Last Updated: 2016-04-01

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 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 Jose Aldo
5 Matt Hughes
6 Jon Jones
7 B.J. Penn
8 Frankie Edgar
9 Randy Couture
10 Urijah Faber
11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
12 Dan Henderson
13 Fabricio Werdum
14 Lyoto Machida
15 Chris Weidman
16 Cain Velasquez
17 Chuck Liddell
18 Wanderlei Silva
19 Ben Henderson
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Takanori Gomi
22 Quinton Jackson
23 Junior dos Santos
24 Mauricio Rua
25 Gilbert Melendez
Division Dominance (Peak)
Rank Fighter
1 Cain Velasquez
2 Chris Weidman
3 Jon Jones
4 Rafael dos Anjos
5 Georges St. Pierre
6 Anderson Silva
7 Luke Rockhold
8 Fabricio Werdum
9 Fedor Emelianenko
10 Junior dos Santos
11 Jose Aldo
12 Demetrious Johnson
13 T.J. Dillashaw
14 Conor McGregor
15 Frankie Edgar
16 Ben Henderson
17 Robbie Lawler
18 Ken Shamrock
19 Chuck Liddell
20 Anthony Pettis
21 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
22 Quinton Jackson
23 Matt Hughes
24 Mike Thomas Brown
25 Wanderlei Silva
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 Mirko Filipovic
9 Mark Coleman
10 Andrei Arlovski
11 Royce Gracie
12 Frank Mir
13 Bas Rutten
14 Tim Sylvia
15 Alistair Overeem
16 Brock Lesnar
17 Ken Shamrock
18 Semmy Schilt
19 Mark Hunt
20 Antonio Silva
21 Dan Severn
22 Masakatsu Funaki
23 Daniel Cormier
24 Don Frye
25 Stipe Miocic
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Chuck Liddell
3 Wanderlei Silva
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Mauricio Rua
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 Alexander Gustafsson
17 Phil Davis
18 Ryan Bader
19 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
20 Ricardo Arona
21 Yuki Kondo
22 Guy Mezger
23 Paulo Filho
24 Glover Teixeira
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 Kiuma Kunioku
15 Kazuo Misaki
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 Nick Diaz
9 B.J. Penn
10 Pat Miletich
11 Josh Koscheck
12 Rory MacDonald
13 Thiago Alves
14 Hayato Sakurai
15 Sean Sherk
16 Diego Sanchez
17 Karo Parisyan
18 Matt Serra
19 Jake Ellenberger
20 Martin Kampmann
21 Demian Maia
22 Dave Menne
23 Takafumi Ito
24 Dennis Hallman
25 Tetsuji Kato
Lightweight
Rank Fighter
1 B.J. Penn
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Takanori Gomi
4 Ben Henderson
5 Rafael dos Anjos
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Shinya Aoki
8 Gilbert Melendez
9 Eddie Alvarez
10 Vitor Ribeiro
11 Joachim Hansen
12 Jens Pulver
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Donald Cerrone
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 Noboru Asahi
11 Masakazu Imanari
12 Patricio Freire
13 Ricardo Lamas
14 Daniel Straus
15 Jeff Curran
16 Cub Swanson
17 Naoya Uematsu
18 Marlon Sandro
19 Yoshiro Maeda
20 Mark Hominick
21 Hiroyuki Takaya
22 Wagnney Fabiano
23 Takeshi Inoue
24 Joao Roque
25 Max Holloway
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 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
15 Chase Beebe
16 Akitoshi Hokazono
17 Marcos Galvao
18 Kenichi Tanaka
19 Kentaro Imaizumi
20 Masakazu Imanari
21 Rani Yahya
22 Antonio Banuelos
23 Hisao Ikeda
24 Marlon Moraes
25 Takeya Mizugaki
Flyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Yasuhiro Urushitani
3 Mamoru Yamaguchi
4 Shinichi Kojima
5 Jussier da Silva
6 Joseph Benavidez
7 Jin Akimoto
8 Ian McCall
9 John Dodson
10 Yuki Shojo
11 Ryuichi Miki
12 Alexis Vila
13 Junji Ikoma
14 Masatoshi Abe
15 Homare Kuboyama
16 Josh Sampo
17 Setsu Iguchi
18 Masaaki Sugawara
19 Robson Moura
20 Zach Makovsky
21 Takeyasu Hirono
22 Kiyotaka Shimizu
23 John Moraga
24 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
25 Daiji Takahashi
Strawweight
Rank Fighter
1 Rambaa Somdet
2 Yoshitaka Naito
3 Mitsuhisa Sunabe
4 Shinya Murofushi
5 Atsushi Takeuchi
6 Mikihito Yamagami
7 Junji Ito
8 Noboru Tahara
9 Hiroyuki Abe
10 Takehiro Harusaki
11 Rey Docyogen
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Yukitaka Musashi
14 Ryosuke Tanuma
15 Tadaaki Yamamoto
16 Kento Kanbe
17 Junji Ikoma
18 Takehiro Ishii
19 Takuya Eizumi
20 Masakazu Utsugi
21 Ryo Hatta
22 Yusei Shimokawa
23 Masayoshi Kato
24 Daichi Kitakata
25 Jun Nakamura
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 Miku Matsumoto
19 Holly Holm
20 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
21 Laura DAuguste
22 Zoila Frausto
23 Hitomi Akano
24 Yuuki Kondo
25 Takayo Hashi
 

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    • 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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