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 Ngannou17-3 (16)W-Cyril Gane (DEC)
W-Stipe Miocic (KO)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO)
2Ciryl Gane10-1 (7)L-Francis Ngannou (DEC)
W-Derrick Lewis (TKO)
W-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
Tai Tuivasa
3Stipe Miocic20-4 (15)L-Francis Ngannou (KO)
W-Daniel Cormier (DEC)
W-Daniel Cormier (TKO)
4Tai Tuivasa14-3 (13)W-Derrick Lewis (KO)
W-Augusto Sakai (KO)
W-Greg Hardy (KO)
Ciryl Gane
5Derrick Lewis26-9 (22)L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
W-Chris Daukaus (KO)
L-Ciryl Gane (TKO)
Sergey Pavlovich
6Curtis Blaydes16-3 (11)W-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (KO)
Tom Aspinall
7Jairzinho Rozenstruik12-3 (11)L-Curtis Blaydes (DEC)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
Alexander Volkov
8Tom Aspinall12-2W-Alexander Volkov (SUB)
W-Sergey Spivak (TKO)
W-Andrei Arlovski (SUB)
Curtis Blaydes
9Alexander Volkov34-10 (25)L-Tom Aspinall (SUB)
W-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik
10Alistair OvereemFree Agent47-19 (42)L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
11Ryan Bader30-7 (15)W-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
W-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
12Valentin Moldavsky11-2 (4)L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
W-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
W-Roy Nelson (DEC)
13Marcin Tybura22-7 (15)L-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
W-Greg Hardy (TKO)
14Linton Vassell22-8 (17)W-Timothy Johnson (TKO)
W-Tyrell Fortune (DEC)
W-Ronny Markes (TKO)
15Fedor Emelianenko40-6 (31)W-Timothy Johnson (KO)
W-Quinton Jackson (TKO)
L-Ryan Bader (TKO)
16Timothy Johnson15-9 (11)L-Linton Vassell (TKO)
L-Fedor Emelianenko (KO)
L-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
17Cheick Kongo31-12-2 (19)L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
W-Sergei Kharitonov (SUB)
L-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
18Sergei Kharitonov32-8 (31)W-Tyrone Spong (TKO)
W-Fabio Maldonado (TKO)
L-Cheick Kongo (SUB)
19Sergey Spivak14-3 (12)W-Greg Hardy (TKO)
L-Tom Aspinall (TKO)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
20Alexey Oliynyk60-16-1 (55)W-Jared Vanderaa (SUB)
L-Sergey Spivak (DEC)
L-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
21Fabricio Werdum24-9-1 (18)NC-Renan Ferreira (NC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (SUB)
L-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
22Augusto Sakai15-4-1 (11)L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
23Chris Daukaus12-5L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
L-Derrick Lewis (KO)
W-Shamil Abdurakhimov (TKO)
24Alexander Romanov16-0W-Chase Sherman (SUB)
W-Jared Vanderaa (TKO)
W-Juan Espino (DEC)
25Walt Harris13-10 (13)L-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
26Andrei Arlovski34-21 (20)W-Jake Collier (DEC)
W-Jared Vanderaa (DEC)
W-Carlos Felipe (DEC)
27Vitaly Minakov22-2 (20)L-Said Sowma (TKO)
W-Timothy Johnson (KO)
L-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
28Blagoi Ivanov19-4 (12)W-Marcos Lima (DEC)
L-Augusto Sakai (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
29Tyrell Fortune12-2W-Rakim Cleveland (TKO)
L-Linton Vassell (DEC)
W-Matt Mitrione (TKO)
30Marcos Lima19-8-1 (16)L-Blagoi Ivanov (DEC)
W-Ben Rothwell (TKO)
W-Maurice Greene (DEC)
31Ben RothwellFree Agent39-14 (35)L-Marcos Lima (TKO)
W-Chris Barnett (SUB)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
32Salimgerey RasulovACA23-7W-Tony Johnson (TKO)
W-Dmitry Poberezhets (DEC)
W-Denise Smoldarev (TKO)
33Tony JohnsonACA16-6-1L-Salimgerey Rasulov (TKO)
W-Mukhomad Vakhaev (TKO)
W-Dmitry Poberezhets (TKO)
34Mukhomad VakhaevACA10-5-1 (9)L-Tony Johnson (TKO)
W-Raphael Pessoa (KO)
W-Evgeny Goncharov (SUB)
35Evgeniy GoncharovACA16-3W-Daniel Omielanczuk (DEC)
W-Anton Vyazigin (DEC)
L-Mukhomad Vakhaev (SUB)
36Ilir Latifi15-8 (10)W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
37Sergey Pavlovich15-1 (12)W-Shamil Abdurakhimov (TKO)
W-Maurice Greene (TKO)
W-Marcelo Golm (KO)
Derrick Lewis
38Philip De FriesKSW21-6 (17)W-Darko Stosic (TKO)
W-Tomasz Narkun (TKO)
W-Michal Kita (TKO)
39Bruno Cappelozza15-5W-Stuart Austin (TKO)
W-Ante Delija (DEC)
W-Jamelle Jones (TKO)
40Tanner Boser20-8-1 (13)W-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
41Ante Delija20-5W-Mattheus Scheffel (TKO)
L-Bruno Cappelozza (DEC)
W-Denis Goltsov (DEC)
42Denis Goltsov28-7 (23)W-Cody Goodale (TKO)
L-Ante Delija (DEC)
W-Brandon Sayles (TKO)
43Shamil Abdurakhimov20-7 (13)L-Sergei Pavlovich (TKO)
L-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
44Renan Ferreira9-2W-Jamelle Jones (KO)
W-Stuart Austin (KO)
W-Carl Seumanutafa (DEC)
45Anatoliy Malykhin10-0W-Kirill Grishenko (KO)
W-Amir Aliakbari (KO)
W-Alexandre Machado (TKO)
46Juan Espino10-2 (8)L-Alexander Romanov (DEC)
W-Jeff Hughes (SUB)
W-Justin Frazier (SUB)
Arjan BhullarONE11-1W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
W-Mauro Cerilli (DEC)
W-Juan Adams (DEC)
48Steve Mowry10-0W-Rakim Cleveland (SUB)
W-Shaun Asher (TKO)
W-Shawn Teed (TKO)
49Davion Franklin5-0W-Said Sowma (DEC)
W-Everett Cummings (TKO)
W-Tyler King (KO)
Marcelo Golm
50Said Sowma8-3L-Davion Franklin (DEC)
W-Vitaly Minakov (TKO)
W-Ronny Markes (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Junior dos SantosFree Agent21-9 (16)L-Cyril Gane (TKO)
L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
Yorgan de Castro
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)
Carlos FelipeFree Agent11-2L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
W-Jake Collier (DEC)
W-Justin Tafa (DEC)
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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.

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5 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 .

    • 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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