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MMA World Welterweight Rankings - Top 50 MMA Fighter Rankings
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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

1Leon Edwards21-3W-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
W-Kamaru Usman (KO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
2Kamaru Usman20-3L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
L-Leon Edwards (KO)
W-Colby Covington (DEC)
3Khamzat Chimaev12-0W-Kevin Holland (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-Li Jingliang (SUB)
4Belal Muhammad23-3W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
W-Sean Brady (TKO)
W-Vicente Luque (DEC)
5Colby Covington17-3 (8)W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
L-Kamaru Usman (DEC)
W-Tyron Woodley (TKO)
6Gilbert Burns22-6L-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Neil Magny (SUB)
7Yaroslav Amosov27-0W-Logan Storley (DEC)
W-Douglas Lima (DEC)
W-Logan Storley (DEC)
8Shavkat Rakhmonov17-0W-Geoff Neal (SUB)
W-Neil Magny (SUB)
W-Carlston Harris (KO)
9Stephen Thompson17-6-1W-Kevin Holland (TKO)
L-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
10Geoff Neal15-5L-Shavkat Rakhmonov (SUB)
W-Vicente Luque (KO)
W-Santiago Ponzinibbio (DEC)
11Vicente Luque21-9-1 L-Geoff Neal (KO)
L-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
12Sean Brady15-1L-Belal Muhammad (TKO)
W-Michael Chiesa (DEC)
W-Jake Matthews (SUB)
13Rafael dos Anjos32-14W-Bryan Barberena (SUB)
L-Rafael Fiziev (KO)
W-Renato Carneiro (DEC)
14Logan Storley13-2L-Yaroslav Amosov (DEC)
W-Michael Page (DEC)
W-Neiman Gracie (DEC)
15Neil Magny27-10L-Gilbert Burns (SUB)
W-Daniel Rodriguez (SUB)
L-Shavkat Rakhmonov (SUB)
16Michael Page21-2W-Goiti Yamauchi (TKO)
L-Logan Storley (DEC)
W-Douglas Lima (DEC)
17Jason Jackson16-4W-Douglas Lima (DEC)
W-Paul Daley (DEC)
W-Neiman Gracie (DEC)
18Jack Maddalena14-2W-Randy Brown (SUB)
W-Danny Roberts (TKO)
W-Ramazan Emeev (TKO)
19Ian Garry12-0W-Daniel Rodriguez (TKO)
W-Kenan Song (TKO)
W-Gabriel Green (DEC)
20Nate DiazFree Agent21-13W-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
L-Leon Edwards (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (TKO)
21Kevin Holland24-9W-Santiago Ponzinibbio (KO)
L-Stephen Thompson (TKO)
L-Khamzat Chimaev (SUB)
22Lorenz Larkin25-7W-Mukhamed Berkhamov (KO)
NC-Mukhamed Berkhamov (NC)
W-Kyle Stewart (TKO)
23Michel Pereira27-11W-Santiago Ponzinibbio (DEC)
W-Andre Fialho (DEC)
W-Niko Price (DEC)
24Daniel Rodriguez17-4L-Ian Garry (TKO)
L-Neil Magny (SUB)
W-Li Jingliang (DEC)
25Li Jingliang19-8L-Daniel Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Muslim Salikhov (TKO)
L-Khamzat Chimaev (SUB)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
11Michael Chiesa18-6 (11)L-Sean Brady (DEC)
L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
W-Neil Magny (DEC)
Tyron WoodleyFree Agent19-7-1 (12)L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
L-Colby Covington (TKO)
L-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
Demian MaiaFree Agent28-11 (17)L-Belal Muhammad (DEC)
L-Gilbert Burns (TKO)
W-Ben Askren (SUB)
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.

18 Comments on this post.
  • Glen
    6 February 2023 at 5:09 PM
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    Chiesa can’t be above masvidal and why is khamzat above Belal. Honestly agree with where Colby is right now though.

  • 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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