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

1Alex Pereira10-2W-Jamahal Hill (KO)
W-Jiri Prochazka (TKO)
W-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
2Jiri Prochazka30-4-1W-Aleksandar Rakic (TKO)
L-Alex Pereira (TKO)
W-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
3Vadim Nedkov17-2W-Bruno Cappelozza (SUB)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
W-Corey Anderson (DEC)
4Jamahal Hill13-2L-Alex Pereira (KO)
W-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (TKO)
5Magomed Ankalaev17-1-1W-Johnny Walker (KO)
NC-Johnny Walker (NC)
D-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
6Jan Blachowicz29-10-1L-Alex Pereira (DEC)
D-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (TKO)
7Corey Anderson18-6W-Karl Moore (DEC)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
8Aleksandar Rakic14-4L-Jiri Prochazka (TKO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
9Nikita Krylov30-9W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (KO)
10Phil Davis24-7L-Corey Anderson (DEC)
W-Julius Anglickas (DEC)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
11Khalil Rountree13-5W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Chris Daukaus
W-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
12Yoel Romero16-7W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
W-Melvin Manhoef (KO)
13Johnny Walker21-8L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
NC-Magomed Ankalaev (NC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
14Anthony Smith38-19W-Vitor Petrino (SUB)
L-Khalil Rountree (TKO)
W-Ryan Spann (DEC)
15Volkan Oezdemir19-7W-Bogdan Guskov (SUB)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Paul Craig (DEC)
16Azamat Murzakanov13-0W-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Devin Clark (TKO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (KO)
17Rob Wilkinson18-2W-Tom Breese (TKO)
NC-Thiago Santos (NC)
W-Omari Akhmedov (TKO)
18Thiago Santos22-12L-Yoel Romero (DEC)
NC-Rob Wilkinson (NC)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
19Carlos Ulberg9-1W-Alonzo Menifield (KO)
W-Da Un Jung (SUB)
W-Ihor Potieria (TKO)
20Vitor Petrino11-1LAnthony Smith (SUB)
W-Tyson Pedro (DEC)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
21Bogdan Guskov16-3W-Ryan Spann (TKO)
W-Zac Pauga (KO)
LVolkan Oezdemir (SUB)
22Ryan Spann21-10L-Bogdan Guskov (TKO)
L-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Nikita Krylov (SUB)
23Alonzo Menifield15-4-1L-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
W-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Jim Crute (SUB)
24Dustin Jacoby19-8-1L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
L-Azamat Murzakanov (DEC)
25Philipe LinsFree Agent18-5W-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
W-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
W-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
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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
- Activity in the last 3 years
- Last 5 fights

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7 Comments on this post.
  • Jeffrey
    26 October 2022 at 5:34 PM
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    Yoel shouldn’t be on this list

    • D.C. Ross
      27 October 2022 at 10:26 PM
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      He now fights at 205 lbs.

  • 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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