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

#  FIGHTERORGOVRLAST 3NEXT FIGHT
1Charles Oliveira31-8 (28)W-Michael Chandler (TKO)
W-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
2Dustin Poirier28-6 (21)W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Conor McGregor (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (DEC)
3Justin Gaethje22-3 (20)L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Tony Ferguson (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
Michael Chandler
11/06/2021
4Beneil Dariush21-4-1 (13)W-Tony Ferguson (DEC)
W-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
5Michael Chandler22-6 (17)L-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (TKO)
W-Benson Henderson (KO)
Justin Gaethje
11/06/2021
6Islam Makhachev20-1 (12)W-Thiago Moises (SUB)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
Rafael dos Anjos
10/30/2021
7Conor McGregor22-6L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
8Tony Ferguson25-6 (20)L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (DEC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
9Rafael dos Anjos30-13W-Paul Felder (DEC)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
Islam Makhachev
10/30/2021
10Dan Hooker20-10 (17)L-Michael Chandler (TKO)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
W-Paul Felder (DEC)
Nasrat Haqparast
09/25/2021
11Gregor Gillespie14-1 (12)W-Diego Ferreira (TKO)
L-Kevin Lee (KO)
W-Yancy Medeiros (TKO)
12Diego Ferreira14-3 (10)L-Gregor Gillespie (TKO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (SUB)
13Brad Riddell10-1 (5)W-Drew Dober (DEC)
W-Alex da Silva Coelho (DEC)
W-Magomed Mustafaev (DEC)
Rafael Fiziev
12/04/2021
14Drew Dober23-11 (16)L-Brad Riddell (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
W-Anthony Hernandez (TKO)
15Mateusz Gamrot19-1W-Jeremy Stephens (SUB)
W-Scott Holtzman (KO)
L-Guram Kutateladze (DEC)
16Damir Ismagulov23-1W-Rafael Alves (DEC)
W-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Joel Alvarez (DEC)
17Thiago Moises15-5L-Islam Makhachev (SUB)
W-Alex Hernandez (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
18Alexander Hernandez12-4 (7)L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Chris Gruetzemacher (TKO)
L-Drew Dober (TKO)
Leonardo Santos
10/02/2021
19Rafael Fiziev10-1 (7)W-Bobby Green (DEC)
W-Renato Carneiro (KO)
W-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
Brad Riddell
12/04/2021
20Arman Tsarukyan16-2W-Matt Frevola (DEC)
W-Davi Ramos (DEC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
Christos Giagos
09/18/2021
21Olivier Aubin-Mercier13-5 (9)W-Darrell Horcher (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
L-Arman Tsarukyan (DEC)
22Christian Lee15-3W-Timofey Nastyukhin (TKO)
W-Iuri Lapicus (TKO)
W-Saygid Arslanaliev (DEC)
Rae Yoon Ok
09/24/2021
23Timofey Nastyukhin14-5 (11)L-Christian Lee (TKO)
W-Pieter Buist (DEC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
24Rae Yoon Ok13-3W-Eddie Alvarez (DEC)
W-Marat Gafurov (DEC)
W-Won Bin Ki (DEC)
Christian Lee
09/24/2021
25Eddie Alvarez30-9 (24)L-Rae Yoon Ok (DEC)
L-Iuri Lapicus (DQ)
W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
26Raush Manfio14-3W-Clay Collard (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
W-Joilton Lutterbach (DEC)
Loik Radzhabov
10/27/2021
27Clay Collard20-9L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
W-Joilton Lutterbach (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
28Anthony Pettis24-12L-Raush Manfio (DEC)
L-Clay Collard (DEC)
W-Alex Morono (DEC)
29Guram Kutateladze12-2W-Mateusz Gamrot (DEC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Guilherme Martins (TKO)
30Islam Mamedov20-1-1W-Brent Primus (DEC)
W-Martun Mezhlumyan (SUB)
D-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
31Renato Carneiro15-4-1 (8)W-Jai Herbert (SUB)
L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (SUB)
32Marcin Held27-8L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Natan Schulte (DEC)
W-Diego Brandao (DEC)
33Natan Schulte21-4-1 (13)W-Alex Martinez (DEC)
L-Marcin Held (DEC)
W-Loik Radzhabov (DEC)
34Abdul Aziz AbdulvakhabovACA18-2W-Alexander Sarnavskiy (DEC)
W-Imanali Gamzathanov (SUB)
W-Brian Foster (SUB)
35Grant Dawson17-1 (15)W-Leonardo Santos (KO)
W-Nad Narimani (DEC)
W-Darrick Minner (SUB)
36Shinya Aoki47-9W-Eduard Folayang (SUB)
W-James Nakashima (SUB)
W-Kimihiro Eto (DEC)
37Roberto de SouzaRizin12-1W-Tofiq Musayev (SUB)
W-Kazuki Tokudome (SUB)
W-Yusuke Yachi (TKO)
38Tofiq MusayevRizin18-3 (16)W-Patricky Freire (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (TKO)
W-Damien Brown (TKO)
39Peter Queally13-5-1W-Patricky Freire (TKO)
W-Ryan Scope (TKO)
L-Myles Price (DEC)
Patricky Freire
11/05/2021
40Patricky Freire23-10 (16)L-Peter Queally (TKO)
L-Tofiq Musayev (DEC)
W-Luiz dos Santos (TKO)
Peter Queally
11/05/2021
41Vinc Pichel14-2W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Roosevelt Roberts (DEC)
42Leonardo Santos18-4-1 (12)L-Grant Dawson (KO)
W-Roman Bogatov (DEC)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
Alexander Hernandez
10/02/2021
43Bobby Green27-12-1 (17)L-Rafael Fiziev (DEC)
L-Thiago Moises (DEC)
W-Alan Patrick (DEC)
Al Iaquinta
11/06/2021
44Brent Primus10-2 (8)L-Islam Mamedov (DEC)
W-Chris Bungard (SUB)
W-Tim Wilde (SUB)
Benson Henderson
10/16/2021
45Scott Holtzman14-5 (7)L-Mateusz Gamrot (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
46Nasrat Haqparast13-3 (9)W-Rafa Garcia (DEC)
W-Alex Munoz (DEC)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
Dan Hooker
09/25/2021
47Mark Madsen11-0 (6)W-Clay Guida (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (DEC)
W-Danilo Belluardo (TKO)
48Joe Solecki11-2W-Jim Miller (DEC)
W-Austin Hubbard (SUB)
W-Matt Wiman (DEC)
Jared Gordon
10/02/2021
49Eduard VartanyanFree Agent22-4W-Michel Silva (DEC)
W-Mukhamed Kokov (DEC)
W-Joshua Aveles (DEC)
50Sidney Outlaw16-4W-Myles Jury (SUB)
W-Adam Piccolotti (DEC)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Al Iaquinta14-6-1 (8)L-Dan Hooker (DEC)
L-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (DEC)
Bobby Green
11/06/2021
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)
Benson Henderson28-10 (14)L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
L-Michael Chandler (KO)
W-Myles Jury (DEC)
Drakkar Klose11-2-1 (4)L-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Christos Giagos (DEC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
David Teymur8-2 (4)L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
MMA World Rankings FAQ    
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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.

Actual fight footage is reviewed, regardless of promotion in order to formulate these rankings.

= Fighter moves up in the rankings after recent fight
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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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