MMA World Rankings

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HVY Rankings (January, 2009)


1 Fedor Emelianenko 29~1 Stary Oskol, Russia
2 Frank Mir 12~3 Las Vegas, NV UFC Interim Champion
3 Josh Barnett 24~5 Seattle, WA
4 Brock Lesnar 3~1 Minneapolis, MN UFC Champion
5 Andrei Arlovski 14~6 Minsk, Belarus
6 Cheick Kongo 12~4~1 Paris, France
7 Rodrigo Nogueira 31~5~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 Randy Couture 16~9 Las Vegas, NV
9 Tim Sylvia 24~5 Davenport, IA
10 Gabriel Gonzaga 10~3 Ludlow, MA
11 Alistair Overeem 28~11 Utrecht, Netherlands Strikeforce Champion
12 Aleksander Emelianenko 14~3 St. Petersburg, Russia
13 Sergei Kharitonov 16~3 Moscow, Russia
14 Antonio Silva 12~1 Brasilia, Brazil
15 Mirko Filipovic 23~6~2 Zagreb, Croatia
16 Fabricio Werdum 11~4~1 Porto Alegre, Brazil ADCC Champion
17 Heath Herring 28~14 Las Vegas, NV
18 Paul Buentello 27~10 Amarillo, TX
19 Jeff Monson 27~8 Olympia, WA
20 Cain Velasquez 4~0 San Jose, CA
21 Pedro Rizzo 16~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 Ben Rothwell 30~6 Davenport, IA
23 Roy Nelson 13~3 Las Vegas, NV
24 Junior dos Santos 7~1 Bahia, Brazil
25 Justin McCully 9~4~2 Maui, HI
26 Antoni Hardonk 8~4 Weesp, Holland
27 Ricco Rodriguez 34~10 Phoenix, AZ
28 Jake O’Brien 10~2 Indianapolis, IN
29 Marcio Cruz 4~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
30 Michael Russow 11~1 Chicago, IL
31 Shane Carwin 10~0 Denver, CO
32 Brett Rogers 7~0 Minneapolis, MN
33 Mu Bae Choi 8~3 Seoul, South Korea
34 Dave Herman 13~1 Bloomington, IN
35 Travis Wiuff 53~12 Rochester, MN
36 Eddie Sanchez 8~3 Temecula, CA
37 Patrick Barry 4~0 Milwaukee, WI
38 Semmy Schilt 26~14~1 Zuidlaren, Holland K-1 Champion
39 Gilbert Yvel 35~13~1 Amsterdam, Holland
40 Mark Hunt 5~5 New Zealand
41 Roger Gracie 2~0 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
42 Hidehiko Yoshida 8~6~1 Obu, Japan
43 Ron Waterman 15~6~2 Greeley, CO
44 Kazuyuki Fujita 15~7 Funabashi, Japan
45 Yoshihiro Nakao 7~2 Japan
46 Kevin Randleman 17~12 Columbus, OH
47 Mario Rinaldi 7~3 Port St. Lucie, FL
48 Todd Duffee 4~0 Coconut Creek, FL
49 Sang Soo Lee 10~5 South Korea
50 Assuerio Silva 14~7 Parana, Brazil  

January 3, 2009 - Posted by | MMA Rankings | ,


  1. Not a huge thing, but it appears you don’t recognize WAMMA champs (Fedor and Aoki… are there others?)

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Gutu,

    I only recognize the organizations titles. WAMMA holds no credibility for me anyway because a Lightweight Title fight without BJ Penn is ridiculous. As far as I know, Fedor and Aoki are the only 2 WAMMA champions.

    Comment by Kevin | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. I suppose you can do that, but your Penn argument is iffy.
    Of course you can have title fights without top guys, you just don’t have to rank the champion highly.

    Not long ago I watched a LHW Title fight that didn’t have a top 10 guy in it (Strikeforce). The WAMMA belts try to be more important than they are, but they still seem like something. If you list non-proper mma championships (like K-1 and ADCC) I thought you might list WAMMA.

    But this is a very minor quibble. I was more curious than anything. Really, I don’t want WAMMA to succeed.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. How can you justify ranking Lesnar ahead of Arlovski and Barnett. Alright he beat two high ranked guys in randy and heath but randy hadn’t fought in like 14 months and heath had already shown his vulnerability against strong wrestlers in the o,brien fight.

    Comment by PJ Couture | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  5. Gutu,

    Thanks for the inquiry. I hate WAMMA too. They’re just trying to make a quick buck.

    I obviously agree that you can have title fights without top guys, but WAMMA is an arbitrary entity claiming to identify the champion of each weightclass. The championships I have listed (like ADCC and K-1, etc.) are bestowed not outside of the ring, but inside of it because one person has conquered the stable of fighters in the given organizatiion. If anyone is going to claim Shinya Aoki as Champion of the Lightweight Class, I will consider it illegitemate until he beats BJ Penn. I have no problem claiming him as DREAM Champion because DREAM is claiming him champion over all of THEIR fighters. If I listed WAMMA champions, then I’d follow a slippery slope leading me to list Joe Schmo’s champion ad nauseum.

    Comment by Kevin | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. PJ,

    You make a strong point with the O’Brien comparison but Couture being off for over a year didn’t hurt him when he beat Tim Sylvia…who had just beaten Arlovski twice.

    Barnett has been hindered because of his inactivity. His last 6 fights have him beating Pawel Nastula, Yoshida, Monson and Rizzo while losing to Cro Cop and Nogueira. I’ll give him those losses, but beating Pawel, Yoshida, Monson and an over-the-hill Rizzo is not as impressive to me as DOMINATING Couture and Herring.

    Im not gonna argue with you if you have Barnett, Arlovski and Lesnar as #3, #4 and #5 respectively. It’s reasonable. Luckily, reason doesn’t count in the ring and Arlovski will get his shot at the #1 spot this month while Lesnar has his showdown with Mir.

    Comment by Kevin | January 6, 2009 | Reply

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