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

1Glover Teixeira33-7 (28)WJan Blachowicz (SUB)
WThiago Santos (SUB)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
Jiri Prochazka
2Jan Blachowicz28-9 (17)L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
W-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Dominick Reyes (TKO)
Aleksandar Rakic
3Jiri Prochazka28-3-1 (27)W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
Glover Teixeira
4Vadim Nedkov14-2 (12)W-Julius Anglickas (SUB)
W-Phil Davis (DEC)
W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
Corey Anderson
5Corey Anderson16-5 (8)W-Ryan Bader (TKO)
W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (TKO)
W-Melvin Manhoef (TKO)
Vadim Nemkov
6Dominick Reyes12-3 (9)L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
7Ryan Bader28-7 (15)L-Corey Anderson (TKO)
W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (TKO)
Valentin Moldavsky
8Phil Davis23-6 (11)W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
L-Vadim Nemkov (DEC)
W-Lyoto Machida (DEC)
9Aleksandar Rakic14-2 (10)W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
Jan Blachowicz
10Anthony Smith36-16 (33)W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Jim Crute (TKO)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
11Thiago Santos22-9 (16)W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
Magomed Ankalaev
12Paulo Henrique Costa13-2L-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (TKO)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
13Magomed Ankalaev14-1 (8)W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Ion Cutelaba (KO)
Thiago Santos
14Anthony Johnson23-6W-Jose Augusto (KO)
L-Daniel Cormier (SUB)
W-Glover Teixeira (KO)
15Volkan Oezdemir17-6 (13)L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
16Nikita Krylov27-8 (26)L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
17Johnny Walker18-6 (17)L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
Jamahal Hill
18Yoel Romero13-6L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
L-Paulo Costa (DEC)
19Paul Craig15-4-1 (15)W-Jamahal Hill (SUB)
W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
20Jamahal Hill10-1 (6)W-Jim Crute (KO)
L-Paul Craig (SUB)
W-Ovince St.Preux (TKO)
Johnny Walker
21Ryan Spann19-7 (16)L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
Ion Cutelaba
22Jim Crute12-3 (9)L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
23Dustin Jacoby16-5-1W-John Allan (DEC)
W-Darren Stewart (TKO)
D-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
Michal Oleksiejczuk
24Ion Cutelaba16-6-1 (14)W-Devin Clark (DEC)
D-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
Ryan Spann
25Michal Oleksiejczuk16-4 (12)W-Shamil Gamzatov (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (SUB)
Dustin Jacoby
26Da Un Jung15-2-1 (13)W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
27Devin Clark12-6 (4)L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
28William Knight11-2W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Fabio Cherant (KO)
L-Da Un Jung (DEC)
29Alonzo Menifield11-3 (10)L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Ed Herman (DEC)
W-Fabio Cherant (SUB)
30Mauricio Rua27-12-1 (22)L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
31Lyoto Machida26-11L-Ryan Bader (DEC)
L-Phil Davis (DEC)
L-Gegard Mousasi (DEC)
32Antonio Carlos Jr.13-5 (10)W-Marthin Hamlet (SUB)
W-Emiliano Sordi (DEC)
NC-Vinny Magalhaes (NC)
33Ed Herman26-15 (21)L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Maxim Grishin
34Marcin Prachnio15-5W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
L-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
35Khalil Rountree9-5 (6)W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
Karl Roberson
36Magomed Ismailov17-2-1 (12)W-Ivan Shtyrkov (DEC)
W-Aleksander Emelianenko (TKO)
W-Artem Frolov (DEC)
37Tomasz NarkunKSW18-4 (17)L-Phil De Fries (TKO)
W-Ivan Erslan (SUB)
W-Przemyslaw Mysiala (SUB)
38Julius Anglickas10-2L-Vadim Nemkov (SUB)
W-Gregory Milliard (DEC)
W-Alex Polizzi (DEC)
39Shamil Gamzatov14-1 (10)L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
40Emiliano Sordi23-9-1 (22)L-Antonio Carlos Jr. (DEC)
D-Dan Spohn (DEC)
W-Chris Camozzi (DEC)
41Reinier de Ridder14-0W-Aung La N Sang (DEC)
W-Aung La N Sang (SUB)
W-Leandro Ataides (DEC)
42Karl Albrektsson13-3W-Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (DEC)
W-Vladimir Mishchenko (TKO)
W-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
43Kennedy Nzechukwu9-2L-Da Un Jung (TKO)
W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
W-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
44Muslim MagomedovACA10-0 (5)W-Evgeny Egemberdiev (TKO)
W-Leonardo Silva (DEC)
W-Murat Gugov (DEC)
45Viktor Nemkov30-8-1 (18)L-Karl Albrektsson (DEC)
D-Bozigit Ataev (DEC)
W-Rashid Yusupov (DEC)
46Maxim Grishin31-9-2L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
Ed Herman
47Danilo Marques11-3L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Jailton Almeida
48Ivan ShtyrkovRizin19-2-1 (13)W-Artur Astakhov (KO)
W-Murat Gugov (DEC)
L-Magomed Ismailov (DEC)
49Jailton Almeida14-2W-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (SUB)
W-Edvaldo de Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ildemar Alcantara (SUB)
Danilo Marques
50Aung La N Sang26-12 (24)L-Reinier de Ridder (DEC)
L-Reinier de Ridder (SUB)
W-Brandon Vera (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)
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)
Rashid Yusupov12-3 (8)L-Jordan Johnson (DEC)
W-Vinny Magalhaes (KO)
L-Viktor Nemkov (DEC)
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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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