MMA World Rankings

World MMA Rankings: Top 50 fighter rankings by division

* Click on any division below for Top 50 World MMA Rankings. All fighters, regardless of promotion, are eligible to be ranked in the MMA World Rankings.
**Updated daily & within 24 hours after major MMA events**

MMA World Heavyweight Rankings (265) – Current #1  Fighter: Francis Ngannou

MMA World Light Heavyweight Rankings (205) – Current #1  Fighter: Jiri Prochazka

MMA World Middleweight Rankings (185) – Current #1  Fighter: Israel Adesanya

MMA World Welterweight Rankings (170) – Current #1  Fighter: Kamaru Usman

MMA World Lightweight Rankings (155) – Current #1  Fighter: Charles Oliveira

MMA World Featherweight Rankings (145) – Current #1  Fighter: Alexander Volkanovski

MMA World Bantamweight Rankings (135) – Current #1  Fighter: Aljamain Sterling

MMA World Flyweight Rankings (125) – Current #1  Fighter: Deiveson Figueiredo

MMA World Pound-4-Pound Rankings (Pound-4-Pound) – Current #1  Fighter: Kamaru Usman

MMA World Women’s Featherweight Rankings (145) – Current #1  Fighter: Amanda Nunes

MMA World Women’s Bantamweight Rankings (135) – Current #1  Fighter: Julianna Pena

MMA World Women’s Flyweight Rankings (125) – Current #1  Fighter: Valentine Shevchenko

MMA World Women’s Strawweight Rankings (115) – Current #1  Fighter: Carla Esparza

MMA World Women’s Pound-4-Pound Rankings (Pound-4-Pound) – Current #1  Fighter: Julianna Pena

11 Comments on this post.
  • Gary
    15 May 2022 at 11:41 PM
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    Hello,

    I was wondering about the following statement…

    “We are the only source that uses computerized analytics rankings system & actual fight footage to determine rankings similar. The reason we do this is to avoid ranking bias.

    Here is the rankings criteria that encompasses a fighter ranking:
    – Most recent performance
    – Performance against top competition
    – Estimated ability against future competition
    – Strength of competition
    – Activity in the last 3 years
    – Last 5 fights ”

    How does one avoid ranking bias by including criteria such as “performance” and “estimated ability”? What unbiased source is estimating everyone’s ability?

    I like some of your guidelines, actually… last 3 years and last 5 fights are fair, but there is some obvious UFC bias at play here and some obvious personal bias. There is no way that an unbiased analytics evaluation is producing something that looks so close to the UFC rankings without a lot of biased modifiers applied.

    What constitutes unbiased “strength of competition”? In these rankings, it doesn’t seem to be factual success rates. Is “strength of competition” something you’ve added personal bias to as well? If an American HW gets in a cage that says UFC on the canvass 3 times in 3 years, is his strength of competition automatically better than a Russian HW who gets in a cage 9 times in 3 years, because the canvass says some other name on it? Isn’t every MMA match taking a chance that some random strike doesn’t catch you? Can 2 wins in 3 tries over the course of 3 years really be miles above 9 wins in 9 tries?

    It’s hard to see where any data analytics have come into play when the results end up so close to the heavily human-biased rankings produced by the UFC rankings panel.

    What factual unbiased analytics would put Paul Craig, (who has 3 recent finish wins over your top 30), behind Dominic Reyes who has lost his last 3, (was finished in 2 of them), and in his last 5 fights only has 1 split decision win over your current top 30.

    What kind of spin would one need, to have 3 top-30 finishes score lower than 3 straight losses and only one top-30 win, (a split decision)?

    All that said, the web design here is really nice, so kudos for that.

    • D.C. Ross
      4 June 2022 at 4:46 PM
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      Hi, very much appreciate the detailed comment and feedback. The rankings come straight from a massive Excel file with every fighter’s record, broken down by year and a variety of other factors. Promotions do not matter in rankings, but the level of competition does. The Russian HW that fights 9 times in 3 years, who did they fight is really the determining factor in their ranking. If they fought a bunch of non-ranked talent, than they will have a difficult time working their way up. Similar to other ranking systems in other sports, like college football or basketball, mid-majors can have the superior records, but who did they play is what it comes down to. We try to assure our rankings always provide a glimpse of where fighters would stack up regardless of promotion. The fact many divisions are dominated by UFC fighters is simply because of the level of competition offered within the promotion. There are fantastic fighters across the world who could absolutely win in the UFC…but it’s all about testing your skills against the highest level of competition, whether that means UFC, ACA, One, Bellator, PFL, it doesn’t effect the rankings one bit. That’s the main goal of the website, is to provide unbiased rankings, regardless of promotion.

  • Alexander
    3 December 2021 at 12:24 AM
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    Your UFC Lightweight page is missing the recently announced fight between Islam Makachev (ranked 4th) and Beneil Dariush (ranked 6th) scheduled for 26th february next year. You got extremely cool site by the way!

  • Alex
    27 June 2021 at 4:47 PM
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    Michael Venom Page??

    • Alexander
      3 December 2021 at 12:33 AM
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      He is apparently ranked 19th in the category of MMA World Rankings sorted by WelterWeight.

  • JR
    24 August 2020 at 12:54 AM
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    Are you considering ranking AW’s any time in the near future?

    • D.C. Ross
      28 August 2020 at 5:37 PM
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      Yes, definitely have been looking at it. Since World Rankings are not based off promotion, I have considered the idea of adding Women’s Antomweight, but then that also opens the door for Men’s Strawweight or Super Heavyweight…or Women’s divisions above 155 lbs…For now, just ranking divisions recognized by the larger promotions with hopes fighters from those divisions eventually given a larger platform.

  • Etho
    22 April 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    I can see only ufc fighters , this is not valid

    • not blind
      15 June 2020 at 3:47 PM
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      NEED TO OPEN YOUR EYES THEN DIMWIT

  • Babylon
    12 March 2020 at 7:38 PM
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    How the hell can you justify Aung La Nsang being ranked 29 behind people like Tito fucking Ortiz. This really drops your legitimacy a ton. Fix this shit.

    • D.C. Ross
      15 March 2020 at 9:11 AM
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      La Nsang due the ONE weight classes, is primarily ranked as a MW. He does have the recent win over Vera that moved him up the LHW ranks, but his history as a true LHW is very limited. Appreciate your feedback, and Nsang has definitely turned around his career in ONE and is a truly inspirational story.

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