MMA World Light 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

1Jan Blachowicz28-8 (17)W-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Dominick Reyes (TKO)
W-Corey Anderson (KO)
Glover Teixeira
2Glover Teixeira32-7 (27)WThiago Santos (SUB)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
Jan Blachowicz
3Jiri Prochazka28-3-1 (27)W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
4Vadim Nedkov13-2 (11)W-Phil Davis (DEC)
W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Rafael Carvalho (SUB)
5Dominick Reyes12-3 (9)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
6Anthony Johnson23-6W-Jose Augusto (KO)
L-Daniel Cormier (SUB)
W-Glover Teixeira (KO)
7Corey Anderson15-5 (7)W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (TKO)
W-Melvin Manhoef (TKO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (KO)
8Ryan Bader28-6 (15)W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
NC-Cheick Kongo (NC)
9Phil Davis22-6 (11)L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
W-Karl Albrektsson (TKO)
10Aleksandar Rakic14-2 (10)W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
11Thiago Santos21-9 (16)L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
Johnny Walker
12Anthony Smith35-16 (32)W-Jim Crute (TKO)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
Ryan Spann
13Volkan Oezdemir17-5 (13)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
W-Ilir Latifi (KO)
Magomed Ankalaev
14Magomed Ankalaev15-1 (9)W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Ion Cutelaba (KO)
W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
Volkan Oezdemir
15Paul Craig15-4-1 (15)W-Jamahal Hill (SUB)
W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
Alexander Gustafsson
16Nikita Krylov27-8 (26)L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
17Johnny Walker18-5 (17)W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
Thiago Santos
18Ryan Spann19-6 (16)W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
Anthony Smith
19Jamahal Hill9-1 (5)L-Paul Craig (SUB)
W-Ovince St.Preux (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (TKO)
Jim Crute
20Misha Cirkunov15-6 (13)L-Ryan Spann (TKO)
W-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Johnny Walker (TKO)
21Jim Crute12-2 (9)L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
Jamahal Hill
22Devin Clark12-5 (4)L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Dequan Townsend (DEC)
Ion Cutelaba
23Emiliano Sordi23-8-1 (22)D-Dan Spohn (DEC)
W-Chris Camozzi (DEC)
W-Jordan Johnson (TKO)
Antonio Carlos Jr.
24Alonzo Menifield10-2 (10)W-Fabio Cherant (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
L-Devin Clark (DEC)
Ed Herman
25Mauricio Rua27-12-1 (22)L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
26Lyoto Machida26-11L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Gegard Mousasi (DEC)
27Magomed Ismailov17-2-1 (12)W-Ivan Shtyrkov (DEC)
W-Aleksander Emelianenko (TKO)
W-Artem Frolov (DEC)
28Michal Oleksiejczuk15-4 (11)W-Modestas Bukauskas (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
Shamil Gamzatov
29Antonio Carlos Jr.11-5 (9)NC-Vinny Magalhaes (NC)
W-Tom Lawlor (SUB)
L-Brad Tavares (DEC)
Emiliano Sordi
30Reinier de Ridder14-0W-Aung La N Sang (DEC)
W-Aung La N Sang (SUB)
W-Leandro Ataides (DEC)
31Dustin Jacoby14-5-1D-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
W-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
W-Justin Ledet (TKO)
Darren Stewart
32Ion Cutelaba15-6-1 (14)D-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (TKO)
Devin Clark
33Da Un Jung14-2-1 (13)W-William Knight (DEC)
D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
34Ed Herman26-14 (21)W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
W-Patrick Cummins (TKO)
Alonzo Menifield
35Kennedy Nzechukwu9-1W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
W-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
W-Darko Stosic (DEC)
36Tomasz NarkunKSW18-4 (17)L-Phil De Fries (TKO)
W-Ivan Erslan (SUB)
W-Przemyslaw Mysiala (SUB)
37Nasrudin NasrudinovACA9-0 (5)W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
W-Jorge Gonzalez (TKO)
Jailton Junior
38Maxim Grishin31-9-2L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
39Marcin Prachnio15-5W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
L-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
40Muslim MagomedovACA10-0 (5)W-Evgeny Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Leonardo Silva (DEC)
W-Murat Gugov (DEC)
41Julius Anglickas10-1W-Gregory Milliard (DEC)
W-Alex Polizzi (DEC)
W-Jordan Young (DEC)
42Aung La N Sang26-12 (24)L-Reinier de Ridder (DEC)
L-Reinier de Ridder (SUB)
W-Brandon Vera (TKO)
43Karl Albrektsson12-3W-Vladimir Mishchenko (TKO)
W-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
W-Amilcar Alves (TKO)
44Viktor Nemkov30-8-1 (18)L-Karl Albrektsson (DEC)
D-Bozigit Ataev (DEC)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
45Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov18-6-1L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
W-Aleksei Butorin (DEC)
W-Karol Celinski (TKO)
46Aleksei ButorinACA16-4W-Asylzhan Bakhytzhanuly (KO)
L-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (DEC)
W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (TKO)
47Cory Hendricks8-3W-Marthin Hamlet (SUB)
W-Carlos Eduardo (DEC)
L-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (DEC)
48Khalil Rountree8-5 (5)L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Eryk Anders (DEC)
Modestas Bukauskas
49Ivan ShtyrkovRizin18-2-1 (12)W-Murat Gugov (DEC)
L-Magomed Ismailov (DEC)
W-Michal Pasternak (DEC)
50Danilo Marques11-3L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Jon Jones26-1 (16)W-Dominick Reyes (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
Liam McGeary13-4 (12)L-Phil Davis (TKO)
W-Muhammed Lawal (TKO)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
Tyson Pedro7-3 (7)LMauricio Rua (TKO)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Saparbek Safarov (SUB)
Jordan Johnson12-2-1 (6)L-Emiliano Sordi (TKO)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
D-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
Shamil Gamzatov14-0 (10)W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
W-Eddie Gordon (DEC)
Michal Oleksiejczuk
Rashid Yusupov12-3 (8)L-Jordan Johnson (DEC)
W-Vinny Magalhaes (KO)
L-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
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5 Comments on this post.
  • dominik86
    8 October 2020 at 6:58 AM
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    It’s funny you don’t take into account fighters from ACA Butorin ,Bahytzhanuly ,Egemberdiev ,Magomedov ,Nasrudinov . ACA is after UFC the best mma federation .

    • D.C. Ross
      9 October 2020 at 11:35 PM
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      Thank you for your reply, and I 100% do take into account fighters from ACA. Current ACA fighters ranked across divisions are Magomed Bibulatov, Mukhumat Vakhaev, Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, Daniel Omielanczuk, Magomed Ismailov, Artem Frolov, Azbdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov, and Azamat Kerefov.Nasrudinov and Magomedov were ranked in the Top 50 within the last 60 days. Inactivity and strength of competition are the only thing preventing their rise. Drug testing and promoter interference are extremely concerning for the ACA promotion as recently detailed (Link: ). Regardless of those controversies, that does not interfere with their fighters being ranked as rankings only are based off actual fight results and performance. Please let me know of any fighters that you feel are deserving of being ranked in the Top 50 as I try to do my very best keeping up to date with every event/promotion.

  • CS
    31 January 2020 at 4:34 PM
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    Shouldn’t Rafael Carvalho be ranked in this? He moved to light heavyweight and is a top guy. Better than a lot of the guys on this list.

    • D.C. Ross
      3 March 2020 at 9:51 PM
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      Carvalho is now ranked at #48. When you commented, I had him at #51.

  • Cass
    10 December 2019 at 4:12 AM
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    Why is Corey over Thiago? Thiago just lost an insanely close decision to Jon, one that he in my and many others eyes won.

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