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)
Cyril Gane
2Ciryl Gane10-0 (7)W-Derrick Lewis (TKO)
W-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (DEC)
Francis Ngannou
3Stipe Miocic20-4 (15)L-Francis Ngannou (KO)
W-Daniel Cormier (DEC)
W-Daniel Cormier (TKO)
4Derrick Lewis25-8 (21)L-Ciryl Gane (TKO)
W-Curtis Blaydes (KO)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (TKO)
Chris Daukaus
5Curtis Blaydes15-3 (10)W-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (KO)
W-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik12-3 (11)L-Curtis Blaydes (DEC)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
7Alexander Volkov34-9 (25)W-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
L-Ciryl Gane (DEC)
W-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
8Alistair OvereemFree Agent47-19 (42)L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
W-Augusto Sakai (TKO)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
9Junior dos SantosFree Agent21-9 (16)L-Cyril Gane (TKO)
L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
10Valentin Moldavsky11-1 (4)W-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
W-Roy Nelson (DEC)
W-Javy Ayala (DEC)
11Tom Aspinall11-2W-Sergey Spivak (TKO)
W-Andrei Arlovski (SUB)
W-Alan Baudot (TKO)
Shamil Abdurakhimov
12Chris Daukaus12-3W-Shamil Abdurakhimov (TKO)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (TKO)
W-Rodrigo Nascimento (KO)
Derrick Lewis
13Fedor Emelianenko40-6 (31)W-Timothy Johnson (KO)
W-Quinton Jackson (TKO)
L-Ryan Bader (TKO)
14Timothy Johnson15-8 (11)L-Fedor Emelianenko (KO)
L-Valentin Moldavsky (DEC)
W-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
15Cheick Kongo31-11-2 (19)W-Sergei Kharitonov (SUB)
L-Timothy Johnson (DEC)
NC-Ryan Bader (NC)
16Augusto Sakai15-3-1 (11)L-Jairzinho Rozenstruik (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
W-Blagoi Ivanov (DEC)
Tai Tuivasa
17Marcin Tybura22-7 (15)L-Alexander Volkov (DEC)
W-Walt Harris (TKO)
W-Greg Hardy (TKO)
18Alexander Romanov15-0W-Jared Vanderaa (TKO)
W-Juan Espino (DEC)
W-Marcos Lima (SUB)
19Walt Harris13-10 (13)L-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
L-Alexander Volkov (TKO)
L-Alistair Overeem (TKO)
20Sergey Spivak13-3 (11)L-Tom Aspinall (TKO)
W-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
W-Jared Vanderaa (TKO)
21Tai Tuivasa12-3 (11)W-Greg Hardy (KO)
W-Harry Hunsucker (TKO)
W-Stefan Struve (KO)
Augusto Sakai
22Alexey Oliynyk59-16-1 (54)L-Sergey Spivak (DEC)
L-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
L-Derrick Lewis (TKO)
Greg Hardy
23Fabricio Werdum24-9-1 (18)NC-Renan Ferreira (NC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (SUB)
L-Alexey Oliynyk (DEC)
24Vitaly Minakov22-2 (20)L-Said Sowma (TKO)
W-Timothy Johnson (KO)
L-Cheick Kongo (DEC)
25Linton Vassell21-8 (16)W-Tyrell Fortune (DEC)
W-Ronny Markes (TKO)
W-Sergei Kharitonov (TKO)
26Shamil Abdurakhimov20-6 (13)L-Chris Daukaus (TKO)
L-Curtis Blaydes (TKO)
W-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
Tom Aspinall
27Andrei Arlovski32-21 (20)W-Carlos Felipe (DEC)
W-Chase Sherman (DEC)
L-Tom Aspinall (SUB)
28Tyrell Fortune11-2L-Linton Vassell (DEC)
W-Matt Mitrione (TKO)
W-Jack May (TKO)
29Marcos Lima19-7-1 (16)W-Ben Rothwell (TKO)
W-Maurice Greene (DEC)
L-Alexander Romanov (SUB)
30Ben Rothwell39-14 (35)L-Marcos Lima (TKO)
W-Chris Barnett (SUB)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
31Ilir Latifi15-8 (10)W-Tanner Boser (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
32Bruno Cappelozza14-5W-Ante Delija (DEC)
W-Jamelle Jones (TKO)
W-Muhammed DeReese (TKO)
33Sergei Kharitonov30-8 (29)L-Cheick Kongo (SUB)
W-Oli Thompson (KO)
W-Fernando Rodrigues (TKO)
34Tony JohnsonACA16-5-1W-Mukhomad Vakhaev (TKO)
W-Dmitry Poberezhets (TKO)
W-Daniel Omielanczuk (KO)
35Alexander Gustafsson18-7 (14)L-Fabricio Werdum (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
L-Jon Jones (KO)
36Matt MitrioneFree Agent13-9 (11)L-Tyrell Fortune (TKO)
L-Tim Johnson (TKO)
L-Sergei Kharitonov (TKO)
37Philip De FriesKSW20-6 (16)W-Tomasz Narkun (TKO)
W-Michal Kita (TKO)
W-Luis Henrique (DEC)
38Mukhomad VakhaevACA10-5-1 (9)L-Tony Johnson (TKO)
W-Raphael Pessoa (KO)
W-Evgeny Goncharov (SUB)
39Ante Delija19-5L-Bruno Cappelozza (DEC)
W-Denis Goltsov (DEC)
W-Chandler Cole (TKO)
40Denis Goltsov27-7 (22)L-Ante Delija (DEC)
W-Brandon Sayles (TKO)
W-Muhammed DeReese (TKO)
41Salimgerey RasulovFree Agent21-7W-Denise Smoldarev (TKO)
W-Adam Bogatyrev (DEC)
W-Evgeniy Golub (TKO)
42Evgeniy GoncharovACA16-3W-Daniel Omielanczuk (DEC)
W-Anton Vyazigin (DEC)
L-Mukhomad Vakhaev (SUB)
43Tanner Boser20-8-1 (13)W-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Ilir Latifi (DEC)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
44Ovince St.Preux25-16 (20)L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
W-Alonzo Menifield (KO)
45Juan Espino10-2 (8)L-Alexander Romanov (DEC)
W-Jeff Hughes (SUB)
W-Justin Frazier (SUB)
46Greg Hardy7-4 (6)L-Tai Tuivasa (KO)
L-Marcin Tybura (TKO)
W-Maurice Greene (TKO)
Alexey Oliynyk
47Anatoliy Malykhin9-0W-Amir Aliakbari (KO)
W-Alexandre Machado (TKO)
W-Lucas Alsina (TKO)
48Renan Ferreira8-2W-Stuart Austin (KO)
W-Carl Seumanutafa (DEC)
NC-Fabricio Werdum (NC)
Arjan BhullarONE11-1W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
W-Mauro Cerilli (DEC)
W-Juan Adams (DEC)
50Carlos Felipe11-2L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
W-Jake Collier (DEC)
W-Justin Tafa (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Blagoi Ivanov18-4 (12)L-Augusto Sakai (DEC)
L-Derrick Lewis (DEC)
W-Tai Tuivasa (DEC)
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)
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:
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- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
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- Last 5 fights

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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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