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Pound-for-pound, women's division join TSN.ca's MMA rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
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Find out where the world's best fighters stand in the latest edition of the TSN.ca mixed martial arts rankings.

For a breakdown of the UFC champions click here.

Heavyweight

1) Cain Velasquez
2) Junior Dos Santos
3) Daniel Cormier
4) Alistair Overeem
5) Fabricio Werdum

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva, Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt

No movement at the moment, but the upcoming UFC 160 event, featuring Velasquez vs. Bigfoot II, and Dos Santos vs. Hunt should bring clarity to the division.

Light Heavyweight

1) Jon Jones
2) Lyoto Machida
3) Alexander Gustafsson
4) Gegard Mousasi
5) Dan Henderson

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader

Jones' first round stoppage of Chael Sonnen keeps him at the top of the rankings. Henderson's loss to Machida at UFC 157 bumps him down to the fifth spot. Upcoming UFC 161 matchups including Shogun vs. Nogueira and Evans vs. Henderson will certainly shuffle the future rankings.

Middleweight

1) Anderson Silva
2) Vitor Belfort
3) Chris Weidman
4) Michael Bisping
5) Luke Rockhold

Didn't Make The Cut: Ronaldo Jacare Souza, Yushin Okami, Tim Boetsch

The middleweight rankings remain the same. Upcoming bouts including Silva vs. Weidman (UFC 162), Belfort vs. Rockhold and Jacare vs. Phillipou (UFC on FX 8) will solidify the rankings in the coming months.

Welterweight

1) Georges St. Pierre
2) Johny Hendricks
3) Jake Ellenburger
4) Carlos Condit
5) Rory MacDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Nick Diaz

Diaz moves out of the top five with his lopsided loss to St-Pierre at UFC 158. Ellenburger's first round knockout of Nate Marquardt (UFC 158) puts him in the third spot, while Condit moves to fourth on the list with his loss to Hendricks.

Lightweight

1) Ben Henderson
2) Gilbert Melendez
3) Anthony Pettis
4) Gray Maynard
5) Josh Thomson

Didn't Make The Cut: Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, Eddie Alvarez

Despite losing at UFC on FOX 8, Melendez remains in the number two spot because of a very close fight with the champion Henderson. Thomson's win at UFC on FOX 8 moves him into the fifth spot and subsequently bumps Diaz off the list.

Featherweight

1) Jose Aldo
2) Chad Mendes
3) Frankie Edgar
4) Pat Curran
5) Ricardo Lamas

Didn't Make The Cut: Erik Koch, Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson

Mendes' huge first round knockout of Darren Elkins (UFC on FOX 8) bumps him into the second spot. An upcoming fight between Lamas and Sung Jung (UFC 162) should shake up the top five.

Bantamweight

1) Dominick Cruz
2) Renan Barao
3) Urijah Faber
4) Brad Pickett
5) Michael McDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Eddie Wineland, Eduardo Dantas, Bibiano Fernandes

Cruz still remains in the top spot despite his inactivity. Barao solidified the number two spot as he dispatched McDonald (UFC on FUEL 7). Wins by Faber and Pickett have moved them into their third and fourth spots, respectively.

Flyweight

1) Demetrious Johnson
2) Joseph Benavidez
3) John Dodson
4) Ian McCall
5) Jussier da Silva

Didn't Make The Cut: Darrell Montague, Ian McCall, John Moraga

Benavidez moves into the number two spot with his victory over Darren Uyenoyama (UFC on FOX 8). Johnson defends his title against Moraga at UFC on FOX 8.

Bantamweight (Women)

1) Ronda Rousey
2) Cat Zingano
3) Sara McMann
4) Sarah Kaufman
5) Miesha Tate

Didn't Make The Cut: Liz Carmouche, Alexis Davis, Shayna Baszler

Upcoming bouts include Davis and Rosi Sexton (UFC 161) and Rousey vs. Zingano for the title at future date.

Pound-For-Pound

1) Jon Jones
2) Anderson Silva
3) Georges St Pierre
4) Jose Aldo
5) Benson Henderson

Didn't Make The Cut: Dominick Cruz, Cain Velasquez, Renan Barao

Jones gets the top spot due to quality of opposition compared to Silva. St-Pierre is over Aldo due to his number of wins compared to the featherweight champion. Aldo over Henderson due to fight finish ratio.

Agree or disagree with these rankings? Leave a comment below.

Ronda Rousey (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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