RankingMMA has been independently publishing MMA world rankings since 2006. MMA World Rankings are comprised of all fighters, regardless of promotion. An independent rankings system allows a fighter to keep their ranking, regardless of which promoter they are signed with.
Here is our ranking criteria:
- Most recent performance
- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
- Activity in the last 3 years
- Last 6 fights
There are many fighters sporting undefeated records from developing fight scenes, especially abroad. Something we take into consideration is the strength of competition they have faced. If a fighter has compiled a bunch of wins against competition that is lackluster they will likely have a difficult time moving up in the rankings until they face stiffer competition in order for us to accurately predict how they would perform against exceedingly tougher competition.
If a fighter has fought elite competition and fallen short, we factor in how they performed. If a fighter performs well against a higher-ranked adversary, they could still move up in the rankings.
Additional provisions state fighters will not be ranked if they are serving suspensions or inactive for over 15 months.
Actual fight footage is reviewed, regardless of promotion in order to formulate these rankings.