Last Updated: 2016-06-21

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 Matt Hughes
5 Jose Aldo
6 Jon Jones
7 B.J. Penn
8 Frankie Edgar
9 Randy Couture
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
11 Dan Henderson
12 Urijah Faber
13 Chris Weidman
14 Lyoto Machida
15 Fabricio Werdum
16 Cain Velasquez
17 Chuck Liddell
18 Robbie Lawler
19 Wanderlei Silva
20 Junior dos Santos
21 Quinton Jackson
22 Ben Henderson
23 Takanori Gomi
24 Mauricio Rua
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 Stipe Miocic
8 Luke Rockhold
9 Fabricio Werdum
10 Fedor Emelianenko
11 Demetrious Johnson
12 Junior dos Santos
13 Jose Aldo
14 Michael Bisping
15 T.J. Dillashaw
16 Ken Shamrock
17 Masakatsu Funaki
18 Frankie Edgar
19 Conor McGregor
20 Robbie Lawler
21 Ben Henderson
22 Chuck Liddell
23 Anthony Pettis
24 Bas Rutten
25 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
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 Andrei Arlovski
10 Mirko Filipovic
11 Mark Coleman
12 Royce Gracie
13 Frank Mir
14 Ken Shamrock
15 Tim Sylvia
16 Alistair Overeem
17 Stipe Miocic
18 Semmy Schilt
19 Brock Lesnar
20 Masakatsu Funaki
21 Mark Hunt
22 Antonio Silva
23 Dan Severn
24 Don Frye
25 Travis Browne
Light Heavyweight
Rank Fighter
1 Jon Jones
2 Chuck Liddell
3 Wanderlei Silva
4 Quinton Jackson
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Tito Ortiz
7 Lyoto Machida
8 Rashad Evans
9 Dan Henderson
10 Randy Couture
11 Forrest Griffin
12 Frank Shamrock
13 Guy Mezger
14 Daniel Cormier
15 Vitor Belfort
16 Anthony Johnson
17 Yuki Kondo
18 Phil Davis
19 Alexander Gustafsson
20 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
21 Ricardo Arona
22 Ryan Bader
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 Nate Marquardt
7 Michael Bisping
8 Chael Sonnen
9 Ronaldo Souza
10 Murilo Bustamante
11 Yushin Okami
12 Matt Lindland
13 Paulo Filho
14 Ricardo Almeida
15 Kiuma Kunioku
16 Kazuo Misaki
17 Gegard Mousasi
18 Evan Tanner
19 Robbie Lawler
20 Demian Maia
21 Vitor Belfort
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 Sean Sherk
15 Hayato Sakurai
16 Matt Serra
17 Diego Sanchez
18 Karo Parisyan
19 Jake Ellenberger
20 Demian Maia
21 Martin Kampmann
22 Dave Menne
23 Takafumi Ito
24 Dennis Hallman
25 Stephen Thompson
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 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 Gesias Cavalcante
24 Nate Diaz
25 Will Brooks
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 Patricio Freire
11 Masakazu Imanari
12 Ricardo Lamas
13 Jeff Curran
14 Cub Swanson
15 Yoshiro Maeda
16 Marlon Sandro
17 Mark Hominick
18 Wagnney Fabiano
19 Max Holloway
20 Takeshi Inoue
21 Hiroyuki Takaya
22 Daniel Straus
23 Joao Roque
24 Naoya Uematsu
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 Joseph Benavidez
10 Eduardo Dantas
11 Masahiro Oishi
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Masakatsu Ueda
14 Chase Beebe
15 Akitoshi Hokazono
16 Marcos Galvao
17 Kentaro Imaizumi
18 Masakazu Imanari
19 Rani Yahya
20 Kazuhiro Sakamoto
21 Kenichi Tanaka
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 John Dodson
8 Ian McCall
9 Yuki Shojo
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 Robson Moura
20 Zach Makovsky
21 Kiyotaka Shimizu
22 John Moraga
23 Yasuhiro Akagi
24 Takeyasu Hirono
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 Yukitaka Musashi
12 Yuichiro Yajima
13 Ryosuke Tanuma
14 Takehiro Harusaki
15 Tadaaki Yamamoto
16 Kento Kanbe
17 Takehiro Ishii
18 Junji Ikoma
19 Masakazu Utsugi
20 Takuya Eizumi
21 Ryo Hatta
22 Daichi Kitakata
23 Yusei Shimokawa
24 Masayoshi Kato
25 Raymison Bruno
Women (Open)
Rank Fighter
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Cristiane Justino
3 Yuka Tsuji
4 Marloes Coenen
5 Tara LaRosa
6 Megumi Fujii
7 Miesha Tate
8 Sarah Kaufman
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 Holly Holm
19 Miku Matsumoto
20 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
21 Laura DAuguste
22 Hitomi Akano
23 Yuuki Kondo
24 Takayo Hashi
25 Sara McMann
 

Advertisement:

Comments (287)


share this page

    287 Comments

    • 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


    Have a Comment?

    Please use the box below to submit a comment. Before clicking the "submit" button, review the information above the button, or else your comment is subject to deletion.

    Before asking where a specific fighter is ranked or why they aren't ranked:

    - We update the rankings once per week, usually on Sunday or Monday.

    - Fighters who have not fought in 450 days or more ARE NOT RANKED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    - Use the "Fighter Search" option in the upper-right of the page. The fighter may be ranked in a different division.

    - Most of the divisions have multiple pages beyond this one. See the clickable ranges above and below the ranking table.


    Furthermore, we do not maintain the "next fight" data. This is gathered from Sherdog. Any issues regarding this data should be forwarded to them.