MMA World Light Heavyweight Rankings

Men’s Divisions
Heavyweight (265) – Light Heavyweight (205) – Middleweight (185)Welterweight (170)Lightweight (155)Featherweight (145)Bantamweight (135)Flyweight (125)Pound-4-Pound

Women’s Divisions
W-Featherweight (145+)W-Bantamweight (135)W-Flyweight (125)W-Strawweight (115)

#  FIGHTERORGOVRLAST 3NEXT FIGHT
1Jon Jones26-1 (16)W-Dominick Reyes (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
2Dominick Reyes12-1 (9)L-Jon Jones (DEC)
W-Chris Weidman (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
Jan Blachowicz
09/27/2020
3Thiago Santos21-7 (16)L-Jon Jones (DEC)
W-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
W-Jimi Manuwa (KO)
4Jan Blachowicz26-8 (16)W-Corey Anderson (KO)
W-Ronaldo Souza (DEC)
W-Luke Rockhold (KO)
Dominick Reyes
09/27/2020
5Glover Teixeira31-7 (26)W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
6Vadim Nedkov12-2 (11)W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Rafael Carvalho (SUB)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
7Ryan Bader27-6 (15)L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
NC-Cheick Kongo (NC)
W-Fedor Emelianenko (TKO)
8Aleksandar Rakic13-2 (10)W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Jimi Manuwa (KO)
9Corey Anderson13-5 (5)L-Jan Blachowicz (KO)
W-Johnny Walker (TKO)
W-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
10Jiri Prochazka27-3-1 (26)W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
W-Fabio Maldonado (KO)
11Anthony Smith33-16 (30)L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (TKO)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (KO)
12Phil Davis22-5 (11)W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
W-Karl Albrektsson (TKO)
W-Liam McGeary (TKO)
13Ronaldo Souza26-8 (22)L-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
L-Jack Hermansson (DEC)
W-Chris Weidman (KO)
14Volkan Oezdemir17-5 (13)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
W-Ilir Latifi (KO)
15Nikita Krylov27-7 (26)W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
W-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
16Ovince St.Preux25-14 (20)W-Alonzo Menifield (KO)
L-Ben Rothwell (DEC)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
17Johnny Walker18-5 (17)W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
18Misha Cirkunov15-5 (13)W-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Johnny Walker (TKO)
W-Patrick Cummins (SUB)
19Jim Crute11-1 (8)W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
L-Misha Cirkunov (SUB)
W-Sam Alvey (TKO)
Modestas Bukauskas
10/17/2020
20Mauricio Rua27-11-1 (22)W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
W-Tyson Pedro (TKO)
Paul Craig
11/21/2020
21Lyoto Machida26-10L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Gegard Mousasi (DEC)
W-Chael Sonnen (TKO)
22Ryan Spann18-6 (15)L-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
23Magomed Ankalayev13-1 (8)W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Dalcha Lungiambula (KO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
Ion Cutelaba
10/25/2020
24Ion Cutelaba15-5 (14)L-Magomed Ankalaev (TKO)
W-Khalil Rountree (TKO)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
Magomed Ankalaev
10/25/2020
25Devin Clark12-4 (4)W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Dequan Townsend (DEC)
L-Ryan Spann (SUB)
26Michal Oleksiejczuk14-4 (11)L-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (KO)
27Khalil Rountree8-4 (5)L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Eryk Anders (DEC)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
28Alonzo Menifield9-2 (9)L-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Devin Clark (DEC)
W-Paul Craig (KO)
29Paul Craig13-4-1 (13)W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
D-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
W-Vinicius Moreira (SUB)
Mauricio Rua
11/21/2020
30Jamahal Hill8-0 (4)W-Klidson Abreu (TKO)
W-Darko Stosic (DEC)
W-Alexander Poppeck (TKO)
31Emiliano Sordi22-8 (22)W-Jordan Johnson (TKO)
W-Bozigit Ataev (SUB)
W-Sigi Pesaleli(TKO)
32Ivan ShtyrkovRizin17-1-1 (12)W-Michal Pasternak (DEC)
L-Yasubey Enomoto (SUB)
W-Hoon Kim (TKO)
33Aung La N Sang26-10 (24)W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
W-Ken Hasegawa (TKO)
W-Mohammad Karaki (TKO)
34Tito OrtizCombate21-12-1 (15)W-Alberto Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Chuck Liddell (KO)
W-Chael Sonnen (SUB)
35Tomasz NarkunKSW17-3 (16)W-Przemyslaw Mysiala (SUB)
L-Phil De Fries (DEC)
W-Mamed Khalidov (DEC)
36Shamil Gamzatov14-0 (10)W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
W-Eddie Gordon (DEC)
37Jordan Johnson12-2-1 (6)L-Emiliano Sordi (TKO)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
D-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
38Ed Herman26-14 (21)W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
W-Patrick Cummins (TKO)
39Klidson Abreu15-5 (14)L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
L-Shamil Gamzatov (DEC)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
40Sam Alvey33-14 (22)L-Ryan Spann (DEC)
L-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (TKO)
Da Un Jung
10/24/2020
41Viktor Nemkov30-7-1 (18)D-Bozigit Ataev (DEC)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
W-Rakim Cleveland (DEC)
42Roman Dolidze7-0 (7)W-Khadis Ibragimov (TKO)
W-Michal Pasternak (KO)
W-Eder Souza (KO)
John Allan Arte
11/21/2020
43Da Un Jung13-2 (12)W-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (SUB)
W-Sasa Milinkovic (TKO)
Sam Alvey
10/24/2020
44Rashid Yusupov12-3 (8)L-Jordan Johnson (DEC)
W-Vinny Magalhaes (KO)
L-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
45Vinny Magalhaes19-12 (18)L-Rashid Yusupov (KO)
W-Rakim Cleveland (SUB)
L-Emiliano Sordi (TKO)
46Bozigit Ataev20-5-1 (19)L-Emiliano Sordi (SUB)
D-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
L-Emiliano Sordi (KO)
47Dovletdzhan YagshimuradovACA18-5-1W-Aleksei Butorin (DEC)
W-Karol Celinski (TKO)
W-Batraz Agnaev (SUB)
48Muslim MagomedovACA7-0 (4)W-Carlos Eduardo (TKO)
W-Ilya Shcheglov (DEC)
W-Chris Camozzi (TKO)
49Modestas Bukauskas11-2W-Andreas Michailidis (TKO)
W-Riccardo Nosiglia (KO)
W-Marthin Hamlet (TKO)
Jim Crute
10/17/2020
50Nasrudin NasrudinovACA9-0 (5)W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
W-Jorge Gonzalez (TKO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Liam McGeary13-4 (12)L-Phil Davis (TKO)
W-Muhammed Lawal (TKO)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
Tyson Pedro7-3 (7)LMauricio Rua (TKO)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Saparbek Safarov (SUB)
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So, how do we compile our rankings? What separates us from other web sites that formulate rankings?

Here is our rankings criteria:
- Most recent performance
- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
- Activity in the last 3 years
- Last 5 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 fairs well against a higher-ranked adversary, they could still move up in the rankings.

Actual fight footage is reviewed, regardless of promotion in order to formulate these rankings.

= Fighter moves up in the rankings after recent fight
= Fighter moves down in the rankings after recent fight

Reasons a fighter is ineligible for Non-UFC Rankings (* = Not Ranked)
= Inactivity over 15 months
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3 Comments on this post.
  • CS
    31 January 2020 at 4:34 PM
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    Shouldn’t Rafael Carvalho be ranked in this? He moved to light heavyweight and is a top guy. Better than a lot of the guys on this list.

    • D.C. Ross
      3 March 2020 at 9:51 PM
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      Carvalho is now ranked at #48. When you commented, I had him at #51.

  • Cass
    10 December 2019 at 4:12 AM
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    Why is Corey over Thiago? Thiago just lost an insanely close decision to Jon, one that he in my and many others eyes won.

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