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)
Islam Makhachev
2Dustin Poirier28-7 (21)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
Michael Chandler
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)
Dustin Poirier
5Islam Makhachev22-1 (14)W-Bobby Green (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (SUB)
W-Thiago Moises (SUB)
Charles Oliveira
6Rafael Fiziev12-1 (9)W-Rafael dos Anjos (KO)
W-Brad Riddell (KO)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
7Rafael dos Anjos31-14L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
W-Renato Carneiro (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
8Mateusz Gamrot21-1W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (KO)
W-Jeremy Stephens (SUB)
Beneil Dariush
9Conor McGregor22-6L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
10Tony Ferguson25-8L-Nate Diaz (SUB)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
11Damir Ismagulov24-1W-Guram Kutateladze (DEC)
W-Rafael Alves (DEC)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
12Jalin Turner13-5W-Brad Riddell (SUB)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (TKO)
W-Uros Medic (SUB)
13Arman Tsarukyan18-3L-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
W-Christos Giagos (TKO)
14Dan Hooker21-12L-Arnold Allen (TKO)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
15Diego Ferreira17-5L-Mateusz Gamrot (TKO)
L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
16Guram Kutateladze12-3L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
17Joel Alvarez19-3L-Arman Tsarukyan (TKO)
W-Thiago Moises (TKO)
W-Alexander Yakovlev (SUB)
18Thiago Moises16-6W-Christos Giagos (SUB)
L-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
19Brad Riddell10-3 (5)L-Jalin Turner (SUB)
L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
W-Drew Dober (DEC)
Renato Carneiro
20Bobby Green29-13-1 (18)L-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
W-Al Iaquinta (TKO)
21Drew Dober25-11 (18)W-Rafael Alves (KO)
W-Terrance McKinney (TKO)
L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
22Renato Carneiro16-5-1 (9)L-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Alexander Hernandez (SUB)
W-Jai Herbert (SUB)
Brad Riddell
23Alexander Hernandez13-5 (8)L-Renato Carneiro (SUB)
W-Mike Breeden (KO)
L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
Billy Quarantillo
24Olivier Aubin-Mercier16-5W-Alex Martinez (DEC)
W-Raush Manfio (DEC)
W-Natan Schulte (DEC)
Steven Ray
25Grant Dawson18-1-1 (16)W-Jared Gordon (DEC)
D-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Leonardo Santos (KO)
26Mark Madsen12-0 (6)W-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
27Ilia Topuria12-0W-Jai Herbert (KO)
W-Ryan Hall (KO)
W-Damon Jackson (KO)
Edson Barboza
28Roberto de SouzaRizin14-1W-Johnny Case (SUB)
W-Yusuke Yachi (SUB)
W-Tofiq Musayev (SUB)
29Tofiq MusayevRizin19-4 (17)W-Sidney Outlaw (TKO)
L-Roberto de Souza (SUB)
W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
30Patricky Freire24-10 (17)W-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC)
Usman Nurmagomedov
31Raush Manfio16-4L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Don Madge (TKO)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
32Alexandr Shabliy22-3W-Brent Primus (TKO)
W-Bobby King (DEC)
W-Alfie Davis (DEC)
33Brent Primus11-3 (8)L-Alexander Shabliy (TKO)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
L-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
34Benson Henderson29-11 (14)W-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
L-Brent Primus (DEC)
L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
Peter Queally
35Drakkar Klose13-2-1 (5)W-Rafa Garcia (DEC)
W-Brandon Jenkins (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
36Islam Mamedov21-2-1W-Zach Zane (SUB)
LBenson Henderson (DEC)
W-Brent Primus (DEC)
Nick Browne
37Vinc Pichel14-3L-Mark Madsen (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
38Jared Gordon19-5W-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
W-Joe Solecki (DEC)
39Joe Solecki12-3W-Alex da Silva (DEC)
L-Jared Gordon (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
40Jim Miller35-16 (25)W-Donald Cerrone (SUB)
W-Nikolas Motta (TKO)
W-Erick Gonzalez (KO)
41Claudio Puelles12-2W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Chris Gruetzemacher (SUB)
W-Jordan Leavitt (DEC)
42Clay Guida37-22L-Claudio Puelles (SUB)
W-Leonardo Santos (SUB)
L-Mark Madsen (DEC)
43Christian Lee16-4W-Rae Yoon Ok (TKO)
L-Rae Yoon Ok (DEC)
W-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
44Alex Martinez10-3L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Clay Collard (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
45Steven Ray25-10 W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
L-Alex Martinez (DEC)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier
46Natan Schulte22-5-1 (13)W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Alex Martinez (DEC)
47Abdul Aziz AbdulvakhabovACA19-2W-Hacran Dias (DEC)
W-Alexander Sarnavskiy (DEC)
W-Imanali Gamzathanov (SUB)
48Rae Yoon Ok14-4L-Christian Lee (TKO)
W-Christian Lee (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
49Clay Collard21-10L-Alex Martinez (DEC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
50Anthony Pettis25-14L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Steven Ray (SUB)
W-Myles Price (SUB)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Beneil Dariush21-4-1 (13)W-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
Mateusz Gamrot
Gregor Gillespie14-1 (12)W-Diego Ferreira (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
Mairbek TaisumovFree Agent27-6 (24)L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
Scott Holtzman14-5 (7)L-Mateusz Gamrot (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
Magomed Mustafaev14-3 (14)L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
W-Rafael Fiziev (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
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?

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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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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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