Inaugural independent world MMA rankings released


We are proud to announce the launch of the Independent World MMA Rankings. Some of the best and most knowledgeable MMA writers from across the MMA media landscape have come together to form one independent voting panel.

These voting panel members are, in alphabetical order:
Zach Arnold (FightOpinion);
Nicholas Bailey(MMA Ratings);
Jared Barnes(Houston Chronicle);
Jordan Breen (Sherdog);
Jim Genia (Full Contact Fighter, MMA Memories, and MMA Journalist Blog);
Jesse Holland (MMA Mania);
Robert Joyner (MMA Payout);
Todd Martin (CBS Sportsline);
Zac Robinson (Sports by the Numbers MMA;
Michael David Smith (AOL Fanhouse);
Jonathan Snowden (Author of “Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting”);
Joshua Stein (MMA Opinion),
Ivan Trembow(Freelance);
and Dave Walsh (Total MMA).

These rankings are independent of any single MMA media outlet or
sanctioning body, and are published on multiple web sites.

The rankings are tabulated on a monthly basis in each of the top seven
weight classes of MMA, from heavyweight to bantamweight, with fighters
receiving ten points for a first-place vote, nine points for a
second-place vote, and so on.

The rankings are based purely on the votes of the members of the
voting panel, with nobody’s vote counting more than anybody else’s
vote, and no computerized voting.

The voters are instructed to vote primarily based on fighters’ actual
accomplishments in the cage/ring (the quality of opposition that
they’ve actually beaten), not based on a broad, subjective perception
of which fighters would theoretically win fantasy match-ups.

Special thanks to Eric Kamander, Zach Arnold, and Joshua Stein for their invaluable help with this project, and special thanks to Garrett Bailey for designing our logo.

Inactivity: Fighters who have not fought in the past 12 months are not
eligible to be ranked, and will regain their eligibility the next time
they fight.

Disciplinary Suspensions: Fighters who are currently serving
disciplinary suspensions are not eligible to be ranked.

Changing Weight Classes: When a fighter announces that he is leaving
one weight class in order to fight in another weight class, the
fighter is not eligible to be ranked in the new weight class until he
has his first fight in the new weight class.

Catch Weight Fights: When fights are contested at weights that are in
between the limits of the various weight classes, they are considered
to be in the higher weight class. The weight limits for each weight
class are listed at the top of the rankings for each weight class.


June 2009 Independent World MMA Rankings

Heavyweight Rankings (206 to 265 lbs.)
1. Fedor Emelianenko (30-1, 1 No Contest)
2. Frank Mir (12-3)
3. Josh Barnett (24-5)
4. Brock Lesnar (3-1)
5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1, 1 No Contest)
6. Randy Couture (16-9)
7. Alistair Overeem (29-11, 1 No Contest)
8. Shane Carwin (11-0)
9. Brett Rogers (10-0)
10. Andrei Arlovski (15-7)

Light Heavyweight Rankings (186 to 205 lbs.)
1. Lyoto Machida (15-0)
2. Rashad Evans (13-1-1)
3. Quinton Jackson (30-7)
4. Forrest Griffin (16-5)
5. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (18-3)
6. Rich Franklin (25-4, 1 No Contest)
7. Keith Jardine (14-5-1)
8. Dan Henderson (24-7)
9. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8)
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (17-3)

Middleweight Rankings (171 to 185 lbs.)
1. Anderson Silva (24-4)
2. Yushin Okami 23-4)
3. Nathan Marquardt (28-8-2)
4. Demian Maia (10-0)
5. Dan Henderson (24-7)
6. Jorge Santiago (21-7)
7. Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1)
8. Robbie Lawler (16-5, 1 No Contest)
9. Vitor Belfort (18-8)
10. Thales Leites (14-2)

Welterweight Rankings (156 to 170 lbs.)
1. Georges St. Pierre (18-2)
2. Thiago Alves (16-3)
3. Jon Fitch (18-3, 1 No Contest)
4. Jake Shields (23-4-1)
5. Matt Hughes (43-7)
6. Josh Koscheck (12-4)
7. Martin Kampmann (15-2)
8. Mike Swick (14-2)
9. Carlos Condit (22-5)
10. Paulo Thiago (11-0)

Lightweight Rankings (146 to 155 lbs.)
1. B.J. Penn (13-5-1)
2. Kenny Florian (11-3)
3. Shinya Aoki (20-4, 1 No Contest)
4. Eddie Alvarez (17-2)
5. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2)
7. Frankie Edgar (10-1)
8. Josh Thomson (16-2)
9. Satoru Kitaoka (25-8-9)
10. Gray Maynard (7-0, 1 No Contest)

Featherweight Rankings (136 to 145 lbs.)
1. Mike Brown (22-4)
2. Urijah Faber (22-3)
3. Wagnney Fabiano (12-1)
4. Jose Aldo (15-1)
5. Hatsu Hioki (19-3-2)
6. Leonard Garcia (12-4)
7. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (16-3)
8. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (17-2)
9. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (19-6-2)
10. Raphael Assuncao (13-1)

Bantamweight Rankings (126 to 135 lbs.)
1. Miguel Torres (37-1)
2. Brian Bowles (7-0)
3. Takeya Mizugaki (11-3-2)
4. Masakatsu Ueda (9-0-2)
5. Joseph Benavidez (10-0)
6. Akitoshi Tamura (14-7-2)
7. Will Ribeiro (10-2)
8. Rani Yahya (14-4)
9. Damacio Page (11-4)
10. Manny Tapia (10-2-1)

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rbrad site profile image  

6/19/09 9:20 AM by rbrad

I'm guessing Kid is at 8 while Warren is unranked mainly due to overall body of work. Kid is top 10. Warren is too, IMO, but they're probably a little hesitant because he has only had a couple professional fights.

RC Gogo site profile image  

6/19/09 9:03 AM by RC Gogo

And I'm not saying that Joe Warren shouldn't be ranked. I just don't understand the logic. If you're going to put Kid at 8, then at least put Warren at 10.I understand that it's a compilation of different opinions, though. So it won't all make sense.

RC Gogo site profile image  

6/19/09 9:00 AM by RC Gogo

It's a bit odd that Kid is ranked, when the only fight he's had in the past 12 months was a loss.... to a guy that's not ranked on their list.But overall, I like these rankings.

Mad Xyientist site profile image  

6/19/09 8:47 AM by Mad Xyientist

Can anyone PLEASE explain why Leonard Garcia is consistently a top 7 featherweight?  His only notable wins are Jens Pulver (who is 1-6 in his last 7 fights) and Hiroyuki Takaya (who loses rather regularly). There are guys not on this list (like Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Michihiro Omigawa, and Bibiano Fernandes) who all should be ranked higher than him.