The Rankings: Pound for Pound: Mar 8, 2013


The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto's rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: Pound for Pound. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto and FIGHT! magazine, Dave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, Sanford & Son – old school MMA head and Slavoj Žižek zealot,  speeds - Sports Two MMA Forum Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPickerand MMA journalist (FIGHT!,, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.


*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings



1) (1) Anderson Silva - #1 Ranked Middleweight - UFC – 58 points (out of 60)

anderson silva celebrating in octagon

                     Record: 33-4
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-0 
                     Next Fight: vs Chris Weidman – UFC 162 – July 6th

The Spider showed Stephan Bonnar exactly why he is the G.O.A.T.

2) (2) Jon Jones - #1 Ranked Light Heavyweight – UFC – 55 points 
           Record: 17-1
           Last Five Fights: 5-0
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0 
           Next Fight: vs Chael Sonnen – UFC 159 – April 27th

He said he wouldn't let it happen, but Chael Sonnen was able to badger Jon Jones into given him a title shot.  Sigh.

3) (3) Georges St-Pierre#1 Ranked Welterweight – UFC – 49 points
           Record: 23-2
           Last Five Fights: 5-0
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs Nick Diaz – UFC 158 – March 16th

GSP passed his comeback test versus Carlos Condit with flying colors.  Next up is a grudge match with Nick Diaz.

4) (4) Jose Aldo#1 Ranked Featherweight – UFC – 40 points
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Edgar)
           Next Fight: vs Anthony Pettis – UFC TBA – Aug 3rd

The lightweights just keep on flocking down to take on the featherweight king.

5) (5) Benson Henderson#1 Ranked Lightweight – UFC – 35 points

           Record: 18-2
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Edgar, W-Edgar)
           Next Fight: vs #10 Gilbert Melendez – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20th

Benson Henderson's domination of the lightweight division continues – he'll soon be in the discussion for the greatest lightweight of all-time.

6) (6) Cain Velasquez - #1 Ranked Heavyweight - UFC – 28 points
           Record: 11-1
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: 

Now that was the Cain Velasquez we all remember.


7) (7) Renan Barao - #1 Ranked Bantamweight - 14 points
           Record: 30-1 (1 No Contest) 
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs Eddie Wineland – UFC 161 – June 15th

With Dominick Cruz still on the shelf, the reigning bantamweight king Renan Barao is keeping quite busy defending the gold.


8) (7)  Demetrious Johnson - UFC Flyweight Champion – 13 points
            Record: 17-2-1 
            Last Five Fights: 3-1-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Mighty Mouse's reign at the top of the flyweight class looks like it could be a drawn-out affair.


9) (10) Frankie Edgar - #2 Ranked Featherweight - UFC – 10 points
             Record: 15-4-1
             Last Five Fights: 1-3-1
             Record vs Top 10: 0-3 (L-Aldo, L- Henderson, L-Henderson)
             Next Fight: TBA

Despite not winning a fight since 2011, Frankie Edgar is still revered enough by our panel to crack the top 10.


10) (NR) Gilbert Melendez - #2 Ranked Lightweight - UFC – 9 points
                Record: 21-2
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                Next Fight: vs #5 Benson Henderson – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20th

Next month we'll find out truly how great Gilbert Melendez is.

Dropped off: (7) Dan Henderson

Bubbling under: Johny HendricksJunior dos Santos, Rory MacDonald, Lyoto Machida, Michael Chandler, Daniel Cormier



Light Heavyweights

Check back on Monday for our Heavyweight rankings


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