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. Ben Rothwell (9)
  9. Andrei Arlovski (10)
  10. Roy Nelson (8)

In a battle of knockout artists, New Zealand’s Mark Hunt became the first man to stop Roy Nelson in the Octagon with a walkoff, second-round finish at UFC Fight Night 52. The victory got Hunt back in the win column and helped him cement the seventh spot in our rankings. Nelson slid down two spots to No. 10, but stays in the rankings despite the loss.

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. However, Myles Jury kept his unbeaten record intact with a first-round stoppage of former Pride champion Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night 52. The win has the Alliance MMA product just outside the top 10 in our rankings in the No. 11 spot.

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 (7)
  8. Takeya Mizugaki (8)
  9. Marlon Moraes (9)
  10. Eduardo Dantas (10)

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

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. Kyoji Horiguchi (-)

Dropped out of the rankings: Brad Pickett (10)

Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi moves into the No. 10 spot this week after earning his third straight win inside the Octagon. The 23-year-old stopped Jon delos Reyes in the first round at UFC Fight Night 52.

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.