MIXED MARTIAL ARTS WRITERS' TOP TEN FIGHTERS POLL

January, 2001
This ranking was compiled in the last weeks of 2001.
The previous ranking was compiled in the last week of September, 2000.

HEAVYWEIGHT
200 lbs and over


1. (2) Igor Vovchanchin (93)
– Ukraine

2. (1) Mark Coleman (89)
– USA

3. (3) Pedro Rizzo (67)
– Brazil

4. (n/a) Randy Couture (63) - USA

5. Mark Kerr (104)
– USA

6. (5) Kevin Randleman (28)
– USA

7. (10) Kazuyuki Fujita (24)
– Japan

8. (7) Heath Herring (24)
– USA

9. (9) Renato Babalu (19)
– Brazil

10. (U) Pete Williams (14)
– Japan

MIDDLEWEIGHT
199 lbs and under


1. (2) Tito Ortiz (88)
– USA

2. (1) Kazushi Sakuraba (85)
– Japan

3. (4) Vanderlei Silva (72)
– Brazil

4. (5) Dan Henderson (56)
USA

5. (3) Renzo Gracie (58)
Brazil

6. (U) Frank Shamrock (38)
– USA

7. (7) Jeremy Horn (30)
– USA

8. (6) Vitor Belfort (30)
– USA

9. (8) Rickson Gracie (19)
– Brazil

10. (9) Yuki Kondo (15)
– Japan

LIGHTWEIGHT
169 lbs and under


1. (3) Hayato Sakurai (93)
– Japan

2. (2) Jose 'Pele' Landy Johns (80)– Brazil

3. (1) Matt Hughes (65)
– USA

4. (7) Carlos Newton (60)
– Canada

5. (6) Pat Miletich (55)
– USA

6. (5) Dave Menne (52)
– USA

7. (4) Frank Trigg (52)
– USA

8. (U) Dennis Hallman (19)
– USA

9. (10) Fabiano Iha (19) – Brazil

10. (8) LaVerne Clark (10)
– USA

FEATHERWEIGHT
155 lbs and under


1. (3) Kaoru Uno (60)
– Japan

2. (5) Jens Pulver (41)
– USA

3. (2) Rumina Sato (40)
– Japan

4. (4) Din Thomas (38)
– USA

5. (6) Alexandre 'Pequeno' Nogueira (32) – Brazil

6. (U) Dokonjonosuke Mishima (24) - Japan

7. (1) Royler Gracie (22)
– Brazil

8.(7) Joao Roque (11)
– Brazil

9. (U) Takanori Gomi  (10)
– Brazil

10. (10) Marcio Cromado (9)
– Brazil

Number in parenthesis before fighter name represents previous MMA Top Ten ranking. Number in parenthesis after fighter name indicates the total number of votes (points) the fighter got. Fighters who have retired or who have not fought within the last 12 months have been excluded from the poll.

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