Last Updated: 2016-12-04

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 Jon Jones
6 Matt Hughes
7 B.J. Penn
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
9 Randy Couture
10 Dan Henderson
11 Frankie Edgar
12 Urijah Faber
13 Chris Weidman
14 Cain Velasquez
15 Fabricio Werdum
16 Lyoto Machida
17 Chuck Liddell
18 Wanderlei Silva
19 Ben Henderson
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Junior dos Santos
22 Takanori Gomi
23 Quinton Jackson
24 Tito Ortiz
25 Mauricio Rua
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Cristiane Justino
3 Yuka Tsuji
4 Megumi Fujii
5 Marloes Coenen
6 Sarah Kaufman
7 Tara LaRosa
8 Miesha Tate
9 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
10 Jennifer Howe
11 Jessica Aguilar
12 Ayaka Hamasaki
13 Alexis Davis
14 Amanda Nunes
15 Barb Honchak
16 Roxanne Modafferi
17 Hisae Watanabe
18 Holly Holm
19 Amanda Buckner
20 Miku Matsumoto
21 Satoko Shinashi
22 Laura DAuguste
23 Claudia Gadelha
24 Sara McMann
25 Hitomi Akano
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 Mark Coleman
12 Dan Severn
13 Andrei Arlovski
14 Mirko Filipovic
15 Stipe Miocic
16 Frank Mir
17 Tim Sylvia
18 Brock Lesnar
19 Alistair Overeem
20 Masakatsu Funaki
21 Semmy Schilt
22 Mark Hunt
23 Antonio Silva
24 Don Frye
25 Mark Kerr
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Chuck Liddell
3 Wanderlei Silva
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Tito Ortiz
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Rashad Evans
9 Dan Henderson
10 Randy Couture
11 Daniel Cormier
12 Frank Shamrock
13 Forrest Griffin
14 Guy Mezger
15 Anthony Johnson
16 Vitor Belfort
17 Phil Davis
18 Alexander Gustafsson
19 Yuki Kondo
20 Ryan Bader
21 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
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 Michael Bisping
6 Rich Franklin
7 Nate Marquardt
8 Chael Sonnen
9 Ronaldo Souza
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Yushin Okami
12 Gegard Mousasi
13 Matt Lindland
14 Kiuma Kunioku
15 Ricardo Almeida
16 Paulo Filho
17 Kazuo Misaki
18 Evan Tanner
19 Yoel Romero
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Dave Menne
22 Vitor Belfort
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 Jon Fitch
7 Pat Miletich
8 Jake Shields
9 Tyron Woodley
10 B.J. Penn
11 Nick Diaz
12 Rory MacDonald
13 Hayato Sakurai
14 Josh Koscheck
15 Thiago Alves
16 Sean Sherk
17 Matt Serra
18 Karo Parisyan
19 Demian Maia
20 Diego Sanchez
21 Jake Ellenberger
22 Martin Kampmann
23 Stephen Thompson
24 Dave Menne
25 Dennis Hallman
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 B.J. Penn
2 Ben Henderson
3 Takanori Gomi
4 Frankie Edgar
5 Eddie Alvarez
6 Rafael dos Anjos
7 Anthony Pettis
8 Shinya Aoki
9 Gilbert Melendez
10 Joachim Hansen
11 Vitor Ribeiro
12 Jens Pulver
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Gray Maynard
15 Caol Uno
16 Rumina Sato
17 Donald Cerrone
18 Marcus Aurelio
19 Kenny Florian
20 Michael Chandler
21 Yves Edwards
22 Sean Sherk
23 Will Brooks
24 Gesias Cavalcante
25 Khabib Nurmagomedov
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 Ricardo Lamas
12 Masakazu Imanari
13 Cub Swanson
14 Jeff Curran
15 Marlon Sandro
16 Max Holloway
17 Takeshi Inoue
18 Yoshiro Maeda
19 Wagnney Fabiano
20 Mark Hominick
21 Joao Roque
22 Daniel Straus
23 Naoya Uematsu
24 Hiroyuki Takaya
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 Eddie Wineland
14 Chase Beebe
15 Akitoshi Hokazono
16 Marcos Galvao
17 Marlon Moraes
18 Masakazu Imanari
19 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
20 Kentaro Imaizumi
21 Rani Yahya
22 Jimmie Rivera
23 Antonio Banuelos
24 Kenichi Tanaka
25 Takeya Mizugaki
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Yasuhiro Urushitani
3 Mamoru Yamaguchi
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 Josh Sampo
13 Henry Cejudo
14 Zach Makovsky
15 Louis Smolka
16 Junji Ikoma
17 Kiyotaka Shimizu
18 Masaaki Sugawara
19 Kyoji Horiguchi
20 John Moraga
21 Masatoshi Abe
22 Jin Akimoto
23 Setsu Iguchi
24 Robson Moura
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 Atsushi Takeuchi
9 Hiroyuki Abe
10 Rey Docyogen
11 Ryohei Kurosawa
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Yukitaka Musashi
14 Ryosuke Tanuma
15 Junji Ikoma
16 Tadaaki Yamamoto
17 Takehiro Harusaki
18 Daichi Kitakata
19 Takehiro Ishii
20 Kento Kanbe
21 Masakazu Utsugi
22 Takuya Eizumi
23 Ryo Hatta
24 Masayoshi Kato
25 Yusei Shimokawa
 

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    • 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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