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

1Jiri Prochazka29-3-1 (28)W-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
2Glover Teixeira33-8 (28)L-Jiri Prochazka (SUB)
WJan Blachowicz (SUB)
WThiago Santos (SUB)
3Jan Blachowicz29-9 (18)W-Aleksandar Rakic (TKO)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
W-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
Aleksandar Rakic
4Magomed Ankalaev16-1 (9)W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
5Vadim Nedkov14-2 (12)NC-Corey Anderson (NC)
W-Julius Anglickas (SUB)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
Corey Anderson
6Corey Anderson16-5 (8)NC-Vadim Nemkov (NC)
W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (TKO)
Vadim Nemkov
7Phil Davis24-6 (11)W-Julius Anglickas (DEC)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
8Aleksandar Rakic14-3 (10)L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
9Jamahal Hill12-1 W-Thiago Santos (TKO)
W-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Jim Crute (KO)
10Thiago Santos22-11L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
11Anthony Smith36-17 (33)L-Magomed Ankalaev (TKO)
W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Jim Crute (TKO)
12Yoel Romero14-6W-Alex Polizzi (TKO)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
Melvin Manhoef
13Volkan Oezdemir18-6 (13)W-Paul Craig (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
Nikita Krylov
14Paul Craig16-5-1 (16)L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (SUB)
W-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
15Nikita Krylov28-9 (27)W-Alexander Gustafsson (KO)
L-Paul Craig (SUB)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
Volkan Oezdemir
16Johnny Walker19-7 W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
17Ryan Spann20-7 (17)W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
Dominick Reyes
18Jim Crute12-3 (9)L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
19Ovince St.Preux26-16W-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
20Dustin Jacoby18-5-1W-Da Un Jung (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
W-John Allan (DEC)
Khalil Rountree
21Azamat Murzakanov12-0W-Devin Clark (TKO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (KO)
W-Matheus Scheffel (TKO)
22Ion Cutelaba16-8-1 L-Johnny Walker (SUB)
L-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Devin Clark (DEC)
23Devin Clark13-7L-Azamat Murzakanov (TKO)
W-William Knight TKO)
L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
24Tyson Pedro9-3 W-Harry Hunsucker (TKO)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
LMauricio Rua (TKO)
25Antonio Carlos Jr.15-5 (11)W-Bruce Souto (DEC)
W-Delan Monte (SUB)
W-Marthin Hamlet (SUB)
26Karl Albrektsson13-3W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (DEC)
W-Vladimir Mishchenko (TKO)
W-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
Karl Moore
27Da Un Jung15-3-1 (13)L-Dustin Jacoby (KO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
28Alonzo Menifield12-3 (11)W-Askar Mozharov (TKO)
L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Ed Herman (DEC)
Misha Cirkunov
29Philipe Lins15-5W-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (KO)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
30Marcin Prachnio15-6L-Philipe Lins (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
31Khalil Rountree10-5 (7)W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
Dustin Jacoby
32Jailton Almeida17-2W-Anton Turkalj (SUB)
W-Parker Porter (SUB)
W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
33Julius Anglickas10-3L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (SUB)
W-Gregory Milliard (DEC)
34Omari Akhmedov24-7-1W-Josh Silveira (DEC)
W-Teodoras Aukstolis (SUB)
W-Viktor Pesta (KO)
Rob Wilkinson
35Alex Polizzi10-2L-Yoel Romero (TKO)
W-Jose Augusto (SUB)
W-Grant Neal (DEC)
36Maxim Grishin32-9-2W-William Knight (DEC)
L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
37Nicolae Negumereanu13-1W-Igor Potieria (TKO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (TKO)
38Mauricio Rua27-13-1 (22)L-Ovince St.Preux (DEC)
L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
39Kennedy Nzechukwu10-3W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
L-Da Un Jung (TKO)
40Carlos Ulberg5-1W-Tafon Nchukwi (TKO)
W-Fabio Cherant (DEC)
L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (KO)
41Ed Herman26-15 (21)L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
42Shamil GamzatovFree Agent14-1 (10)L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
43Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov19-7-1W-Rafael Carvalho (TKO)
L-Karl Albrektsson (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
44Rob Wilkinson16-2W-Delan Monte (KO)
W-Viktor Pesta (TKO)
W-Bruce Souto (TKO)
Omari Akhmedov
45Muslim MagomedovACA11-0 (6)W-Grigor Matevosyan (SUB)
W-Evgeny Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Leonardo Silva (DEC)
46Joshua Silveira9-1L-Omari Akhmedov (DEC)
W-Marthin Hamlet (DEC)
W-Mohamed Juma (SUB)
47Nasrudin NasrudinovACA10-1W-Claudio Conti (TKO)
L-Jailton Almeida (SUB)
W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (TKO)
Ivan Shtyrkov
48Marthin Hamlet10-4W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
L-Joshua Silveira (TKO)
W-Teodoras Aukstuolis (TKO)
49Cory Hendricks9-5L-Marthin Hamlet (DEC)
W-Emiliano Sordi (TKO)
L-Chris Camozzi (DEC)
50Ibragim ChuzhigaevKSW16-5W-Tomasz Narkun (DEC)
W-Evgeni Myakinkin (TKO)
W-Alex Garcia (TKO)
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)
Dominick Reyes12-3 (9)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
Ryan Spann
Anthony Johnson23-6W-Jose Augusto (KO)
L-Daniel Cormier (SUB)
W-Glover Teixeira (KO)
Reinier de Ridder16-0W-Vitaly Bigdash (SUB)
W-Kiamrian Abbasov (SUB)
W-Aung La N Sang (DEC)
Liam McGeary13-4 (12)L-Phil Davis (TKO)
W-Muhammed Lawal (TKO)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
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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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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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