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MMA World Light Heavyweight Rankings - Top 50 MMA Fighter Rankings
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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

#FIGHTERORGOVRLAST 3NEXT FIGHT
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)
3Magomed Ankalaev16-1-1D-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
4Jan Blachowicz29-9-1D-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (TKO)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
5Vadim Nedkov15-2 W-Corey Anderson (DEC)
NC-Corey Anderson (NC)
W-Julius Anglickas (SUB)
Yoel Romero
02/04/2023
6Corey Anderson16-6L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
NC-Vadim Nemkov (NC)
W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
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)
12Nikita Krylov29-9W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (KO)
L-Paul Craig (SUB)
Ryan Spann
02/25/2023
13Yoel Romero15-6W-Melvin Manhoef (KO)
W-Alex Polizzi (TKO)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
Vadim Nemkov
02/04/2023
14Johnny Walker19-7 W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
Paul Craig
01/21/2023
15Ryan Spann21-7 W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
Nikita Krylov
02/25/2023
16Dominick Reyes12-4L-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
17Volkan Oezdemir18-7L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Paul Craig (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
18Paul Craig16-5-1 (16)L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (SUB)
W-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
Johnny Walker
01/21/2023
19Khalil Rountree11-5L-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
W-Da Un Jung (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
20Dustin Jacoby18-6-1L-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
W-Da Un Jung (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
21Jim Crute12-3 (9)L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
Alonzo Menifield
02/11/2023
22Azamat Murzakanov12-0W-Devin Clark (TKO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (KO)
W-Matheus Scheffel (TKO)
23Ovince St.Preux26-16W-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
24Da Un Jung15-3-1 (13)L-Dustin Jacoby (KO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
Devin Clark
02/04/2023
25Carlos Ulberg6-1W-Nicolae Negumereanu (KO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (TKO)
W-Fabio Cherant (DEC)
26Nicolae Negumereanu13-2L-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
W-Igor Potieria (TKO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (DEC)
27Kennedy Nzechukwu11-3W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
28Ion Cutelaba16-9-1 L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (SUB)
L-Ryan Spann (SUB)
29Devin Clark13-7L-Azamat Murzakanov (TKO)
W-William Knight TKO)
L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
Da Un Jung
02/04/2023
30Maxim Grishin32-9-2W-William Knight (DEC)
L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
31William Knight11-4L-Devin Clark (TKO)
L-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
Marcin Prachnio
02/18/2023
32Alonzo Menifield13-3W-Misha Cirkunov (KO)
W-Askar Mozharov (TKO)
L-William Knight (DEC)
Jim Crute
02/11/2023
33Rob Wilkinson17-2W-Omari Akhmedov (TKO)
W-Delan Monte (KO)
W-Viktor Pesta (TKO)
34Tyson Pedro9-3 W-Harry Hunsucker (TKO)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
LMauricio Rua (TKO)
Mingyang Zhang
02/11/2023
35Philipe Lins15-5W-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (KO)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
36Marcin Prachnio15-6L-Philipe Lins (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
William Knight
02/18/2023
37Mauricio Rua27-13-1 (22)L-Ovince St.Preux (DEC)
L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
Ihor Potieria
01/21/2023
38Julius Anglickas10-3L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (SUB)
W-Gregory Milliard (DEC)
39Omari Akhmedov24-8-1L-Rob Wilkinson (TKO)
W-Josh Silveira (DEC)
W-Teodoras Aukstolis (SUB)
40Antonio Carlos Jr.15-5 (11)W-Bruce Souto (DEC)
W-Delan Monte (SUB)
W-Marthin Hamlet (SUB)
41Alex Polizzi10-2L-Yoel Romero (TKO)
W-Jose Augusto (SUB)
W-Grant Neal (DEC)
42Karl Moore10-2W-Karl Albrektsson (SUB)
W-Lee Chadwick (DEC)
L-Mauro Cerilli (KO)
Maciej Rozanski
02/25/2023
43Karl Albrektsson13-4L-Karl Moore (SUB)
W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (DEC)
W-Vladimir Mishchenko (TKO)
44Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov19-7-1W-Rafael Carvalho (TKO)
L-Karl Albrektsson (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
45Muslim MagomedovACA12-0W-Oleg Olenichev (TKO)
W-Grigor Matevosyan (SUB)
W-Evgeny Egemberdiev (TKO)
46Shamil GamzatovFree Agent14-1 (10)L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
47Joshua Silveira9-1L-Omari Akhmedov (DEC)
W-Marthin Hamlet (DEC)
W-Mohamed Juma (SUB)
48Tafon Nchukwi6-3L-Carlos Ulberg (TKO)
L-Azamat Murzakanov (KO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
Jamal Pogues
12/17/2022
49Ivan ShtyrkovRizin22-2-1W-Asylzhan Bakhytzhanuly (DEC)
W-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (KO)
W-Mikhail Kolobegov (TKO)
50Marthin Hamlet10-4W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
L-Joshua Silveira (TKO)
W-Teodoras Aukstuolis (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)
Liam McGeary13-4 (12)L-Phil Davis (TKO)
W-Muhammed Lawal (TKO)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
Ed Herman26-15 (21)L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Chris Camozzi27-15W-Cory Hendricks (DEC)
W-Cezar Ferreira (DEC)
L-Emiliano Sordi (DEC)
MMA World Rankings FAQ
MMA World Rankings are comprised of all fighters, regardless of promotion. These rankings are sometimes referred to as "Global Rankings" or "Overall Rankings." RankingMMA has been publishing MMA world rankings since 2006.

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.

= Fighter moves up in the rankings after recent fight
= Fighter moves down in the rankings after recent fight

Reasons a fighter is ineligible for Non-UFC Rankings (* = Not Ranked)
= Inactivity over 15 months
= Changing weight classes. A fighter must debut in their new weight class in order to officially be ranked there. Upon their debut, they will be removed from their former weight class. If the fighter temporarily competed outside of their division, they will be ranked in their primary division of choice.
= Suspension. Should a fighter be suspended for performance enhancing substances or fighter conduct, they will be removed from the rankings.

8 Comments on this post.
  • CHarles
    17 January 2023 at 1:56 PM
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    Dont think Rountree can lose to Rountree lol

  • 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: https://mmasucka.com/2020/09/05/eduard-vartanyan-decision-scandal-rocks-aca/ ). 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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