Last Updated: 2016-09-04

Computerized All-Time Mixed Martial Arts Rankings

The all-time rankings reflect the overall careers of MMA fighters. When observing these lists, it is important to consider the following:

  • All-time rankings are division-specific, whereas the current rankings are division-adjusted.  Therefore, a fighter CAN be ranked in more than one division.
  • Longevity at or near the top of the division plays a huge role in where a fighter is ranked.  All of the rankings are career-long, with the exception of the division dominance list, which ranks fighters based on their most dominant period.  Only extreme cases of past-prime bad performances are not completely excused from the rankings.  Divisional strength is also a large factor in accumulating all-time ranking points.
  • Head-to-head results have a minor, but direct effect.
  • These rankings are not updated as often as the current rankings. Please check the last updated date at the top of the page.
  • The nature of the rankings requires them for the most part, to be “slow” in reacting to actions made by current fighters.  Think ‘rolling average’, versus immediate change when looking for effects from recent fights.
  • Fluctuations in the position of active fighters may be a frequent occurrence. This is merely due to how these rankings are calculated. However, fluctuations may also accompany mathematical revisions or data updates.
  • The all-time division dominance has minimum requirements for divisional tenure and as of 11/2012 uses the same revamped model as in the current rankings.
  • Early Pancrase (pre-mid 2000) bouts were open-weight.  Due to the impact of these matches, the “credit” is assigned to fighters within the division that these fighters would’ve competed in had there been weight divisions, but only from early 1996 and on (when more pro matches had “known” divisions than vice versa).  Surrounding data (in terms of chronology) is analyzed to determine a division.  If one cannot be definitively determined, the credit will be assigned to the fighter for Heavyweight+.

The career absolute rankings are the sum of the fighter's accomplishments in all divisions.

Hover over the division dominance list to view the weight class info and peak dominance date.
Absolute
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Anderson Silva
3 Jose Aldo
4 Fedor Emelianenko
5 Matt Hughes
6 Jon Jones
7 B.J. Penn
8 Randy Couture
9 Frankie Edgar
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
11 Dan Henderson
12 Urijah Faber
13 Fabricio Werdum
14 Chris Weidman
15 Lyoto Machida
16 Cain Velasquez
17 Chuck Liddell
18 Ben Henderson
19 Robbie Lawler
20 Wanderlei Silva
21 Quinton Jackson
22 Junior dos Santos
23 Mauricio Rua
24 Takanori Gomi
25 Eddie Alvarez
Division Dominance (Peak)
Rank Fighter
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jon Jones
4 Georges St. Pierre
5 Anderson Silva
6 Luke Rockhold
7 Rafael dos Anjos
8 Fabricio Werdum
9 Fedor Emelianenko
10 Demetrious Johnson
11 Eddie Alvarez
12 Junior dos Santos
13 Jose Aldo
14 Conor McGregor
15 Stipe Miocic
16 Michael Bisping
17 T.J. Dillashaw
18 Ken Shamrock
19 Masakatsu Funaki
20 Frankie Edgar
21 Robbie Lawler
22 Ben Henderson
23 Chuck Liddell
24 Anthony Johnson
25 Anthony Pettis
Heavyweight +
Rank Fighter
1 Fedor Emelianenko
2 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3 Fabricio Werdum
4 Cain Velasquez
5 Junior dos Santos
6 Randy Couture
7 Josh Barnett
8 Bas Rutten
9 Royce Gracie
10 Ken Shamrock
11 Mirko Filipovic
12 Mark Coleman
13 Andrei Arlovski
14 Frank Mir
15 Brock Lesnar
16 Tim Sylvia
17 Alistair Overeem
18 Masakatsu Funaki
19 Stipe Miocic
20 Semmy Schilt
21 Mark Hunt
22 Dan Severn
23 Antonio Silva
24 Don Frye
25 Travis Browne
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Chuck Liddell
3 Wanderlei Silva
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Tito Ortiz
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Rashad Evans
9 Dan Henderson
10 Randy Couture
11 Daniel Cormier
12 Forrest Griffin
13 Frank Shamrock
14 Guy Mezger
15 Vitor Belfort
16 Anthony Johnson
17 Phil Davis
18 Yuki Kondo
19 Alexander Gustafsson
20 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
21 Ryan Bader
22 Ricardo Arona
23 Glover Teixeira
24 Jason DeLucia
25 Paulo Filho
Middleweight
Rank Fighter
1 Anderson Silva
2 Chris Weidman
3 Luke Rockhold
4 Dan Henderson
5 Rich Franklin
6 Michael Bisping
7 Nate Marquardt
8 Chael Sonnen
9 Ronaldo Souza
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Yushin Okami
12 Kiuma Kunioku
13 Matt Lindland
14 Ricardo Almeida
15 Paulo Filho
16 Gegard Mousasi
17 Kazuo Misaki
18 Evan Tanner
19 Robbie Lawler
20 Vitor Belfort
21 Dave Menne
22 Demian Maia
23 Jorge Santiago
24 Yoel Romero
25 Jake Shields
Welterweight
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Matt Hughes
3 Robbie Lawler
4 Johny Hendricks
5 Carlos Condit
6 Jon Fitch
7 Jake Shields
8 Pat Miletich
9 B.J. Penn
10 Nick Diaz
11 Rory MacDonald
12 Josh Koscheck
13 Tyron Woodley
14 Thiago Alves
15 Hayato Sakurai
16 Sean Sherk
17 Matt Serra
18 Diego Sanchez
19 Demian Maia
20 Karo Parisyan
21 Jake Ellenberger
22 Martin Kampmann
23 Dave Menne
24 Takafumi Ito
25 Stephen Thompson
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 B.J. Penn
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ben Henderson
4 Takanori Gomi
5 Eddie Alvarez
6 Rafael dos Anjos
7 Anthony Pettis
8 Shinya Aoki
9 Gilbert Melendez
10 Vitor Ribeiro
11 Joachim Hansen
12 Donald Cerrone
13 Jens Pulver
14 Tatsuya Kawajiri
15 Gray Maynard
16 Caol Uno
17 Rumina Sato
18 Marcus Aurelio
19 Kenny Florian
20 Yves Edwards
21 Michael Chandler
22 Sean Sherk
23 Will Brooks
24 Nate Diaz
25 Gesias Cavalcante
Featherweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jose Aldo
2 Urijah Faber
3 Alexandre Franca Nogueira
4 Mike Thomas Brown
5 Hatsu Hioki
6 Conor McGregor
7 Chad Mendes
8 Frankie Edgar
9 Pat Curran
10 Patricio Freire
11 Masakazu Imanari
12 Ricardo Lamas
13 Cub Swanson
14 Jeff Curran
15 Yoshiro Maeda
16 Marlon Sandro
17 Max Holloway
18 Takeshi Inoue
19 Wagnney Fabiano
20 Mark Hominick
21 Daniel Straus
22 Joao Roque
23 Hiroyuki Takaya
24 Naoya Uematsu
25 Tatsuya Kawajiri
Bantamweight
Rank Fighter
1 Dominick Cruz
2 Miguel Torres
3 Renan Barao
4 T.J. Dillashaw
5 Urijah Faber
6 Brian Bowles
7 Bibiano Fernandes
8 Ryota Matsune
9 Eduardo Dantas
10 Joseph Benavidez
11 Masakatsu Ueda
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Masahiro Oishi
14 Chase Beebe
15 Akitoshi Hokazono
16 Marcos Galvao
17 Marlon Moraes
18 Masakazu Imanari
19 Rani Yahya
20 Kentaro Imaizumi
21 Antonio Banuelos
22 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
23 Kenichi Tanaka
24 Michael McDonald
25 Takeya Mizugaki
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Yasuhiro Urushitani
3 Mamoru Yamaguchi
4 Shinichi Kojima
5 Jussier da Silva
6 Joseph Benavidez
7 Ian McCall
8 John Dodson
9 Yuki Shojo
10 Ryuichi Miki
11 Alexis Vila
12 Junji Ikoma
13 Josh Sampo
14 Masatoshi Abe
15 Louis Smolka
16 Masaaki Sugawara
17 Setsu Iguchi
18 Zach Makovsky
19 Jin Akimoto
20 Homare Kuboyama
21 Robson Moura
22 Kiyotaka Shimizu
23 John Moraga
24 Henry Cejudo
25 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
Strawweight
Rank Fighter
1 Rambaa Somdet
2 Yoshitaka Naito
3 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
4 Shinya Murofushi
5 Mikihito Yamagami
6 Junji Ito
7 Noboru Tahara
8 Hiroyuki Abe
9 Atsushi Takeuchi
10 Rey Docyogen
11 Yukitaka Musashi
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Ryosuke Tanuma
14 Ken Asuka
15 Tadaaki Yamamoto
16 Kento Kanbe
17 Takehiro Harusaki
18 Takehiro Ishii
19 Junji Ikoma
20 Daichi Kitakata
21 Masakazu Utsugi
22 Takuya Eizumi
23 Ryo Hatta
24 Masayoshi Kato
25 Yusei Shimokawa
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Cristiane Justino
3 Yuka Tsuji
4 Marloes Coenen
5 Megumi Fujii
6 Tara LaRosa
7 Sarah Kaufman
8 Miesha Tate
9 Jennifer Howe
10 Jessica Aguilar
11 Alexis Davis
12 Hisae Watanabe
13 Roxanne Modafferi
14 Ayaka Hamasaki
15 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
16 Barb Honchak
17 Satoko Shinashi
18 Amanda Nunes
19 Amanda Buckner
20 Holly Holm
21 Miku Matsumoto
22 Laura DAuguste
23 Claudia Gadelha
24 Hitomi Akano
25 Yuuki Kondo
 

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    • oleg says:

      So McGregor is #1 FW of all time because he beat Aldo, and left the division? Should Weidman be #1 MW because he beat Silva? I don’t think you understand how the “all time” rankings work.

    • Steve says:

      Aldo better than mcgregor? Didn’t mcgregor knock him out with one hit for the fastest championship knockout to ever happen? As far as featherweight is concerned, mcgregor is number 1 and has dominated that division with ease.

    • Dominick gibbs says:

      Anderson is the best because he has defeated way more difficult talent and he moved up in divisions to take on even heavier competittors. Gsp got beat up for 30 seconds and stopes the fight. Anderson got beat up for 3 or 4 rounds and still won so better endurance. Plus when was the last time gsp knocked someone out in highlight fashion. Anderson does it like every time he fights


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