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
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)
Tony Ferguson
03/04/2017
03Tony Ferguson
22-3 (12-1 UFC)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (SUB)
W-Edson Barboza (SUB)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
03/04/2017
04Eddie Alvarez
28-5 (3-2 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
05Rafael dos Anjos
25-9 (14-7 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
06Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
07Michael Johnson
17-11 (9-7 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Nate Diaz (DEC)
08Edson Barboza
18-4 (12-4 UFC)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
Beneil Dariush
03/11/2017
09Dustin Poirier
21-5 (13-4 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Michael Johnson (KO)
W-Bobby Green (KO)
10Gilbert Melendez
22-6 (1-4 UFC)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
11Michael Chiesa
14-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-Mitch Clarke (DEC)
12Beneil Dariush
14-2 (8-2 UFC)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
Edson Barboza
03/11/2017
13Will Brooks
18-2 (1-1 UFC)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
Charles Oliveira
04/08/2017
14Francisco Trinaldo
21-4 (11-3 UFC)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
Kevin Lee
03/11/2017
15Jim Miller
28-9 (17-8 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Thiago Alves (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
16Evan Dunham
18-6 (11-6 UFC)
W-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
17Bobby Green
23-7 (4-2 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-Josh Thomson (DEC)
18Joe Lauzon
27-12 (14-9 UFC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Diego Sanchez (TKO)
19Diego Sanchez
27-9 (16-9 UFC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
Al Iaquinta
04/22/2017
20Marcin Held
22-6 (0-2 UFC)
L-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
L-Diego Sanchez (DEC)
W-Dave Jansen (DEC)
21Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
22Adriano Martins
28-8 (4-2 UFC)
L-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
W-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
23Rustam Khabilov
21-3 (7-2 UFC)
W-Jason saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
24Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
25Kevin Lee
14-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Magomed Mustafaev (SUB)
W-Jake Matthews (TKO)
W-Efrain Escudero (DEC)
Francisco Trinaldo
03/11/2017
26Lando Vannata
9-1 (1-1 UFC)
W-John Makdessi (KO)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Ramico Blackmon (TKO)
David Teymur
03/04/2017
27Steven Ray
20-6 (4-1 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
L-Alan Patrick (DEC)
W-Mickael Lebout (DEC)
28Ross Pearson
19-13 (11-10 UFC)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
L-Will Brooks (DEC)
29Paul Felder
13-3 (5-3 UFC)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
W-Josh Burkman (DEC)
30Rashid Magomedov
19-2 (4-1 UFC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-Elias Silverio (TKO)
31James Vick
10-1 (6-1 UFC)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
32Joseph Duffy
15-2 (3-1 UFC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Ivan Jorge (SUB)
Reza Madadi
03/18/2017
33Thiago Alves
21-11 (13-8 UFC)
L-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Carlos Condit (TKO)
W-Jordan Mein (TKO)
Patrick Cote
04/08/2017
34Chad Laprise
11-2 (4-2 UFC)
W-Thibault Gouti (TKO)
L-Ross Pearson (DEC)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (TKO)
35Nik Lentz
27-8-2 (11-5-1 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
W-Danny Castillo (DEC)
36Olivier Aubin-Mercier
9-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Carlos Diego Ferreira (DEC)
37Michel Prazeres
21-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-J.C. Cottrell (DEC)
W-Valmir Lazaro (DEC)
Josh Burkman
03/11/2017
38Mairbek Taisumov
25-5 (5-1 UFC)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
W-Anthony Christodoulou (KO)
39Alan Patrick
14-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (TKO)
40John Makdessi
14-6 (7-6 UFC)
L-Lando Vannata (KO)
W-Mehdi Baghdad (DEC)
L-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
41James Krause
23-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Shane Campbell (DEC)
W-Daron Cruickshank (SUB)
L-Valmir Lazaro (DEC)
42Erik Koch
15-4 (4-3 UFC)
W-Shane Campbell (SUB)
L-Daron Cruickshank (TKO)
W-Rafaello Oliveira (TKO)
43Abel Trujillo
14-8 (5-4 UFC)
L-James Vick (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (DEC)
W-Tony Sims (SUB)
44Gilbert Burns
11-2 (4-2 UFC)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
45Josh Burkman
28-14 (6-9 UFC)
L-Zak Ottow (DEC)
L-Paul Felder (DEC)
W-K.J. Noons (DEC)
Michel Prazeres
03/11/2017
46Reza Madadi
14-4 (3-2 UFC)
W-Yan Cabral (TKO)
L-Norman Parke (DEC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
Joseph Duffy
03/18/2017
47Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (TKO)
48Nick Hein
14-2-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Tae Hyun Bang (DEC)
W-Yusuke Kasuya (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (DEC)
49Jason Saggo
12-3 (3-2 UFC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
W-Justin Salas (TKO)
50Drew Dober
17-8 (3-4 UFC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (KO)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
51Joaquim Silva
9-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Nazareno Malegarie (DEC)
L-Glaico Franca (SUB)
52Andrew Holbrook
11-1 (2-1 UFC)
W-Jake Matthews (DEC)
L-Joaquim Silva (KO)
W-Ramsey Nijem (DEC)
Gregor Gillespie
04/08/2017
53Jake Matthews
10-3 (4-3 UFC)
L-Andrew Holbrook (DEC)
L-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Johnny Case (SUB)
54Johnny Case
17-5 (4-1 UFC)
L-Jake Matthews (SUB)
W-Yan Cabral (DEC)
W-Francisco Trevino (DEC)
55Chris Wade
11-3 (4-2 UFC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Mehdi Baghdad (SUB)
56Tony Martin
11-3 (3-3 UFC)
W-Alex White (DEC)
W-Felipe Oliveiri (SUB)
L-Leonardo Santos (SUB)
57Josh Emmett
11-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
W-Christos Giagos (TKO)
Desmond Green
04/08/2017
58Mitch Clarke
11-4 (2-4 UFC)
L-Joseph Duffy (SUB)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (SUB)
59Marc Diakiese
11-0 (2-0 UFC)
W-Frankie Perez (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (TKO)
W-Kane Mousah (KO)
Teemu Packalen
03/18/2017
60Frankie Perez
10-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Sam Stout (TKO)
L-Johnny Case (TKO)
61Gregor Gillespie
8-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
W-Sidney Outlaw (DEC)
W-Jose Mariscal (TKO)
Andrew Holbrook
04/08/2017
62Jeremy Kennedy
9-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Alessandro Ricci (DEC)
W-Drew Brokenshire (TKO)
W-Mario Pereira (SUB)
63Takanori Gomi
35-12 (4-7 UFC)
L-Jim Miller (TKO)
L-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
L-Myles Jury (TKO)
64Drakkar Klose
7-0-1 (1-0 UFC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
W-Hugh Pulley (DEC)
D-Joshua Aveles (DEC)
65Felipe Silva
8-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Shane Campbell (TKO)
W-Anton Kuivanen (TKO)
W-Carlos Irigoitia (SUB)
66Scott Holtzman
9-2 (2-2 UFC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Cody Pfister (DEC)
L-Drew Dober (DEC)
Michael McBride
04/22/2017
67Alex Volkanovski
12-1 (1-0 UFC)
W-Yusuke Kasuya (TKO)
W-Yusuke Yachi (SUB)
W-James Bishop (TKO)
68David Teymur
5-1 (2-0 UFC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
W-Martin Svensson (TKO)
L-Marcin Wrzosek (DEC)
Lando Vannata
03/04/2017
69Damien Brown
17-9 (2-1 UFC)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
W-Cesar Arzamendia (KO)
L-Alan Patrick (DEC)
70Jon Tuck
9-4 (3-4 UFC)
L-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Tae Hyun Bang (SUB)
71Tae Hyun Bang
18-10 (2-3 UFC)
L-Nick Hein (DEC)
W-Leo Kuntz (DEC)
L-Jon Tuck (SUB)
72Teemu Packalen
8-1 (1-1 UFC)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Mickael Lebout (DEC)
W-Suleiman Bouhata (SUB)
Marc Diakiese
03/18/2017
73Polo Reyes
6-1 (3-0 UFC)
W-Jason Novelli (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Kim (KO)
W-Cesar Arzamendia (KO)
74Joe Proctor
11-4 (4-3UFC)
L-Magomed Mustafaev (TKO)
W-Justin Edwards (SUB)
L-Yancy Medeiros (SUB)
75Alex White
11-3 (2-3 UFC)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
L-Clay Collard (DEC)
76Martin Bravo
11-0 (1-0 UFC)
W-Claudio Puelles (TKO)
77Jason Gonzalez
11-3 (1-1 UFC)
W-J.C. Cottrell (SUB)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
W-Chris Padilla (TKO)
78Darrell Horcher
12-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (TKO)
W-Stephen Regman (TKO)
W-Jordan Stiner (TKO)
79Dong Hyun Kim
14-8-3 (1-2 UFC)
W-Brendan O'Reilly (DEC)
L-Polo Reyes (KO)
L-Dominique Steele (KO)
80Thibault Gouti
11-3 (0-3 UFC)
L-Chad Laprise (TKO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
L-Teemu Packalen (SUB)
81Jordan Rinaldi
12-5 (0-1 UFC)
L-Abel Trujillo (DEC)
W-Lashawn Alcocks (SUB)
W-Clay Harvison (SUB)
82Devin Powell
8-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Jonathan Lemke (SUB)
W-Tom Marcellino (DEC)
83Yusuke Kasuya
9-3-2 (0-2 UFC)
L-Alex Volkanovski (TKO)
L-Nick Hein (DEC)
W-Frank Camacho (SUB)
84Damir Hadzovic
10-3 (0-1 UFC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (KO)
W-Ivan Musardo (TKO)
W-Martin Delaney (DEC)
85Michael McBride
8-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-Derek Loffer (SUB)
W-Kevin Morris (KO)
Scott Holtzman
04/22/2017
86Alessandro Ricci
10-5 (0-2 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (TKO)
L-Jeremy Kennedy (DEC)
W-Kieran Joblin (DEC)
87J.C. Cottrell
17-5 (0-2 UFC)
L-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Cody Walker (DEC)
88Jason Novelli
11-3-1 (0-2 UFC)
L-Polo Reyes (DEC)
L-David Teymur (KO)
D-Yosdenis Cedeno (DEC)
89Claudio Puelles
7-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Martin Bravo (TKO)
W-Marcelo Rojo (DEC)
W-Pablo Sabori (SUB)
90Cesar Arzamendia
7-3 (0-2 UFC)
L-Damien Brown (KO)
L-Polo Reyes (KO)
L-Enrique Barzola (SUB)
Ineligible for Rankings
*Al Iaquinta
12-3-1 (7-2 UFC)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
Diego Sanchez
04/22/2017
Inactivity over 15 months
*Gleison Tibau
32-11 (17-9 UFC)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
Suspension
*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
*Desmond Green
19-5 (0-0 UFC)
W-Martin Brown (DEC)
W-James Freeman (DEC)
W-Desmond Hill (DEC)
Josh Emmett
04/08/2017
*Vinc Pichel
9-1 (2-1 UFC)
W-Anthony Njokuani (DEC)
W-Garett Whiteley (DEC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (KO)
Inactivity over 15 months
*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
*Felipe Oliveiri
14-5 (0-1 UFC)
L-Tony Martin (SUB)
W-Alvaro Francescon (TKO)
W-Hiroki Aoki (TKO)
Suspension
2017 UFC Signings:
Desmond Green
2017 UFC Cuts:
Leandro Silva
Tony Sims
Brendan O'Reilly
Lukasz Sajewski

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Andy

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

  • admin

    Penn has been added to the UFC welterweight division.

  • admin

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • jerjapan

    Mitch Clark at 45 isn’t right.