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 (including both genders).

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



Heavyweight
  1. Stipe Miocic (1)
  2. Fabricio Werdum (2)
  3. Cain Velasquez (3)
  4. Alistair Overeem (4)
  5. Junior dos Santos (5)
  6. Brock Lesnar (6)
  7. Ben Rothwell (7)
  8. Josh Barnett (9)
  9. Mark Hunt (10)
  10. Travis Browne (8)

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic continued his reign over the division with a first-round knockout of fourth-ranked Alistair Overeem at UFC 203. Also in action at the event, former champion Fabricio Werdum topped Travis Browne for a second time. Werdum’s win keeps him in the No. 2 spot, while Browne’s second straight loss sends him to No. 10.

Light Heavyweight
  1. Jon Jones (1)
  2. Daniel Cormier (2)
  3. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (3)
  4. Alexander Gustafsson (4)
  5. Phil Davis (5)
  6. Glover Teixeira (6)
  7. Ryan Bader (7)
  8. Ovince Saint Preux (8)
  9. Liam McGeary (9)
  10. Jimi Manuwa (10)

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

Middleweight
  1. Michael Bisping (1)
  2. Luke Rockhold (2)
  3. Chris Weidman (3)
  4. Yoel Romero (4)
  5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (5)
  6. Vitor Belfort (6)
  7. Lyoto Machida (7)
  8. Anderson Silva (8)
  9. Derek Brunson (9)/Robert Whittaker (9)
  10. David Branch (10)

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

Welterweight
  1. Tyron Woodley (1)
  2. Robbie Lawler (2)
  3. Demian Maia (3)
  4. Carlos Condit (4)
  5. Ben Askren (5)
  6. Stephen Thompson (6)
  7. Rory MacDonald (7)
  8. Kelvin Gastelum (8)
  9. Jake Ellenberger (9)
  10. Donald Cerrone (10)/Dong Hyun Kim (10)

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

Lightweight
  1. Eddie Alvarez (1)
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (2)
  3. Rafael dos Anjos (3)
  4. Donald Cerrone (4)
  5. Will Brooks (5)
  6. Tony Ferguson (6)
  7. Edson Barboza (7)
  8. Nate Diaz (8)
  9. Dustin Poirier (9)
  10. Justin Gaethje (10)

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

Featherweight
  1. Conor McGregor (1)
  2. José Aldo (2)
  3. Frankie Edgar (3)
  4. Max Holloway (4)
  5. Chad Mendes (5)
  6. Anthony Pettis (6)
  7. Ricardo Lamas (7)
  8. Cub Swanson (8)
  9. Charles Oliveira (9)
  10. Daniel Straus (10)

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

Bantamweight
  1. Dominick Cruz (1)
  2. T.J. Dillashaw (2)
  3. Renan Barão (3)
  4. Bibiano Fernandes (5)
  5. Cody Garbrandt (6)
  6. Marlon Moraes (7)
  7. Jimmie Rivera (-)
  8. Urijah Faber (4)
  9. Raphael Assuncao (8)
  10. Eduardo Dantas (9)/John Lineker (10)

Former WEC champion Urijah Faber’s fall from the top may have begun as he suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his lengthy career. At UFC 203, Jimmie Rivera dominated Faber with kicks and punches. The win marked Rivera’s 19th straight victory, vaulting him into the No. 7 spot in our rankings. Faber slides to eighth with the loss. Rivera’s inclusion bumps Brazilians Eduardo Dantas and John Lineker into a tie for 10th place.

Flyweight
  1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
  2. Joseph Benavidez (2)
  3. Henry Cejudo (3)
  4. Jussier “Formiga” da Silva (4)
  5. Zach Makovsky (5)
  6. Kyoji Horiguchi (6)
  7. Wilson Reis (7)
  8. Dustin Ortiz (8)
  9. Matheus Nicolau (9)
  10. Louis Smolka (10)

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

Pound-For-Pound
  1. Demetrious Johnson (1)
  2. Jon Jones (2)
  3. Daniel Cormier (3)
  4. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (4)
  5. Dominick Cruz (5)
  6. Stipe Miocic (6)
  7. Conor McGregor (7)
  8. José Aldo (8)
  9. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (9)
  10. Eddie Alvarez (10)/Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10)

Miocic’s first title defense at UFC 203 further cemented his place in the pound-for-pound rankings.


Editor’s Note: Fighters are eligible to be ranked if they have competed in the last 18 months. Any fighter that chooses to switch weight classes will be ranked in their previous weight class until they have competed in their new division.