Last Updated: 2014-08-01

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 Jose Aldo
6 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
7 Jon Jones
8 Dan Henderson
9 B.J. Penn
10 Randy Couture
11 Urijah Faber
12 Frankie Edgar
13 Lyoto Machida
14 Wanderlei Silva
15 Gilbert Melendez
16 Quinton Jackson
17 Chuck Liddell
18 Cain Velasquez
19 Rashad Evans
20 Junior dos Santos
21 Mauricio Rua
22 Josh Barnett
23 Takanori Gomi
24 Ben Henderson
25 Shinya Aoki
Division Dominance (Peak)
Rank Fighter
1 Chris Weidman
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Jon Jones
4 Georges St. Pierre
5 Anderson Silva
6 Junior dos Santos
7 Fedor Emelianenko
8 Jose Aldo
9 Demetrious Johnson
10 Frankie Edgar
11 Ben Henderson
12 Ken Shamrock
13 Chuck Liddell
14 Quinton Jackson
15 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
16 Matt Hughes
17 Anthony Pettis
18 Fabricio Werdum
19 Mike Thomas Brown
20 Wanderlei Silva
21 Masakatsu Funaki
22 Miguel Torres
23 Shinichi Kojima
24 Takanori Gomi
25 Mirko Filipovic
Heavyweight +
Rank Fighter
1 Fedor Emelianenko
2 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Junior dos Santos
5 Josh Barnett
6 Randy Couture
7 Fabricio Werdum
8 Frank Mir
9 Mirko Filipovic
10 Tim Sylvia
11 Mark Coleman
12 Alistair Overeem
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 Quinton Jackson
3 Wanderlei Silva
4 Chuck Liddell
5 Rashad Evans
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Dan Henderson
8 Lyoto Machida
9 Tito Ortiz
10 Forrest Griffin
11 Randy Couture
12 Vitor Belfort
13 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
14 Ricardo Arona
15 Frank Shamrock
16 Gegard Mousasi
17 Alexander Gustafsson
18 Yuki Kondo
19 Renato Sobral
20 Phil Davis
21 Ryan Bader
22 Rich Franklin
23 Keith Jardine
24 Glover Teixeira
25 Paulo Filho
Middleweight
Rank Fighter
1 Anderson Silva
2 Chris Weidman
3 Nate Marquardt
4 Chael Sonnen
5 Rich Franklin
6 Dan Henderson
7 Yushin Okami
8 Ronaldo Souza
9 Paulo Filho
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Matt Lindland
12 Luke Rockhold
13 Ricardo Almeida
14 Robbie Lawler
15 Michael Bisping
16 Kazuo Misaki
17 Jorge Santiago
18 Demian Maia
19 Kiuma Kunioku
20 Mamed Khalidov
21 Hector Lombard
22 Jake Shields
23 Gegard Mousasi
24 Mark Munoz
25 Tim Kennedy
Welterweight
Rank Fighter
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Matt Hughes
3 Jon Fitch
4 Johny Hendricks
5 Jake Shields
6 Carlos Condit
7 Nick Diaz
8 Sean Sherk
9 Josh Koscheck
10 Diego Sanchez
11 Thiago Alves
12 Karo Parisyan
13 Pat Miletich
14 Hayato Sakurai
15 Martin Kampmann
16 Rory MacDonald
17 Jake Ellenberger
18 B.J. Penn
19 Robbie Lawler
20 Ben Askren
21 Matt Serra
22 Jason Black
23 Tetsuji Kato
24 Frank Trigg
25 Dennis Hallman
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 Takanori Gomi
2 Frankie Edgar
3 B.J. Penn
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 Kenny Florian
13 Anthony Pettis
14 Marcus Aurelio
15 Jens Pulver
16 Caol Uno
17 Michael Chandler
18 Gesias Cavalcante
19 Yves Edwards
20 Nate Diaz
21 Rumina Sato
22 Josh Thomson
23 Dokonjonosuke Mishima
24 Clay Guida
25 Jim Miller
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 Cub Swanson
10 Jeff Curran
11 Marlon Sandro
12 Yoshiro Maeda
13 Hiroyuki Takaya
14 Noboru Asahi
15 Wagnney Fabiano
16 Joao Roque
17 Patricio Freire
18 Takeshi Inoue
19 Mark Hominick
20 Daniel Straus
21 Bibiano Fernandes
22 Ricardo Lamas
23 Antonio Carvalho
24 Naoya Uematsu
25 Stephen Palling
Bantamweight
Rank Fighter
1 Miguel Torres
2 Renan Barao
3 Dominick Cruz
4 Urijah Faber
5 Brian Bowles
6 Bibiano Fernandes
7 Eduardo Dantas
8 Joseph Benavidez
9 Ryota Matsune
10 Eddie Wineland
11 Takeya Mizugaki
12 Masakatsu Ueda
13 Michael McDonald
14 Masahiro Oishi
15 Masakazu Imanari
16 Akitoshi Hokazono
17 Kentaro Imaizumi
18 Chase Beebe
19 Marcos Galvao
20 T.J. Dillashaw
21 Scott Jorgensen
22 Antonio Banuelos
23 Hisao Ikeda
24 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
25 Raphael Assuncao
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Yasuhiro Urushitani
2 Mamoru Yamaguchi
3 Shinichi Kojima
4 Demetrious Johnson
5 Jussier da Silva
6 Yuki Shojo
7 Ian McCall
8 John Dodson
9 Alexis Vila
10 Joseph Benavidez
11 Ryuichi Miki
12 Junji Ikoma
13 Masatoshi Abe
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 Junji Ito
6 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
7 Atsushi Takeuchi
8 Rey Docyogen
9 Hiroyuki Abe
10 Takehiro Harusaki
11 Yuichiro Yajima
12 Ryosuke Tanuma
13 Tadaaki Yamamoto
14 Ryo Hatta
15 Yoshitaka Naito
16 Takehiro Ishii
17 Yusei Shimokawa
18 Takuya Eizumi
19 Suguru Hayasaka
20 Junji Ikoma
21 Masayoshi Kato
22 Masakazu Utsugi
23 Keisuke Tamaru
24 Kenichi Takeda
25 Jun Nakamura
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Tara LaRosa
2 Megumi Fujii
3 Yuka Tsuji
4 Marloes Coenen
5 Ronda Rousey
6 Sarah Kaufman
7 Jennifer Howe
8 Cris Cyborg
9 Jessica Aguilar
10 Roxanne Modafferi
11 Hisae Watanabe
12 Alexis Davis
13 Satoko Shinashi
14 Miesha Tate
15 Amanda Buckner
16 Miku Matsumoto
17 Laura DAuguste
18 Takayo Hashi
19 Barb Honchak
20 Hitomi Akano
21 Ayaka Hamasaki
22 Yuuki Kondo
23 Seo Hee Ham
24 Erin Toughill
25 Rin Nakai
 


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    • jcs says:

      Have to look at that. My belief is ‘yes’, but w/ consideration to all divisions.. so it’s not apples to apples with the Men.

    • Mark says:

      Are women included in the Peak Division Dominance calculations?

    • ThonolansGhost says:

      GSP deserves the #1 ranking. Nobody else has ever beaten that many top fighters, and he dominated most of them.

    • kd says:

      The p4p all time list is the biggest joke ever. GSP over SIlva? That’s the biggest crock ever. Especially since GSP was scared to fight Anderson. People always said that Anderson is too big for GSP, but no one said that when GSP fought Serra. And, Serra won the first fight. GSP was a great fighter, but he wasn’t the GOAT. I’d take Liddell or Couture over GSP.

    • HD says:

      This is a bad way to see who should be the highest ranking mma fighter, especially since GSP’s later career was a snooze fest and Anderson Silva’s later career in his prime was fking amazing.

    • 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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