Last Updated: 2016-05-15

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

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    • jcs says:

      A troublesome part of compiling Absolute rankings is determining a fair method of weighting (pardon the pun) the divisions against each other. As you can see, we are being more than fair to the lighter divisions given the standings of Edgar and Faber.

      Cruz is knocking on the door at #27.

    • Nick says:

      Is it possible to see more than just the top 25 absolute all time rankings?

    • Weasle says:

      Absolute = Mighty Mouse and Dominick Cruz need to get in top 10.

      Heavyweight = How is Werdum not #2?

      Light Heavyweight = How is Wanderlei above Rampage and Shogun?

      Middleweight = Romero needs to get in the top 10. How is Jacare below Sonnen and Marquart? Bisping deserves to be higher.

      Welterweight = Jake Shields has to be above Fitch and where is Wonderboy?

      Lightweight = Rafael Does Anjos is absolutely #1. Frankie and Henderson are above Penn.

      Featherweight = Max Holloway needs to be top 10. Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor are both top 3 with Aldo being #1 of course.

      Bantamweight = How is Dillashaw below Barao? Dillashaw is #2.

      Flyweight = Benavidez and Dodson are both top 3.

      Women = Cyborg is #1. How are Holm and Joanna that low and how is Tate not top 5?
      #1 Cyborg
      #2 Rousey
      #3 Joanna
      #4 Tate
      #5 Holm

    • jcs says:

      DJ is now #42

    • jcs says:

      Relatively speaking, Flyweight is a weak division.

      On last update, DJ was at #45 Absolute.. but I imagine he’ll be in the Top 40 on the next update.

      Also.. DJ has been a top fighter for what, 3-4 years? Do some research on the careers of those in the Top 25…

    • sean says:

      Not sure how your absolute or division dominance is figured, but your low placement or lack thereof regarding Demetrious Johnson is concerning to the formula


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