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)

1Jon Jones26-1 (16)W-Dominick Reyes (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
2Jan Blachowicz27-8 (17)W-Dominick Reyes (TKO)
W-Corey Anderson (KO)
W-Ronaldo Souza (DEC)
3Glover Teixeira32-7 (27)WThiago Santos (SUB)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
4Dominick Reyes12-2 (9)L-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
W-Chris Weidman (KO)
Jiri Prochazka
5Vadim Nedkov12-2 (11)W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Rafael Carvalho (SUB)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
6Ryan Bader27-6 (15)L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
NC-Cheick Kongo (NC)
W-Fedor Emelianenko (TKO)
7Phil Davis22-5 (11)W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
W-Karl Albrektsson (TKO)
W-Liam McGeary (TKO)
8Thiago Santos21-8 (16)L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
W-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
Aleksandar Rakic
9Jiri Prochazka27-3-1 (26)W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
W-Fabio Maldonado (KO)
Dominick Reyes
10Corey Anderson14-5 (6)W-Melvin Manhoef (TKO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (KO)
W-Johnny Walker (TKO)
11Ronaldo Souza26-8 (22)L-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
L-Jack Hermansson (DEC)
W-Chris Weidman (KO)
Kevin Holland
12Aleksandar Rakic13-2 (10)W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Jimi Manuwa (KO)
Thiago Santos
13Anthony Smith34-16 (31)W-Devin Clark (SUB)
L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (TKO)
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)
16Johnny Walker18-5 (17)W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
17Ovince St.Preux25-14 (20)W-Alonzo Menifield (KO)
L-Ben Rothwell (DEC)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
Jamahal Hill
18Misha Cirkunov15-5 (13)W-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Johnny Walker (TKO)
W-Patrick Cummins (SUB)
Ryan Spann
19Jim Crute12-1 (9)W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
L-Misha Cirkunov (SUB)
20Magomed Ankalayev14-1 (9)W-Ion Cutelaba (KO)
W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Dalcha Lungiambula (KO)
21Ryan Spann18-6 (15)L-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
Misha Cirkunov
22Paul Craig14-4-1 (14)W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
D-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
23Mauricio Rua27-12-1 (22)L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
24Lyoto Machida26-10L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Gegard Mousasi (DEC)
W-Chael Sonnen (TKO)
25Emiliano Sordi22-8 (22)W-Jordan Johnson (TKO)
W-Bozigit Ataev (SUB)
W-Sigi Pesaleli(TKO)
26Ed Herman26-14 (21)W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
W-Patrick Cummins (TKO)
27Tomasz NarkunKSW18-3 (17)W-Ivan Erslan (SUB)
W-Przemyslaw Mysiala (SUB)
L-Phil De Fries (DEC)
28Shamil Gamzatov14-0 (10)W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
W-Eddie Gordon (DEC)
29Maxim Grishin31-8-2W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
D-Jordan Johnson (DEC)
30Jordan Johnson12-2-1 (6)L-Emiliano Sordi (TKO)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
D-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
31Ion Cutelaba15-6 (14)L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (TKO)
W-Khalil Rountree (TKO)
32Jamahal Hill8-0 (4)W-Klidson Abreu (TKO)
W-Darko Stosic (DEC)
W-Alexander Poppeck (TKO)
Ovince St.Preux
33Devin Clark12-5 (4)L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Dequan Townsend (DEC)
34Klidson Abreu15-5 (14)L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
L-Shamil Gamzatov (DEC)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
35Sam Alvey33-14-1 (22)D-Da Un Jung (DEC)
L-Ryan Spann (DEC)
L-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
36Da Un Jung13-2-1 (12)D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (SUB)
37Ivan ShtyrkovRizin17-1-1 (12)W-Michal Pasternak (DEC)
L-Yasubey Enomoto (SUB)
W-Hoon Kim (TKO)
Magomed Ismailov
38Viktor Nemkov30-7-1 (18)D-Bozigit Ataev (DEC)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
W-Rakim Cleveland (DEC)
39Rashid Yusupov12-3 (8)L-Jordan Johnson (DEC)
W-Vinny Magalhaes (KO)
L-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
40Khalil Rountree8-4 (5)L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Eryk Anders (DEC)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
41Michal Oleksiejczuk14-4 (11)L-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (KO)
42Dovletdzhan YagshimuradovACA18-5-1W-Aleksei Butorin (DEC)
W-Karol Celinski (TKO)
W-Batraz Agnaev (SUB)
43Tito OrtizCombate21-12-1 (15)W-Alberto Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Chuck Liddell (KO)
W-Chael Sonnen (SUB)
44Aung La N Sang26-11 (24)L-Reinier de Ridder (SUB)
W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
W-Ken Hasegawa (TKO)
45Nasrudin NasrudinovACA9-0 (5)W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
W-Jorge Gonzalez (TKO)
46Bozigit Ataev20-5-1 (19)L-Emiliano Sordi (SUB)
D-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
L-Emiliano Sordi (KO)
47Muslim MagomedovACA7-0 (4)W-Carlos Eduardo (TKO)
W-Ilya Shcheglov (DEC)
W-Chris Camozzi (TKO)
Murat Gugov
48Julius Anglickas9-1W-Alex Polizzi (DEC)
W-Jordan Young (DEC)
W-Karl Reed (DEC)
49Alex Polizzi7-1L-Julius Anglickas (DEC)
W-Rafael Carvalho (DEC)
W-Jamal Pogues (SUB)
50Alonzo Menifield9-2 (9)L-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Devin Clark (DEC)
W-Paul Craig (KO)
William Knight
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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Here is the rankings criteria that encompasses a fighter ranking:
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- Strength of competition
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5 Comments on this post.
  • dominik86
    8 October 2020 at 6:58 AM
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    It’s funny you don’t take into account fighters from ACA Butorin ,Bahytzhanuly ,Egemberdiev ,Magomedov ,Nasrudinov . ACA is after UFC the best mma federation .

    • D.C. Ross
      9 October 2020 at 11:35 PM
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      Thank you for your reply, and I 100% do take into account fighters from ACA. Current ACA fighters ranked across divisions are Magomed Bibulatov, Mukhumat Vakhaev, Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, Daniel Omielanczuk, Magomed Ismailov, Artem Frolov, Azbdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov, and Azamat Kerefov.Nasrudinov and Magomedov were ranked in the Top 50 within the last 60 days. Inactivity and strength of competition are the only thing preventing their rise. Drug testing and promoter interference are extremely concerning for the ACA promotion as recently detailed (Link: ). Regardless of those controversies, that does not interfere with their fighters being ranked as rankings only are based off actual fight results and performance. Please let me know of any fighters that you feel are deserving of being ranked in the Top 50 as I try to do my very best keeping up to date with every event/promotion.

  • 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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