MMA World Lightweight Rankings

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#   FighterLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Khabib 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)
Max Holloway
UFC 236
5Eddie Alvarez
29-6 (One FC)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
Timofey Nastyukhin
One FC
6Al Iaquinta
14-4-1 (9-3 UFC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (DEC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
7Kevin Lee
17-4 (10-4 UFC)
L-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
8Edson Barboza
20-6 (14-6 UFC)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Kevin Lee (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (DEC)
Justin Gaethje
9Justin Gaethje
19-2 (2-2 UFC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Eddie Alvarez (KO)
Edson Barboza
10Anthony Pettis
21-8 (8-7 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
Stephen Thompson
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11Michael Chandler
19-4 (Bellator)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (SUB)
W-Goiti Yamauchi (DEC)
Patricio Freire
Bellator 221
12Donald Cerrone
34-11 (21-8 UFC)
W-Alexander Hernandez (TKO)
W-Mike Perry (SUB)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
13Patricky Freire
21-8 (Bellator)
W-Ryan Scope (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (KO)
W-Derek Campos (TKO)
14Benson Henderson
26-8 (Bellator)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (SUB)
L-Patricky Freire (DEC)
15Paul Felder
16-4 (8-4 UFC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
16Alexander Hernandez
10-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
17Beneil Dariush
16-4-1 (10-4-1 UFC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (KO)
18James Vick
13-3 (9-3 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
19Francisco Trinaldo
23-6 (13-5 UFC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
20Charles Oliveira
26-8 (14-8 UFC)
W-David Teymur (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-Christos Giagos (SUB)
21Daniel Hooker
17-8 (7-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Gilbert Burns (KO)
W-Jim Miller (KO)
22Islam Makhachev
16-1 (5-1 UFC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
W-Gleison Tibau (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
23Gregor Gillespie
13-0 (6-0 UFC)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (TKO)
24Brent Primus
8-1 (Bellator)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Gleristone Santos (DEC)
Tim Wilde
25Gilbert Burns
14-3 (7-3 UFC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Daniel Hooker (KO)
W-Dan Moret (KO)
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)
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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
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= Inactivity over 15 months
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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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