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)
5Eddie Alvarez
29-6 (One FC)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
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)
9Justin Gaethje
19-2 (2-2 UFC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Eddie Alvarez (KO)
10Anthony Pettis
21-8 (8-7 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
11Michael Chandler
19-4 (Bellator)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (SUB)
W-Goiti Yamauchi (DEC)
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)
14Alexander Hernandez
10-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Derrick Adkins (SUB)
Donald Cerrone
Fight Night 143
15Beneil Dariush
15-4-1 (9-4-1 UFC)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (KO)
D-Evan Dunham (DEC)
16James Vick
13-2 (9-2 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
W-Joseph Duffy (TKO)
17Daniel Hooker
17-8 (7-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Gilbert Burns (KO)
W-Jim Miller (KO)
18Francisco Trinaldo
23-6 (13-5 UFC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
19Paul Felder
15-4 (7-4 UFC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
20Charles Oliveira
25-8 (13-8 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-Christos Giagos (SUB)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
21Islam Makhachev
16-1 (5-1 UFC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
W-Gleison Tibau (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
22Rashid Magomedov
22-2-1 (PFL)
W-Thiago Tavares (DEC)
D-Will Brooks (DEC)
W-Luiz Firmino (DEC)
Natan Schulte
23Rustam Khabilov
23-3 (9-2 UFC)
W-Kajan Johnson (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Jason Saggo (DEC)
24Gilbert Burns
13-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Dan Moret (KO)
W-Jason Saggo (KO)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
Daniel Hooker
25Jim Miller
29-13 (18-12 UFC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Alex White (SUB)
L-Dan Hooker (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)
MMA World Rankings FAQ    
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
= 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.

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  • 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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