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)
Dustin Poirier
UFC 242
2Tony Ferguson
25-3 (15-1 UFC)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
3Dustin Poirier
25-5 (17-4 UFC)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC 242
4Donald Cerrone
35-12 (22-9 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-Alexander Hernandez (TKO)
5Timofey Nastyukhin
13-4 (One FC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
W-Amir Khan (DEC)
Honorio Banario
One 99
6Eddie Alvarez
29-7 (One FC)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
Eduard Folayang
One 99
7Justin Gaethje
20-2 (3-2 UFC)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
8Al Iaquinta
14-5-1 (9-4 UFC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (DEC)
9Edson Barboza
20-7 (14-7 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Kevin Lee (TKO)
10Patricio Freire
29-4 (Bellator)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
11Michael Chandler
19-5 (Bellator)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (SUB)
12Patricky Freire
21-8 (Bellator)
W-Ryan Scope (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (KO)
W-Derek Campos (TKO)
13Benson Henderson
26-9 (Bellator)
L-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
W-Saad Awad (DEC)
W-Roger Huerta (SUB)
14Paul Felder
16-4 (8-4 UFC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
15Charles Oliveira
27-8 (15-8 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-David Teymur (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
16Leonardo Santos
17-3-1 (6-0-1 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
17Brent Primus
9-1 (Bellator)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
18Islam Makhachev
17-1 (6-1 UFC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
W-Gleison Tibau (KO)
Davi Ramos
UFC 242
19Gregor Gillespie
13-0 (6-0 UFC)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (TKO)
20Alexander Hernandez
10-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
Francisco Trinaldo
21Beneil Dariush
16-4-1 (10-4-1 UFC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (KO)
Drakkar Klose
Fight Night 155
22James Vick
13-3 (9-3 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
Daniel Hooker
23Francisco Trinaldo
23-6 (13-5 UFC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
Alexander Hernandez
24Diego Ferreira
15-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Kyle Nelson (TKO)
W-Jared Gordon (TKO)
Mairbek Taisumov
UFC 242
25Daniel Hooker
17-8 (7-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Gilbert Burns (KO)
W-Jim Miller (KO)
James Vick
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Conor McGregor
21-4 (9-2 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (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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3 Comments on this post.
  • Tim
    15 July 2019 at 5:07 AM
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    McGregor fought 9 months ago rank him please

  • 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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