UFC Lightweight 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)Women’s Featherweight (145)

#  FighterLast 3 FightsNext Fight
2017 UFC Signings:
Justin Gaethje
Desmond Green
2017 UFC Cuts:
Alessandro Ricci
Yusuke Kasuya
J.C. Cottrell
Jason Novelli
Felipe Oliveiri
Leandro Silva
Tony Sims
Brendan O'Reilly
Lukasz Sajewski
01Conor McGregor
21-3 (9-1 UFC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
L-Nate Diaz (SUB)
02Khabib Nurmagomedov
24-0 (8-0 UFC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
W-Darrell Horcher (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
03Tony Ferguson
22-3 (12-1 UFC)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (SUB)
W-Edson Barboza (SUB)
04Eddie Alvarez
28-5 (3-2 UFC)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (TKO)
05Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
06Michael Johnson
17-11 (9-7 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
Justin Gaethje
07/07/2017
07Edson Barboza
19-4 (13-4 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
08Dustin Poirier
21-5 (13-4 UFC)
NC-Eddie Alvarez (NC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Michael Johnson (KO)
09Gilbert Melendez
22-6 (1-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
10Michael Chiesa
14-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-Mitch Clarke (DEC)
Kevin Lee
06/25/2017
11Al Iaquinta
13-3-1 (8-2 UFC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
12Beneil Dariush
14-3 (8-3 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
13Jim Miller
28-9 (17-8 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Thiago Alves (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
Anthony Pettis
07/08/2017
14Charles Oliveira
22-7 (10-7 UFC)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
15Will Brooks
18-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
16Evan Dunham
18-6 (11-6 UFC)
W-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
17Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
18Kevin Lee
15-2 (8-2 UFC)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (SUB)
W-Magomed Mustafaev (SUB)
W-Jake Matthews (TKO)
Michael Chiesa
06/25/2017
19Joseph Duffy
16-2 (4-1 UFC)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
20Rashid Magomedov
20-2 (5-1 UFC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
21Steven Ray
21-6 (5-1 UFC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
L-Alan Patrick (DEC)
Paul Felder
07/16/2017
22Francisco Trinaldo
21-5 (11-4 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
23Adriano Martins
28-8 (4-2 UFC)
L-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
W-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
24Rustam Khabilov
21-3 (7-2 UFC)
W-Jason saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
25Bobby Green
23-8 (4-3 UFC)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
26James Vick
11-1 (7-1 UFC)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
27Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
28Daniel Hooker
14-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (KO)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
29Joe Lauzon
27-13 (14-10 UFC)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (DEC)
30Diego Sanchez
27-10 (16-10 UFC)
L-Al Iaquinta (KO)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
31Ross Pearson
19-14 (11-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
32Paul Felder
13-3 (5-3 UFC)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
W-Josh Burkman (DEC)
Steven Ray
07/16/2017
33Michel Prazeres
22-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Josh Burkman (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-J.C. Cottrell (DEC)
34David Teymur
6-1 (3-0 UFC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
W-Martin Svensson (TKO)
35Lando Vannata
9-2 (1-2 UFC)
L-David Teymur (DEC)
W-John Makdessi (KO)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
36Mairbek Taisumov
25-5 (5-1 UFC)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
W-Anthony Christodoulou (KO)
37Chad Laprise
11-2 (4-2 UFC)
W-Thibault Gouti (TKO)
L-Ross Pearson (DEC)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
Brian Camozzi
07/08/2017
38Gilbert Burns
11-2 (4-2 UFC)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
39Nik Lentz
27-8-2 (11-5-1 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
W-Danny Castillo (DEC)
40Erik Koch
15-4 (4-3 UFC)
W-Shane Campbell (SUB)
L-Daron Cruickshank (TKO)
W-Rafaello Oliveira (TKO)
Clay Guida
06/25/2017
41Olivier Aubin-Mercier
9-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Carlos Diego Ferreira (DEC)
42Gregor Gillespie
9-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
W-Sidney Outlaw (DEC)
43Marc Diakiese
12-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Teemu Packalen (KO)
W-Frankie Perez (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (TKO)
Drakkar Klose
07/07/2017
44Alan Patrick
14-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (TKO)
45John Makdessi
14-6 (7-6 UFC)
L-Lando Vannata (KO)
W-Mehdi Baghdad (DEC)
L-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
Sage Northcutt
07/29/2017
46Vinc Pichel
10-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Damien Brown (KO)
W-Anthony Njokuani (DEC)
W-Garett Whiteley (DEC)
47Joaquim Silva
10-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Nazareno Malegarie (DEC)
48Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (TKO)
49Damir Hadzovic
11-3 (1-1 UFC)
W-Marcin Held (KO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (KO)
W-Ivan Musardo (TKO)
50Chris Wade
11-3 (4-2 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Mehdi Baghdad (SUB)
Frankie Perez
07/22/2017
51Marcin Held
22-7 (0-3 UFC)
L-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
L-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
L-Diego Sanchez (DEC)
52Abel Trujillo
14-8 (5-4 UFC)
L-James Vick (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (DEC)
W-Tony Sims (SUB)
53Desmond Green
20-5 (1-0 UFC)
W-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Martin Brown (DEC)
W-James Freeman (DEC)
54Nick Hein
14-2-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Tae Hyun Bang (DEC)
W-Yusuke Kasuya (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (DEC)
55Drew Dober
17-8 (3-4 UFC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (KO)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
Josh Burkman
07/29/2017
56Mitch Clarke
11-4 (2-4 UFC)
L-Joseph Duffy (SUB)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (SUB)
57Andrew Holbrook
11-2 (2-2 UFC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
W-Jake Matthews (DEC)
L-Joaquim Silva (KO)
58Jake Matthews
10-3 (4-3 UFC)
L-Andrew Holbrook (DEC)
L-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Johnny Case (SUB)
59Johnny Case
17-5 (4-1 UFC)
L-Jake Matthews (SUB)
W-Yan Cabral (DEC)
W-Francisco Trevino (DEC)
Tony Martin
06/25/2017
60Jason Saggo
12-3 (3-2 UFC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
W-Justin Salas (TKO)
61Josh Emmett
11-1 (2-1 UFC)
L-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
62Reza Madadi
14-6 (3-4 UFC)
L-Joaquim Silva (DEC)
L-Joseph Duffy (DEC)
W-Yan Cabral (TKO)
63Tony Martin
11-3 (3-3 UFC)
W-Alex White (DEC)
W-Felipe Oliveiri (SUB)
L-Leonardo Santos (SUB)
Johnny Case
06/25/2017
64Damien Brown
17-10 (2-2 UFC)
L-Vinc Pichel (KO)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
W-Cesar Arzamendia (KO)
65Jon Tuck
10-4 (4-4 UFC)
W-Takanori Gomi (SUB)
L-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
66Felipe Silva
8-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Shane Campbell (TKO)
W-Anton Kuivanen (TKO)
W-Carlos Irigoitia (SUB)
67Josh Burkman
28-15 (6-10 UFC)
L-Michel Prazeres (SUB)
L-Zak Ottow (DEC)
L-Paul Felder (DEC)
Drew Dober
07/29/2017
68Frankie Perez
10-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Sam Stout (TKO)
L-Johnny Case (TKO)
Chris Wade
07/22/2017
69Scott Holtzman
9-2 (2-2 UFC)
W-Michael McBride (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Cody Pfister (DEC)
70Teemu Packalen
8-2 (1-2 UFC)
L-Marc Diakiese (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Mickael Lebout (DEC)
71Martin Bravo
11-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Claudio Puelles (TKO)
W-Leonardo Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Ilianovich Chalo (DEC)
Chris Gruetzemacher
08/05/2017
72Alex White
11-3 (2-3 UFC)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
L-Clay Collard (DEC)
73Jason Gonzalez
11-3 (1-1 UFC)
W-J.C. Cottrell (SUB)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
W-Chris Padilla (TKO)
74Polo Reyes
6-2 (3-1 UFC)
L-Jim Miller (TKO)
W-Jason Novelli (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Kim (KO)
75Drakkar Klose
7-0-1 (1-0 UFC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
W-Hugh Pulley (DEC)
D-Joshua Aveles (DEC)
Marc Diakiese
07/07/2017
76Takanori Gomi
35-13 (4-8 UFC)
L-Jon Tuck (SUB)
L-Jim Miller (TKO)
L-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
77Dong Hyun Kim
14-8-3 (1-2 UFC)
W-Brendan O'Reilly (DEC)
L-Polo Reyes (KO)
L-Dominique Steele (KO)
78Tae Hyun Bang
18-10 (2-3 UFC)
L-Nick Hein (DEC)
W-Leo Kuntz (DEC)
L-Jon Tuck (SUB)
79Thibault Gouti
11-3 (0-3 UFC)
L-Chad Laprise (TKO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
L-Teemu Packalen (SUB)
80Jordan Rinaldi
12-5 (0-1 UFC)
L-Abel Trujillo (DEC)
W-Lashawn Alcocks (SUB)
W-Clay Harvison (SUB)
Alvaro Herrera
08/05/2017
81Darrell Horcher
12-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (TKO)
W-Stephen Regman (TKO)
W-Jordan Stiner (TKO)
Devin Powell
06/25/2017
82Devin Powell
8-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Jonathan Lemke (SUB)
W-Tom Marcellino (DEC)
Darrell Horcher
06/25/2017
83Michael McBride
8-3 (0-2 UFC)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
L-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-Derek Loffer (SUB)
84Claudio Puelles
7-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Martin Bravo (TKO)
W-Marcelo Rojo (DEC)
W-Pablo Sabori (SUB)
Ineligible for Rankings
*Justin Gaethje
17-0 (0-0 UFC)
W-Luiz Firmino (TKO)
W-Brian Foster (TKO)
W-Luis Palomino (TKO)
Michael Johnson
07/07/2017
*Gleison Tibau
32-11 (17-9 UFC)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
Suspension
*Bryan Barberena
12-4 (3-2 UFC)
L-Colby Covington (DEC)
W-Warlley Alves (DEC)
W-Sage Northcutt (SUB)
Joe Proctor
04/22/2017
*Clay Guida
32-17 (12-11 UFC)
L-Brian Ortega (KO)
L-Thiago Tavares (SUB)
W-Robbie Peralta (DEC)
Erik Koch
06/25/2017
*James Krause
23-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Johnny Nunez (SUB)
W-Shane Campbell (DEC)
W-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
Inactivity over 15 months
*Matt Wiman
16-7 (10-5 UFC)
W-Isaac Vallie-Flagg (DEC)
L-T.J. Grant (KO)
W-Paul Sass (SUB)
Inactivity over 15 months
*Carlos Diego Ferreira
12-2 (3-2 UFC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
Suspension
*Sage Northcutt
8-2 (3-2 UFC)
L-Mickey Gall (SUB)
W-Enrique Marin (DEC)
L-Bryan Barberena (SUB)
John Makdessi
07/29/2017
*Kajan Johnson
21-11-1 (2-1 UFC)
W-Naoyuki Kotani (DEC)
W-Zhang Lipeng (DEC)
L-Tae Hyun Bang (KO)
Inactivity over 15 months
*Joe Ellenberger
15-2 (1-1 UFC)
L-Brian Barberena (TKO)
W-James Moontasri (DEC)
W-Joe Wilk (TKO)
Inactivity over 15 months
Alvaro Herrera
7-4 (1-1 UFC)
L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
W-Vernon Ramos (KO)
L-Hector Aldana (DEC)
Jordan Rinaldi
08/05/2017

  • jerjapan

    Mitch Clark at 45 isn’t right.

  • yossgold

    Sooooooo, Cerrone moves above Khabib who dominated Dos Anjos who dominated Cerrone and is #2 because he beat Alvarez (he may be considered a contender, but it has never been proven)? I don’t get that logic. I get RDA moving to second even though he lost to Khabib on account of Khabib’s inactivity, but I don’t see how Cerrone can move above Khabib until he either beats him or someone ranked above him (i.e. Not Eddie Alvarez).

  • Joe

    Kevin Lee – 6 wins over absolutely no one, no UFC wins; Norman Parke – 3 legit UFC wins, a draw against a BJJ world champ who was on a 6 fight win streak and TUF Brazil winner which many thought he won and without it he’d be on a 9 fight win streak. How on heaven’s earth can he be ranked under Kevin Lee????

    • Joe

      Kevin Lee is ranked WAY too high … he’s done absolutely nothing.

      • D.C. Ross

        Lee does hold a win over Mansour Barnaoui, who is considered one of the top Lightweights prospects in the world right now. Lee looked pretty darn good against Iaquinta as well. Parke is on a solid winning streak, but the jury is still on whether he can beat an accomplished wrestler. Parke should have gotten the decision over Santos. I definitely will go back and look at their last few fights to see if I have Lee ranked too high.

  • D.C. Ross

    He is moving to Featherweight, and because he officially has been booked for a fight at 145 lbs. he was removed from the Lightweight rankings. His profile can now be found in the Featherweight rankings.

  • cblo

    Miles Jury needs to be moved up. Handed ‘Menace’ a whooping and is now 4-0 in ufc.

    • D.C. Ross

      I understand ranking him above Johnson due to his dominating win over him, but do you think Jury should be ranked ahead of Lauzon, Tibau, Barboza, Masvidal, and Pearson as well?

      Let me see what your 11-20 rankings would look like, so I can have a better idea of what you’re thinking. The way I see it is Johnson leapfrogged a bunch of guys because of his win over Lauzon, who was clearly Top 15 at the time, thanks to finish wins over Varner and Guillard.

  • lou

    It seems odd that Michael Johnson is so much higher than Jury, no?

    • D.C. Ross

      I could definitely see the argument that Johnson should be lower in the rankings, but then I would have to drop Lauzon as well, who has recent finish victories over Varner and Guillard. Jury is a top notch talent, but ranking him above guys like Tibau, Varner, Barboza, Pearson, etc. is probably just a bit too soon for him.

      The Lauzon win was huge for Johnson and gave him a big push up the ranks. Meanwhile, Jury has sort of been stuck in neutral. He picked up a dominant win over Ramsey Nijem, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Even a win over Ricci won’t move Jury up the ranks too much. Wins over lesser ranked competition just don’t mean as much as a win over Lauzon, which is why Johnson currently sits ahead of Jury.

      Do you think Jury should be ranked ahead of the following: Gleison Tibau, Edson Barboza, Jamie Varner, Ross Pearson, Melvin Guillard, Jorge Masvidal, or Joe Lauzon. Jury is on the brink of a top ranking, but until he beats one of those guys I mentioned, he’s likely stuck around that 20-30 range.

      If you want, provide me with your own Top 25 rankings, so I can maybe see how you would be ranking the division. Thanks for the comment.

  • Joe

    Pat Healy’s suspension not accounted for?

    (Suspended by NJSACB until July 19th, 2013)

    • D.C. Ross

      Totally forgot, since Healy was included in the ufc.com/rankings, it slipped past me. Thanks for the save.

  • Leo Corrêa

    Khabib Nurmagomedov might be in a better position. Guys, look at his record… why he’s on 9th position in this rank, while fighters like Dos Anjos, Cerrone and Pettis are above it?

    • rankingmma

      Nurmagomedov is not ranked above the guys you mentioned because he has yet to win consistently against top-level competition. His most notable win is over Gleison Tibau, but to most people who watched and scored that fight, it was a very controversial decision. His 19-0 record is remarkable, and I believe he has a very bright future in the sport. Khabib has been calling out Nate Diaz, and that is likely the type of fight that could propel him into title contention.

      Why do you think Nurmagomedov should be ranked ahead of Anthony Pettis or Donald Cerrone? I would understand your argument for possibly ranking him above Dos Anjos, but the other guys not so much.

  • Mario Rabelo

    I liked this ranking a lot. Most people dont see dos Anjos so high but he has showed tremendous development on his last fights. Guillard is a little overated. But everything else looks great. Congratulations!

    • admin

      Thank you. Dos Anjos is on a solid winning streak and a lot of the other fringe contenders have suffered recent losses (Tibau, Dunham, Guillard, Barboza, Bocek). I think dos Anjos could surprise, his loss to Guida was due to injury, and that fight was going to be a close decision. Otherwise, the Tibau loss is dos Anjos’ only recent blemish.

  • MrOrange

    I don’t see Guillard as even a top 15 lw. definately not a top 10.

    • admin

      Guillard’s winning streak in 2010 is the reason he hasn’t fallen farther. When Guillard finished Dunham, he was on the verge of a title shot. People forget that Dunham was scheduled to face Kenny Florian in what may have been a #1 contender fight for the LW division. Guillard’s only losses have come to the elite of the division (Diaz, Miller, Cerrone). All the fighters ranked below him have lost to lesser fighters in recent years. I do think Guillard is overrated, but the guys below him have never beaten a top guy.

  • MrOrange

    To admin

    Ive stuck in there with your site. Glad you have it running much better, good job bro. 🙂

    • admin

      Thank you for the support!

  • dWd

    Q. What do you get if you cross a Jim Miller with a Nate Diaz A. a T.J.Grant

    • admin

      I was sleeping on Grant going into his fight with Dunham. Many people forget that he nearly knocked off Johny Hendricks at WW. Grant can do some damage at LW, and definitely can give guys like Guida, Lauzon, or Guillard a run for their money. Can’t wait for him to get a crack at a Top 10 fighter.

  • dWd

    Nurmagomedov should be ranked ahead of Tibau,who could be ranked higher here.i think barboza is overrated at the moment.

    • admin

      The lightweight division from 10-20 is a complete mess. Nurmagomedov beat Tibau in a very debatable decision. Should Nurmagomedov be rewarded for that decision by being ranked above Rafael Dos Anjos, Jeremy Stephens, Sotiropoulos? At this point, Nurmagomedov moved up the ranks significantly with the close decision win, but I can’t justify putting him with the mid-tier elite of the division just yet.

      Barboza’s ranking is overrated, but his skills aren’t. Barboza won a couple of close decisions over Pearson and Njokuani before the highlight-reel KO of Terry Etim. That knockout definitely had him on the verge of title contention. Considering the recent losses by Tibau, Stephens, and Sotiropoulos, he is still hanging around between 11-15.

      • dWd

        YES HE SHOULD. all those guys you mention, AND mark bocek deserve to be ranked ahead of barboza right now. i will watch the tibau vs nurmagomedov fight again but i don’t remember being anything but impressed with him getting a “unanimous decision” over one of the best in the division.

        • admin

          I am hoping the lightweight scene sorts itself out soon. Bocek needs a signature win. He has proven his merits against mid-level competition and gave Jim Miller all he could handle, but the fact remains, he has never beaten a top 20 fighter (Lentz was around #25).

          Terry Etim was a bordline Top 20 fighter prior to Barboza beating him. Also, it wasn’t just a decision win for Barboza, it was a huge knockout.

          It comes down to Barboza’s wins over Etim and Pearson outweighing the guys ranked below him. Rafael Dos Anjos is on a solid run, but his recent loss to Tibau holds him back. Same thing for Tibau, he was looking solid up until the decision loss to Nurmagomedov. Stephens’ biggest win in recent years is Marcus Davis, in a fight he was losing until a 3rd round knockout. All of these fighters have some sort of hiccup on their resume. I’m not trying to discount Barboza’s loss against Varner, but all of the guys below him have experienced the same thing.

          Thanks for the solid info. I agree with a lot of your points. I am not trying to persuade you to why I ranked so-and-so, I’m just trying to point out how I am seeing things at this current stage.

      • dWd

        i just watched the tibau vs khabib fight again,i don’t have a problem with the result,khabib pressed the action the whole way using wild striking to get in on single leg takedowns over and over,tibau stuffed everyone of em and even landed a couple solid knees to khabib as he was coming in ,but khabib walked through them and was rellentless keeping tibau backed up to the cage and defending for the whole fight. tibau did land two takedowns,but khabib popped straight back up and went back on the attack.

        • admin

          I remember it being close as well. It was the fallout of the rankings that I had trouble with. Does Nurmagomedov really deserve to be ranked ahead of Dos Anjos, Sotiropoulos, and Bocek for one controversial decision win? I couldn’t punish Tibau either because he has proven his skills against Dos Anjos and Stephens.

          I am doing the same thing that I previously did with all of the wild Leonard Garcia decisions. I wasn’t going to penalize Chan Sung Jung or Nam Phan because the judges couldn’t get the scorecards right.

          Like I said, I will watch the fight again and see if Nurmagomedov did enough to win the fight. Obviously the judges thought so, but pretty much every website doing play-by-play had Tibau winning that fight.

  • admin

    Siver announced his move down to the UFC featherweight division following his loss to Cerrone.

  • admin

    Penn has been added to the UFC welterweight division.

  • Andy

    i cant believe Edson Barboza lost it’s been my favorita since he joined the UFC

  • SVN

    why is edson barboza in n16 and donald cerrone in number 8 if barboza is 4-0 in ufc and cerrone 4-1? and barboza has greatest knockouts than cerrone…

    • admin

      Cerrone has faced stiffer competition thus far in his career. Barboza may be 4-0 in the UFC, but 2 of his wins were razor-thin decisions over Anthony Njokuani and Ross Pearson. Barboza may be the next big thing in the 155-pound division, but he will have to prove himself against high-level competition first.

  • Beighz

    Nate Diaz – OVER-RATED

    • admin

      Overrated at 170 maybe, but at 155 Diaz was fairly solid. He lost to Gray Maynard in a close fight and easily defeated Melvin Guillard. He lost a couple of fights to Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, who simply held Diaz down for 3 rounds. I think Diaz needs a big win at 155 to show he is still a factor.