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 Nurmagomedov29-0 (19)W-Justin Gaethje (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
2Justin Gaethje22-3 (20)L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
3Tony Ferguson25-4 (20)L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
Charles Oliveira
4Dustin Poirier26-6 (19)W-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
Conor McGregor
5Rafael dos Anjos30-13W-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
6Patricio Freire31-4 (22)W-Pedro Carvalho (KO)
W-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
7Dan Hooker20-9 (17)L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
8Charles Oliveira29-8 (27)W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
Tony Ferguson
9Diego Ferreira17-2 (10)W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
Beneil Dariush
10Paul Felder17-6 (11)L-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
11Kevin Lee18-6 (11)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
12Michael Chandler21-5 (16)W-Benson Henderson (KO)
W-Sidney Outlaw (KO)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
13Beneil Dariush19-4-1 (13)W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Drakkar Klose (KO)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
Diego Ferreira
14Timofey Nastyukhin14-4 (11)W-Pieter Buist (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
15Tofiq MusayevRizin18-3 (16)W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
16Eddie Alvarez30-7 (24)W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
17Drew Dober23-9 (16)W-Anthony Hernandez (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
18Al Iaquinta14-6-1 (8)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
19Patricky Freire23-9 (16)L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC))
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
20Alexander Hernandez12-3 (7)W-Chris Gruetzemacher (TKO)
L-Drew Dober (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
21Islam Makhachev18-1 (10)W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
22Benson Henderson28-10 (14)L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
W-Myles Jury (DEC)
23Leonardo Santos18-3-1 (12)W-Roman Bogatov (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
24Gregor Gillespie13-1 (11)L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
25Natan Schulte20-3-1 (13)W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
26Renato Carneiro14-3-1 (7)W-Damir Hadzovic (SUB
L-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
Rafael Fiziev
27Francisco Trinaldo26-7 (14)W-Jai Herbert (TKO)
W-John Makdessi (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
28Brent Primus10-1 (8)W-Chris Bungard (SUB)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
29Arman Tsarukyan14-2 (10)W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
Nasrat Haqparast
30Abdul Aziz AbdulvakhabovACA18-2W-Alexander Sarnavskiy (DEC)
W-Imanali Gamzathanov (SUB)
W-Brian Foster (SUB)
31Guram Kutateladze12-2W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Guilherme Martins (TKO)
32Mateusz Gamrot17-1L-Guram Kutateladze (DEC)
W-Marian Ziolkowski (DEC)
W-Norman Parke (TKO)
33Thiago Moises14-4W-Bobby Green (DEC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
34Goiti Yamauchi25-4 (21)W-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
W-Saad Awad (SUB)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
Nate Andrews
35Eduard VartanyanACA21-4W-Mukhamed Kokov (DEC)
W-Joshua Aveles (DEC)
W-Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov (DEC)
36Drakkar Klose11-2-1 (4)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
37Bobby Green27-11-1 (17)L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Alan Patrick (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
38Scott Holtzman14-4 (7)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
39Myles Jury19-5W-Georgi Karakhanyan (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (DEC)
L-Benson Henderson (DEC)
40Vinc Pichel13-2W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
41Mairbek TaisumovFree Agent27-6 (24)L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
42Damir Ismagulov19-2W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
W-Alex Georges (DEC)
43Christian Lee14-3W-Iuri Lapicus (TKO)
W-Saygid Arslanaliev (DEC)
W-Shinya Aoki (TKO)
44Loik Radzhabov13-2-1 (10)L-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
D-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
45Chris Wade17-6 (5)L-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Nate Andrews (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (DEC)
46Akhmed Aliev19-6 (11)L-Natan Schulte (SUB)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Chris Wade (DEC)
47Ottman Azaitar13-0W-Khama Worthy (TKO)
W-Teemu Packalen (KO)
W-Danijel Kokora (KO)
Matt Frevola
48Jim Miller32-15 (22)L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Roosevelt Roberts (SUB)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
49Nate Andrews16-3 (15)L-Chris Wade (DEC)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Chris Wade (DEC)
Goiti Yamauchi
50Rashid Magomedov23-5-1 (10)L-Akhmed Aliev (DEC)
L-Nate Andrews (DEC)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-5 (9)L-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
Desmond GreenACA23-8 (7)W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
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So, how do we compile our rankings? What separates us from other web sites that formulate rankings?

We are the only source that uses computerized analytics rankings system & actual fight footage to determine rankings similar. The reason we do this is to avoid ranking bias. By using analytics, fighters are scored no matter the promotion they are in. From there, tiers are created and fighters are ranked from within those tiers.

Here is the rankings criteria that encompasses a fighter ranking:
- 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.

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11 Comments on this post.
  • By
    22 September 2020 at 12:33 AM
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    If McGregor isn’t on the list cove of “retirement” yet still talks of him fighting in 6 months… what about Cejudo then.?

  • 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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