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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)
Edson Barboza
12/30/2017
04Eddie Alvarez
29-5 (4-2 UFC)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
05Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
06Justin Gaethje
18-1 (1-1 UFC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (KO)
W-Michael Johnson (TKO)
W-Luiz Firmino (TKO)
07Michael Johnson
17-12 (9-8 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (KO)
Darren Elkins
01/14/2018
08Edson Barboza
19-4 (13-4 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
12/30/2017
09Dustin Poirier
22-5 (14-4 UFC)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
NC-Eddie Alvarez (NC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
10Kevin Lee
16-3 (9-3 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (SUB)
11Anthony Pettis
20-7 (7-6 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
12Michael Chiesa
14-3 (7-3 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
13Al Iaquinta
13-3-1 (8-2 UFC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
14Brent Primus
8-0 (Bellator)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Gleristone Santos (DEC)
W-Derek Anderson (DEC)
15Michael Chandler
16-4 (Bellator)
L-Brent Primus (TKO)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
W-Patricky Freire (KO)
Goiti Yamauchi
01/20/2018
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)
20James Vick
12-1 (8-1 UFC)
W-Joseph Duffy (TKO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
21Francisco Trinaldo
22-5 (12-4 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
22Paul Felder
15-3 (7-3 UFC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
23Jim Miller
28-11 (17-10 UFC)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
24Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
25Rashid Magomedov
20-2 (5-1 UFC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
26Charles Oliveira
22-8 (10-8 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
27Clay Guida
34-17 (14-11 UFC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
W-Erik Koch (DEC)
L-Brian Ortega (KO)
28Kajan Johnson
22-11-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (KO)
W-Naoyuki Kotani (DEC)
W-Zhang Lipeng (DEC)
29Adriano Martins
28-9 (4-3 UFC)
L-Kajan Johnson (KO)
L-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
W-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
30Nik Lentz
28-8-2 (12-5-1 UFC)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
31Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
Gleison Tibau
01/20/2018
32Rustam Khabilov
22-3 (8-2 UFC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Jason Saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
33Joseph Duffy
16-3 (4-2 UFC)
L-James Vick (TKO)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
34Michel Prazeres
23-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Mads Burnell (SUB)
W-Josh Burkman (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
35Mairbek Taisumov
26-5 (6-1 UFC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
36Will Brooks
18-4 (1-3 UFC)
L-Nik Lentz (SUB)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
37 David Teymur
7-1 (4-0 UFC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
38Lando Vannata
9-2-1 (1-2-1 UFC)
D-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-David Teymur (DEC)
W-John Makdessi (KO)
39Bobby Green
23-8-1 (4-3-1 UFC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
40Josh Thomson
22-9 (Bellator)
L-Patricky Freire (KO)
W-Pablo Villaseca (TKO)
W-Mike Bronzoulis (SUB)
41Steven Ray
21-7 (5-2 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (KO)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
42Daniel Hooker
14-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (KO)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
Marc Diakiese
12/02/2017
43Ross Pearson
19-14 (11-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
44Gilbert Burns
12-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Jason Saggo (KO)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier
01/27/2018
45Olivier Aubin-Mercier
10-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
Gilbert Burns
01/27/2018
46Mateusz Gamrot
13-0 (KSW)
NC-Norman Parke (NC)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
W-Renato Gomes (SUB)
47Joe Lauzon
27-14 (14-11 UFC)
L-Clay Guida (TKO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
48Gregor Gillespie
10-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
49Martin Nguyen
10-1 (OneFC)
W-Eduard Folayang (KO)
W-Marat Gafurov (KO)
W-Kazunori Yokota (KO)
50Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (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)
Islam Makhachev
01/20/2018
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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.