With MMA promotions putting on fight cards more frequently than ever, fighter rankings tend to change very frequently based on these fights.  Every month, The MMA Corner’s Brian McKenna will compile the staff’s rankings into The MMA Corner’s Fighter Rankings from heavyweight to flyweight, plus pound-for-pound.

 

Heavyweight
  1. Junior dos Santos

    Former Pride and Strikeforce star Alistair Overeem will look to capture Junior dos Santos title (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

  2. Alistair Overeem
  3. Cain Velasquez
  4. Josh Barnett
  5. Frank Mir
  6. Daniel Cormier
  7. Shane Carwin
  8. Fabricio Werdum
  9. Antonio Silva
  10. Roy Nelson

Despite the fact that Cain Velasquez lost the UFC title in his last fight, he still sits near the top among the heavyweight, nipping on the heels of former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.  Overeem is carrying a lot of momentum behind him after his victory against Brock Lesnar, which made him the No. 1 contender for dos Santos’ title.

Light Heavyweight
  1. Jon Jones
  2. Dan Henderson
  3. Rashad Evans
  4. Mauricio Rua
  5. Lyoto Machida
  6. Muhammad Lawal
  7. Quinton Jackson
  8. Phil Davis
  9. Gegard Mousasi
  10. Alexander Gustafsson

Dan Henderson’s exciting victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 gives him the edge over No. 1 contender Rashad Evans, despite Evans’ victory over Phil Davis last Saturday night.  Well, that and the fact Henderson held the Strikeforce light heavyweight title before he returned to the UFC.  The victory over Rua has kept him near the top of the rankings and it would not come as much of a surprise to hear that “Hendo’s” turn at the title isn’t too far away.

Middleweight
  1. Anderson Silva

    Hector Lombard (L) will try to defend his title against Alexander Shlemenko once again (Bellator)

  2. Chael Sonnen
  3. Mark Munoz
  4. Vitor Belfort
  5. Hector Lombard
  6. Michael Bisping
  7. Yushin Okami
  8. Luke Rockhold
  9. Nate Marquardt
  10. Demain Maia

It does not come as much of a surprise to find Chael Sonnen one spot below middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but it may come as a little bit of a surprise to find Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard in the top 5.  While he is very worthy of being ranked so high, Lombard is a big fish in a small pond of talent at 185 pounds in Bellator.  The Cuban has proven that he can take down middle of the road fighters and awaits a rematch for his championship against Alexander Shlemenko.  If Lombard can successfully defend his title, it would give him 20 consecutive victories, which would definitely solidify his ranking.

Welterweight
  1. Georges St-Pierre

    "GSP" won the interim title at UFC 79. This Saturday, there will be a new interim champ who will share the top of the mountain with him. (Stephen Fernandez/Splash News)

  2. Nick Diaz
  3. Carlos Condit
  4. Jake Ellenberger
  5. Josh Koscheck
  6. Jon Fitch
  7. Johny Hendricks
  8. Jake Shields
  9. Ben Askren
  10. Martin Kampmann

Even though he has been sidelined due to injury, Georges St-Pierre is still the king of the welterweight division.  However, if he is out for an extended period of time, it would not be shocking to see him slip down to the second position on the list based on the fact that he has to keep winning to stay on top.  The winner of this Saturday’s interim welterweight championship fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit could jump over GSP, who has been on top for a long time.  But that is not the only storyline that comes out of the 170-pound division, as Johny Hendricks defeated Jon Fitch in just 12 seconds at UFC 141, yet still sits behind Fitch in the rankings.  Not to say that result was a fluke, but it shows that Fitch’s performance in that fight did not reflect his typical performances.

Lightweight
  1. Frankie Edgar

    Will "El Nino" be stuck behind the UFC champion until he leaves Strikeforce? (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

  2. Gilbert Melendez
  3. Ben Henderson
  4. Gray Maynard
  5. Jim Miller
  6. Shinya Aoki
  7. Clay Guida
  8. Anthony Pettis
  9. Nick Diaz
  10. Michael Chandler

While the word on the street is that Frankie Edgar would be better suited for fighting at featherweight, he sits above Gilbert Melendez at the top.  While Melendez is by far the biggest draw that Strikeforce has to offer, his recent victory over Jorge Masvidal is likely the reason why he sits behind Edgar because fans remember “The Answer” knocking out Gray Maynard last October.  While Melendez is stuck in the position of having to fight the lesser talent in front of him, he continues to do so.  With fans dreaming about the potential matchup between the two, Edgar has to worry about the fact that he will defend his title against Ben Henderson in Japan at UFC 144.

Featherweight
  1. Jose Aldo

    Hatsu Hioki (L) has done well outside of the UFC, but was his performance against George Roop good enough for a chance against Aldo? (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

  2. Chad Mendes
  3. Hatsu Hioki
  4. Pat Curran
  5. Diego Nunes
  6. Marlon Sandro
  7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  8. Dustin Poirier
  9. Joe Warren
  10. Chan Sung Jung

It might come as a bit of a surprise to see that despite being defeated by Jose Aldo at UFC 142 by first-round knockout, Chad Mendes still sits right behind him.  That was the only loss of his career, however, and the fighter ranked behind him, Hatsu Hioki, only defeated George Roop by a small margin in his UFC debut.  Hioki rode the hype train from Japan to the promotion and didn’t quite live up to the expectations, leaving him near the top, but at the third position.  While Mendes’ performance against Aldo did not warrant an immediate title shot, it will be interesting to see who Aldo defends his strap against next.

Bantamweight
  1. Dominick Cruz
  2. Urijah Faber
  3. Renan Barao
  4. Scott Jorgensen
  5. Brian Bowles
  6. Bibiano Fernandes
  7. Miguel Torres
  8. Masakatsu Ueda
  9. Michael McDonald
  10. Zack Makovsky

Fresh off of his victory against Brian Bowles, Urijah Faber sits right behind Dominick Cruz once again.  These two will have their trilogy fight after they coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, but everyone else is lining up behind them.  The loss that Bowles suffered wasn’t enough to drop him out of the top 5, but he has to win his next match-up to make sure he continues to stay relevant to the title that the current champion took away from him.  But the story that is right in our face is that our third- and fourth-ranked fighters will square off with one another this Saturday at UFC 143.  The No. 1 contender for the UFC bantamweight gold is already established, but the winner of Barao vs. Jorgensen will give us a good idea of who will be next in line.

Flyweight
  1. Joseph Benavidez

    Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall recently won the vacant Tachi Palace Fights flyweight championship after submitting Darrell Montague (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

  2. Demetrious Johnson
  3. Ian McCall
  4. Yasuhiro Urushitani
  5. Jussier da Silva
  6. Darrell Montague
  7. Mamoru Yamaguchi
  8. Shinichi Kojima
  9. Ulysses Gomez
  10. John Dodson

As we move down the weight classes, it is interesting to see how the UFC’s hold over the top fighters of that division diminish.  While the promotion is officially opening the 125-pound division with a four-man tournament in March, you can see that it’s doing what it can to control the crowd.  The top two fighters have been fighting at bantamweight, but are better suited for flyweight, and the two fighters behind them have been brought in to participate for the new title.  But fighters five through nine?  They have never set foot inside the Octagon, but that could quickly change based on the business model of the UFC.

Pound For Pound
  1. Anderson Silva
  2. Jon Jones
  3. Georges St-Pierre
  4. Jose Aldo
  5. Frankie Edgar
  6. Dominick Cruz
  7. Junior dos Santos
  8. Gilbert Melendez
  9. Dan Henderson
  10. Rashad Evans

A super fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre has been sought after by MMA fans for years, however based on how dominant Jon Jones has been throughout his career, Jones sneaks in front of the Canadian on our list.  Rightfully so, the Brazilian sits on top of the list considering his dominance at 185 pounds over the last several years along with his two light heavyweight victories that were sprinkled in there.  A match-up between Jones and Silva may make more sense than that of GSP and Silva based on the natural size of the fighters, but one way or another if you are among these fighters, you are in great company.

Top Photo: The MMA Corner’s top pound-for-pound fighter, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (movingmind.org)

About The Author

Brian McKenna
Staff Writer

Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.