Last Updated: 2017-02-16

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. 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.
  • Early Pancrase (pre-late 2000) bouts and many North American non-UFC bouts (pre-1998) 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 a more comprehensive divisional structure.  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.
Absolute
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Anderson Silva
3 Jose Aldo
4 Fedor Emelianenko
5 Jon Jones
6 Matt Hughes
7 B.J. Penn
8 Dan Henderson
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10 Randy Couture
11 Frankie Edgar
12 Urijah Faber
13 Chris Weidman
14 Cain Velasquez
15 Fabricio Werdum
16 Wanderlei Silva
17 Lyoto Machida
18 Chuck Liddell
19 Ben Henderson
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Quinton Jackson
22 Junior dos Santos
23 Demetrious Johnson
24 Tito Ortiz
25 Takanori Gomi
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Cristiane Justino
3 Megumi Fujii
4 Tara LaRosa
5 Yuka Tsuji
6 Marloes Coenen
7 Sarah Kaufman
8 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
9 Miesha Tate
10 Jennifer Howe
11 Amanda Nunes
12 Jessica Aguilar
13 Ayaka Hamasaki
14 Alexis Davis
15 Barb Honchak
16 Hisae Watanabe
17 Roxanne Modafferi
18 Holly Holm
19 Amanda Buckner
20 Miku Matsumoto
21 Satoko Shinashi
22 Laura DAuguste
23 Hitomi Akano
24 Sara McMann
25 Takayo Hashi
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 Ken Shamrock
9 Bas Rutten
10 Royce Gracie
11 Mirko Filipovic
12 Stipe Miocic
13 Mark Coleman
14 Dan Severn
15 Andrei Arlovski
16 Alistair Overeem
17 Frank Mir
18 Masakatsu Funaki
19 Tim Sylvia
20 Brock Lesnar
21 Semmy Schilt
22 Mark Hunt
23 Antonio Silva
24 Don Frye
25 Travis Browne
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Wanderlei Silva
3 Chuck Liddell
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Tito Ortiz
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Rashad Evans
9 Dan Henderson
10 Randy Couture
11 Frank Shamrock
12 Daniel Cormier
13 Vitor Belfort
14 Forrest Griffin
15 Guy Mezger
16 Yuki Kondo
17 Anthony Johnson
18 Phil Davis
19 Alexander Gustafsson
20 Ryan Bader
21 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
22 Ricardo Arona
23 Jason DeLucia
24 Glover Teixeira
25 Paulo Filho
Middleweight
Rank Fighter
1 Anderson Silva
2 Chris Weidman
3 Luke Rockhold
4 Dan Henderson
5 Nate Marquardt
6 Michael Bisping
7 Rich Franklin
8 Chael Sonnen
9 Ronaldo Souza
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Gegard Mousasi
12 Yushin Okami
13 Kiuma Kunioku
14 Paulo Filho
15 Matt Lindland
16 Ricardo Almeida
17 Kazuo Misaki
18 Dave Menne
19 Yoel Romero
20 Evan Tanner
21 Vitor Belfort
22 Robbie Lawler
23 Demian Maia
24 Jorge Santiago
25 Jake Shields
Welterweight
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Matt Hughes
3 Robbie Lawler
4 Johny Hendricks
5 Carlos Condit
6 Pat Miletich
7 Jon Fitch
8 Tyron Woodley
9 Jake Shields
10 B.J. Penn
11 Nick Diaz
12 Hayato Sakurai
13 Matt Serra
14 Rory MacDonald
15 Josh Koscheck
16 Thiago Alves
17 Sean Sherk
18 Karo Parisyan
19 Diego Sanchez
20 Demian Maia
21 Jake Ellenberger
22 Stephen Thompson
23 Dave Menne
24 Martin Kampmann
25 Takafumi Ito
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 B.J. Penn
2 Ben Henderson
3 Frankie Edgar
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 Jens Pulver
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Gray Maynard
15 Caol Uno
16 Rumina Sato
17 Donald Cerrone
18 Michael Chandler
19 Marcus Aurelio
20 Kenny Florian
21 Yves Edwards
22 Conor McGregor
23 Sean Sherk
24 Gesias Cavalcante
25 Will Brooks
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 Pat Curran
9 Patricio Freire
10 Frankie Edgar
11 Max Holloway
12 Masakazu Imanari
13 Ricardo Lamas
14 Cub Swanson
15 Marlon Sandro
16 Yoshiro Maeda
17 Jeff Curran
18 Takeshi Inoue
19 Naoya Uematsu
20 Hiroyuki Takaya
21 Wagnney Fabiano
22 Mark Hominick
23 Joao Roque
24 Daniel Straus
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 Masahiro Oishi
12 Masakatsu Ueda
13 Cody Garbrandt
14 Eddie Wineland
15 Chase Beebe
16 Akitoshi Hokazono
17 Marcos Galvao
18 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
19 Marlon Moraes
20 Masakazu Imanari
21 Kentaro Imaizumi
22 Rani Yahya
23 Kenichi Tanaka
24 Jimmie Rivera
25 Antonio Banuelos
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Mamoru Yamaguchi
3 Yasuhiro Urushitani
4 Shinichi Kojima
5 Joseph Benavidez
6 Jussier da Silva
7 Ian McCall
8 John Dodson
9 Yuki Shojo
10 Alexis Vila
11 Ryuichi Miki
12 Zach Makovsky
13 Josh Sampo
14 Henry Cejudo
15 Junji Ikoma
16 Masaaki Sugawara
17 Kyoji Horiguchi
18 Kiyotaka Shimizu
19 Louis Smolka
20 Robson Moura
21 John Moraga
22 Masatoshi Abe
23 Jin Akimoto
24 Wilson Reis
25 Setsu Iguchi
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 Ryohei Kurosawa
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Junji Ikoma
14 Takehiro Harusaki
15 Yukitaka Musashi
16 Ryosuke Tanuma
17 Tadaaki Yamamoto
18 Kento Kanbe
19 Takuya Eizumi
20 Daichi Kitakata
21 Takehiro Ishii
22 Masakazu Utsugi
23 Takamasa Kiuchi
24 Ryo Hatta
25 Ryuto Sawada
 

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    • jcs says:

      You have a Heavyweight bias.

      Rutten had a 4ish year stay at the top in one division when MMA was in its infancy. Faber was an elite fighter in two divisions for roughly a decade at a point when the sport is much much stronger.

      How many all-time Heavyweight greats did Rutten beat? In reality, Rutten was a Light Heavy hanging in Pancrase, beating up on undersized fighters. I’m not downplaying the guy’s career, because as you said, he’s in our Top 10 HW All-Time list.. but come on.

      If you thought the Absolute list was a Royal Rumble of sorts.. you are wrong.

    • scott says:

      I’d really like to know how you can put Bas Rutten in the top 10 heavyweights of all time but put guys like weidman, machida, cain, werdum, Jackson and freaking Faber…..FABER ahead of him in the absolute list.

    • oleg says:

      Thanks for pointing it out, got rid of all the references to the DD-Peak list.

    • Toby Latham says:

      “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.” is still there

    • oleg says:

      The All-Time Peak Division Dominance list is gone entirely. There were some issues with the algorithm generating that list, and the results it produced often defied common sense. We’ve been tossing around some ideas for another all-time list to replace the DD-Peak, but haven’t settled on anything yet…

    • Toby Latham says:

      “Hover over the division dominance list to view the weight class info and peak dominance date.”

      This part is gone n

    • Arthur says:

      Ha, ha, ha, – Women (Open)
      This is fuc..ng joke!!!
      … ,,the best” experts do this !

    • 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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