MMA World Heavyweight Rankings

Men’s Divisions
Heavyweight (265) – Light Heavyweight (205)Middleweight (185)Welterweight (170)Lightweight (155)Featherweight (145)Bantamweight (135)Flyweight (125)Pound-4-Pound

Women’s Divisions
W-Featherweight (145+)W-Bantamweight (135)W-Flyweight (125)W-Strawweight (115) – Pound-4-Pound

1Jon Jones28-1W-Ciryl Gane (SUB)
W-Dominick Reyes (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
2Ciryl Gane11-2L-Jon Jones (SUB)
W-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
L-Francis Ngannou (DEC)
3Sergey Pavlovich18-1W-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
W-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
W-Derrick Lewis (TKO)
4Curtis Blaydes17-4L-Sergey Pavlovich (TKO)
W-Tom Aspinall (TKO)
W-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
5Tom Aspinall12-3L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
W-Alexander Volkov (SUB)
W-Sergey Spivak (TKO)
6Alexander Volkov36-10W-Alexander Romanov (TKO)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Tom Aspinall (SUB)
7Ryan Bader31-7W-Fedor Emelianenko (TKO)
W-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
W-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
8Marcin Tybura24-7W-Blagoi Ivanov (DEC)
W-Alexander Romanov (DEC)
L-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
9Sergey Spivak16-3W-Derrick Lewis (SUB)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
W-Greg Hardy (TKO)
10Jailton Almeida19-2W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (SUB)
W-Shamil Abdurakhimov (TKO)
W-Anton Turkalj (SUB)
11Tai Tuivasa14-5L-Sergey Pavlovich (KO)
L-Ciryl Gane (KO)
W-Derrick Lewis (KO)
12Derrick Lewis26-11L-Sergey Spivak (SUB)
L-Sergey Pavlovich (TKO)
L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
13Jairzinho Rozenstruik13-5L-Jailton Almeida (SUB)
W-Chris Daukaus (KO)
L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
14Linton Vassell23-8W-Valentin Moldavsky (KO)
W-Timothy Johnson (TKO)
W-Tyrell Fortune (DEC)
15Valentin Moldavsky11-3L-Linton Vassell (KO)
NC-Steve Mowry (NC)
L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
16Cheick Kongo31-12-2 (19)L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
W-Sergei Kharitonov (SUB)
L-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
17Chris Daukaus12-6L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
L-Derrick Lewis (KO)
18Augusto Sakai16-5-1W-Don'Tale Mayes (DEC)
L-Sergey Spivak (TKO)
L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
19Blagoi Ivanov19-5L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
W-Marcos Lima (DEC)
L-Augusto Sakai (DEC)
20Alexander Romanov16-2L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
W-Chase Sherman (SUB)
21Marcos Lima21-8-1W-Waldo Cortes-Acosta (DEC)
W-Andrei Arlovski (SUB)
L-Blagoi Ivanov (DEC)
22Evgeniy GoncharovACA20-3W-Alikhan
Vakhaev (DEC)
W-Mukhomad Vakhaev (DEC)
W-Tony Johnson (KO)
23Philip De FriesKSW23-6W-Todd Duffee (TKO)
W-Ricardo Prasel (SUB)
W-Darko Stosic (TKO)
24Rodrigo Nascimento11-1W-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
W-Alan Baudot (TKO)
25Ilir Latifi16-9L-Rodrigo Nascimento (DEC)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Francis NgannouFree Agent17-3 (16)W-Cyril Gane (DEC)
W-Stipe Miocic (KO)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO)
Stipe Miocic20-4 (15)L-Francis Ngannou (KO)
W-Daniel Cormier (DEC)
W-Daniel Cormier (TKO)
Alistair OvereemFree Agent47-19 (42)L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
Fabricio Werdum24-9-1 (18)NC-Renan Ferreira (NC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (SUB)
L-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
MMA World Rankings FAQ
MMA World Rankings are comprised of all fighters, regardless of promotion. These rankings are sometimes referred to as "Global Rankings" or "Overall Rankings." RankingMMA has been publishing MMA world rankings since 2006.

So, how do we compile our rankings? What separates us from other web sites that formulate rankings?

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. By using analytics, fighters are scored no matter the promotion they are in. From there, tiers are created and fighters are ranked from within those tiers.

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

There are many fighters sporting undefeated records from developing fight scenes, especially abroad. Something we take into consideration is the strength of competition they have faced. If a fighter has compiled a bunch of wins against competition that is lackluster they will likely have a difficult time moving up in the rankings until they face stiffer competition in order for us to accurately predict how they would perform against exceedingly tougher competition.

If a fighter has fought elite competition and fallen short, we factor in how they performed. If a fighter fairs well against a higher-ranked adversary, they could still move up in the rankings.

Actual fight footage is reviewed, regardless of promotion in order to formulate these rankings.

= Fighter moves up in the rankings after recent fight
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Reasons a fighter is ineligible for Non-UFC Rankings (* = Not Ranked)
= Inactivity over 15 months
= Changing weight classes. A fighter must debut in their new weight class in order to officially be ranked there. Upon their debut, they will be removed from their former weight class. If the fighter temporarily competed outside of their division, they will be ranked in their primary division of choice.
= Suspension. Should a fighter be suspended for performance enhancing substances or fighter conduct, they will be removed from the rankings.

6 Comments on this post.
  • Yo
    14 March 2023 at 3:51 PM
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    Ali Isaev is no longer ineligible. He fought to a draw on a recent Bellator event against Mowry

  • Musa
    13 August 2020 at 1:46 PM
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    so Fedor with a 39-6 ranking that is like 9-2 against UFC Champions and In his last 5 fights has wins over Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, and Rampage Jackson is the 27th ranked hw in all of MMA…?

    You guys have Overeem over him? Werdum??

    Yes Werdum subbed Fedor but in their fight Fedor dropped him and just got reckless attacking. You cant make mistakes against a Jiu Jitsu master of that caliber so Werdum got the sub…but If they were to fight again Fedor would be favored and rightly so…

    this is a terrible ranking…

    Fedor is top 5, no less than top 10 .

    • sugma
      18 August 2021 at 1:25 AM
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      You’re right the only fight Fedor didn’t do well in was the one against Bader but Bader has very good striking right now in bellator

  • Phox Debate
    25 February 2017 at 10:28 PM
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  • yer
    21 October 2014 at 9:12 AM
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    I would
    like to express my feelings on there being an open weight class in the UFC where
    you can weigh whatever you want. Fighters take so much energy to cut weight and
    end up not fighting at their optimum as a result, so why don’t we do away with
    weight classes? Now I know a lot of you are going to say that this would be
    unfair to smaller fighters, but isn’t the whole idea of martial arts to be able
    to defeat your opponent no matter how big they are? What the smaller fighters
    would lack in mass and strength, would make up for it with their speed and
    cardio, do you really think Bigfoot Silva is going to beat Anderson Silva
    because he is bigger? there is no way he is going to stop that level of
    technique. How many of you out there would love to see a UFC open weight class?
    And how many of you think there are UFC fighters in lower weight classes that
    would destroy fighters in higher weight classes if it was an open weight class?

    • David Levy
      5 March 2020 at 4:14 PM
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      Size isn’t everything in a fight – I don’t think anyone could or would seriously argue that. That being said the weight advantage is something that you do need to factor into things when organizing a fight. The additional strength and power that comes with an extra 5-10-15kg weight on one’s side is not a trivial matter. It is much easier for the bigger guy to resist submission attempts and weather a storm of fists/kicks.

      Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t mind seeing some open weight class fights – but not where there is a 20kg difference between the fighters.

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