Top 15 for the first 7 divisions; Top 10 for flyweight and women's p4p

Please note that the MMANews FORUMS rankings are separate from the MMANews website rankings.

Committee members: Dr. MMA, Rivethead, KevoOnTheRadio, TBEAR, SWIFTboy
Alternate members: Mac ( Mac will fill in as an alternate member if one of the members of the committee is unavailable.)
Appointed to combine and matrix rankings from the committee members: CatSmasher**

**CatSmasher is also responsible for breaking any ties.

The following criteria were taken into account while generating the rankings:

A) Rankings are not based on opinion of fighter's skillset and potential but are based on evidence, i.e. fighter's opposition, track record, how dominant the wins were (dependent on opposition), and how dominant the losses were (dependent on opposition).

B) Recent victories hold more weight than historical, however, it doesn't negate it.

C) A fighter is ranked in the division where they have had their two most recent consecutive fights. This could be two actual fights or one actual fight and a scheduled/planned fight. For example, Frankie Edgar is a FW since he had one actual FW fight and plans to continue in the division.

D) If a fighter hasn't fought in 18 months or hasn't won a fight in 24 months, he will be removed from the top 10. If a fighter has not fought in 30 months or hasn't won a fight in 36 months, he will be removed from the top 15. If he announces retirement, he will be removed from the rankings altogether.

E) If Fighter A wins a recent head-to-head matchup against Fighter B, it does not necessarily mean Fighter A moves ahead of fighter B. Head-to-head matchups are primarily considered when rankings are tied, similar to other sports like hockey or soccer.
e.g. If half of us thought that Overeem was #3 and the other half thought Werdum was #3, then we look to their most recent fight. Overeem won, so he would move up and Werdum would move down.

F) With regards to the holy trinities (e.g. Machida beat Rashad who beat Rampage who beat Machida), we evaluate the individual's rank and their opposition's at the time of the fight. More recent victories are weighed heavier as are more dominating victories.

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The MMANews Forums rankings as of May 12, 2013 are:

Heavyweight
1 Cain Valasquez
2 Junior Dos Santos
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Fabricio Werdum
5 Antonio Silva
6 Alistair Overeem
7 Josh Barnett
8 Roy Nelson
9 Frank Mir
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
11 Mark Hunt
12 Travis Browne
13 Stefen Struve
14 Brendan Schaub
15 Cheick Kongo

Light Heavyweight
1 Jon Jones
2 Lyoto Machida
3 Dan Henderson
4 Alexander Gustafsson
5 Mauricio Rua
6 Glover Teixeira
7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
8 Rashad Evans
9 Ryan Bader
10 Phil Davis
11 Gegard Mousasi
12 Quinton Jackson
13 Forrest Griffin
14 Rafael Cavalcante
15 James Te Huna

Middleweight
1 Anderson Silva
2 Chris Weidman
3 Vitor Belfort
4 Yushin Okami
5 Mark Munoz
6 Michael Bisping
7 Luke Rockhold
8 Constantios Philippou
9 Tim Boetsch
10 Ronaldo Souza
11 Hector Lombard
12 Alan Belcher
13 Brian Stann
14 Tim Kennedy
15 Alexander Shlemenko

Welterweight
1 Georges St. Pierre
2 Johnny Hendricks
3 Carlos Condit
4 Jake Ellenberger
5 Martin Kampmann
6 Damian Maia
7 Nick Diaz
8 Jon Fitch
9 Rory MacDonald
10 Tarec Saffiedine
11 Josh Koscheck
12 Dong Hyun Kim
13 Ben Askren
14 Robbie Lawler
15 Mike Pierce

Lightweight
1 Ben Henderson
2 Gilbert Melendez
3 Gray Maynard
4 Anthony Pettis
5 Michael Chandler
6 Eddie Alvarez
7 Josh Thompson
8 Nate Diaz
9 Jim Miller
10 Donald Cerrone
11 Pat Healy
12 Joe Lauzon
13 TJ Grant
14 Shinya Aoki
15 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Featherweight
1 Jose Aldo
2 Chad Mendes
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Pat Curran
6 Cub Swanson
7 Chan Sung Jung
8 Hatsu Hioki
9 Clay Guida
10 Denis Siver
11 Dustin Poirier
12 Marlon Sandro
13 Nik Lentz
14 Patricio Freire
15 Frodo Khasbulaev

Bantamweight
1 Dominic Cruz
2 Renan Barao
3 Urijah Faber
4 Michael MacDonald
5 Bibiano Fernandes
6 Eddie Wineland
7 Brian Bowles
8 Brad Pickett
9 Scott Jorgensen
10 Raphael Assuncao
11 Eduardo Dantas
12 Tyson Nam
13 Marcos Galavo
14 Hacras Dias
15 Marlon Moraes

Flyweight
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Joseph Benavidez
3 Ian McCall
4 John Dodson
5 Jussier da Silva
6 John Moraga
7 John Linker
8 Darrell Montague
9 Yahuhiro Urushitani
10 Louis Gaudinot

Women's p4p
1 Ronda Rousey
2 Cristiane Santos
3 Jessica Aguilar
4 Cat Zingano
5 Miesha Tate
6 Megumi Fujii
7 Sarah Kaufman
8 Marloes Coenen
9 Jessica Eye
10 Michelle Waterson