MMA World Lightweight Rankings

Men’s Divisions
Heavyweight (265)Light Heavyweight (205)Middleweight (185)Welterweight (170) – Lightweight (155) – Featherweight (145)Bantamweight (135)Flyweight (125)Pound-4-Pound

Women’s Divisions
W-Featherweight (145+)W-Bantamweight (135)W-Flyweight (125)W-Strawweight (115)

1Khabib Nurmagomedov28-0 (18)W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
Justin Gaethje
2Justin Gaethje22-2 (20)W-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
3Dustin Poirier26-6 (19)W-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
4Tony Ferguson25-4 (20)L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
5Dan Hooker20-9 (17)L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
6Paul Felder17-5 (11)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
7Charles Oliveira29-8 (27)W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
8Diego Ferreira17-2 (10)W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
Drew Dober
9Al Iaquinta14-6-1 (8)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
10Kevin Lee18-6 (11)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
11Eddie Alvarez30-7 (24)W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
L-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
12Islam Makhachev18-1 (10)W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
Rafael dos Anjos
13Patricio Freire30-4 (21)W-Juan Archuleta (DEC)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Emmanuel Sanchez (DEC)
14Michael Chandler21-5 (16)W-Benson Henderson (KO)
W-Sidney Outlaw (KO)
L-Patricio Freire (TKO)
15Drew Dober23-9 (16)W-Anthony Hernandez (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
Diego Ferreira
16Alexander Hernandez11-3 (6)L-Drew Dober (TKO)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
17Beneil Dariush19-4-1 (13)W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Drakkar Klose (KO)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
18Tofiq MusayevRizin18-3 (16)W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
19Patricky Freire23-9 (16)L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC))
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (KO)
20Benson Henderson28-9 (14)L-Michael Chandler (KO)
W-Myles Jury (DEC)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
21Leonardo Santos18-3-1 (12)W-Roman Bogatov (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
22Gregor Gillespie13-1 (11)L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
23Brent Primus10-1 (8)W-Chris Bungard (SUB)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (DEC)
24Renato Carneiro14-3-1 (7)W-Damir Hadzovic (SUB
L-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
25Mairbek TaisumovFree Agent27-6 (24)L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
26Brad Riddell8-1 (5)W-Magomed Mustafaev (DEC)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (DEC)
W-Mikey Vaotuua (TKO)
Alex da Silva Coelho
27Francisco Trinaldo26-7 (14)W-Jai Herbert (TKO)
W-John Makdessi (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
28Scott Holtzman14-4 (7)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
29Arman Tsarukyan14-2 (10)W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
Davi Ramos
30Natan Schulte20-3-1 (13)W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Akhmed Aliev (SUB)
W-Ramsey Nijem (SUB)
31Mateusz GamrotKSW17-0W-Marian Ziolkowski (DEC)
W-Norman Parke (TKO)
W-Kleber Erbst (DEC)
32Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-5 (9)L-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
33Drakkar Klose11-2-1 (4)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
34Bobby Green27-10-1 (17)W-Alan Patrick (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (DEC)
35Magomed Mustafaev14-3 (14)L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
36Rafael Fiziev8-1 (6)W-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Alex White (DEC)
L-Magomed Mustafaev (TKO)
37Vinc Pichel13-2W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
38Jim Miller32-15 (22)L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Roosevelt Roberts (SUB)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
39Myles Jury19-5W-Georgi Karakhanyan (DEC)
W-Brandon Girtz (DEC)
L-Benson Henderson (DEC)
40Gleison TibauFree Agent35-14 (18)W-Will Brooks (SUB)
W-Efrain Escudero (DEC)
L-Desmond Green (DEC)
41Will BrooksFree Agent20-5-1 (9)L-Gleison Tibau (SUB)
D-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-Robert Watley (DEC)
42Goiti Yamauchi25-4 (21)W-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
W-Saad Awad (SUB)
W-Daniel Weichel (DEC)
43Marcin HeldFree Agent26-7W-Diego Brandao (DEC)
W-Musa Khamanaev (SUB)
W-Callan Potter (SUB)
44Nasrat Haqparast12-3 (9)W-Alex Munoz (DEC)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
W-Joaquim Silva (KO)
45Marc Diakiese
12-0 (3-0 UFC)
14-4L-Rafael Fiziev (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Joseph Duffy (DEC)
46Damir Ismagulov19-2W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
W-Alex Georges (DEC)
47Alan Patrick15-3 (6)L-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
48Steven Ray23-9 (14)W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
49Thiago Moises13-4W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Kurt Holobaugh (DEC)
50Michael Johnson19-16L-Thiago Moises (SUB)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Timofey Nastyukhin13-4 (11)W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
L-Saygid Arslanaliev (KO)
W-Amir Khan (DEC)
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
Desmond GreenACA23-8 (7)W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
MMA World Rankings FAQ    
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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
= 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.

10 Comments on this post.
  • By
    22 September 2020 at 12:33 AM
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    If McGregor isn’t on the list cove of “retirement” yet still talks of him fighting in 6 months… what about Cejudo then.?

  • Luzgaar
    4 September 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    Benson Henderson won against Adam Piccolotti

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:48 PM
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      Why no rustam khabiliv on lightweight? Did he leave lightweight and not going to return? Or am i overlooking him somewhere?

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:17 AM
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        Yes, Rustam Khabilov moved up to Welterweight back in November of 2019. He is now ranked in that division.

  • 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.

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:51 PM
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      ….i see McGregor at #4 he is showing up on my list but i dontt see Rustam isnt he like 10-2 in ufc does he fight at a lower weight than lightweight now? Its hard to keep track of every fighters weight jumping….even for hardcore fans

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:21 AM
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        Yes, Rustam is ranked permanently at Welterweight. McGregor has hinted at a return to Lightweight, and since he had an appearance at Lightweight within the last 15 months he was eligible to be ranked there. That 15 months has now passed, so he will be removed from the Lightweight Rankings.

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