MMA World Lightweight 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

1Charles Oliveira33-8 (30)W-Justin Gaethje (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
2Dustin Poirier28-7 (21)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
3Justin Gaethje23-4 (20)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Michael Chandler (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
4Michael Chandler23-7 (18)W-Tony Ferguson (KO)
L-Justin Gaethje (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
5Islam Makhachev22-1 (14)W-Bobby Green (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (SUB)
6Beneil Dariush21-4-1 (13)W-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
7Rafael dos Anjos31-13W-Renato Carneiro (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
Rafael Fiziev
8Conor McGregor22-6L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
9Tony Ferguson25-7 (20)L-Michael Chandler (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (DEC)
10Rafael Fiziev11-1 (8)W-Brad Riddell (KO)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
W-Renato Carneiro (KO)
Rafael dos Anjos
11Gregor Gillespie14-1 (12)W-Diego Ferreira (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
12Mateusz Gamrot20-1W-Diego Ferreira (KO)
W-Jeremy Stephens (SUB)
W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
Arman Tsarukyan
13Diego Ferreira17-5L-Mateusz Gamrot (TKO)
L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
Drakkar Klose
14Raush Manfio16-3W-Don Madge (TKO)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
W-Clay Collard (DEC)
15Clay Collard21-9W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
W-Joilton Lutterbach (DEC)
16Anthony Pettis25-12W-Myles Price (SUB)
L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
L-Clay Collard (DEC)
17Brad Riddell10-2 (5)L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
W-Drew Dober (DEC)
W-Alex da Silva Coelho (DEC)
18Arman Tsarukyan18-2W-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
W-Christos Giagos (TKO)
W-Matt Frevola (DEC)
Mateusz Gamrot
19Renato Carneiro16-5-1 (9)L-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Alexander Hernandez (SUB)
W-Jai Herbert (SUB)
20Damir Ismagulov23-1W-Rafael Alves (DEC)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
Guram Kutateladze
21Joel Alvarez19-3L-Arman Tsarukyan (TKO)
W-Thiago Moises (TKO)
W-Alexander Yakovlev (SUB)
22Thiago Moises15-6L-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
W-Alex Hernandez (DEC)
Christos Giagos
23Bobby Green29-13-1 (18)L-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (TKO)
24Drew Dober24-11 (17)W-Terrance McKinney (TKO)
L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
25Alexander Hernandez13-5 (8)L-Renato Carneiro (SUB)
W-Mike Breeden (KO)
L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
26Ilia Topuria12-0W-Jai Herbert (KO)
W-Ryan Hall (KO)
W-Damon Jackson (KO)
27Rae Yoon Ok14-3W-Christian Lee (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
W-Marat Gafurov (DEC)
28Olivier Aubin-Mercier14-5 (9)W-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Darrell Horcher (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
29Christian Lee15-4L-Rae Yoon Ok (DEC)
W-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
W-Iuri Lapicus (TKO)
30Roberto de SouzaRizin14-1W-Johnny Case (SUB)
W-Yusuke Yachi (SUB)
W-Tofiq Musayev (SUB)
31Tofiq MusayevRizin18-3 (16)W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
32Patricky Freire24-10 (17)W-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC)
33Benson Henderson29-10 (14)W-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
Peter Queally
34Mark Madsen12-0 (6)W-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
35Grant Dawson18-1-1 (16)W-Jared Gordon (DEC)
D-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Leonardo Santos (KO)
36Islam Mamedov20-2-1LBenson Henderson (DEC)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Martun Mezhlumyan (SUB)
Yosdenis Cedeno
37Brent Primus11-2 (8)W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
L-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
W-Chris Bungard (SUB)
Alexander Shabliy
38Abdul Aziz AbdulvakhabovACA19-2W-Hacran Dias (DEC)
W-Alexander Sarnavskiy (DEC)
W-Imanali Gamzathanov (SUB)
39Marcin Held27-8L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Diego Brandao (DEC)
40Natan Schulte21-5-1 (13)L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Alex Martinez (DEC)
L-Marcin Held (DEC)
41Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev9-2W-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
L-Christian Lee (DEC)
W-Amir Khan (KO)
42Timofey Nastyukhin14-5 (11)L-Christian Lee (TKO)
W-Pieter Buist (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
43Eddie Alvarez30-9 (24)L-Rae Yoon Ok (DEC)
L-Iuri Lapicus (DQ)
W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
44Drakkar Klose12-2-1 (5)W-Brandon Jenkins (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
Diego Ferreira
45Scott Holtzman14-5 (7)L-Mateusz Gamrot (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
46Vinc Pichel14-3L-Mark Madsen (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
47Jared Gordon18-5L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
W-Joe Solecki (DEC)
W-Danny Chavez (DEC)
48Joe Solecki11-3L-Jared Gordon (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (SUB)
Alex da Silva Coelho
49Jim Miller34-16 (24)W-Nikolas Motta (TKO)
W-Erick Gonzalez (KO)
L-Joe Solecki (DEC)
50Claudio Puelles12-2W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Chris Gruetzemacher (SUB)
W-Jordan Leavitt (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Mairbek TaisumovFree Agent27-6 (24)L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
Magomed Mustafaev14-3 (14)L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
Guram Kutateladze12-2W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Guilherme Martins (TKO)
Damir Ismagulov
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
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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.

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12 Comments on this post.
  • By
    22 September 2020 at 12:33 AM
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    If McGregor isn’t on the list cove of “retirement” yet still talks of him fighting in 6 months… what about Cejudo then.?

  • Luzgaar
    4 September 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    Benson Henderson won against Adam Piccolotti

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:48 PM
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      Why no rustam khabiliv on lightweight? Did he leave lightweight and not going to return? Or am i overlooking him somewhere?

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:17 AM
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        Yes, Rustam Khabilov moved up to Welterweight back in November of 2019. He is now ranked in that division.

  • Tim
    15 July 2019 at 5:07 AM
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    McGregor fought 9 months ago rank him please

    • D.C. Ross
      20 July 2019 at 7:34 AM
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      Hi Tim, McGregor is presumed retired. Anytime a fighter announces their retirement they are immediately removed from the rankings. Should McGregor announce his return, he will immediately be back in the rankings. Thank you for your comment!

  • Cynthia
    16 December 2013 at 9:24 AM
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    The fact that Barboza is ranked below Healy, Lauzon, Gomi, Johnson, Tibau, Miller, Dunham, Sanchaz, Maynard, Cerrone, and Diaz is laughable. Even Thompson this looks more like the UFC rankings.

    • D.C. Ross
      16 December 2013 at 6:06 PM
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      What is Barboza’s biggest career win? For you to proclaim that he should be ranked ahead of Miller, Cerrone, or Diaz is what’s laughable. The two times Barboza stepped up in competition, he was knocked out by Jamie Varner and his win over Danny Castillo arguably should have been a draw.

      You say Barboza should be ranked ahead of all those guys, but based off what? Talent alone does not merit a ranking.

    • Cecil Rhea
      14 June 2020 at 11:51 PM
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      ….i see McGregor at #4 he is showing up on my list but i dontt see Rustam isnt he like 10-2 in ufc does he fight at a lower weight than lightweight now? Its hard to keep track of every fighters weight jumping….even for hardcore fans

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:21 AM
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        Yes, Rustam is ranked permanently at Welterweight. McGregor has hinted at a return to Lightweight, and since he had an appearance at Lightweight within the last 15 months he was eligible to be ranked there. That 15 months has now passed, so he will be removed from the Lightweight Rankings.

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