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)
02Khabib Nurmagomedov
24-0 (8-0 UFC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
W-Darrell Horcher (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
03Tony Ferguson
22-3 (12-1 UFC)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (SUB)
W-Edson Barboza (SUB)
Kevin Lee
04Eddie Alvarez
28-5 (3-2 UFC)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (TKO)
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)
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)
09Anthony Pettis
20-6 (7-5 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
W-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
Dustin Poirier
10Kevin Lee
16-2 (9-2 UFC)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (SUB)
W-Magomed Mustafaev (SUB)
Tony Ferguson
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)
14Benson Henderson
24-7 (Bellator)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
W-Patricio Freire (TKO)
L-Andrey Koreshkov (DEC)
Patricky Freire
15Gilbert Melendez
22-6 (1-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
Jeremy Stephens
16Michael Chiesa
14-3 (7-3 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
17Al Iaquinta
13-3-1 (8-2 UFC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
18Beneil Dariush
14-3 (8-3 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
Evan Dunham
19Jim Miller
28-10 (17-9 UFC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Thiago Alves (DEC)
20Charles Oliveira
22-7 (10-7 UFC)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
21Will Brooks
18-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
Nik Lentz
22Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
23Evan Dunham
18-6 (11-6 UFC)
W-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
Beneil Dariush
24Joseph Duffy
16-2 (4-1 UFC)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
25Francisco Trinaldo
21-5 (11-4 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
26Rashid Magomedov
20-2 (5-1 UFC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
27Adriano Martins
28-8 (4-2 UFC)
L-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
W-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
Kajan Johnson
28Rustam Khabilov
21-3 (7-2 UFC)
W-Jason Saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
Desmond Green
29Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
30Paul Felder
14-3 (6-3 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
31James Vick
11-1 (7-1 UFC)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
32Steven Ray
21-7 (5-2 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (KO)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
33Bobby Green
23-8 (4-3 UFC)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
Lando Vannata
34Patricky Freire
17-8 (Bellator)
W-Josh Thomson (KO)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
W-Kevin Souza (DEC)
Benson Henderson
35Josh Thomson
22-9 (Bellator)
L-Patricky Freire (KO)
W-Pablo Villaseca (TKO)
W-Mike Bronzoulis (SUB)
36Joe Lauzon
27-12 (14-9 UFC)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (DEC)
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)
39Mateusz Gamrot
13-0 (KSW)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
W-Renato Gomes (SUB)
W-Mansour Barnaoui (DEC)
40Drakkar Klose
8-0-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
W-Hugh Pulley (DEC)
41Michel Prazeres
22-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Josh Burkman (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-J.C. Cottrell (DEC)
Mads Burnell
42Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (TKO)
43Daniel Hooker
14-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (KO)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
44Ross Pearson
19-14 (11-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
45Nik Lentz
27-8-2 (11-5-1 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
W-Danny Castillo (DEC)
Will Brooks
46Gilbert Burns
11-2 (4-2 UFC)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
Jason Saggo
47Gregor Gillespie
9-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
W-Sidney Outlaw (DEC)
Jason Gonzalez
48Alan Patrick
14-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (TKO)
49Olivier Aubin-Mercier
9-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Carlos Diego Ferreira (DEC)
Tony Martin
50David Teymur
6-1 (3-0 UFC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
W-Martin Svensson (TKO)
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)
*Mairbek Taisumov
25-5 (5-1 UFC)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
W-Anthony Christodoulou (KO)
Felipe Silva
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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.