UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings

Men’s Divisions
Heavyweight (265) – Light Heavyweight (205) – Middleweight (185)Welterweight (170)Lightweight (155)Featherweight (145)Bantamweight (135)Flyweight (125)

Women’s Divisions
Women’s Featherweight (145)Women’s Bantamweight (135)Women’s Flyweight (125) –  Women’s Strawweight (115)

Rank  FighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Jan Blachowicz28-811-5W-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Dominick Reyes (TKO)
W-Corey Anderson (KO)
Glover Teixeira
2Jiri Prochazka28-3-12-0W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
3Glover Teixeira32-715-5WThiago Santos (SUB)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
Jan Blachowicz
4Dominick Reyes12-36-3L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
L-Jon Jones (DEC)
5Aleksandar Rakic14-26-1W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
6Anthony Smith36-1611-6W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Jim Crute (TKO)
W-Devin Clark (SUB)
7Thiago Santos22-914-8W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
8Volkan Oezdemir17-55-4L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
W-Ilir Latifi (KO)
Magomed Ankalaev
9Magomed Ankalaev15-16-1W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Ion Cutelaba (KO)
W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
Volkan Oezdemir
10Nikita Krylov27-88-6L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
11Johnny Walker18-64-3L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
12Ryan Spann19-75-2L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
13Jim Crute12-24-2L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (SUB)
Jamahal Hill
14Paul Craig15-4-17-4-1W-Jamahal Hill (SUB)
W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
15Jamahal Hill9-13-1L-Paul Craig (SUB)
W-Ovince St.Preux (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (TKO)
Jim Crute
16Dustin Jacoby15-5-13-2-1W-Darren Stewart (TKO)
D-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
W-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
17Ion Cutelaba16-6-15-5-1W-Devin Clark (DEC)
D-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
18Devin Clark12-66-6L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
19Alonzo Menifield11-24-2W-Ed Herman (DEC)
W-Fabio Cherant (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (KO)
20Mauricio Rua27-12-111-10-1L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
21Da Un Jung13-2-13-0-1W-William Knight (DEC)
D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
Kennedy Nzechukwu
22Michal Oleksiejczuk15-43-2W-Modestas Bukauskas (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (SUB)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
Shamil Gamzatov
23Kennedy Nzechukwu9-13-1W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
W-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
W-Darko Stosic (DEC)
Da Un Jung
24Ed Herman26-1513-11L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
25Marcin Prachnio15-52-3W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
L-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
Azamat Murzakanov
26William Knight10-22-1W-Fabio Cherant (KO)
L-Da Un Jung (DEC)
W-Aleksa Camur (DEC)
27Khalil Rountree9-55-5W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
28Maxim Grishin31-9-21-2L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
29Danilo Marques11-32-1L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Jailton Almeida
30Tafon Nchukwi6-12-1W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Jun Yong Park (DEC)
W-Jamie Pickett (DEC)
31John Allan Arte9-41-1L-Roman Dolidze (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Alexandre Silva (TKO)
Aleska Camur
32Nicolae Negumereanu10-11-1W-Aleksa Camur (DEC)
L-Saparbek Safarov (DEC)
W-Dan Konecke (SUB)
Isaac Villanueva
33Aleksa Camur6-21-2L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Justin Ledet (DEC)
John Allan
34Modestas Bukauskas11-51-3L-Khalil Rountree (TKO)
L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (KO)
35Isaac Villanueva17-121-3L-Marcin Prachnio (KO)
W-Vinicius Moreira (KO)
L-Jordan Wright (TKO)
Nicolae Negumereanu
36Fabio Cherant7-30-2L-William Knight (KO)
L-Alonzo Menifield (SUB)
W-Myron Dennis (DEC)
37Carlos Ulberg3-10-1L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (KO)
W-Bruno Oliveira (KO)
W-John Fraser (DEC)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Jon Jones26-120-1W-Dominick Reyes (DEC)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
Luke Rockhold16-56-4L-Jan Blachowicz (KO)
L-Yoel Romero (KO)
W-David Branch (TKO)
Sean Strickland
Tyson Pedro7-33-3LMauricio Rua (TKO)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Saparbek Safarov (SUB)
Shamil Gamzatov14-01-0W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
W-Eddie Gordon (DEC)
Michal Oleksiejczuk
Yaozong Hu3-20-2L-Rashad Coulter (DEC)
L-Cyril Asker (SUB)
W-Abror Yakhyaev (TKO)
Alan Amedovski
Jailton Almeida14-20-0W-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (SUB)
W-Edvaldo de Oliveira (SUB)
W-Ildemar Alcantara (SUB)
Danilo Marques
Azamat Murzakanov10-00-0W-Matheus Scheffel (TKO)
W-Mohammad Fakhreddine (KO)
W-Guto Inocente (DEC)
Marcin Prachnio
Jorge Gonzalez16-50-0W-Marcos Rodriguez (SUB)
L-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (TKO)
W-Luke Barnatt (KO)
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31 Comments on this post.
  • Darius N. bush
    15 December 2020 at 1:39 PM
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    yo my guy, Dom. Reyes did not lose by DEC to Jan. Homie got smashed bro. TKO.

  • TC
    9 December 2020 at 11:03 PM
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    My good man, Gadzhimurad Antigulov was released yesterday. Cheers.

  • TC
    20 October 2020 at 8:56 PM
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    Mate, you have also not created a profile for Antonio Arroyo

    • D.C. Ross
      21 October 2020 at 11:18 PM
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      Hi TC, Arroyo last fought at Middleweight and is ranked in that division.

  • TC
    20 October 2020 at 8:55 PM
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    Hi friends – small formatting adjustment, next to William Knight’s recent fights it shows:

    W-Aleksa Camur) (DEC

    the ) symbol is in the wrong spot

  • Romeo
    10 October 2020 at 3:27 PM
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    I wonder who Aleksandar Rakic and Jiri Prochazka will face next, each other or does the UFC want to hold that fight for later?

    • D.C. Ross
      14 October 2020 at 4:47 PM
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      Hi Romeo, definitely intrigued to see what is next for each. Jiri has the resume to move up quick and it’s great to see some new names rising through the ranks.

  • Migue Monstruo
    24 October 2019 at 12:13 PM
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    When will Chris Weidman be ranked in the light heavyweight division?

  • Nazeem
    5 August 2019 at 11:01 PM
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    where is alexander gustafsson on the ranking u must update the ranking

  • Derek Love
    27 April 2016 at 2:32 PM
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    Is there a definite way to know if you’ve updated your Rankings post UFC Cards? Your Rankings are the best out there and im always curious what you have to say about Fighter Rankings

    • D.C. Ross
      18 November 2016 at 12:53 AM
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      Hi Derek, I do my very best to update rankings within 24 hours of a UFC fight card. On the homepage, I also have a date stamp, so it will be easier to know when rankings have been updated. Thank you for the comment!

  • eMfAkz 267
    8 August 2015 at 1:16 AM
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    maulers all shit

  • D.C. Ross
    14 November 2014 at 10:48 PM
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    Thanks for the heads up, didn’t know Miranda was officially dropping down to MW.

  • Joe
    22 May 2014 at 4:00 AM
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    Quick questions …

    1. How did Gus fall from the #1 contender’s spot (i.e. ranked #2) with Glover doing worse than him in the title fight and Rashad not exactly shining and beating top contenders?

    2. What is the “Finishing Percentage” since it’s clearly not the % of wins by finish – For instance, Gus is 13/16 for a 81.25% finish rate, nor the % of his fights that didn’t go the distance – Gus is 14/18 for a 77.78%. Those are the only two things I could think of that fit, what have I missed?

  • Dan
    13 May 2014 at 5:43 PM
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    Lawlor vs Latifi is at MW. As such neither should be listed on here.

  • John
    23 June 2013 at 1:52 AM
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    Mauler gona take the belt home to SWEDEN!

  • Joe
    19 June 2013 at 2:17 AM
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    The UFC’s top 10 rankings are just pure BS.

    Glover #4??? Yeah, he’s a scary potential contender, but how can he be ranked above Rashad?? His best win is James Te-Huna!!! Rashad just beat Dan Henderson!!!

    I totally get why you guys use the UFC rankings as your top 10, but I have to say I liked it better when you did the top 10 rankings too. They made much more sense than the UFC rankings (which are more future marketing based than actual track record based).

    • D.C. Ross
      19 June 2013 at 5:16 PM
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      I hear ya. I am still torn. Hopefully, the current UFC rankings media panel will continue to put out inconsistent rankings and they will ultimately be scrapped…

  • Derek
    8 April 2013 at 3:49 PM
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    Kyle Kingsbury is retired

    • rankingmma
      9 April 2013 at 8:20 AM
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      I know it has been mentioned in a few interviews, but there is still no certainty. If you have a link that says so, please let me know.

      As of now Kyle Kingsbury, Paul Taylor, Shane Carwin, Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Tim Credeur, and Matt Serra are all rumored to be retired, but none of them to my knowledge have come out and stated they are officially retired.

  • John
    7 April 2013 at 3:00 AM
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    The Mauler is ready to take on Jones! I look forward to this megafight!

  • Joe
    25 November 2012 at 6:58 AM
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    Thiago Silva has been suspended 🙂

    • admin
      27 November 2012 at 1:05 PM
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      Yeah, Silva sure is making it hard on himself over the last few years. His days as a contender look to be fading quickly.

      • Joe
        10 December 2012 at 3:40 AM
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        Yup, not only as a contender, he’s also ricking his employment … I think if there were a tad more depth in the LWH division these days he’d be out of there … Not many fighters can boast a L-NC-L-NC record in their last 4 fights …

        Fighters that come back from suspensions are generally a bit more careful, at least for a while … I guess he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed … or maybe having the childhood he did, left him with some self-destructive demon that he can’t deal with … who am I to judge?

  • dWd
    17 October 2012 at 10:19 PM
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    Don’t get too excited too soon about Teixeira,Jimi Manuwa was just as impressive against Kingsbury but you only have him at 21.

    • admin
      21 October 2012 at 10:18 AM
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      The difference is Glover has a ground game. Manuwa still has a ways to go with his takedown defense. Glover does seem a bit high because he hasn’t beat a top name yet, but the mid-level LHWs are all struggling (Bader, Rampage, Forrest, Lil Nog, Thiago Silva).

      • Huston buttercurne
        7 September 2021 at 2:28 PM
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        Darren Stewart was released a couple days back

  • admin
    20 August 2012 at 9:46 PM
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    I listened to you guys, and now the full UFC rosters are in. Thank you for the suggestion.

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