UFC Lightweight Rankings

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

Women’s Divisions
Women’s Featherweight (145)Women’s Bantamweight (135)Women’s Flyweight (125) –  Women’s Strawweight (115)

Rank  FighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Khabib Nurmagomedov28-012-0W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
Tony Ferguson
04/18/2020
2Tony Ferguson25-315-1W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
04/18/2020
3Conor McGregor22-410-2W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
4Dustin Poirier25-617-5L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
Dan Hooker
05/16/2020
5Justin Gaethje21-24-2W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-James Vick (KO)
6Dan Hooker20-810-4W-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
Dustin Poirier
05/16/2020
7Paul Felder17-59-5L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
8Charles Oliveira29-817-8W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
9Donald Cerrone35-1422-11L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
10Al Iaquinta14-6-19-4L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
11Kevin Lee18-611-6L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (SUB)
12Edson Barboza20-814-8L-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
13Diego Ferreira17-28-2W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
14Islam Makhachev18-17-1W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
Alexander Hernandez
04/18/2020
15Anthony Pettis22-109-9L-Diego Ferreira (SUB)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
W-Stephen Thompson (KO)
16Alexander Hernandez11-23-1W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
Islam Makhachev
04/18/2020
17Beneil Dariush18-4-112-4-1W-Drakkar Klose (KO)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
18Gregor Gillespie13-16-1L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
19Renato Carneiro14-3-16-3W-Damir Hadzovic (SUB
L-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
L-Jose Aldo (TKO)
20Leonardo Santos17-3-16-0-1W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
21Francisco Trinaldo25-715-6W-John Makdessi (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
22Brad Riddell8-12-0W-Magomed Mustafaev (DEC)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (DEC)
W-Mikey Vaotuua (TKO)
23Arman Tsarukyan14-21-1W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
Davi Ramos
04/11/2020
24Drew Dober22-98-5W-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
25Scott Holtzman13-36-3W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
L-Nik Lentz (DEC)
26David Teymur8-25-1L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
27Davi Ramos10-34-2L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-John Gunther (SUB)
Arman Tsarukyan
04/11/2020
28Magomed Mustafaev14-33-2L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
29Jim Miller31-1420-13L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
30Drakkar Klose11-2-15-2L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
31Steven Ray23-97-4W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
32Michael Johnson19-1511-11L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (KO)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
Evan Dunham
04/25/2020
33Mark Madsen10-02-0W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Danilo Belluardo (TKO)
W-Patrick Nielsen (SUB)
34Clay Guida35-1915-13L-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-B.J. Penn (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
35Nasrat Haqparast11-33-2L-Drew Dober (KO)
W-Joaquim Silva (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (DEC)
36Marc Diakiese14-35-3W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Joseph Duffy (DEC)
L-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
Jai Herbert
03/21/2020
37Lando Vannata11-4-23-4-2W-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Marcos Mariano (SUB)
38Matt Frevola8-1-12-1-1W-Luis Pena (DEC)
W-Jalin Turner (DEC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
Roosevelt Roberts
04/25/2020
39Joseph Duffy16-44-3L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
L-James Vick (TKO)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
40Vinc Pichel12-25-2W-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
W-Joaquim Silva (DEC)
41Roosevelt Roberts8-12-1W-Alexander Yakovlev (DEC)
L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Thomas Gifford (DEC)
Matt Frevola
04/25/2020
42Luis Pena5-23-2W-Steve Garcia (DEC)
L-Matt Frevola (DEC)
W-Matt Wiman (TKO)
43Bobby Green24-10-15-5-1L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Erik Koch (DEC)
44Joe Lauzon28-1515-12W-Jonathan Pearce (TKO)
L-Chris Gruetzemacher (TKO)
L-Clay Guida (TKO)
45Damir Ismagulov19-23-0W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
W-Alex Georges (DEC)
46Alexander Yakovlev24-9-13-5L-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
W-Alex da Silva Coelho (SUB)
L-Zak Cummings (SUB)
47Yancy Medeiros15-76-7L-Lando Vannata (DEC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
48John Makdessi17-710-7L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
W-Jesus Pinedo (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
49Christos Giagos17-83-4L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Mizuto Hirota (DEC)
50Damir Hadzovic13-63-4L-Renato Carneiro (SUB)
L-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
51Ottman Azaitar12-01-0W-Teemu Packalen (KO)
W-Danijel Kokora (KO)
W-Alejandro Martinez (TKO)
Khama Worthy
04/18/2020
52Frank Camacho22-82-4L-Beneil Dariush (TKO)
W-Nick Hein (TKO)
L-Geoff Neal (KO)
Alan Patrick
04/25/2020
53Joaquim Silva11-24-2L-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
54Omar Morales9-01-0W-Dong Hyun Ma (DEC)
W-Harvey Park (TKO)
W-Troy Nawrocki (KO)
55Don Madge9-3-12-0W-Fares Ziam (DEC)
W-Te'Jovan Edwards (TKO)
W-Dave Mazany (SUB)
56Rafael Fiziev7-11-1W-Alex White (DEC)
L-Magomed Mustafaev (TKO)
W-Nurzhan Tutkaev (KO)
57Khama Worthy15-61-0W-Devonte Smith (TKO)
W-Adam Ward (KO)
W-Joey Munoz (DEC)
Ottman Azaitar
04/18/2020
58Devonte Smith10-22-1L-Khama Worthy (TKO)
W-Dong Hyun Kim (TKO)
W-Julian Erosa (KO)
59Alex White13-64-6L-Rafael Fiziev (DEC)
W-Dan Moret (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (SUB)
60Jared Gordon15-43-3L-Charles Oliveira (KO)
W-Dan Moret (DEC)
L-Joaquim Silva (KO)
61Mike Davis7-21-1W-Thomas Gifford (KO)
L-Gilbert Burns (SUB)
W-Elvin Brito (TKO)
62Jamie Mullarkey8-30-1L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
L-Luke Catubig (TKO)
L-Alexander Volkanovski (KO)
63Joel Alvarez16-21-1W-Danilo Belluardo (DEC)
L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Radu Maxim (SUB)
64Claudio Puelles9-22-1W-Marcos Mariano (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (SUB)
L-Martin Bravo (TKO)
65Thiago Moises12-41-2L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Kurt Holobaugh (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
66Austin Hubbard11-41-2L-Mark Madsen (DEC)
W-Kyle Prepolec (DEC)
L-Davi Ramos (DEC)
67Alex da Silva Coelho21-21-1W-Rodrigo Vargas (DEC)
L-Alexander Yakovlev (SUB)
W-Slavoljub Mitic (TKO)
Tristan Connelly
04/11/2020
68Jalin Turner9-52-2W-Josh Culibao (TKO)
L-Matt Frevola (DEC)
W-Callan Potter (TKO)
69Joe Solecki9-21-0W-Matt Wiman (DEC)
W-James Wallace (SUB)
W-Jacob Bohn (DEC)
70Steve Garcia11-40-1L-Luis Pena (DEC)
W-Jose Mariscal (TKO)
W-Desmond Torres (TKO)
71Fares Ziam10-30-1L-Don Madge (DEC)
W-Yassine Belhadj (SUB)
W-Julio Matos (DEC)
72Brok Weaver14-41-0W-Rodrigo Vargas (DQ)
W-Devin Smyth (DEC)
W-Tyler Hill (SUB)
73Teemu Packalen8-31-3L-Ottoman Azaitar (KO)
L-Marc Diakiese (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
74Rodrigo Vargas10-40-2L-Brok Weaver (DQ)
L-Alex da Silva Coelho (DEC)
W-Mike de la Torre (KO)
75Matt Wiman16-910-7L-Joe Solecki (DEC)
L-Luis Pena (TKO)
W-Isaac Vallie-Flagg (DEC)
76Josh Culibao8-10-1L-Jalin Turner (TKO)
W-Josh Payne (TKO)
W-Rodolfo Marques (TKO)
77Jonathan Pearce7-40-1L-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Jacob Rosales (TKO)
W-Nick Baker (TKO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Evan Dunham18-8-111-8-1L-Francisco Trinaldo (KO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (TKO)
D-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
Michael Johnson
04/25/2020
Alan Patrick15-25-2L-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
Frank Camacho
04/25/2020
Chris Gruetzemacher14-32-2W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
L-Davi Ramos (SUB)
L-Chas Skelly (SUB)
Jai Herbert10-10-0W-Cain Carrizosa (KO)
W-Jack Grant (TKO)
W-Steve O'Keefe (TKO)
Marc Diakiese
03/21/2020
Thibault Gouti12-51-5L-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
L-Sage Northcutt (DEC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (TKO)
Roman Bogatov10-00-0W-Mickael Lebout (TKO)
W-Michel Silva (SUB)
W-Rubenilton Pereira (DEC)
John Gunther5-11-1L-Davi Ramos (SUB)
W-Allan Zuniga (DEC)
L-Michael Trizano (DEC)
Jessin Ayari16-51-2L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Darren Till (DEC)
W-Jim Wallhead (DEC)
Eric Wisely31-9-10-2W-Joe Richardson (TKO)
W-Carl Wittstock (TKO)
W-Morgan Sickinger (SUB)
Alex Munoz6-00-0W-Troy Lamson (DEC)
W-Nick Newell (DEC)
W-Matheus Ubirajara (DEC)
Alex Gorgees6-10-1L-Jesus Pinedo (DEC)
W-Jai Bradney (KO)
W-Muhammad Zainal (TKO)
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35 Comments on this post.
  • jerjapan
    4 June 2016 at 10:48 PM
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    Mitch Clark at 45 isn’t right.

  • yossgold
    28 September 2014 at 4:16 AM
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    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
    27 May 2014 at 7:45 AM
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    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
      27 May 2014 at 7:47 AM
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      Kevin Lee is ranked WAY too high … he’s done absolutely nothing.

      • D.C. Ross
        28 May 2014 at 11:32 AM
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        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
    29 December 2013 at 8:36 AM
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    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
    23 September 2013 at 8:35 PM
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    Miles Jury needs to be moved up. Handed ‘Menace’ a whooping and is now 4-0 in ufc.

    • D.C. Ross
      24 September 2013 at 7:47 AM
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      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
    16 September 2013 at 2:26 PM
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    It seems odd that Michael Johnson is so much higher than Jury, no?

    • D.C. Ross
      16 September 2013 at 3:45 PM
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      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
    2 June 2013 at 6:16 AM
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    Pat Healy’s suspension not accounted for?

    (Suspended by NJSACB until July 19th, 2013)

    • D.C. Ross
      3 June 2013 at 8:16 AM
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      Totally forgot, since Healy was included in the ufc.com/rankings, it slipped past me. Thanks for the save.

  • Leo Corrêa
    27 January 2013 at 6:45 PM
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    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
      27 January 2013 at 7:02 PM
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      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
    29 December 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    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
      31 December 2012 at 1:08 PM
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      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
    19 October 2012 at 11:46 AM
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    I don’t see Guillard as even a top 15 lw. definately not a top 10.

    • admin
      21 October 2012 at 10:23 AM
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      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
    12 October 2012 at 11:09 AM
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    To admin

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

    • admin
      12 October 2012 at 11:29 AM
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      Thank you for the support!

  • dWd
    26 September 2012 at 7:59 PM
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    Q. What do you get if you cross a Jim Miller with a Nate Diaz A. a T.J.Grant

    • admin
      26 September 2012 at 10:15 PM
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      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
    12 September 2012 at 12:18 AM
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    Nurmagomedov should be ranked ahead of Tibau,who could be ranked higher here.i think barboza is overrated at the moment.

    • admin
      12 September 2012 at 11:02 PM
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      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
        14 September 2012 at 2:42 AM
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        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
          14 September 2012 at 2:17 PM
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          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
        14 September 2012 at 1:06 PM
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        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
          14 September 2012 at 2:23 PM
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          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
    20 August 2012 at 9:43 PM
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    Siver announced his move down to the UFC featherweight division following his loss to Cerrone.

  • admin
    20 August 2012 at 9:43 PM
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    Penn has been added to the UFC welterweight division.

  • Andy
    27 May 2012 at 7:13 AM
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    i cant believe Edson Barboza lost it’s been my favorita since he joined the UFC

  • SVN
    5 May 2012 at 5:14 PM
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    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
      20 August 2012 at 9:43 PM
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      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
    4 July 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    Nate Diaz – OVER-RATED

    • admin
      8 July 2011 at 2:38 PM
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      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.

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