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
4Vadim Nedkov14-2 (12)NC-Corey Anderson (NC)
W-Julius Anglickas (SUB)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
5Corey Anderson16-5 (8)NC-Vadim Nemkov (NC)
W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (TKO)
6Phil Davis24-6 (11)W-Julius Anglickas (DEC)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
7Magomed Ankalaev15-1 (8)W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
Anthony Smith
8Aleksandar Rakic14-3 (10)L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
9Dominick Reyes12-3 (9)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
10Thiago Santos22-10 (16)L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
Jamahal Hill
11Anthony Smith36-16 (33)W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Jim Crute (TKO)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
Magomed Ankalaev
12Paulo Henrique Costa13-2L-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (TKO)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
Luke Rockhold
13Yoel Romero14-6W-Alex Polizzi (TKO)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
Melvin Manhoef
14Paul Craig16-4-1 (16)W-Nikita Krylov (SUB)
W-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
Volkan Oezdemir
15Jamahal Hill11-1 (7)W-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Jim Crute (KO)
L-Paul Craig (TKO)
Thiago Santos
16Anthony Johnson23-6W-Jose Augusto (KO)
L-Daniel Cormier (SUB)
W-Glover Teixeira (KO)
17Volkan Oezdemir17-6 (13)L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
Paul Craig
18Nikita Krylov27-9 (26)L-Paul Craig (SUB)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
Alexander Gustafsson
19Johnny Walker18-7 (17)L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Ryan Spann (KO)
20Ryan Spann20-7 (17)W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
21Jim Crute12-3 (9)L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
22Ovince St.Preux26-16W-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
23Dustin Jacoby17-5-1W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
W-John Allan (DEC)
W-Darren Stewart (TKO)
Da Un Jung
24Ion Cutelaba16-7-1 (14)L-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Devin Clark (DEC)
D-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
25Devin Clark13-6 W-William Knight TKO)
L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
Azamat Murzakanov
26Tyson Pedro8-3 (8)W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
LMauricio Rua (TKO)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
27Antonio Carlos Jr.15-5 (11)W-Bruce Souto (DEC)
W-Delan Monte (SUB)
W-Marthin Hamlet (SUB)
28Karl Albrektsson13-3W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (DEC)
W-Vladimir Mishchenko (TKO)
W-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
29Michal Oleksiejczuk16-5 (12)L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Shamil Gamzatov (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (DEC)
Sam Alvey
30Da Un Jung15-2-1 (13)W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
Dustin Jacoby
31Alonzo Menifield12-3 (11)W-Askar Mozharov (TKO)
L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Ed Herman (DEC)
32Philipe Lins15-5W-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (KO)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
33Marcin Prachnio15-6L-Philipe Lins (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
34Khalil Rountree10-5 (7)W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
35Julius Anglickas10-3L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (SUB)
W-Gregory Milliard (DEC)
36Omari Akhmedov23-7-1W-Teodoras Aukstolis (SUB)
W-Viktor Pesta (KO)
L-Jordan Young (TKO)
37Alex Polizzi10-2L-Yoel Romero (TKO)
W-Jose Augusto (SUB)
W-Grant Neal (DEC)
38Reinier de Ridder15-0W-Kiamrian Abbasov (SUB)
W-Aung La N Sang (DEC)
W-Aung La N Sang (SUB)
Vitaly Bigdash
39Maxim Grishin32-9-2W-William Knight (DEC)
L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
40Jailton Almeida16-2W-Parker Porter (SUB)
W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
W-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (SUB)
Shamil Abdurakhimov
41Azamat Murzakanov11-0W-Tafon Nchukwi (KO)
W-Matheus Scheffel (TKO)
W-Mohammad Fakhreddine (KO)
Devin Clark
42Lyoto Machida26-12L-Fabian Edwards (KO)
L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
43Mauricio Rua27-13-1 (22)L-Ovince St.Preux (DEC)
L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
44Ed Herman26-15 (21)L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
45Shamil Gamzatov14-1 (10)L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
46Nicolae Negumereanu12-1W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (TKO)
W-Aleksa Camur (DEC)
Igor Potieria
47Muslim MagomedovACA11-0 (6)W-Grigor Matevosyan (SUB)
W-Evgeny Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Leonardo Silva (DEC)
48Tafon Nchukwi6-2L-Azamat Murzakanov (KO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Jun Yong Park (DEC)
Carlos Ulberg
49Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov19-7-1W-Rafael Carvalho (TKO)
L-Karl Albrektsson (DEC)
L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
50Nasrudin NasrudinovACA10-1W-Claudio Conti (TKO)
L-Jailton Almeida (SUB)
W-Evgeniy Egemberdiev (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)
Luke Rockhold16-5L-Jan Blachowicz (KO)
L-Yoel Romero (KO)
W-David Branch (TKO)
Paulo Costa
Liam McGeary13-4 (12)L-Phil Davis (TKO)
W-Muhammed Lawal (TKO)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
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- Strength of competition
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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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