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
CKhabib Nurmagomedov28-012-0W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
1Tony Ferguson25-315-1W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
2Dustin Poirier25-617-5L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
3Justin Gaethje21-24-2W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-James Vick (KO)
4Donald Cerrone35-1322-10L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
5Paul Felder17-49-4W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-James Vick (DEC)
L-Mike Perry (DEC)
6Edson Barboza20-814-8L-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (KO)
7Daniel Hooker19-89-4W-Al Iaquinta (DEC)
W-James Vick (KO)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
8Al Iaquinta14-6-19-4L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
9Islam Makhachev18-17-1W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (SUB)
10Diego Ferreira16-27-2W-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
W-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Kyle Nelson (TKO)
11Charles Oliveira27-815-8W-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-David Teymur (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
12Gregor Gillespie13-06-0W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
W-Vinc Pichel (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (TKO)
13Leonardo Santos17-3-16-0-1W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
14Alexander Hernandez11-23-1W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
15Beneil Dariush16-4-110-4-1W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (KO)
Frank Camacho
Fight Night 162
10/26/2019
16Francisco Trinaldo23-713-6L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
W-Evan Dunham (KO)
L-James Vick (DEC)
Bobby Green
Fight Night 164
11/16/2019
17Jim Miller31-1320-12W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
18Arman Tsarukyan14-21-1W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Felipe Olivieri (KO)
19Olivier Aubin-Mercier11-57-5L-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Alexander Hernandez (DEC)
20Rustam Khabilov23-49-3L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
21David Teymur8-25-1L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
22Nik Lentz30-10-214-7-1L-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Gray Maynard (TKO)
23Mairbek Taisumov27-67-2L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
24Desmond Green23-84-3W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (TKO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (DEC)
25Davi Ramos10-34-2L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-John Gunther (SUB)
NRClay Guida35-1915-13L-Jim Miller (SUB)
W-B.J. Penn (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
NRYancy Medeiros15-66-6L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
W-Alex Oliveira (TKO)
NRDrakkar Klose11-1-15-1W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
NRDrew Dober21-97-5W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
NRScott Holtzman12-35-3W-Dong Hyun Ma (TKO)
L-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Alan Patrick (KO)
NRAlan Patrick15-25-2L-Scott Holtzman (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
NRNasrat Haqparast11-23-1W-Joaquim Silva (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (DEC)
W-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
NRMarc Diakiese14-35-3W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Joseph Duffy (DEC)
L-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
NRJoseph Duffy16-44-3L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
L-James Vick (TKO)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
NRMagomed Mustafaev14-23-1W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
NRSteven Ray22-96-4L-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Jessin Ayari (DEC)
L-Kajan Johnson (DEC)
Michael Johnson
Fight Night 162
10/26/2019
NRVinc Pichel12-25-2W-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
W-Joaquim Silva (DEC)
Alexander Yakovlev
Fight Night 163
11/09/2019
NRLando Vannata10-4-22-4-2L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Marcos Mariano (SUB)
D-Matt Frevola (DEC)
NRMatt Frevola8-1-12-1-1W-Luis Pena (DEC)
W-Jalin Turner (DEC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
NRJohn Makdessi17-610-6W-Jesus Pinedo (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
W-Abel Trujillo (DEC)
NRAlexander Yakovlev24-8-13-4W-Alex da Silva Coelho (SUB)
L-Zak Cummings (SUB)
L-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
Vinc Pichel
Fight Night 163
11/09/2019
NRDamir Ismagulov19-23-0W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
W-Alex Georges (DEC)
NRMark Madsen9-01-0W-Danilo Belluardo (TKO)
W-Patrick Nielsen (SUB)
W-Thibaud Larchet (DEC)
NRGray Maynard13-7-111-7-1L-Nik Lentz (TKO)
W-Teruto Ishihara (DEC)
L-Ryan Hall (DEC)
NRLuis Pena4-22-2L-Matt Frevola (DEC)
W-Matt Wiman (TKO)
W-Steven Peterson (DEC)
NRChristos Giagos17-83-4L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Damir Hadzovic (DEC)
W-Mizuto Hirota (DEC)
NRDamir Hadzovic13-53-3L-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Nick Hein (DEC)
NRFrank Camacho22-72-3W-Nick Hein (TKO)
L-Geoff Neal (KO)
L-Drew Dober (DEC)
Beneil Dariush
Fight Night 162
10/26/2019
NRKhama Worthy15-61-0W-Devonte Smith (TKO)
W-Adam Ward (KO)
W-Joey Munoz (DEC)
NRDevonte Smith10-22-1L-Khama Worthy (TKO)
W-Dong Hyun Kim (TKO)
W-Julian Erosa (KO)
NRRoosevelt Roberts7-11-1L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Thomas Gifford (DEC)
W-Darrell Horcher (SUB)
NRJoaquim Silva11-24-2L-Nasrat Haqparast (KO)
W-Jared Gordon (KO)
L-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
NRAlex White13-54-5W-Dan Moret (DEC)
L-Jim Miller (SUB)
L-James Krause (DEC)
NRThiago Moises12-41-2L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Kurt Holobaugh (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
NRDong Hyun Ma16-10-33-4L-Scott Holtzman (TKO)
L-Devonte Smith (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
NRJared Gordon15-33-2W-Dan Moret (DEC)
L-Joaquim Silva (KO)
L-Diego Ferreira (TKO)
NROttman Azaitar12-01-0W-Teemu Packalen (KO)
W-Danijel Kokora (KO)
W-Alejandro Martinez (TKO)
NRDon Madge9-3-12-0W-Fares Ziam (DEC)
W-Te'Jovan Edwards (TKO)
W-Dave Mazany (SUB)
NRMatt Wiman16-810-6L-Luis Pena (TKO)
W-Isaac Vallie-Flagg (DEC)
L-T.J. Grant (KO)
Joe Solecki
ESPN 7
12/07/2019
NRKurt Holobaugh18-70-4L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
L-Shane Burgos (SUB)
L-Raoni Barcelos (KO)
NRJohn Gunther5-11-1L-Davi Ramos (SUB)
W-Allan Zuniga (DEC)
L-Michael Trizano (DEC)
NRJessin Ayari16-51-2L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Darren Till (DEC)
W-Jim Wallhead (DEC)
NRJoel Alvarez16-21-1W-Danilo Belluardo (DEC)
L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Radu Maxim (SUB)
NRAustin Hubbard11-31-1W-Kyle Prepolec (DEC)
L-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Killys Mota (TKO)
NRBrad Riddell3-01-0W-Jamie Mullarkey (DEC)
W-Kenan Song (TKO)
W-Erruer Ye (TKO)
NRMike Davis7-21-1W-Thomas Gifford (KO)
L-Gilbert Burns (SUB)
W-Elvin Brito (TKO)
NRCharles Jourdain9-20-1L-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Damien Lapilus (TKO)
W-Alex Morgan (SUB)
NRJason Gonzalez11-51-3L-Jim Miller (SUB)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
W-J.C. Cottrell (SUB)
NRAlex da Silva Coelho21-21-1W-Rodrigo Vargas (DEC)
L-Alexander Yakovlev (SUB)
W-Slavoljub Mitic (TKO)
NRClaudio Puelles9-22-1W-Marcos Mariano (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (SUB)
L-Martin Bravo (TKO)
NRTeemu Packalen8-31-3L-Ottoman Azaitar (KO)
L-Marc Diakiese (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
NRDan Moret13-60-3L-Jared Gordon (DEC)
L-Alex White (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (KO)
NRDarrell Horcher13-41-3L-Roosevelt Roberts (SUB)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
NRTe'Jovan Edwards6-30-2L-Dennis Bermudez (DEC)
L-Don Madge (TKO)
W-Austin Tweedy (KO)
NRRafael Fiziev6-10-1L-Magomed Mustafaev (TKO)
W-Nurzhan Tutkaev (KO)
W-Nandin Munguntsooj (TKO)
NRJalin Turner8-51-2L-Matt Frevola (DEC)
W-Callan Potter (TKO)
L-Vicente Luque (KO)
NRRodrigo Vargas10-30-1L-Alex da Silva Coelho (DEC)
W-Mike de la Torre (KO)
W-Danny Ramirez (DEC)
NRAlex Gorgees6-10-1L-Jesus Pinedo (DEC)
W-Jai Bradney (KO)
W-Muhammad Zainal (TKO)
NRFares Ziam10-30-1L-Don Madge (DEC)
W-Yassine Belhadj (SUB)
W-Julio Matos (DEC)
NRCallan Potter18-81-1W-Maki Pitolo (DEC)
L-Jalin Turner (TKO)
W-B.J. Bland (DEC)
NRJamie Mullarkey8-30-1L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
L-Luke Catubig (TKO)
L-Alexander Volkanovski (KO)
NRMaki Pitolo11-50-1L-Callan Potter (DEC)
W-Justin Sumter (TKO)
W-Chris Cisneros (SUB)
NRKyle Prepolec12-70-2L-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
L-Nordine Taleb (DEC)
W-Cody Pfister (DEC)
NRMarcos Mariano Rosa6-60-2L-Claudio Puelles (DEC)
L-Lando Vannata (SUB)
W-Alessandro Matos (TKO)
NRThomas Gifford14-90-2L-Mike Davis (KO)
L-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
W-Trey Ogden (SUB)
NRDanilo Belluardo
12-50-2L-Mark Madsen (TKO)
L-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
W-Denilson Oliveira (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Conor McGregor21-49-2L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
Bobby Green24-9-15-4-1L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Erik Koch (DEC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
Francisco Trinaldo
Fight Night 164
11/16/2019
Chris Gruetzemacher14-32-2W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
L-Davi Ramos (SUB)
L-Chas Skelly (SUB)
Joe Lauzon27-1514-12L-Chris Gruetzemacher (TKO)
L-Clay Guida (TKO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
Jonathan Pearce
ESPN 6
10/18/2019
Thibault Gouti 12-51-5L-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
L-Sage Northcutt (DEC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (TKO)
Eric Wisely31-9-10-2W-Joe Richardson (TKO)
W-Carl Wittstock (TKO)
W-Morgan Sickinger (SUB)
Eric Wisely13-40-0W-Devin Smyth (DEC)
W-Tyler Hill (SUB)
W-Charles Bennett (DEC)
Jonathan Pearce7-30-0W-Jacob Rosales (TKO)
W-Nick Baker (TKO)
W-Omar Johnson (TKO)
Joe Lauzon
ESPN 6
10/18/2019
Joe Solecki8-20-0W-James Wallace (SUB)
W-Jacob Bohn (DEC)
W-Gilbert Patrocinio (SUB)
Matt Wiman
ESPN 7
12/07/2019
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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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