MMA World Lightweight 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)

#  FighterOVRORGLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Khabib Nurmagomedov28-0UFCW-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
2Tony Ferguson25-3UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
3Dustin Poirier25-6UFCL-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
4Justin Gaethje21-2UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-James Vick (KO)
5Timofey Nastyukhin13-4ONEW-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
W-Amir Khan (DEC)
6Eddie Alvarez30-7ONEW-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
7Donald Cerrone35-13UFCL-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
Conor McGregor
8Daniel Hooker19-8UFCW-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
9Al Iaquinta14-6-1UFCL-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
10Kevin Lee18-5UFCW-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
L-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
11Paul Felder17-4UFCW-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
12Edson Barboza20-8UFCL-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
13Patricio Freire30-4BellatorW-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
Pedro Carvalho
14Michael Chandler19-5BellatorL-Patricio Freire (TKO)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (SUB)
Benson Henderson
15Patricky Freire22-8Bellatorpan style="color: #0000ff;">W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
W-Ryan Scope (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (KO)
16Benson Henderson28-8BellatorW-Myles Jury (DEC)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
Michael Chandler
17Islam Makhachev18-1UFCW-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
18Charles Oliveira27-8UFCW-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-David Teymur (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
Jared Gordon
19Gregor Gillespie13-1UFCL-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
20Alexander Hernandez11-2UFCW-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
21Beneil Dariush17-4-1UFCW-Frank Camacho (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
22Diego Ferreira16-2UFCW-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Kyle Nelson (TKO)
23Leonardo Santos17-3-1UFCW-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
24Natan Schulte19-3-1PFLW-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
W-Jesse Ronson (DEC)
Loik Radzhabov
25Francisco Trinaldo23-7UFCL-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
Bobby Green
Fight Night 164
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Conor McGregor21-4UFCL-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
Donald Cerrone
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- Strength of competition
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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.

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5 Comments on this post.
  • Luzgaar
    4 September 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    Benson Henderson won against Adam Piccolotti

  • Tim
    15 July 2019 at 5:07 AM
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    McGregor fought 9 months ago rank him please

    • D.C. Ross
      20 July 2019 at 7:34 AM
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      Hi Tim, McGregor is presumed retired. Anytime a fighter announces their retirement they are immediately removed from the rankings. Should McGregor announce his return, he will immediately be back in the rankings. Thank you for your comment!

  • Cynthia
    16 December 2013 at 9:24 AM
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    The fact that Barboza is ranked below Healy, Lauzon, Gomi, Johnson, Tibau, Miller, Dunham, Sanchaz, Maynard, Cerrone, and Diaz is laughable. Even Thompson this looks more like the UFC rankings.

    • D.C. Ross
      16 December 2013 at 6:06 PM
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      What is Barboza’s biggest career win? For you to proclaim that he should be ranked ahead of Miller, Cerrone, or Diaz is what’s laughable. The two times Barboza stepped up in competition, he was knocked out by Jamie Varner and his win over Danny Castillo arguably should have been a draw.

      You say Barboza should be ranked ahead of all those guys, but based off what? Talent alone does not merit a ranking.

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