MMA World Lightweight Rankings

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#   FighterLast 3 FightsNext Fight
01Khabib Nurmagomedov
27-0 (11-0 UFC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
2Conor McGregor
21-4 (9-2 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
3Tony Ferguson
24-3 (14-1 UFC)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
4Dustin Poirier
24-5 (16-4 UFC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
Nate Diaz
UFC 230
5Eddie Alvarez
29-6 (4-3 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
6Kevin Lee
17-3 (10-3 UFC)
W-Edson Barboza (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
Al Iaquinta
UFC on FOX 31
7Justin Gaethje
19-2 (2-2 UFC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Eddie Alvarez (KO)
8Edson Barboza
19-6 (13-6 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (DEC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
Dan Hooker
UFC on FOX 31
9Anthony Pettis
21-8 (8-7 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
10Brent Primus
8-0 (Bellator)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Gleristone Santos (DEC)
W-Derek Anderson (DEC)
Michael Chandler
11Michael Chandler
18-4 (Bellator)
W-Brandon Girtz (SUB)
W-Goiti Yamauchi (DEC)
L-Brent Primus (TKO)
Brent Primus
12Patricky Freire
20-8 (Bellator)
W-Roger Huerta (KO)
W-Derek Campos (TKO)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
13Benson Henderson
26-8 (Bellator)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (SUB)
L-Patricky Freire (DEC)
14Michael Chiesa
14-4 (7-4 UFC)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
Carlos Condit
UFC 232
15Al Iaquinta
13-4-1 (8-3 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (DEC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
Kevin Lee
UFC on FOX 31
16Alexander Hernandez
10-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Derrick Adkins (SUB)
17Beneil Dariush
15-4-1 (9-4-1 UFC)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (KO)
D-Evan Dunham (DEC)
18James Vick
13-2 (9-2 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
W-Joseph Duffy (TKO)
19Daniel Hooker
17-7 (7-3 UFC)
W-Gilbert Burns (KO)
W-Jim Miller (KO)
W-Marc Diakiese (SUB)
Edson Barboza
UFC on FOX 31
20Francisco Trinaldo
23-6 (13-5 UFC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
21Paul Felder
15-4 (7-4 UFC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
22Islam Makhachev
16-1 (5-1 UFC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
W-Gleison Tibau (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
23Jim Miller
28-12 (17-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
24Rashid Magomedov
22-2-1 (PFL)
W-Thiago Tavares (DEC)
D-Will Brooks (DEC)
W-Luiz Firmino (DEC)
25Charles Oliveira
24-8 (12-8 UFC)
W-Christos Giagos (SUB)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
L-Paul Felder (TKO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
Dustin Poirier
UFC 230
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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
= Fighter moves down in the rankings after recent fight

Reasons a fighter is ineligible for Non-UFC Rankings (* = Not Ranked)
= Inactivity over 15 months
= Changing weight classes. A fighter must debut in their new weight class in order to officially be ranked there. Upon their debut, they will be removed from their former weight class. If the fighter temporarily competed outside of their division, they will be ranked in their primary division of choice.
= Suspension. Should a fighter be suspended for performance enhancing substances or fighter conduct, they will be removed from the rankings.

2 Comments on this post.
  • 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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