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)
Tony Ferguson
2Conor McGregor22-4UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
3Tony Ferguson25-3UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
4Dustin Poirier25-6UFCL-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
5Justin Gaethje21-2UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-James Vick (KO)
6Timofey Nastyukhin13-4ONEW-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
W-Amir Khan (DEC)
7Eddie Alvarez30-7ONEW-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
8Daniel Hooker19-8UFCW-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
Paul Felder
9Donald Cerrone35-14UFCL-Conor McGregor (TKO)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
10Al Iaquinta14-6-1UFCL-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
11Kevin Lee18-5UFCW-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
L-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
Charles Oliveira
12Paul Felder17-4UFCW-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
Dan Hooker
13Edson Barboza20-8UFCL-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
14Patricio Freire30-4BellatorW-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
Pedro Carvalho
15Michael Chandler20-5BellatorW-Sidney Outlaw (KO)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
16Diego Ferreira17-2UFCW-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
17Islam Makhachev18-1UFCW-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
18Anthony Pettis22-10UFCL-Diego Ferreira (SUB)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
W-Stephen Thompson (KO)
19Tofiq Musayev18-3RizinW-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
20Patricky Freire23-9BellatorL-Tofiq Musayev (DEC))
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
21Benson Henderson28-8BellatorW-Myles Jury (DEC)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
22Charles Oliveira28-8UFCW-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-David Teymur (SUB)
Kevin Lee
23Alexander Hernandez11-2UFCW-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
24Gregor Gillespie13-1UFCL-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
25Natan Schulte20-3-1PFLW-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
26Beneil Dariush17-4-1UFCW-Frank Camacho (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
Drakkar Klose
27Leonardo Santos17-3-1UFCW-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
28Francisco Trinaldo24-7UFCW-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
John Makdessi
29Arman Tsarukyan14-2UFCW-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
30Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-5UFCL-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
31Jim Miller31-13UFCW-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
Scott Holtzman
32Brent Primus9-1BellatorW-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
Peter Queally
33Mairbek Taisumov27-6UFCL-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
34David Teymur8-2UFCL-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
35Desmond Green23-8UFCW-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
36Davi Ramos10-3UFCL-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-John Gunther (SUB)
37Clay Guida35-19UFCL-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-B.J. Penn (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
38Drew Dober22-9UFCW-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
39Magomed Mustafaev14-2UFCW-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
Brad Riddell
40Goiti Yamauchi25-4BellatorW-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
W-Saad Awad (SUB)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
41Drakkar Klose11-1-1UFCW-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
Beneil Dariush
42Gleison Tibau35-14Free AgentW-Will Brooks (SUB)
W-Efrain Escudero (DEC)
L-Desmond Green (DEC)
43Will Brooks20-5-1Free AgentL-Gleison Tibau (SUB)
D-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-Robert Watley (DEC)
44Scott Holtzman12-3UFCW-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
L-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Alan Patrick (KO)
Jim Miller
45Alan Patrick15-2UFCL-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
46Steven Ray23-9UFCW-Michael Johnson (DEC)
L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
Marc Diakiese
47Michael Johnson19-15UFCL-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (KO)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
48Loik Radzhabov13-2-1PFLL-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
D-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
49Chris Wade17-6PFLL-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Nate Andrews (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (DEC)
50Norman Parke
23-6-1 (KSW)
28-6-1KSWW-Marcin Wrzosek (DEC)
W-Artur Sowinski (DEC)
W-Borys Mankowski (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.

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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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