Sportsnet.ca MMA Rankings

Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson are four of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. (AP/CP)
May 26, 2014, 2:55 PM

Here are sportsnet.ca’s latest mixed martial arts rankings.

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1. Jose Aldo

From a technical standpoint he has virtually no flaws.

2. Jon Jones

His creativity is unparalleled and he keeps getting better.

3. Cain Velasquez

Between size and skill, he is the most dangerous fighter in the UFC.

4. Demetrious Johnson

Has added finishing power to his impeccable technique and speed.

5. Chris Weidman

Aggressive with knockout power and a dominant top game.

6. Anthony Pettis

Lightweight champ is as dynamic as they come.

7. Lyoto Machida

Former 205-pound champ is close to becoming the 185-pound kingpin.

8. Daniel Cormier

Has never been in trouble in the UFC. He ragdolls grown men.

9. T.J. Dillashaw

His upset win over Barao was no fluke.

10. Renan Barao

His tenacity backfired against Dillashaw, as he left himself open to strikes.

Honourable mention: Urijah Faber, John Dodson, Vitor Belfort, Johny Hendricks, Ronaldo Souza, Anderson Silva, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, Benson Henderson, Junior dos Santos


1. Rory MacDonald

Possibly one win from a welterweight title shot.

2. T.J. Grant

Still sidelined with a concussion.

3. Mitch Gagnon

Could move into bantamweight title picture in 2014.

4. Jordan Mein

Looked solid in a win over Hernani Perpetuo on April 19.

5. John Makdessi

Lost baffling decision to Alan Patrick at UFC 169. He did enough to win.

6. Mark Bocek

Was given tough challenge at the TUF Nations Finale.

7. Patrick Cote

Was impressive in win over Kyle Noke in Quebec City.

8. Ryan Jimmo

Meets Ovince St. Preux at UFC 174.

9. Nick Ring

Looked great against Caio Magalhaes until he blew out his knee.

10. Mitch Clarke

Earned the biggest win of his career at UFC 173, submitting Al Iaquinta.

Honourable mention: Elias Theodorou, Chad Laprise, Roland Delorme, Yves Jabouin, Ivan Menjivar, Antonio Carvalho, Ryan Ford, Chad Laprise,


1. Cristiane Santos 

Explosive power, well-rounded offence, great defence. A scary individual.

2. Ronda Rousey

She can now finish fights with her striking? Look out, ladies.

3. Cat Zingano 

Recovering from knee surgery and the death of her husband. Still the rightful No. 1 contender.

4. Alexis Davis

The Canadian faces Rousey for the title at UFC 175.

5. Sara McMann

Many believe her fight with Rousey was stopped prematurely.

6. Sarah Kaufman

Looked great against Leslie Smith at the TUF Nations Finale.

7. Miesha Tate

Earned her first UFC win over Liz Carmouche.

8. Jessica Eye

Undersized for 135, but tough as nails.

9. Jessica Andrade

The pint-sized Brazilian is on a roll.

10. Barb Honchak

The Invicta FC flyweight champ.

Honourable mention: Michelle Waterson, Amanda Nunes, Liz Carmouche, Marloes Coenen, Leslie Smith, Jessica Aguilar, Joanne Calderwood, Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Penne


1. Cain Velasquez

Recovering from shoulder surgery; meets Werdum at UFC 180 in Mexico.

2. Junior dos Santos

Hand injury forced him out of May 31 Stipe Miocic fight.

3. Fabricio Werdum

Dominated Browne to earn title shot and TUF Latin America coaching spot.

4. Travis Browne

Was humbled by Werdum, but still a future title contender.

5. Antonio Silva

Currently on suspension after testing for elevated levels of testosterone.

6. Stipe Miocic

One or two wins from being in the title discussion.

7. Josh Barnett

Was on the wrong side of some Browne elbows at UFC 168.

8. Alistair Overeem

Win over Mir was huge for his career.

9. Frank Mir

Has now lost four straight.

10. Roy Nelson

KO’d Big Nog with a perfect punch.

Honourable mention: Mark Hunt, Gabriel Gonzaga, Ben Rothwell, Brendan Schaub, Soa Palelei


1. Jon Jones

Was ultra impressive against Teixeira.

2. Daniel Cormier

Made Dan Henderson look like an amateur at UFC 173.

3. Alexander Gustafsson

Demolished Jimi Manuwa in London March 8 to send message to Jones.

4. Glover Teixeira

Was too one-dimensional against Jones at UFC 172.

5. Rashad Evans

Suffered knee injury that will sideline him for most of 2014.

6. Anthony Johnson

Toyed with Davis for three rounds at UFC 172.

7. Phil Davis

Couldn’t take Johnson down and was tentative on the feet.

8. Dan Henderson

Should move back down to middleweight if he wants to keep fighting.

9. Ryan Bader

Knockout power and great wrestling means he’s always a threat.

10. Chael Sonnen

Preparing for grudge match with Wanderlei Silva.

Honourable mention: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ovince St. Preux, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Fabio Maldonado, Emanuel Newton


1. Chris Weidman

Machida will be an interesting stylistic challenge for him.

2. Lyoto Machida

Meets Weidman for title at UFC 175.

3. Vitor Belfort

Pulled out of fight with Weidman due to Nevada’s new TRT standards.

4. Ronaldo Souza

Showed how dominant he can be on the ground against Francis Carmont.

5. Anderson Silva

On the road to recovery, but likely won’t return until 2015.

6. Luke Rockhold

Submitted Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.

7. Tim Kennedy

Dominated Bisping at TUF Nations Finale.

8. Michael Bisping

Faces Cung Le in Macau in August main event.

9. Yoel Romero

Has been a revelation at 185 pounds.

10. Costas Philippou

Knocked out Lorenz Larkin viciously in last outing.

Honourable mention: Gegard Mousasi, Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, Francis Carmont, C.B. Dollaway, Alan Belcher

1. Johny Hendricks

Recovering from bicep surgery but will defend title in 2014.

2. Robbie Lawler

Finished Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173; faces Matt Brown in title eliminator.

3. Rory MacDonald

Lots on the line against Woodley at UFC 174 in Vancouver.

4. Tyron Woodley

See above.

5. Carlos Condit

Underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus and partially torn ACL suffered at UFC 171.

6. Hector Lombard

Meets Kim August.

7. Dong Hyun Kim

On a roll. See above.

8. Matt Brown

Put on masterful showing against Erick Silva. Win over Lawler guarantees him a title shot.

9. Tarec Saffiedine

Looked great in UFC debut, but is injured far too often.

10. Demian Maia

Welcomes Alexander Yakovlev to the UFC May 31.

Honourable mention: Thiago Aves, Jake Ellenberger, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares, Rick Story, Kelvin Gastelum, Stephen Thompson, Mike Pyle, Ben Askren, Brandon Thatch


1. Anthony Pettis

Recovering from knee injury; Melendez is next.

2. Benson Henderson

Headlines UFC Fight Night event June 7 against Rustam Khabilov.

3. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Coming off dominant win over Rafael dos Anjos.

4. TJ Grant

Still recovering from concussion.

5. Gilbert Melendez

Faces Pettis for title after TUF 20 coaching stint.

6. Michael Chandler

Is coming off back-to-Lost controversial split decision losses to Alvarez and Will Brooks.

7. Eddie Alvarez

Injury forced him out of trilogy bout with Chandler.

8. Josh Thomson

Returns to face Michael Johnson in July.

9. Rafael dos Anjos

Was overwhelmed by Nurmagomedov.

10. Nate Diaz

In a feud with the UFC.

Honourable mention: Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson, Jim Miller, Myles Jury


1. Jose Aldo

Defends title in UFC 176 main event against Mendes.

2. Ricardo Lamas

Meets Hacran Dias June 28.

3. Chad Mendes

Finally earned desired rematch with Aldo.

4. Cub Swanson

Headlines Fight Night against Jeremy Stephens June 28.

5. Dustin Poirier

Has been on fire since a short-notice loss to Swanson.

6. Chan Sung Jung

Likely to be on the shelf for most of 2014.

7. Frankie Edgar

Headlines TUF 19 Finale against B.J. Penn July 6.

8. Pat Curran

Injury has postponed his rematch with Patricio Friere.

9. Nik Lentz

Coming impressive win over Manny Gamburyan.

10. Dennis Bermudez

Looks to extend his current six-fight winning streak when he meets Clay Guida in July.

Honourable mention: Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, Patricio Friere, Hacran Dias, Hatsu Hioki, Daniel Straus, Clay Guida


1. T.J. Dillashaw

Shocked the world at UFC 173.

2. Renan Barao

Was dropped by Dillashaw early and was a half-step behind for the entire fight.

3. Urijah Faber

Faces Alex Caceres at UFC 175 in puzzling matchup.

4. Michael McDonald

Will be on sidelines for a while with hand injury.

5. Raphael Assuncao

Holds a win over the new champ and deserves a title shot.

6. Takeya Mizugaki

Winning five straight in the UFC if no joke.

7. Iuri Alcantara

Meets Vaughan Lee in Berlin.

8. Eduardo Dantas

Submitted Anthony Leone in spectacular fashion at Bellator 111.

9. Bibiano Fernandes

Defended ONE FC belt against Masakatsu Ueda May 2.

10.Johnny Eduardo

Upset Eddie Wineland with a huge KO.

Honourable mention: Eddie Wineland, Mitch Gagnon, Vaughan Lee, Mike Easton, Ivan Menjivar, Erik Perez


1. Demetrious Johnson

Headlines UFC 174 in Vancouver.

2. John Dodson

A win over Moraga could put him in line for a second title shot.

3. Joseph Benavidez

Submitted Elliott with outstanding guillotine.

4. Zach Makovsky

Now 2-0 in the UFC. Faces Jussier Formiga next.

5. Ian McCall

Fight with Brad Pickett is back on.

6. John Moraga

Dodson will be a tough challenge.

7. Ali Bagautinov

Looking to upset Mighty Mouse.

8. Justin Scoggins

Returns at TUF 19 Finale against Dustin Ortiz.

9. Jussier Formiga

Faces Makovsky at UFC 176.

10. Kyoji Horiguchi

The Japanse star has worlds of potential.

Honourable mention: Chris Cariaso, Brad Pickett, Darrell Montague, John Lineker, Tim Elliott, Louis Gaudinot, Dustin Ortiz


MMA rankings are subjective, and ultimately have no real bearing on how fights should or do play out, but they inevitably get fans talking about the sport and its best fighters. Send your thoughts and arguments to @MikeyJ_MMA.

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