Last Updated: 2016-08-12

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 Frankie Edgar
9 Randy Couture
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 Wanderlei Silva
19 Quinton Jackson
20 Junior dos Santos
21 Robbie Lawler
22 Ben Henderson
23 Mauricio Rua
24 Takanori Gomi
25 Tito Ortiz
Division Dominance (Peak)
Rank Fighter
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jon Jones
4 Georges St. Pierre
5 Anderson Silva
6 Rafael dos Anjos
7 Luke Rockhold
8 Fabricio Werdum
9 Fedor Emelianenko
10 Eddie Alvarez
11 Junior dos Santos
12 Demetrious Johnson
13 Conor McGregor
14 Stipe Miocic
15 Jose Aldo
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 Pettis
25 Bas Rutten
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 Mirko Filipovic
10 Andrei Arlovski
11 Mark Coleman
12 Royce Gracie
13 Frank Mir
14 Ken Shamrock
15 Brock Lesnar
16 Tim Sylvia
17 Alistair Overeem
18 Stipe Miocic
19 Semmy Schilt
20 Masakatsu Funaki
21 Mark Hunt
22 Antonio Silva
23 Dan Severn
24 Don Frye
25 Daniel Cormier
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Chuck Liddell
3 Quinton Jackson
4 Wanderlei Silva
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 Phil Davis
17 Anthony Johnson
18 Yuki Kondo
19 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
20 Alexander Gustafsson
21 Ryan Bader
22 Ricardo Arona
23 Glover Teixeira
24 Keith Jardine
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 Matt Lindland
13 Kiuma Kunioku
14 Ricardo Almeida
15 Paulo Filho
16 Gegard Mousasi
17 Kazuo Misaki
18 Evan Tanner
19 Robbie Lawler
20 Vitor Belfort
21 Demian Maia
22 Dave Menne
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 Josh Koscheck
12 Rory MacDonald
13 Thiago Alves
14 Tyron Woodley
15 Sean Sherk
16 Hayato Sakurai
17 Matt Serra
18 Diego Sanchez
19 Karo Parisyan
20 Jake Ellenberger
21 Demian Maia
22 Martin Kampmann
23 Dave Menne
24 Takafumi Ito
25 Stephen Thompson
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 B.J. Penn
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Takanori Gomi
4 Ben Henderson
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 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 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 Chad Mendes
7 Conor McGregor
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 Mark Hominick
19 Takeshi Inoue
20 Wagnney Fabiano
21 Daniel Straus
22 Joao Roque
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 Kentaro Imaizumi
18 Masakazu Imanari
19 Rani Yahya
20 Marlon Moraes
21 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
22 Kenichi Tanaka
23 Antonio Banuelos
24 Hisao Ikeda
25 Michael McDonald
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 Yuki Shojo
9 John Dodson
10 Ryuichi Miki
11 Alexis Vila
12 Junji Ikoma
13 Jin Akimoto
14 Masatoshi Abe
15 Homare Kuboyama
16 Setsu Iguchi
17 Josh Sampo
18 Masaaki Sugawara
19 Louis Smolka
20 Robson Moura
21 Zach Makovsky
22 Kiyotaka Shimizu
23 John Moraga
24 Yasuhiro Akagi
25 Takeyasu Hirono
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 Yukitaka Musashi
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Ryosuke Tanuma
14 Takehiro Harusaki
15 Tadaaki Yamamoto
16 Kento Kanbe
17 Ken Asuka
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 Barb Honchak
16 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
17 Satoko Shinashi
18 Amanda Buckner
19 Amanda Nunes
20 Miku Matsumoto
21 Holly Holm
22 Laura DAuguste
23 Hitomi Akano
24 Yuuki Kondo
25 Claudia Gadelha
 

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    • ccrider says:

      Only three losses. One on a lucky haymaker. All but one decision was unanimous…..which means he dominated throughout. He had the stamina to go five rounds as he put on clinics. Not many fighters can go 5 rounds routinely and dominate. He dominated prolific college wrestlers at their own game, submitted Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. Fought Koshcek, Hughes, Serra, Fitch, Penn, Alves, Hardy, Shields, Condit, Diaz, Hendricks in that order winning all. Even though the #1 status is arguable with other fighters….Silva’s impromptu string of losses hurts him. His multiple skills as an athlete and fighter are clear and unequivocal.

    • Fabio Macacchero says:

      GSP over Silva? A guy that stays years needing judges to win fights? His winnings are most by judges. This rankings is ridiculous.

    • 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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