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MMA World Lightweight Rankings - Top 50 MMA Fighter Rankings
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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

1Islam Makhachev23-1W-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Bobby Green (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (SUB)
Alex Volkanovski
2Charles Oliveira33-9L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
W-Justin Gaethje (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
3Dustin Poirier29-7 W-Michael Chandler (SUB)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
4Beneil Dariush22-4-1W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
5Justin Gaethje23-4 (20)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Michael Chandler (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
6Rafael Fiziev12-1 (9)W-Rafael dos Anjos (KO)
W-Brad Riddell (KO)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
7Michael Chandler23-8L-Dustin Poirier (SUB)
W-Tony Ferguson (KO)
L-Justin Gaethje (DEC)
8Mateusz Gamrot21-2L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (KO)
9Usman Nurmagomedov16-0W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Christopher Gonzalez (SUB)
W-Patrik Pietila (SUB)
10A.J. McKee20-1W-Roberto de Souza (DEC)W-Spike Carlyle (DEC)
L-Patricio Freire (DEC)
Roberto de Souza
11Dan Hooker22-12W-Claudio Puelles (TKO)
L-Arnold Allen (TKO)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
12Renato Carneiro17-5-1W-Brad Riddell (SUB)
L-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Alexander Hernandez (SUB)
13Arman Tsarukyan19-3W-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
L-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
14Olivier Aubin-Mercier17-5W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Alex Martinez (DEC)
W-Raush Manfio (DEC)
15Grant Dawson19-1-1W-Mark Madsen (SUB)
W-Jared Gordon (DEC)
D-Rick Glenn (DEC)
16Jalin Turner13-5W-Brad Riddell (SUB)
W-Jamie Mullarkey (TKO)
W-Uros Medic (SUB)
17Joel Alvarez19-3L-Arman Tsarukyan (TKO)
W-Thiago Moises (TKO)
W-Alexander Yakovlev (SUB)
Zubaira Tukhugov
18Thiago Moises16-6W-Christos Giagos (SUB)
L-Joel Alvarez (TKO)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
Melquizael Costa
19Diego Ferreira17-5L-Mateusz Gamrot (TKO)
L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
20Guram Kutateladze12-3L-Damir Ismagulov (DEC)
W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
21Brad Riddell10-4L-Renato Carneiro (SUB)
L-Jalin Turner (SUB)
L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
22Drew Dober26-11W-Bobby Green (KO)
W-Rafael Alves (KO)
W-Terrance McKinney (TKO)
23Bobby Green29-14-1L-Drew Dober (KO)
L-Islam Makhachev (TKO)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
24Mark Madsen12-1L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
W-Vinc Pichel (DEC)
W-Clay Guida (DEC)
25Christian Lee17-4W-Kiamrian Abbasov (TKO)
W-Rae Yoon Ok (TKO)
L-Rae Yoon Ok (DEC)
26Raush Manfio16-4L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Don Madge (TKO)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
27Roberto de SouzaRizin14-2L-A.J. McKee (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (SUB)
W-Yusuke Yachi (SUB)
28Tofiq MusayevRizin19-4 (17)W-Sidney Outlaw (TKO)
L-Roberto de Souza (SUB)
W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
29Patricky Freire24-11L-Usman Nurmagomedov
W-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Peter Queally (TKO)
30Benson Henderson30-11W-Peter Queally (DEC)
W-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
L-Brent Primus (DEC)
31Islam Mamedov22-2-1W-Nick Browne (DEC)

W-Zach Zane (SUB)
LBenson Henderson (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)
34Paddy Pimblett20-3W-Jared Gordon (DEC)
W-Jordan Leavitt (SUB)
W-Rodrigo Vargas (SUB)
35Drakkar Klose13-2-1 (5)W-Rafa Garcia (DEC)
W-Brandon Jenkins (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
36Vinc Pichel14-3L-Mark Madsen (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
37Jared Gordon19-6L-Paddy Pimblett (DEC)
W-Leonardo Santos (DEC)
L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
38Joe Solecki12-3W-Alex da Silva (DEC)
L-Jared Gordon (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
Benoit St. Denis
39Jim Miller35-16 (25)W-Donald Cerrone (SUB)
W-Nikolas Motta (TKO)
W-Erick Gonzalez (KO)
Gabriel Benitez
40Natan Schulte23-5-1 W-Jeremy Stephens (SUB)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
41Steven Ray25-11 L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (KO)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
42Claudio Puelles12-3L-Dan Hooker (TKO)
W-Clay Guida (SUB)
W-Chris Gruetzemacher (SUB)
43Alex Martinez10-3L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Clay Collard (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
44Clay Collard21-10L-Alex Martinez (DEC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
45Clay Guida38-22W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
L-Claudio Puelles (SUB)
W-Leonardo Santos (SUB)
46Nasrat Haqparast14-5W-John Makdessi (DEC)
L-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
47Marcin Held28-9W-Myles Price (SUB)
L-Natan Schulte (DEC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
48Abdul Aziz AbdulvakhabovACA19-2W-Hacran Dias (DEC)
W-Alexander Sarnavskiy (DEC)
W-Imanali Gamzathanov (SUB)
49Eduard VartanyanACA24-4W-Yusuf Raisov (TKO)
W-Alain Ilunga (SUB)
W-Michel Silva (DEC)
50Mansour Barnaouisrc= Piccolotti (SUB)
W-A-Sol Kwon (SUB)
W-Shamil Zavurov (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Conor McGregor22-6L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
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)
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (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.

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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