MMAWeekly.com divisional rankings

The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, Dec. 23. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.

Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to his win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport.

Fighters who are currently serving drug-related suspensions are not eligible for Top 10 consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of their suspension.

Fighters must also have competed within the past 12 months in order to be eligible for Top 10 consideration.

Below are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of Dec. 23.

HEAVYWEIGHT

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Frank Mir
4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
5. Cain Velasquez
6. Junior Dos Santos
7. Brett Rogers
8. Shane Carwin
9. Fabricio Werdum
10. Alistair Overeem

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205-pound limit)

1. Lyoto Machida
2. Rashad Evans
3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Anderson Silva
6. Gegard Mousasi
7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Thiago Silva
10. Jon Jones

MIDDLEWEIGHT (185-pound limit)

1. Anderson Silva
2. Nathan Marquardt
3. Vitor Belfort
4. Dan Henderson
5. Jake Shields
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Kazuo Misaki
8. Yoshihiro Akiyama
9. Demian Maia
10. Chael Sonnen

WELTERWEIGHT (170-pound limit)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Thiago Alves
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Matt Hughes
6. Paul Daley
7. Dan Hardy
8. Paulo Thiago
9. Martin Kampmann
10. Carlos Condit

LIGHTWEIGHT (160-pound limit)

1. B.J. Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Kenny Florian
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri
6. Joachim Hansen
7. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante
8. Frankie Edgar
9. Gray Maynard
10. Gilbert Melendez

FEATHERWEIGHT (145 pound-limit)

1. Jose Aldo
2. Mike Brown
3. Urijah Faber
4. Raphael Assuncao
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
7. Manny Gamburyan
8. Leonard Garcia
9. Wagnney Fabiano
10. Bibiano Fernandes

BANTAMWEIGHT (135 pounds or less)

1. Brian Bowles
2. Miguel Torres
3. Masakatsu Ueda
4. Akitoshi Tamura
5. Dominick Cruz
6. Damacio Page
7. Joseph Benavidez
8. Scott Jorgensen
9. Takeya Mizugaki
10. Brad Pickett

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    Updated Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009