UFC Featherweight Rankings

FAQ & Rankings Criteria

Men’s Weight Classes
Flyweight (125)Bantamweight (135) – Featherweight (145) – Lightweight (155)Welterweight (170)Middleweight (185)Light Heavyweight (205)Heavyweight (265)
Women’s Weight Classes
Women’s Strawweight (115)Women’s Bantamweight (135)

#  FighterLast 3 FightsNext Fight
01Jose Aldo
26-2 (8-1 UFC)
W-Frankie Edgar (DEC)
L-Conor McGregor (KO)
W-Chad Mendes (DEC)
02Max Holloway
17-3 (13-3 UFC)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Ricardo Lamas (DEC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
03Frankie Edgar
21-5-1 (16-5-1 UFC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
L-Jose Aldo (DEC)
W-Chad Mendes (KO)
04Ricardo Lamas
17-5 (8-3 UFC)
W-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Diego Sanchez (DEC)
05Cub Swanson
24-7 (9-3 UFC)
W-Doo Ho Choi (DEC)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (DEC)
W-Hacran Dias (DEC)
06Anthony Pettis
19-6 (6-5 UFC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
W-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
07Charles Oliveira
21-7 (9-7 UFC)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Myles Jury (SUB)
08Jeremy Stephens
25-13 (12-12 UFC)
L-Frankie Edgar (DEC)
W-Renan Barao (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (DEC)
09Dennis Bermudez
16-5 (9-3 UFC)
W-Rony Jason (DEC)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (DEC)
L-Jeremy Stephens (TKO)
Chan Sung Jung
02/04/2017
10Yair Rodriguez
9-1 (6-0 UFC)
W-B.J. Penn (TKO)
W-Alex Caceres (DEC)
W-Andre Fili (KO)
11Doo Ho Choi
14-2 (3-1 UFC)
L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
W-Thiago Tavares (KO)
W-Sam Sicilia (KO)
12Brian Ortega
11-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Clay Guida (KO)
W-Diego Brandao (SUB)
W-Thiago Tavares (TKO)
13Renan Barao
34-4 (9-3 UFC)
W-Phillipe Nover (DEC)
L-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
L-T.J. Dillashaw (TKO)
14Mirsad Bektic
11-0 (4-0 UFC)
W-Russell Doane (SUB)
W-Lucas Martins (TKO)
W-Paul Redmond (DEC)
Darren Elkins
03/04/2017
15Andre Fili
16-4 (4-3 UFC)
W-Hacran Dias (DEC)
L-Yair Rodriguez (KO)
W-Gabriel Benitez (KO)
16Hacran Dias
23-5-1 (3-4)
L-Andre Fili (DEC)
L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
W-Levan Makashvili (DEC)
17Darren Elkins
21-5 (11-4 UFC)
W-Godofredo Pepey (DEC)
W-Chas Skelly (DEC)
W-Robert Whiteford (DEC)
Mirsad Bektic
03/04/2017
18Myles Jury
15-2 (6-2 UFC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Takanori Gomi (TKO)
19Thiago Tavares
20-7-1 (10-7-1 UFC)
L-Doo Ho Choi (KO)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
L-Brian Ortega (TKO)
20Clay Guida
32-17 (12-11 UFC)
L-Brian Ortega (KO)
L-Thiago Tavares (SUB)
W-Robbie Peralta (DEC)
21Chas Skelly
16-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Maximo Blanco (SUB)
L-Darren Elkins (DEC)
W-Kevin Souza (SUB)
Chris Gruetzemacher
02/04/2017
22Dennis Siver
22-11 (11-8 UFC)
L-Tatsuya Kawajiri (DEC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Charles Rosa (DEC)
23Alex Caceres
12-9 (7-7 UFC)
L-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Cole Miller (DEC)
W-Masio Fullen (DEC)
Jason Knight
01/28/2017
24Godofredo Pepey
13-4 (5-4 UFC)
W-Mike de la Torre (SUB)
L-Darren Elkins (DEC)
W-Andre Fili (SUB)
25Ryan Hall
6-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Gray Maynard (DEC)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
L-Saul Rogers (DEC)
26Renato Carneiro
10-0-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Tom Niinimaki (SUB)
W-Ismael Bonfim (SUB)
27Gabriel Benitez
19-5 (3-1 UFC)
W-Sam Sicilia (SUB)
L-Andre Fili (KO)
W-Clay Collard (DEC)
28Jason Knight
16-2 (2-1 UFC)
W-Daniel Hooker (DEC)
W-Jim Alers (DEC)
L-Tatsuya Kawajiri (DEC)
Alex Caceres
01/28/2017
29Rony Jason
14-6 (4-3 UFC)
L-Dennis Bermudez (DEC)
NC-Damon Jackson (NC)
L-Robbie Peralta (DEC)
30Makwan Amirkhani
13-2 (3-0 UFC)
W-Mike Wilkinson (DEC)
W-Masio Fullen (SUB)
W-Andy Ogle (TKO)
Arnold Allen
03/18/2017
31Gray Maynard
12-6-1 (10-6-1 UFC)
L-Ryan Hall (DEC)
W-Fernando Bruno (DEC)
L-Alexander Yakovlev (DEC)
32Luke Sanders
11-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Maximo Blanco (SUB)
W-Terrion Ware (DEC)
W-Jarred Mercado (TKO)
Iuri Alcantara
03/04/2017
33B.J. Penn
16-11-2 (12-10-2 UFC)
L-Yair Rodriguez (TKO)
L-Frankie Edgar (TKO)
34Mizuto Hirota
18-7-2 (1-2-1 UFC)
W-Cole Miller (DEC)
D-Teruto Ishihara (DEC)
W-Daiki Hata (DEC)
35Cole Miller
21-11 (10-9 UFC)
L-Mizuto Hirota (DEC)
L-Alex Caceres (DEC)
NC-Jim Alers (NC)
36Charles Rosa
11-2 (2-2 UFC)
W-Kyle Bochniak (DEC)
L-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Sean Soriano (SUB)
37Maximo Blanco
12-8-1 (4-4 UFC)
L-Chas Skelly (SUB)
L-Luke Sanders (SUB)
W-Mike de la Torre (TKO)
38Daniel Hooker
13-7 (3-3 UFC)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
L-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
39Sam Sicilia
15-7 (5-6 UFC)
L-Gabriel Benitez (SUB)
L-Doo Ho Choi (KO)
W-Yaotzin Meza (DEC)
40Mike de la Torre
14-6 (2-3 UFC)
L-Godofredo Pepey (SUB)
W-Yui Chul Nam (DEC)
L-Maximo Blanco (TKO)
41Arnold Allen
11-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Yaotzin Meza (DEC)
W-Alan Omer (SUB)
W-Paul Cook (TKO)
Makwan Amirkhani
03/18/2017
42Shane Burgos
8-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Tiago dos Santos (DEC)
W-Jacob Bohn (KO)
W-Terrell Hobbs (TKO)
43Tiago dos Santos
20-6-1 (2-2 UFC)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
W-Clay Collard (DEC)
L-Mike de la Torre (TKO)
44Clay Collard
14-7 (1-3 UFC)
L-Tiago dos Santos (DEC)
L-Gabriel Benitez (DEC)
W-Alex White (DEC)
45Artem Lobov
13-12-1 (2-2 UFC)
W-Teruto Ishihara (DEC)
W-Chris Avila (DEC)
L-Alex White (DEC)
46Teruto Ishihara
9-3-2 (2-1-1 UFC)
L-Artem Lobov (DEC)
W-Horacio Gutierrez (KO)
W-Julian Erosa (KO)
47Diego Rivas
7-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Noad Lahat (KO)
W-Rodolfo Rubio (DEC)
L-Gabriel Benitez (SUB)
48Phillipe Nover
11-7-1 (1-5 UFC)
L-Renan Barao (DEC)
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Yui Chul Nam (DEC)
Rick Glenn
02/11/2017
49Yaotzin Meza
21-11 (2-4 UFC)
L-Arnold Allen (DEC)
L-Sam Sicilia (DEC)
W-Damian Stasiak (DEC)
50Kyle Bochniak
7-1 (1-1 UFC)
W-Enrique Barzola (DEC)
L-Charles Rosa (DEC)
W-Taylor Trahan (SUB)
51Enrique Barzola
8-4 (2-1 UFC)
W-Chris Avila (DEC)
L-Kyle Bochniak (DEC)
W-Horacio Gutierrez (DEC)
52Fernando Bruno
15-4 (0-2 UFC)
L-Gray Maynard (DEC)
L-Glaico Franca (SUB)
W-Nazareno Malegarie (DEC)
53Chris Avila
5-4 (0-2 UFC)
L-Enrique Barzola (DEC)
L-Artem Lobov (DEC)
W-Drake Boen (TKO)
* Ineligible for Rankings
*Chad Mendes
17-4 (8-4 UFC)
L-Frankie Edgar (KO)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Ricardo Lamas (TKO)
Suspended
*Chan Sung Jung
13-4 (3-1 UFC)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Mark Hominick (KO)
Dennis Bermudez
02/04/2017
Inactivity
*Jimy Hettes
11-3 (3-3 UFC)
L-Diego Brandao (TKO)
L-Dennis Bermudez (TKO)
W-Robert Whiteford (SUB)
Inactivity
*Zubaira Tukhugov
18-4 (3-1 UFC)
L-Renato Carneiro (DEC)
W-Phillipe Nover (DEC)
W-Ernest Chavez (TKO)
Suspended
*Rick Glenn
16-4-1 (0-1 UFC)
L-Evan Dunham (DEC)
W-Adam Ward (KO)
L-Lance Palmer (SUB)
Phillipe Nover
02/11/2017
*Chris Gruetzemacher
12-5-1 (1-0 UFC)
W-Abner Lloveras (DEC)
L-Artem Lobov (KO)
W-Sascha Sharma (DEC)
Chas Skelly
02/04/2017
*Alex Enlund
14-2 (0-0 UFC)
W-Paulo Boer (SUB)
W-Rafael Dias (TKO)
W-Phil Raeburn (SUB)
*Martin Buschkamp
9-0 (0-0 UFC)
W-Rasul Khataev (SUB)
W-Vugar Bakhshiev (DEC)
W-Davide Baneschi (SUB)
2016 UFC Signings:
Shane Burgos
Martin Buschkamp
Alex Enlund
Chris Avila
Kyle Bochniak
2016 UFC Cuts:
Tatsuya Kawajiri
Horacio Gutierrez
Jim Alers
Mike Wilkinson
Noad Lahat
Levan Makashvili
Masio Fullen
Lucas Martins
Robert Whiteford
Diego Brandao
Katsunori Kikuno
Julian Erosa
Mark Eddiva
Damon Jackson

  • dWd

    Llamas at No.3??, Hacran dias has a win over Alcantara who ko’d Llamas.there has to be some sort of form line to rankings otherwise it’s just your opinion.

    • admin

      Lamas just beat Hioki who was easily ranked #2 or #3 in the world at FW. Lamas being ranked #3 is astonishing considering he was just a mid-tier fighter a couple fights ago, but a finish win over Cub Swanson and beating one of the top FWs in the world will do that.

      Alcantara is a stud, and he did knockout Lamas in the final WEC event that most fans were unfortunately not able to watch due to it being on the undercard. Hacran Dias handled Alcantara on the ground and deserves to fight a top contender next time out, but I am doubtful that will happen. For whatever reason, UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has buried some of the top Brazilian lighter weight fighters (Alcantara, Dias, Arantes, Brandao). Shelby is either booking these fighters against each other, which does nothing to establish their presence with American fans or he has them fight unpopular fighters. It’s time to have Dias or Alcantara face a known name like Mike Brown or Chan Sung Jung.

      • dWd

        i’m not convnced that Hioki can hold his spot in the top ten,let alone top 5. great in japan,but was lucky to get a decision over roop and seems typical of all the japanese fighters who struggle outside of thier home country.

        • admin

          Hioki looked impressive against Palaszewski, but you are right, when fighting overseas, Hioki will likely struggle. I still can’t discount his win over Marlon Sandro and his solid resume prior to signing with the UFC.

      • dWd

        Dias Vs. Mendes for december!

        • admin

          It should be a great fight. Mendes has held his own against BJJ guys (Yahya, Vazquez), but Dias has better size and athleticism that could potentially earn him some takedowns.

  • Joe

    Dustin Neace has been cut from the UFC, he currently fights for Conquest FC.

    • admin

      Thank you for the update. I was presuming that he was cut, but it was odd that his profile has not been removed from the UFC’s official site.

      I know T.J. O’Brien, a UFC lightweight, was given permission to fight outside of the organization. I am wondering if this same rule applies for Neace.

      • Joe

        Could be, I have to admit that I too haven’t heard anything about him being cut … Just saw that he was scheduled elsewhere and presumed he was cut …

        I guess there’s no harm in keeping him on until it’s official, right?
        🙂

        • admin

          I did find it strange that the UFC released all of the TUF Brazil fighters who lost at UFC 147, yet kept nearly all of the TUF 16 cast besides Tickle and Saunders. Thank you for the update though on Pague’s status.

  • Joe

    Javier Vazquez retired? I can’t see that anywhere and his profile is still on UFC.com …

    Are you sure you’re not getting mixed up with Baseball’s Javier Vazquez?

    • admin

      His profile was removed from the UFC earlier this week. The retirement part is not confirmed though it is presumed considering his age, lack of recent activity, and the fact that he is coming off a win. I doubt he was simply released by the UFC.

  • dWd

    I had my money on Diego Nunes in this fight wth Palaszewski,he almost gave me heart attack in that 3rd round. What is the reason you don’t think Siver should be ranked ahead of him?

    • admin

      Nunes needed a big win after his last 4 fights came down to ultra-close decisions.

      The reasoning for Nunes being ranked ahead of Siver is that their fight was also a razor-thin decision. I scored it a draw (r1 -Siver, r2-draw, r3-Nunes), but obviously the judges awarded Siver the decision. Comparing each fighters’ last 5 fights it became apparent that Siver’s wins against top competition were all close decisions (Nunes, Sotiropoulos, Wiman). His loss was a one-sided 1st round stoppage to Cerrone. Look a bit farther back and there is the decision loss to Pearson and all the sudden I am wondering how solid Siver is against top-level competition. He can definitely hang, but I’m not quite sure he is in the title mix at 145 with just one close decision.
      So, why is Nunes currently ranked higher than Siver. Well, he just beat Palaszewski in fairly dominating fashion. His record is littered with close decisions, but many of those fights were against former title contenders at 145 (Florian, Brown, Gamburyan), two of which he won.

      Siver’s wins – Sotiropoulos, Wiman, Fisher
      Nunes’ wins – Palaszewski, Brown, Gamburyan

      It’s literally a dead heat. I always refer back to their head-to-head matchup if possible and in this case, it was a draw on my scorecards. Considering the judges sided with Siver that should push him over the top, but Nunes’ recent win gave him a little more solidarity in the division compared to Siver who only has one fight at 145.

      To be honest, I will take a closer look at the situation. It is reminding me of the similar situation with Stefan Struve in the heavyweight division. In this case, Struve lost to both the guys ranked ahead of him (Browne, Nelson). He didn’t just lose, he was knocked out. Yes, Struve is on a solid winning streak, but most if it is against lesser competition. It is difficult to wade through as many things come down to who is the best fighter at this current point in time. I still think Nelson and Brown would beat Struve if they were to fight again. I am leaning towards Nunes beating Siver, considering he won the latter portions of the fight.

      What’s your take?

      • dWd

        I’m happy to take the judges decision on that one and have Siver ahead of Nunes,it was so close,Nunes should have done more early but your right he could easily turn that around in a rematch. i don’t think our opinions of who might beat who in a rematch should have anything to do with our current rankings, Mendes and Nunes are top of this division and so too now is Siver,but Yagin could beat Siver, Dias could beat Mendes,and any number of guys could match up well with Nunes. another question is if Dias gets past Mendes and becomes the top contender,will he fight Jose Aldo? seeing they both train at Nova União.

        • admin

          Agreed on all accounts with your statement. I try to take all opinion out of the rankings, but at times it is really difficult. Just look at the Andy Ogle-Corassani and Mizugaki/Cariaso fights, there is no way that Corassani or Cariaso should have won those fights. Was it close, definitely, but not close enough for the judges to screw that up. The same can be said for a ton of decisions. Only in extreme cases do I disregard the judges’ decisions…Garcia/Nam I, Garcia/Jung I, Sherk/Dunham, etc.
          I am fine with recent close decisions such as Ring/McGee, Rink/Fukuda, Siver/Nunes, Kampmann/Sanchez, Pierce/Koscheck, Hendricks/Koscheck, Omigawa/Elkins, Maldonado/Pokrajac, Maldonado/Kingsbury, etc. I usually take the closeness of the decisions into account, but I try not to penalize the winner just because I didn’t agree with the decision. It is only when the judges get it really wrong do I ever try to step in.

          Any other oversights you have seen in the rankings? My kneejerk reaction of Nunes over Siver has been corrected. I am always looking for input to make these the most accurate rankings out there.

        • dWd

          My question about whether Dias would fight his team mate Aldo was bugging me so i gave it some thought and remembered that Nova União fighters Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas will face off against each other for the Bellator bantam weight championship even though they are said to be very close friends.Pity Anderson Silva doesn’t have this point of view when it comes to fighting his ‘friend’ Jon Jones.

          • admin

            Good point about Galvao and Dantas. Galvao has been cross training at other gyms for the last few years, but Nova Uniao is still both their home base.

            I thought it was odd that Diego Nunes left Nova Uniao for Team Nogueira. I wonder if this possibly opened the door for a fight with Aldo in the future. From what I’ve read in the past, Marlon Sandro, Aldo, and Dias were extremely close friends. Dias has a few more fights to win to reach #1 contender, but if he beats Mendes he may find himself at the top of the heap.

            We saw in PRIDE that Shogun shied away from ever challenging his teammate and reigning champion Wanderlei Silva. I am guessing the same will be said with Rory MacDonald and Georges St.Pierre. Likewise for Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, if either of them were to win the UFC strap. Something tells me that Dias would want no part in dethroning his teammate. Aldo has talked about going up to 155 in the future, so that may be the longterm option.

  • Joe

    You have Andy Ogle ranked above Akira Corassani … They just fought and Akira won … it that on purpose or a fluke?

    • admin

      I think everyone that watched that fight had it scored for Ogle except the judges. Dana White and the UFC also made it known that they felt Ogle should have gotten the nod. In rare cases when a decision is completely off base, we still try to rank fighters based on their performance rather than just the final outcome, especially when it comes down to a decision.

      A few more examples of this happening were Mizugaki vs. Cariaso, Maldonado vs. Pokrajac, Nam vs. Garcia I, Jung vs. Garcia I, Dunham vs. Sherk, and Griffin vs. Lentz.

    • admin

      I went back and re-watched Ogle/Corassani, and though I feel Ogle won it, the fight was close enough that I will go with the judges decision. The rankings have been updated, thanks for the comment.

      • Joe

        I don’t know man … I wanted Ogle to win, I really did, but Akira, one … Andy looked like he had a tough weight cut or octagon jitters or something, because it took him 1 1/2 rounds to wake up … he looked sluggish to say the least …

        I was just talking from a ranking’s position, usually a win over a fighter puts you above him, but I can understand why an unfair win would do the opposite for fighters that are already close in the rankings. I just wanted to understand if it was a decision or a “typo” …

        • admin

          I went back and watched the fight again. The 2nd round was definitely the deciding factor and though I thought Ogle’s guillotine attempt was enough to turn the tide, it was close. I dropped Ogle below Corassani now.

  • dWd

    UFC 155 just got better,Lamas Vs.Koch announced as well as Wineland Vs. Pickett, Stacked Card!!!!

    • admin

      Wineland-Pickett should be a solid fight. Lamas vs. Koch is a perfect matchup to see which one of these contenders is for real. Koch’s takedown defense has been questionable in the past, while Lamas has struggled at times versus strikers with KO power. The UFC on Fox card is stacked as well.

  • Leo

    I want to see José Aldo vs Korean Zombie ! (Chan Sung Jung)

  • Ryan

    I think you’ve under-ranked Do Bronx. He didn’t just beat but destroyed both #13 Elkins and #10 Lentz (despite the NC ruling, he showed that he’s the better fighter), and has only lost to #6 Swanson and two top 10 lightweights in Miller and Cerrone. I think he’s one of those extreme fighters that looks really impressive in victory but really bad in defeat. I think Edgar should be strongly favored against him, but even if Oliveira loses that fight he should still be at least top 15.

    • D.C. Ross

      Oliveira is a tricky one to rank. As you mentioned, he had impressive wins at 155 lbs., but he is just 2-1 as a FW, and both those wins are over guys no longer in the UFC.

      The other thing that is hurting him is his 2-3 overall record in his last 5 fights. He didn’t just lose those 3 fights, he was destroyed in all of them, losing via 1st round stoppages. It has been painfully obvious that Oliveira struggles against anyone even close to Top 10 consideration. I realize that Elkins and Lentz are around Top 10 currently, but this is a completely different weight class and time frame than when Oliveira fought them. If Oliveira fought them again, I do think he would win, but that does not give me the luxury to move him up the ranks at this time.

      Where do you believe he should be ranked? You stated at least Top 15, but does he really deserve to be ranked higher than Hioki, Elkins, Hacran Dias, and Gamburyan? A case could be made for Oliveira above Gamburyan, but Manny has had much more relevance at 145 lbs. over the last few years. Then you go further down the line, Rani Yahya, Mike Brown, Diego Brandao, etc. and all of these of fighters thus far have a better record at FW than Oliveira.

  • David

    Where is Koch?

    • D.C. Ross

      He recently announced that he was moving to Lightweight. I’m not sure he will find better success there, but because he will no longer be competing at Featherweight, he has been removed.

  • Michael

    damn Niinimäki just won his match and you already updated his ranking! Good work! 🙂

    • D.C. Ross

      Stoneface surprised a lot of people with his willingness to test his grappling against Yahya. Impressive performance to say the least. My guess is he faces someone like Hacran Dias or Hatsu Hioki next. The UFC is about to make a big European push, so hopefully Niinimaki gets a homefield fight.

  • Nab

    Can’t believe Nate beat Conor love Conor’s game when he ko Jose but a surprise from Nate good luck to your next fight conor