Last Updated: 4/11/2014 10:34:50 AM

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 1998 and on (when UFC started adapting several weight divisions).  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 Fedor Emelianenko
4 Matt Hughes
5 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
6 Jose Aldo
7 Dan Henderson
8 B.J. Penn
9 Randy Couture
10 Urijah Faber
11 Jon Jones
12 Wanderlei Silva
13 Lyoto Machida
14 Chuck Liddell
15 Frankie Edgar
16 Quinton Jackson
17 Gilbert Melendez
18 Mauricio Rua
19 Cain Velasquez
20 Rashad Evans
21 Josh Barnett
22 Junior dos Santos
23 Takanori Gomi
24 Shinya Aoki
25 Jake Shields
Division Dominance (Peak)
Rank Fighter
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jon Jones
4 Georges St. Pierre
5 Anderson Silva
6 Jose Aldo
7 Fedor Emelianenko
8 Junior dos Santos
9 Frankie Edgar
10 Ben Henderson
11 Ken Shamrock
12 Chuck Liddell
13 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
14 Matt Hughes
15 Quinton Jackson
16 Anthony Pettis
17 Mike Thomas Brown
18 Wanderlei Silva
19 Masakatsu Funaki
20 Miguel Torres
21 Mirko Filipovic
22 Takanori Gomi
23 Shinichi Kojima
24 Semmy Schilt
25 Johny Hendricks
Heavyweight +
Rank Fighter
1 Fedor Emelianenko
2 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Josh Barnett
5 Junior dos Santos
6 Randy Couture
7 Frank Mir
8 Fabricio Werdum
9 Mirko Filipovic
10 Alistair Overeem
11 Tim Sylvia
12 Mark Coleman
13 Bas Rutten
14 Andrei Arlovski
15 Brock Lesnar
16 Daniel Cormier
17 Antonio Silva
18 Mark Hunt
19 Masakatsu Funaki
20 Royce Gracie
21 Semmy Schilt
22 Ken Shamrock
23 Igor Vovchanchyn
24 Pedro Rizzo
25 Shane Carwin
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Wanderlei Silva
3 Chuck Liddell
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Rashad Evans
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Dan Henderson
9 Tito Ortiz
10 Randy Couture
11 Forrest Griffin
12 Vitor Belfort
13 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
14 Ricardo Arona
15 Frank Shamrock
16 Gegard Mousasi
17 Yuki Kondo
18 Renato Sobral
19 Alexander Gustafsson
20 Phil Davis
21 Rich Franklin
22 Keith Jardine
23 Ryan Bader
24 Paulo Filho
25 Glover Teixeira
Middleweight
Rank Fighter
1 Anderson Silva
2 Nate Marquardt
3 Chris Weidman
4 Chael Sonnen
5 Rich Franklin
6 Dan Henderson
7 Yushin Okami
8 Paulo Filho
9 Ronaldo Souza
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Matt Lindland
12 Robbie Lawler
13 Ricardo Almeida
14 Demian Maia
15 Kazuo Misaki
16 Luke Rockhold
17 Michael Bisping
18 Jorge Santiago
19 Kiuma Kunioku
20 Hector Lombard
21 Jake Shields
22 Mark Munoz
23 Mamed Khalidov
24 Dave Menne
25 Tim Kennedy
Welterweight
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Matt Hughes
3 Jon Fitch
4 Johny Hendricks
5 Carlos Condit
6 Jake Shields
7 Nick Diaz
8 Josh Koscheck
9 Thiago Alves
10 Diego Sanchez
11 Karo Parisyan
12 Sean Sherk
13 Pat Miletich
14 Hayato Sakurai
15 Martin Kampmann
16 B.J. Penn
17 Jake Ellenberger
18 Rory MacDonald
19 Matt Serra
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Ben Askren
22 Jason Black
23 Tetsuji Kato
24 Frank Trigg
25 Dave Menne
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 Takanori Gomi
2 B.J. Penn
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Gilbert Melendez
5 Ben Henderson
6 Shinya Aoki
7 Vitor Ribeiro
8 Gray Maynard
9 Eddie Alvarez
10 Joachim Hansen
11 Tatsuya Kawajiri
12 Anthony Pettis
13 Kenny Florian
14 Marcus Aurelio
15 Caol Uno
16 Jens Pulver
17 Michael Chandler
18 Gesias Cavalcante
19 Yves Edwards
20 Josh Thomson
21 Nate Diaz
22 Rumina Sato
23 Dokonjonosuke Mishima
24 Jim Miller
25 Mitsuhiro Ishida
Featherweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jose Aldo
2 Urijah Faber
3 Alexandre Franca Nogueira
4 Hatsu Hioki
5 Mike Thomas Brown
6 Chad Mendes
7 Pat Curran
8 Masakazu Imanari
9 Jeff Curran
10 Marlon Sandro
11 Yoshiro Maeda
12 Hiroyuki Takaya
13 Cub Swanson
14 Wagnney Fabiano
15 Noboru Asahi
16 Joao Roque
17 Takeshi Inoue
18 Patricio Freire
19 Daniel Straus
20 Mark Hominick
21 Antonio Carvalho
22 Michihiro Omigawa
23 Bibiano Fernandes
24 Stephen Palling
25 Naoya Uematsu
Bantamweight
Rank Fighter
1 Miguel Torres
2 Renan Barao
3 Dominick Cruz
4 Urijah Faber
5 Brian Bowles
6 Joseph Benavidez
7 Bibiano Fernandes
8 Eduardo Dantas
9 Eddie Wineland
10 Ryota Matsune
11 Michael McDonald
12 Masakatsu Ueda
13 Masahiro Oishi
14 Masakazu Imanari
15 Takeya Mizugaki
16 Akitoshi Hokazono
17 Chase Beebe
18 Kentaro Imaizumi
19 Marcos Galvao
20 Scott Jorgensen
21 Antonio Banuelos
22 Hisao Ikeda
23 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
24 Raphael Assuncao
25 Kenichi Tanaka
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Yasuhiro Urushitani
2 Mamoru Yamaguchi
3 Shinichi Kojima
4 Jussier da Silva
5 Demetrious Johnson
6 Yuki Shojo
7 Alexis Vila
8 John Dodson
9 Ryuichi Miki
10 Ian McCall
11 Junji Ikoma
12 Masatoshi Abe
13 Joseph Benavidez
14 Jin Akimoto
15 Setsu Iguchi
16 Homare Kuboyama
17 Josh Sampo
18 Kiyotaka Shimizu
19 Robson Moura
20 Daiji Takahashi
21 Masaaki Sugawara
22 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
23 Yasuhiro Akagi
24 Takeyasu Hirono
25 Fumihiro Kitahara
Strawweight
Rank Fighter
1 Rambaa Somdet
2 Shinya Murofushi
3 Mikihito Yamagami
4 Noboru Tahara
5 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
6 Junji Ito
7 Rey Docyogen
8 Atsushi Takeuchi
9 Hiroyuki Abe
10 Takehiro Harusaki
11 Tadaaki Yamamoto
12 Ryosuke Tanuma
13 Takehiro Ishii
14 Yusei Shimokawa
15 Masayoshi Kato
16 Junji Ikoma
17 Yoshitaka Naito
18 Masakazu Utsugi
19 Katsuya Murofushi
20 Jun Nakamura
21 Ryo Hatta
22 Kenichi Takeda
23 Yusuke Sato
24 Yusuke Uehara
25 Yuki Shojo
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Megumi Fujii
2 Tara LaRosa
3 Yuka Tsuji
4 Marloes Coenen
5 Ronda Rousey
6 Jennifer Howe
7 Cris Cyborg
8 Sarah Kaufman
9 Hisae Watanabe
10 Satoko Shinashi
11 Roxanne Modafferi
12 Jessica Aguilar
13 Alexis Davis
14 Amanda Buckner
15 Miesha Tate
16 Miku Matsumoto
17 Laura DAuguste
18 Takayo Hashi
19 Ayaka Hamasaki
20 Hitomi Akano
21 Seo Hee Ham
22 Yuuki Kondo
23 Erin Toughill
24 Barb Honchak
25 Zoila Frausto Gurgel
 


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    • jcs says:

      MMA is still too young and too tumultuous to do any kind of projections like that.

    • Mark says:

      Have you considered posting long-term projections based on the ratings? IOW, using the ranking system and historical data to figure out the likelihood that the 6 – 0 Fighter X will be in the top 10 three years from now? Or in the all-time rankings ten years from now?

    • thonolansghost says:

      Personally, I think these rankings are very accurate. Yeah, Marquardt gets way too much credit and Weidman is an interesting case… but otherwise, there’s nothing to complain about.

    • Adam says:

      Damn, Cro Cop gets NO respect on these rankings. Not on the all time Top 25? #9 heavyweight of all time? … SMFH. These rankings, overall, are a joke. “Division Dominance (Peak): 1. Chris Weidman” … Really? Ugh. Marquardt #2 Middleweight of all time? WHAT? Yasuhiro Urushitani, the greatest Flyweight of all time? …

      Smfh. What a joke.


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