divisional rankings

The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, September 10. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the six 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. It has been more than 12 months since Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Randy Couture has competed. He is subsequently ineligible until such time as he returns to competition.

Also of note, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin recently moved to the 205-pound and is now eligible for consideration in that .

Below are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of September 10.

HEAVYWEIGHT (over 205 pounds)

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Josh Barnett
4. Andrei Arlovski
5. Tim Sylvia
6. Fabricio Werdum
7. Gabriel Gonzaga
8. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
9. Aleksander Emelianenko
10. Sergei Kharitonov

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205-pound limit)

1. Forrest Griffin
2. Quinton Jackson
3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Rashad Evans
6. Chuck Liddell
7. Wanderlei Silva
8. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
10. Keith Jardine

MIDDLEWEIGHT (185-pound limit)

1. Anderson Silva
2. Paulo Filho
3. Robbie Lawler
4. Matt Lindland
5. Kazuo Misaki
6. Yushin Okami
7. Nathan Marquardt
8. Dan Henderson
9. Yoshihiro Akiyama
10. Gegard Mousasi

WELTERWEIGHT (170-pound limit)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Thiago Alves
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Jake Shields
6. Matt Hughes
7. Matt Serra
8. Diego Sanchez
9. Carlos Condit
10. Karo Parisyan

LIGHTWEIGHT (160-pound limit)

1. B.J. Penn
2. Takanori Gomi
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Joachim Hansen
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri
7. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
8. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro
9. Mitsuhiro Ishida
10. Josh Thomson

FEATHERWEIGHT (145 pounds and under)

1. Urijah Faber
2. Akitoshi Tamura
3. Hideki Kadowaki
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
6. Mike Brown
7. Jeff Curran
8. Rafael Assuncao
9. Wagnney Fabiano
10. Antonio Carvalho

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    Updated Thursday, Sep 11, 2008