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)

1Khabib Nurmagomedov28-0 (18)W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
2Justin Gaethje22-2 (20)W-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
3Tony Ferguson25-4 (20)L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
4Dustin Poirier26-6 (19)W-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
5Dan Hooker20-9 (17)L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
6Paul Felder17-5 (11)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
7Charles Oliveira29-8 (27)W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
8Timofey Nastyukhin13-4 (11)W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
W-Amir Khan (DEC)
9Eddie Alvarez30-7 (24)W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
10Diego Ferreira17-2 (10)W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
11Islam Makhachev18-1 (10)W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
12Al Iaquinta14-6-1 (8)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
13Kevin Lee18-6 (11)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
14Patricio Freire30-4 (21)W-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
15Michael Chandler20-5 (15)W-Sidney Outlaw (KO)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
16Tofiq MusayevRizin18-3 (16)W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
17Patricky Freire23-9 (16)L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC))
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
18Benson Henderson28-8 (14)W-Myles Jury (DEC)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
19Drew Dober23-9 (16)W-Anthony Hernandez (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
20Gregor Gillespie13-1 (11)L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
21Renato Carneiro14-3-1 (7)W-Damir Hadzovic (SUB
L-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
22Alexander Hernandez11-3 (6)L-Drew Dober (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
23Beneil Dariush18-4-1 (12)W-Drakkar Klose (KO)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
24Natan Schulte20-3-1 (13)W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
25Brad Riddell8-1 (5)W-Magomed Mustafaev (DEC)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (DEC)
W-Mikey Vaotuua (TKO)
26Arman Tsarukyan14-2 (10)W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
Davi Ramos
27Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-5 (9)L-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
28Leonardo Santos17-3-1 (12)W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
Roman Bogatov
29Francisco Trinaldo25-7 (13)W-John Makdessi (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
Jai Herbert
30Mairbek TaisumovFree Agent27-6 (24)L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
31Scott Holtzman14-3 (7)W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
L-Nik Lentz (DEC)
32Jim Miller32-14 (22)W-Roosevelt Roberts (SUB)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
33Brent Primus10-1 (8)W-Chris Bungard (SUB)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
34Desmond GreenACA23-8 (7)W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
35Gleison TibauFree Agent35-14 (18)W-Will Brooks (SUB)
W-Efrain Escudero (DEC)
L-Desmond Green (DEC)
36Will BrooksFree Agent20-5-1 (9)L-Gleison Tibau (SUB)
D-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-Robert Watley (DEC)
37Magomed Mustafaev14-3 (14)L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
38Goiti Yamauchi25-4 (21)W-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
W-Saad Awad (SUB)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
39Davi Ramos10-3 (8)L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-John Gunther (SUB)
Arman Tsarukyan
40Mark Madsen10-0 (6)W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Danilo Belluardo (TKO)
W-Patrick Nielsen (SUB)
41Steven Ray23-9 (14)W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
42Drakkar Klose11-2-1 (4)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
43Loik Radzhabov13-2-1 (10)L-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
D-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
44Chris Wade17-6 (5)L-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Nate Andrews (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (DEC)
45Akhmed Aliev19-6 (11)L-Natan Schulte (SUB)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Chris Wade (DEC)
46Nate Andrews16-3 (15)L-Chris Wade (DEC)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Chris Wade (DEC)
47Rashid Magomedov23-5-1 (10)L-Akhmed Aliev (DEC)
L-Nate Andrews (DEC)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
48Bobby Green25-10-1 (17)W-Clay Guida (DEC)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
49Evan Dunham18-9-1 (9)L-Herbert Burns (SUB)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (KO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (TKO)
50Nasrat Haqparast11-3 (9)L-Drew Dober (KO)
W-Joaquim Silva (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
Alan Patrick15-2 (6)L-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
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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
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9 Comments on this post.
  • Luzgaar
    4 September 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    Benson Henderson won against Adam Piccolotti

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:48 PM
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      Why no rustam khabiliv on lightweight? Did he leave lightweight and not going to return? Or am i overlooking him somewhere?

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:17 AM
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        Yes, Rustam Khabilov moved up to Welterweight back in November of 2019. He is now ranked in that division.

  • 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.

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:51 PM
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      ….i see McGregor at #4 he is showing up on my list but i dontt see Rustam isnt he like 10-2 in ufc does he fight at a lower weight than lightweight now? Its hard to keep track of every fighters weight jumping….even for hardcore fans

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:21 AM
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        Yes, Rustam is ranked permanently at Welterweight. McGregor has hinted at a return to Lightweight, and since he had an appearance at Lightweight within the last 15 months he was eligible to be ranked there. That 15 months has now passed, so he will be removed from the Lightweight Rankings.

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