World MMA rankings

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The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, December 24. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world -- now in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

Taken into consideration are a fighter's performance in addition to his win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport.

Fighters who are currently serving drug-related suspensions are not eligible for Top 10 consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of their suspension.

Fighters must also have competed within the past 12 months in order to be eligible for Top 10 consideration.

Below are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of December 24.


HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)

No. 1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Fedor Emelianenko

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

3. Josh Barnett

4. Andrei Arlovski

5. Randy Couture

6. Tim Sylvia

7. Gabriel Gonzaga

8. Fabricio Werdum

9. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

10. Brock Lesnar



No. 1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Forrest Griffin

2. Quinton Jackson

3. Lyoto Machida

4. Rashad Evans

5. Chuck Liddell

6. Wanderlei Silva

7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

8. Keith Jardine

9. Rich Franklin

10. Thiago Silva



No. 1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Anderson Silva

2. Robbie Lawler

3. Matt Lindland

4. Kazuo Misaki

5. Yushin Okami

6. Nathan Marquardt

7. Dan Henderson

8. Gegard Mousasi

9. Yoshihiro Akiyama

10. Paulo Filho



No. 1 Welterweight Fighter in the World: Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Josh Koscheck

5. Jake Shields

6. Matt Hughes

7. Matt Serra

8. Diego Sanchez

9. Carlos Condit

10. Karo Parisyan


LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

No. 1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: B.J. Penn

2. Eddie Alvarez

3. Shinya Aoki

4. Joachim Hansen

5. Tatsuya Kawajiri

6. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante

7. Takanori Gomi

8. Kenny Florian

9. Mitsuhiro Ishida

10. Josh Thomson



No. 1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Mike Brown

2. Urijah Faber

3. Wagnney Fabiano

4. Hatsu Hioki

5. "Lion" Takeshi Inoue

6. Akitoshi Tamura

7. Hideki Kadowaki

8. Jeff Curran

9. Raphael Assuncao

10. Leonard Garcia


BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

No. 1 Featherweight Fighter in the World: Miguel Torres

2. Brian Bowles

3. Masakatsu Ueda

4. Koetsu Okazaki

5. Marcos Galvao

6. Takeya Mizugaki

7. Will Ribeiro

8. Chase Beebe

9. Manny Tapia

10. Atsushi Yamamoto