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#  FighterOVRORGLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Khabib Nurmagomedov28-0UFCW-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
Tony Ferguson
04/18/2020
2Tony Ferguson25-3UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
04/18/2020
3Conor McGregor22-4UFCW-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
4Dustin Poirier25-6UFCL-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
Dan Hooker
05/16/2020
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)
Saygid Arslanaliev
05/29/2020
8Daniel Hooker20-8UFCW-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
Dustin Poirier
05/16/2020
9Paul Felder17-5UFCL-Dan Hooker (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
10Charles Oliveira29-8UFCW-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
11Donald Cerrone35-14UFCL-Conor McGregor (TKO)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
12Al Iaquinta14-6-1UFCL-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
13Kevin Lee18-6UFCL-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
14Edson Barboza20-8UFCL-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
15Diego Ferreira17-2UFCW-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
16Islam Makhachev18-1UFCW-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
Alexander Hernandez
04/18/2020
17Patricio Freire30-4BellatorW-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
18Michael Chandler20-5BellatorW-Sidney Outlaw (KO)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
19Anthony Pettis22-10UFCL-Diego Ferreira (SUB)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
W-Stephen Thompson (KO)
20Tofiq Musayev18-3RizinW-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
21Patricky Freire23-9BellatorL-Tofiq Musayev (DEC))
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
22Benson Henderson28-8BellatorW-Myles Jury (DEC)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
23Alexander Hernandez11-2UFCW-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
Islam Makhachev
04/18/2020
24Beneil Dariush18-4-1UFCW-Drakkar Klose (KO)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
25Gregor Gillespie13-1UFCL-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
26Renato Carneiro14-3-1UFCW-Damir Hadzovic (SUB
L-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
27Leonardo Santos17-3-1UFCW-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
28Brent Primus10-1BellatorW-Chris Bungard (SUB)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
29Francisco Trinaldo25-7UFCW-John Makdessi (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
30Brad Riddell8-1UFCW-Magomed Mustafaev (DEC)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (DEC)
W-Mikey Vaotuua (TKO)
31Arman Tsarukyan14-2UFCW-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
Davi Ramos
04/11/2020
32Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-5PFLL-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
33Drew Dober22-9UFCW-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
34Natan Schulte20-3-1PFLW-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
35Scott Holtzman13-3UFCW-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
L-Nik Lentz (DEC)
36Mairbek Taisumov27-6Free AgentL-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
37David Teymur8-2UFCL-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
38Desmond Green23-8ACAW-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
39Davi Ramos10-3UFCL-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-John Gunther (SUB)
Arman Tsarukyan
04/11/2020
40Gleison Tibau35-14Free AgentW-Will Brooks (SUB)
W-Efrain Escudero (DEC)
L-Desmond Green (DEC)
41Will Brooks20-5-1Free AgentL-Gleison Tibau (SUB)
D-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-Robert Watley (DEC)
42Magomed Mustafaev14-3UFCL-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
43Goiti Yamauchi25-4BellatorW-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
W-Saad Awad (SUB)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
44Jim Miller31-14UFCL-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
45Drakkar Klose11-2-1UFCL-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
46Steven Ray23-9UFCW-Michael Johnson (DEC)
L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
Marc Diakiese
03/21/2020
47Michael Johnson19-15UFCL-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (KO)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
Evan Dunham
04/25/2020
48Mark Madsen10-0UFCW-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Danilo Belluardo (TKO)
W-Patrick Nielsen (SUB)
49Clay Guida35-19UFCL-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-B.J. Penn (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
50Loik Radzhabov13-2-1PFLL-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
D-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Alan Patrick15-2UFCL-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
Frank Camacho
04/25/2020
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MMA World Rankings are comprised of all fighters, regardless of promotion. These rankings are sometimes referred to as "Global Rankings" or "Overall Rankings." RankingMMA has been publishing MMA world rankings since 2006.

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
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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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