MMA World Lightweight Rankings

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#   FighterLast 3 FightsNext Fight
01Conor McGregor
21-3 (9-1 UFC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
L-Nate Diaz (SUB)
02Tony Ferguson
23-3 (13-1 UFC)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (SUB)
03Khabib Nurmagomedov
24-0 (8-0 UFC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
W-Darrell Horcher (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
04Eddie Alvarez
28-5 (3-2 UFC)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (TKO)
Justin Gaethje
05Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
06Justin Gaethje
18-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Michael Johnson (TKO)
W-Luiz Firmino (TKO)
W-Brian Foster (TKO)
Eddie Alvarez
07Michael Johnson
17-12 (9-8 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (KO)
08Edson Barboza
19-4 (13-4 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
09Kevin Lee
16-3 (9-3 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (SUB)
10Anthony Pettis
20-6 (7-5 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
W-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
Dustin Poirier
11Dustin Poirier
21-5 (13-4 UFC)
NC-Eddie Alvarez (NC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Michael Johnson (KO)
Anthony Pettis
12Brent Primus
8-0 (Bellator)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Gleristone Santos (DEC)
W-Derek Anderson (DEC)
13Michael Chandler
16-4 (Bellator)
L-Brent Primus (TKO)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
W-Patricky Freire (KO)
14Michael Chiesa
14-3 (7-3 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
15Al Iaquinta
13-3-1 (8-2 UFC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
Paul Felder
16Patricky Freire
18-8 (Bellator)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
W-Josh Thomson (KO)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
17Benson Henderson
24-8 (Bellator)
L-Patricky Freire (DEC)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
W-Patricio Freire (TKO)
18Beneil Dariush
14-3-1 (8-3-1 UFC)
D-Evan Dunham (DEC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
19Evan Dunham
18-6-1 (11-6-1 UFC)
D-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
20Jim Miller
28-10 (17-9 UFC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Thiago Alves (DEC)
Francisco Trinaldo
21Francisco Trinaldo
21-5 (11-4 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
Jim Miller
22Paul Felder
14-3 (6-3 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
Al Iaquinta
23Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
24Charles Oliveira
22-7 (10-7 UFC)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
25Will Brooks
18-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
26James Vick
11-1 (7-1 UFC)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
Joseph Duffy
27Joseph Duffy
16-2 (4-1 UFC)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
James Vick
28Rashid Magomedov
20-2 (5-1 UFC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
29Bobby Green
23-8-1 (4-3-1 UFC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
30Josh Thomson
22-9 (Bellator)
L-Patricky Freire (KO)
W-Pablo Villaseca (TKO)
W-Mike Bronzoulis (SUB)
31Kajan Johnson
22-11-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (KO)
W-Naoyuki Kotani (DEC)
W-Zhang Lipeng (DEC)
32Adriano Martins
28-9 (4-3 UFC)
L-Kajan Johnson (KO)
L-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
W-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
33Rustam Khabilov
22-3 (8-2 UFC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Jason Saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
34Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
35Steven Ray
21-7 (5-2 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (KO)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
36Joe Lauzon
27-12 (14-9 UFC)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (DEC)
Clay Guida
37 Diego Sanchez
27-10 (16-10 UFC)
L-Al Iaquinta (KO)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
Matt Brown
38Clay Guida
33-17 (13-11 UFC)
W-Erik Koch (DEC)
L-Brian Ortega (KO)
L-Thiago Tavares (SUB)
Joe Lauzon
39David Teymur
6-1 (3-0 UFC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
W-Martin Svensson (TKO)
Drakkar Klose
40Lando Vannata
9-2-1 (1-2-1 UFC)
D-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-David Teymur (DEC)
W-John Makdessi (KO)
41Michel Prazeres
23-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Mads Burnell (SUB)
W-Josh Burkman (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
42Mairbek Taisumov
26-5 (6-1 UFC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
43Gilbert Burns
12-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Jason Saggo (KO)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
44Mateusz Gamrot
13-0 (KSW)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
W-Renato Gomes (SUB)
W-Mansour Barnaoui (DEC)
Norman Parke
45Olivier Aubin-Mercier
10-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
46Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (TKO)
47Daniel Hooker
14-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (KO)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
48Ross Pearson
19-14 (11-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
49Nik Lentz
27-8-2 (11-5-1 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
W-Danny Castillo (DEC)
50Gregor Gillespie
10-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
*Gleison Tibau
32-11 (17-9 UFC)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
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- Strength of competition
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- Last 5 fights

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  • Cynthia

    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

      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.