. Donald Cerrone (8)
  9. Will Brooks (9)
  10. Bobby Green (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Featherweight
  1. Jose Aldo (1)
  2. Chad Mendes (2)
  3. Cub Swanson (3)
  4. Frankie Edgar (4)
  5. Ricardo Lamas (5)
  6. Dustin Poirier (6)
  7. Dennis Bermudez (7)
  8. Chan Sung Jung (8)
  9. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (9)
  10. Clay Guida (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action in this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Bantamweight
  1. T.J. Dillashaw (1)
  2. Renan Barão (2)
  3. Urijah Faber (3)
  4. Bibiano Fernandes (4)
  5. Michael McDonald (5)
  6. Raphael Assuncao (6)
  7. Iuri Alcantara (8)
  8. Takeya Mizugaki (7)
  9. Marlon Moraes (10)
  10. Eduardo Dantas (9)

Two fighters in the top 10 were in action this week and each moved up one spot in the rankings with their wins. Brazil’s Iuri Alcantara survived a hard-fought decision against Russell Doane at UFC Fight Night 51, while World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes demolished Cody Bollinger in a 147-pound catchweight at WSOF 13.

Flyweight
  1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
  2. John Dodson (2)
  3. Joseph Benavidez (3)
  4. Ian McCall (4)
  5. Jussier “Formiga” da Silva (5)
  6. Zach Makovsky (6)
  7. John Lineker (7)
  8. Ali Bagautinov (8)
  9. John Moraga (9)
  10. Brad Pickett (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Pound-For-Pound
  1. Jose Aldo (1)
  2. Jon Jones (2)
  3. Demetrious Johnson (3)
  4. Ronda Rousey (4)
  5. Cain Velasquez (5)
  6. Chris Weidman (6)
  7. Anthony Pettis (7)
  8. Johny Hendricks (8)
  9. T.J. Dillashaw (9)
  10. Anderson Silva (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this week, so the rankings remain unchanged.

About The Author

Rob Tatum
Assistant Editor

Rob Tatum has been covering combat sports since 2009. He provides radio content for Between Rounds Radio and his past work has appeared on Bleacher Report, MMA DieHards, MMAinterviews and The MMA Corner. Prior to covering combat sports, Rob ran his own music website from 2002-2009. Beyond his writing, Rob has trained in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. He is a Colorado native that works as a mechanical engineer during the day. In his free time, Rob enjoys watching sports, playing music and working on cars.

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