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

1Francis Ngannou16-3 (16)W-Stipe Miocic (KO)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO)
W-Junior dos Santos (TKO)
2Stipe Miocic20-4 (15)L-Francis Ngannou (KO)
W-Daniel Cormier (DEC)
W-Daniel Cormier (TKO)
3Ciryl Gane9-0 (6)W-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (DEC)
W-Junior dos Santos (TKO)
Derrick Lewis
4Derrick Lewis25-7 (21)W-Curtis Blaydes (KO)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (TKO)
W-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
Ciryl Gane
5Curtis Blaydes14-3 (10)L-Derrick Lewis (KO)
W-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
W-Junior dos Santos (TKO)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik12-2 (11)W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
W-Junior dos Santos (TKO)
Curtis Blaydes
7Alexander Volkov33-9 (25)L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
W-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
8Alistair OvereemFree Agent47-19 (42)L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
9Valentin Moldavsky11-1 (4)W-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
W-Roy Nelson (DEC)
W-Javy Ayala (DEC)
10Junior dos SantosFree Agent21-9 (16)L-Cyril Gane (TKO)
L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
11Timothy Johnson15-7 (11)L-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
W-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
W-Matt Mitrione (TKO)
12Cheick Kongo30-11-2 (18)L-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
NC-Ryan Bader (NC)
W-Vitaly Minakov (DEC)
Sergei Kharitonov
13Augusto Sakai15-3-1 (11)L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
W-Blagoi Ivanov (DEC)
14Marcin Tybura22-6 (15)W-Walt Harris (TKO)
W-Greg Hardy (TKO)
W-Ben Rothwell (DEC)
15Linton Vassell20-8 (16)W-Ronny Markes (TKO)
W-Sergei Kharitonov (TKO)
L-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
16Sergei Kharitonov30-7 (29)W-Oli Thompson (KO)
W-Fernando Rodrigues (TKO)
L-Linton Vassell (TKO)
Cheick Kongo
17Blagoi Ivanov18-4 (12)L-Augusto Sakai (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
W-Tai Tuivasa (DEC)
18Walt Harris13-10 (13)L-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
19Sergey Spivak13-2 (11)W-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
W-Jared Vanderaa (TKO)
W-Carlos Felipe (DEC)
20Tai Tuivasa12-3 (11)W-Greg Hardy (KO)
W-Harry Hunsucker (TKO)
W-Stefan Struve (KO)
21Chris Daukaus11-3W-Alexey Oliynyk (TKO)
W-Rodrigo Nascimento (KO)
W-Parker Porter (TKO)
Shamil Abdurakhimov
22Tom Aspinall10-2W-Andrei Arlovski (SUB)
W-Alan Baudot (TKO)
W-Jake Collier (TKO)
23Alexey Oliynyk59-16-1 (54)L-Sergey Spivak (DEC)
L-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
L-Derrick Lewis (TKO)
24Fabricio Werdum24-9-1 (18)NC-Renan Ferreira (NC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (SUB)
L-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
25Andrei Arlovski31-21 (20)W-Chase Sherman (DEC)
L-Tom Aspinall (SUB)
W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
Carlos Felipe
26Ben Rothwell39-13 (35)W-Chris Barnett (SUB)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
W-Ovince St.Preux (DEC)
27Tyrell Fortune11-1W-Matt Mitrione (TKO)
W-Jack May (TKO)
W-Said Sowma (DEC)
28Alexander Romanov14-0W-Juan Espino (DEC)
W-Marcos Lima (SUB)
W-Roque Martinez (SUB)
Jared Vanderaa
29Denis Goltsov27-6 (22)W-Brandon Sayles (TKO)
W-Muhammed DeReese (TKO)
L-Ali Isaev (TKO)
Ante Delija
30Ilir Latifi15-8 (10)W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
31Philip De FriesKSW20-6 (16)W-Tomasz Narkun (TKO)
W-Michal Kita (TKO)
W-Luis Henrique (DEC)
32Salimgerey RasulovFree Agent21-7W-Denise Smoldarev (TKO)
W-Adam Bogatyrev (DEC)
W-Evgeniy Golub (TKO)
33Tanner Boser20-8-1 (13)W-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
34Alexander Gustafsson18-7 (14)L-Fabricio Werdum (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
L-Jon Jones (KO)
Paul Craig
35Ovince St.Preux25-16 (20)L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
W-Alonzo Menifield (KO)
36Juan Espino10-2 (8)L-Alexander Romanov (DEC)
W-Jeff Hughes (SUB)
W-Justin Frazier (SUB)
37Greg Hardy7-4 (6)L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
L-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
W-Maurice Greene (TKO)
38Matt Mitrione13-9 (11)L-Tyrell Fortune (TKO)
L-Tim Johnson (TKO)
L-Sergei Kharitonov (TKO)
39Roy NelsonFree Agent23-19 (19)L-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
L-Frank Mir (DEC)
L-Mirko Cro Cop (DEC)
40Evgeniy GoncharovACA15-3W-Anton Vyazigin (DEC)
L-Mukhomad Vakhaev (SUB)
W-Tony Johnson (DEC)
41Tony JohnsonACA15-5-1W-Dmitry Poberezhets (TKO)
W-Daniel Omielanczuk (KO)
L-Evgeniy Goncharov (DEC)
42Ji Won Kang5-0W-Amir Aliakbari (KO)
W-Mehdi Barghi (TKO)
W-Adnan Alic (KO)
43Amir Aliakbari10-2 (7)L-Ji Won Kang (KO)
W-Shelton Graves (TKO)
W-Daniel Omielanczuk (DEC)
44Marcos Lima18-7-1 (15)W-Maurice Greene (DEC)
L-Alexander Romanov (SUB)
W-Ben Sosoli (TKO)
45Carlos Felipe11-1W-Jake Collier (DEC)
W-Justin Tafa (DEC)
W-Yorgan De Castro (DEC)
Andrei Arlovski
46Daniel OmielanczukACA25-10-1W-Daniel James (DEC)
L-Tony Johnson (KO)
W-Tomas Pakutinskas (TKO)
47Maurice GreeneFree Agent9-6 (7)L-Marcos Lima (DEC)
L-Greg Hardy (TKO)
W-Gian Villante (SUB)
48Arjan BhullarONE11-1W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
W-Mauro Cerilli (DEC)
W-Juan Adams (DEC)
49Anatoliy Malykhin8-0W-Alexandre Machado (TKO)
W-Lucas Alsina (TKO)
W-Alexei Kudin (TKO)
50Dmitry PoberezhetsACA26-6-1L-Tony Johnson (TKO)
W-Ruslan Magomedov (KO)
W-Adam Palasz (TKO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Vitaly Minakov22-1 (20)W-Timothy Johnson (KO)
L-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
W-Tony Johnson (TKO)
Shamil Abdurakhimov20-5 (13)L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
W-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
W-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
Chris Daukaus
Ali Isaev9-0 (4)W-Jared Rosholt (TKO)
W-Denis Goltsov (TKO)
W-Kelvin Tiller (DEC)
Justin Willis8-2 (4)L-Curtis Blaydes (DEC)
W-Mark Hunt (DEC)
W-Chase Sherman (DEC)
Mark HuntFree Agent13-14-1 (10)L-Justin Willis (DEC)
L-Alexey Oliynyk (SUB)
L-Curtis Blaydes (DEC)
Fedor Emelianenko39-6 (30)W-Quinton Jackson (TKO)
L-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Chael Sonnen (TKO)
Sergey Pavlovich14-1 (11)W-Maurice Greene (TKO)
W-Marcelo Golm (KO)
L-Alistair Overeem TKO)
Frank MirFree Agent19-13 (14)W-Roy Nelson (DEC)
L-Javy Ayala (TKO)
L-Fedor Emelianenko (KO)
Jared Rosholt20-8 (8)L-Ali Isaev (TKO)
W-Kelvin Tiller (DEC)
W-Muhammed DeReese (SUB)
Francimar Barroso25-7-1 (16)W-Alex Nicholson (DEC)
W-Ben Edwards (DEC)
W-Alex Nicholson (DEC)
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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.

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4 Comments on this post.
  • 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 .

  • 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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