MMA World Welterweight 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

1Kamaru Usman19-1 (10)W-Jorge Masvidal (KO)
W-Gilbert Burns (TKO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
Colby Covington
2Gilbert Burns20-4 (14)W-Stephen Thompson (DEC)
L-Kamaru Usman (TKO)
W-Tyron Woodley (DEC)
3Colby Covington16-2 (8)W-Tyron Woodley (TKO)
L-Kamaru Usman (TKO)
W-Robbie Lawler (DEC)
Kamaru Usman
4Vicente Luque21-7-1 (19)W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
W-Tyron Woodley (SUB)
W-Randy Brown (KO)
5Leon Edwards19-3 (9)W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
NC-Belal Muhammad (NC)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
6Stephen Thompson16-5-1 (8)L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-Geoff Neal (DEC)
W-Vicente Luque (DEC)
7Jorge Masvidal35-15 (18)L-Kamaru Usman (KO)
L-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
W-Nate Diaz (TKO)
8Michael Chiesa18-5 (11)L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
W-Neil Magny (DEC)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
Sean Brady
9Yaroslav Amosov26-0 (19)W-Douglas Lima (DEC)
W-Logan Storley (DEC)
W-Mark Lemminger (TKO)
10Tyron WoodleyFree Agent19-7-1 (12)L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
L-Colby Covington (TKO)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
11Neil Magny25-8 (10)W-Geoff Neal (DEC)
L-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
W-Robbie Lawler (DEC)
12Douglas Lima32-9 (26)L-Yaroslav Amosov (DEC)
L-Gegard Mousasi (DEC)
W-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
Michael Page
13Li Jingliang18-6 (13)W-Santiago Ponzinibbio (KO)
L-Neil Magny (DEC)
W-Elizeu Zaleski (TKO)
Khamzat Chimaev
14Santiago Ponzinibbio28-4 (21)W-Miguel Baeza (DEC)
L-Li Jingliang (KO)
W-Neil Magny (KO)
15Belal Muhammad19-3 (5)W-Demian Maia (DEC)
NC-Leon Edwards (NC)
W-Dhiego Lima (DEC)
16Nate Diaz20-13 (16)L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (TKO)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
17Lorenz Larkin23-7 (11)W-Rafael Carvalho (DEC)
W-Keita Nakamura (DEC)
W-Andrey Koreshkov (DEC)
18Magomed Magomedkerimov28-5 (19)W-Sadibou Sy (DEC)
W-Curtis Millender (SUB)
W-Christopher Curtis (DEC)
Ray Cooper
19Ray Cooper23-7-1 (21)W-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
W-Nikolay Aleksakhin (DEC)
W-Jason Ponet (SUB)
Magomed Magomedkerimov
20Daniel Rodriguez16-2 (12)W-Kevin lee (DEC)
W-Preston Parsons (TKO)
W-Mike Perry (DEC)
21Kevin Lee18-7 (11)L-Daniel Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
W-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
22Gleison Tibau37-15W-Micah Terrill (SUB)
W-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
L-Joao Zeferino (DEC)
23Rory MacDonald22-8-1 (15)L-Ray Cooper (DEC)
L-Gleison Tibau (DEC)
W-Curtis Millender (SUB)
24Geoff Neal13-4 (10)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
L-Stephen Thompson (DEC)
W-Mike Perry (TKO)
25Sean Brady14-0 (7)W-Jake Matthews (SUB)
W-Christian Aguilera (SUB)
W-Ismail Naurdiev (DEC)
Michael Chiesa
26Jason Jackson15-4W-Paul Daley (DEC)
W-Neiman Gracie (DEC)
W-Benson Henderson (DEC)
27Demian MaiaFree Agent28-11 (17)L-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (TKO)
W-Ben Askren (SUB)
28Muslim Salikhov18-2 (14)W-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
W-Elizeu Zaleski (DEC)
W-Laureano Staropoli (DEC)
29Robbie Lawler28-15 (21)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
L-Colby Covington (DEC)
L-Ben Askren (SUB)
Nick Diaz
30Elizeu Zaleski22-7 (17)L-Muslim Salikhov (DEC)
W-Alexey Kunchenko (DEC)
L-Li Jingliang (TKO)
31Neiman Gracie10-2L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
W-Jon Fitch (SUB)
L-Rory MacDonald (DEC)
Mark Lemminger
32Khamzat Chimaev9-0W-Gerald Meerschaert (KO)
W-Rhys McKee (TKO)
W-John Phillips (SUB)
Li Jingliang
33Miguel Baeza10-1 (8)L-Santiago Ponzinibbio (DEC)
W-Takashi Sato (SUB)
W-Matt Brown (TKO)
34Michael Page19-1 (15)W-Derek Anderson (TKO)
W-Ross Houston (DEC)
W-Shinsho Anzai (KO)
Douglas Lima
35Paul Daley43-18-2 (34)L-Jason Jackson (DEC)
W-Sabah Homasi (TKO)
W-Saad Awad (TKO)
36Shavkat Rakhmonov14-0W-Michel Prazeres (SUB)
W-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
W-Tiago Lacerda (TKO)
37Jake Matthews17-5 (11)L-Sean Brady (SUB)
W-Diego Sanchez (DEC)
W-Emil Meek (DEC)
38Michel Pereira25-11W-Niko Price (DEC)
W-Kalinn Williams (DEC)
W-Zelim Imadaev (SUB)
39Niko Price15-5-1 (13)L-Michel Pereira (DEC)
D-Donald Cerrone (DEC)
L-Vicente Luque (TKO)
Alex Oliveira
40Tim Means32-12-1 (24)W-Nicolas Dalby (DEC)
W-Mike Perry (DEC)
W-Laureano Staropoli (DEC)
41Nicolas Dalby19-5-1 (10)L-Tim Means (DEC)
W-Daniel Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Jesse Ronson (SUB)
42Alex Morono20-7W-David Zawada (DEC)
W-Donald Cerrone (TKO)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
43Max Griffin18-8W-Carlos Condit (DEC)
W-Kenan Song (KO)
W-Ramiz Brahimaj (TKO)
44Carlos Condit32-14 (28)L-Max Griffin (DEC)
W-Matt Brown (DEC)
W-Court McGee (DEC)
45Donald Cerrone36-16-1 (27)L-Alex Morono (TKO)
D-Niko Price (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
46Matt Brown22-17 (20)L-Miguel Baeza (TKO)
W-Ben Saunders (KO)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
47Randy Brown13-4 (11)W-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
L-Vicente Luque (KO)
W-Warlley Alves (SUB)
Jared Gooden
48Kalinn Williams12-2W-Matt Semelsberger (DEC)
L-Michel Pereira (DEC)
W-Abdul Razak Alhassan (KO)
49James Krause29-8 (22)W-Claudio Silva (DEC)
L-Trevin Giles (DEC)
W-Sergio Moraes (KO)
50Ramazan Emeev20-4 (10)W-David Zawada (DEC)
W-Niklas Stolze (DEC)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
Tony MartinFree Agent17-6 (10)L-Neil Magny (DEC)
W-Ramazan Emeev (DEC)
L-Demian Maia (DEC)
Gunnar Nelson17-5-1 (16)L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
W-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
Albert TumenovACB22-4 (14)W-Beslan Ushukov (KO)
W-Murad Abdulaev (DEC)
W-Ciro Rodrigues (TKO)
Mukhamed BerkhamovACA13-0W-Ciro Rodrigues (DEC)
W-Brett Cooper (DEC)
W-Sharaf Davlatmurodov (SUB)
Jesse Ronson22-10W-Nicolas Dalby (SUB)
W-Troy Lamson (SUB)
L-Nikolay Aleksakhin (TKO)
Rustam Khabilov24-4 (9)W-Sergey Khandozhko (DEC)
L-Diego Ferreira (DEC)
W-Kajan Johnson (DEC)
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- Strength of competition
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17 Comments on this post.
  • RickyTAAaaaN
    14 July 2020 at 9:50 AM
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    Conor should not be ranked above douglas lima prove me wrong

    • D.C. Ross
      18 July 2020 at 5:01 AM
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      Definitely debatable and glad to see another fan realize fighters from other organizations deserve their due as well.

      • Addi
        22 August 2020 at 4:20 AM
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        Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis are way to high in my opinion. They should be below RDA because they both lost to him and both struggle to get some wins together recently.

        • D.C. Ross
          22 August 2020 at 8:51 AM
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          Appreciate the feedback, the main reason for them both being ranked above RDA is Pettis’ win over Stephen Thompson. RDA is 1-4 in his last 5, so although Diaz’s only relevant win is over Pettis, it still carries a lot of weight since Pettis was coming off the dominant win over Thompson. If there were all still fighting at 155, then I 100% could see your case for RDA being ranked higher.

  • Chayce
    14 February 2020 at 11:37 AM
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    Michael Page has 17 wins

    • D.C. Ross
      3 March 2020 at 9:50 PM
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      Fixed, thank you.

    • Cecil Rhea
      15 June 2020 at 12:24 AM
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      Wonderboy is to low look here is the TRUTH he needs to be switched with Diaz, Diaz got his ass whooped by Masvidal his last welterweight fight, he beat pettis by dec and got whooped by Conor and dropped 3 times in a dec loss so he is coming off a loss and is 1-2 in his last 3 now for Wonderboy he lost to Pettis no doubt but that was a freak one off if they fought 10 times id think Wonderboy wins 8 or 9 of em BUT he lost i know he also had a draw(which should of been a win) with Woodly, he lost a split decision to Till (that everyone knows he won) ok i got those outta the way now he won his last fight against Luque and he before that was robbed by judges against Till his only true loss after his 2 title shots (he was robbed against woodley in the 1st fight) was pettis he should be 3-1 since then but he is 2-2 against higher overall competition a close title shot loss, then he BEAT MASVIDAL the current #1 contender and a man who embarrassed Diaz, a split decision loss against till who was #1 contender at time then a big upset against Pettis yes but rebounded nicely in his last fight against Luque bottom line of my rant is no way Diaz is a higher ranked welterweight a higher level welterweight or a better fighter at welterweight than wonderboy who has WW wins against Robert whittaker, johhny Hendricks, rory Macdonald, jorge Masvidal,and Vincent Luque and a title fight “draw” against tyron woodley. Diaz best ww wins are 2 pettis, McGregor two 145 pounders lol he was owned by rory Macdonald and Masvidal could you imagine what Woodley would do to diaz, or even Wonderboy i predict if wonderboy fought diaz would be diaz 2nd ever true KO loss by a Kick just like his 1st KO loss

      • D.C. Ross
        21 June 2020 at 10:26 AM
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        Appreciate the feedback. The common opponent with Diaz is what has Diaz has ranked higher than Thompson. They have both fought Anthony Pettis within the last 3 years and in ranking fighters, a lot has to do with competition level and how they performed. Lot of MMA Math ranking here as well where Pettis beat Thompson convicingly, moving ahead of him in the rankings, and then Diaz beat Pettis, resulting in Diaz being ranked above Pettis & Thompson. The loss to Masvidal doesn’t move Diaz down much since Masvidal was ranked ahead of Diaz at the time they fought.

  • Bruh
    30 January 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    This is so funny. Askren retires after a long career and is removed. Then he comes back to more difficult competition and a bad hip after having like 3 years off and its totally evident to the posts here from 2018, and you idiots are still talking shit.

  • Dan
    22 January 2019 at 11:55 AM
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    It’s time for you guys to give Geoff Neal some love on this list.

  • mark
    21 November 2018 at 11:28 AM
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    Ponzinibbio 17 in welter??? really???

  • mike
    27 October 2018 at 3:58 PM
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    It’s time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Egan
    21 October 2018 at 3:58 PM
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    Where is Ben Askren in this so called world’s best of WW ranking? Two time WW champion in two promotions, and undefeated (18-0 record). Are you kidding me? Have you not seen his fights with your own eyes? This list is not “world” (more like world according to UFC).

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