MMA World Welterweight 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)

1Kamaru Usman17-1 (8)W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Colby Covington (TKO)
W-Tyron Woodley (DEC)
Gilbert Burns
2Gilbert Burns19-3 (14)W-Tyron Woodley (DEC)
W-Demian Maia (TKO)
W-Gunnar Nelson (DEC)
Kamaru Usman
3Colby Covington16-2 (8)W-Tyron Woodley (TKO)
L-Kamaru Usman (TKO)
W-Robbie Lawler (DEC)
4Leon Edwards18-3 (9)W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Gunnar Nelson (DEC)
W-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
5Jorge Masvidal35-14 (18)L-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
W-Nate Diaz (TKO)
W-Ben Askren (KO)
6Douglas Lima32-7 (26)W-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
W-Michael Page (KO)
W-Andrey Koreshkov (SUB)
Gegard Mousasi
7Tyron Woodley19-6-1 (12)L-Colby Covington (TKO)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
8Nate Diaz20-12 (16)L-Jorge Masvidal (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
9Anthony Pettis23-10 (18)W-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
L-Diego Ferreira (SUB)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
10Stephen Thompson15-4-1 (8)W-Vicente Luque (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (KO)
L-Darren Till (DEC)
11Michael Chiesa17-4 (11)W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Diego Sanchez (DEC)
W-Carlos Condit (SUB)
12Demian Maia28-10 (17)L-Gilbert Burns (TKO)
W-Ben Askren (SUB)
W-Tony Martin (DEC)
13Rafael dos Anjos29-13 (15)L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
Islam Makhachev
14Neil Magny24-7 (10)W-Robbie Lawler (DEC)
W-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Li Jingliang (DEC)
15Robbie Lawler28-15 (21)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
L-Colby Covington (DEC)
L-Ben Askren (SUB)
16Rory MacDonald21-6-1 (14)L-Douglas Lima (DEC)
W-Neiman Gracie (DEC)
D-Jon Fitch (DEC)
17Khamzat Chimaev9-0W-Gerald Meerschaert (KO)
W-Rhys McKee (TKO)
W-John Phillips (SUB)
18Neiman GracieBellator9-1W-Jon Fitch (SUB)
L-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
W-Ed Ruth (SUB)
19Michael Page17-1 (14)W-Shinsho Anzai (KO)
W-Giovanni Melillo (KO)
W-Richard Kiely (KO)
Ross Houston
20Paul Daley42-17-2 (33)W-Saad Awad (TKO)
W-Erick Silva (DEC)
L-Michael Page (DEC)
Derek Anderson
21Lorenz Larkin22-7 (11)W-Keita Nakamura (DEC)
W-Andrey Koreshkov (DEC)
W-Ion Pascu (DEC)
22Vicente Luque19-7-1 (17)W-Randy Brown (KO)
W-Niko Price (TKO)
L-Stephen Thompson (DEC)
23Geoff Neal13-2 (10)W-Mike Perry (TKO)
W-Niko Price (TKO)
W-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
24Andrey Koreshkov22-4 (15)L-Lorenz Larkin (DEC)
W-Mike Jasper (DEC)
L-Douglas Lima (SUB)
25Gunnar Nelson17-5-1 (16)L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
W-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
26Donald Cerrone36-15-1 (27)D-Niko Price (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
27Niko Price15-4-1 (13)D-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
L-Vicente Luque (TKO)
W-James Vick (KO)
28Tony Martin17-6 (10)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
W-Ramazan Emeev (DEC)
L-Demian Maia (DEC)
29Sean Brady13-0 (6)W-Christian Aguilera (SUB)
W-Ismail Naurdiev (DEC)
W-Court McGee (DEC)
30Albert TumenovACB22-4 (14)W-Beslan Ushukov (KO)
W-Murad Abdulaev (DEC)
W-Ciro Rodrigues (TKO)
31Yaroslav Amosov24-0 (19)W-Mark Lemminger (TKO)
W-Ed Ruth (DEC)
W-David Rickels (SUB)
32Muslim Salikhov17-2 (14)W-Elizeu Zaleski (DEC)
W-Laureano Staropoli (DEC)
W-Nordine Taleb (KO)
Claudio Silva
33Magomed Magomedkerimov26-5 (18)W-Christopher Curtis (DEC)
W-Christopher Curtis (DEC)
W-John Howard (SUB)
34Claudio Silva14-1 (11)W-Cole Williams (SUB)
W-Danny Roberts (SUB)
W-Nordine Taleb (SUB)
Muslim Salikhov
35James Krause27-8 (22)L-Trevin Giles (DEC)
W-Sergio Moraes (KO)
W-Warlley Alves (KO)
36Li Jingliang17-6 (12)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
W-Elizeu Zaleski (TKO)
W-David Zawada (KO)
37Elizeu Zaleski22-7 (17)L-Muslim Salikhov (DEC)
W-Alexey Kunchenko (DEC)
L-Li Jingliang (TKO)
Shavkat Rakhmonov
38Belal Muhammad17-3 (5)W-Lyman Good (DEC)
W-Takashi Sato (SUB)
W-Curtis Millender (DEC)
39Jake Matthews16-4 (11)W-Emil Meek (DEC)
W-Rostem Akman (DEC)
L-Tony Martin (SUB)
Diego Sanchez
40Mike Perry14-6 (11)W-Mickey Gall (DEC)
L-Geoff Neal (TKO)
L-Vicente Luque (DEC)
41Rustam Khabilov24-4 (9)W-Sergey Khandozhko (DEC)
L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (DEC)
42Jesse Ronson22-10W-Nicolas Dalby (SUB)
W-Troy Lamson (SUB)
L-Nikolay Aleksakhin (TKO)
43Nicolas Dalby18-4-1 (10)L-Jesse Ronson (SUB)
W-Alex Oliveira (DEC)
NC-Ross Houston (NC)
44Alex Oliveira22-8-1 (17)W-Peter Sobotta (DEC)
W-Max Griffin (DEC)
L-Nicolas Dalby (DEC)
45Daniel Rodriguez13-1 (11)W-Dwight Grant (KO)
W-Gabriel Green (DEC)
W-Tim Means (SUB)
46Alexey Kunchenko20-2 (14)L-Elizeu Zaleski (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-Yushin Okami (DEC)
47Ramazan Emeev19-4 (10)W-Niklas Stolze (DEC)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Stefan Sekulic (DEC)
48Randy Brown12-4 (10)L-Vicente Luque (KO)
W-Warlley Alves (SUB)
W-Bryan Barberena (TKO)
49Miguel Baeza9-0 (7)W-Matt Brown (TKO)
W-Hector Aldana (TKO)
W-Victor Reyna (DEC)
Mickey Gall
50James Nakashima12-0 (1)W-Yushin Okami (DEC)
W-Luis Santos (TKO)
W-Raimond Magomedaliev (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Santiago Ponzinibbio27-3 (21)W-Neil Magny (KO)
W-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Gunnar Nelson (KO)
Sean Strickland20-3 (13)W-Nordine Taleb (TKO)
L-Elizeu Zaleski (KO)
W-Court McGee (DEC)
Wellington Turman
Carlos Condit30-13 (28)L-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
L-Neil Magny (DEC)
Court McGee
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- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
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- 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.

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17 Comments on this post.
  • RickyTAAaaaN
    14 July 2020 at 9:50 AM
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    Conor should not be ranked above douglas lima prove me wrong

    • D.C. Ross
      18 July 2020 at 5:01 AM
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      Definitely debatable and glad to see another fan realize fighters from other organizations deserve their due as well.

      • Addi
        22 August 2020 at 4:20 AM
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        Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis are way to high in my opinion. They should be below RDA because they both lost to him and both struggle to get some wins together recently.

        • D.C. Ross
          22 August 2020 at 8:51 AM
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          Appreciate the feedback, the main reason for them both being ranked above RDA is Pettis’ win over Stephen Thompson. RDA is 1-4 in his last 5, so although Diaz’s only relevant win is over Pettis, it still carries a lot of weight since Pettis was coming off the dominant win over Thompson. If there were all still fighting at 155, then I 100% could see your case for RDA being ranked higher.

  • Chayce
    14 February 2020 at 11:37 AM
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    Michael Page has 17 wins

    • D.C. Ross
      3 March 2020 at 9:50 PM
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      Fixed, thank you.

    • Cecil Rhea
      15 June 2020 at 12:24 AM
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      Wonderboy is to low look here is the TRUTH he needs to be switched with Diaz, Diaz got his ass whooped by Masvidal his last welterweight fight, he beat pettis by dec and got whooped by Conor and dropped 3 times in a dec loss so he is coming off a loss and is 1-2 in his last 3 now for Wonderboy he lost to Pettis no doubt but that was a freak one off if they fought 10 times id think Wonderboy wins 8 or 9 of em BUT he lost i know he also had a draw(which should of been a win) with Woodly, he lost a split decision to Till (that everyone knows he won) ok i got those outta the way now he won his last fight against Luque and he before that was robbed by judges against Till his only true loss after his 2 title shots (he was robbed against woodley in the 1st fight) was pettis he should be 3-1 since then but he is 2-2 against higher overall competition a close title shot loss, then he BEAT MASVIDAL the current #1 contender and a man who embarrassed Diaz, a split decision loss against till who was #1 contender at time then a big upset against Pettis yes but rebounded nicely in his last fight against Luque bottom line of my rant is no way Diaz is a higher ranked welterweight a higher level welterweight or a better fighter at welterweight than wonderboy who has WW wins against Robert whittaker, johhny Hendricks, rory Macdonald, jorge Masvidal,and Vincent Luque and a title fight “draw” against tyron woodley. Diaz best ww wins are 2 pettis, McGregor two 145 pounders lol he was owned by rory Macdonald and Masvidal could you imagine what Woodley would do to diaz, or even Wonderboy i predict if wonderboy fought diaz would be diaz 2nd ever true KO loss by a Kick just like his 1st KO loss

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:26 AM
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        Appreciate the feedback. The common opponent with Diaz is what has Diaz has ranked higher than Thompson. They have both fought Anthony Pettis within the last 3 years and in ranking fighters, a lot has to do with competition level and how they performed. Lot of MMA Math ranking here as well where Pettis beat Thompson convicingly, moving ahead of him in the rankings, and then Diaz beat Pettis, resulting in Diaz being ranked above Pettis & Thompson. The loss to Masvidal doesn’t move Diaz down much since Masvidal was ranked ahead of Diaz at the time they fought.

  • Bruh
    30 January 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    This is so funny. Askren retires after a long career and is removed. Then he comes back to more difficult competition and a bad hip after having like 3 years off and its totally evident to the posts here from 2018, and you idiots are still talking shit.

  • Dan
    22 January 2019 at 11:55 AM
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    It’s time for you guys to give Geoff Neal some love on this list.

  • mark
    21 November 2018 at 11:28 AM
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    Ponzinibbio 17 in welter??? really???

  • mike
    27 October 2018 at 3:58 PM
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    It’s time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Egan
    21 October 2018 at 3:58 PM
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    Where is Ben Askren in this so called world’s best of WW ranking? Two time WW champion in two promotions, and undefeated (18-0 record). Are you kidding me? Have you not seen his fights with your own eyes? This list is not “world” (more like world according to UFC).

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