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UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings - Complete UFC Fighter Rankings
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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)

RankFighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Jiri Prochazka29-3-13-0W-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
2Glover Teixeira33-816-6L-Jiri Prochazka (SUB)
WJan Blachowicz (SUB)
WThiago Santos (SUB)
3Magomed Ankalaev16-1-19-1-1D-Jan Blachowicz (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
4Jan Blachowicz29-9-112-6-1D-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (TKO)
L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
5Aleksandar Rakic14-36-2L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
W-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Anthony Smith (DEC)
6Jamahal Hill12-16-1W-Thiago Santos (TKO)
W-Johnny Walker (KO)
W-Jim Crute (KO)
7Anthony Smith36-1711-7L-Magomed Ankalaev (TKO)
W-Ryan Spann (SUB)
W-Jim Crute (TKO)
8Nikita Krylov29-910-7W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Alexander Gustafsson (KO)
L-Paul Craig (SUB)
Ryan Spann
9Johnny Walker19-75-4W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
Paul Craig
10Ryan Spann21-77-2W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Ion Cutelaba (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
Nikita Krylov
11Dominick Reyes12-46-4L-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
L-Jan Blachowicz (TKO)
12Volkan Oezdemir18-66-6L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Paul Craig (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
13Paul Craig16-5-18-5-1L-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (SUB)
W-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
Johnny Walker
14Khalil Rountree11-57-5W-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
15Dustin Jacoby18-6-16-3-1L-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
W-Da Un Jung (KO)
W-Michal Oleksiejczuk (DEC)
16Jim Crute12-34-3L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
Alonzo Menifield
17Azamat Murzakanov12-02-0W-Devin Clark (TKO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (KO)
W-Matheus Scheffel (TKO)
18Ovince St.Preux26-1614-11W-Mauricio Rua (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (TKO)
L-Jamahal Hill (TKO)
19Da Un Jung15-3-14-1-1L-Dustin Jacoby (KO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
Devin Clark
20Carlos Ulberg6-13-1W-Nicolae Negumereanu (KO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (TKO)
W-Fabio Cherant (DEC)
21Nicolae Negumereanu13-24-2L-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
W-Igor Potieria (TKO)
W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (DEC)
22Kennedy Nzechukwu11-35-3W-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
W-Karl Roberson (TKO)
L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
23Ion Cutelaba16-9-15-8-1L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (SUB)
L-Ryan Spann (SUB)
24Devin Clark13-77-7L-Azamat Murzakanov (TKO)
W-William Knight TKO)
L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
Da Un Jung
25Maxim Grishin32-9-22-2W-William Knight (DEC)
L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
26William Knight11-43-3L-Devin Clark (TKO)
L-Maxim Grishin (DEC)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
Marcin Prachnio
27Alonzo Menifield13-36-3W-Misha Cirkunov (KO)
W-Askar Mozharov (TKO)
L-William Knight (DEC)
Jim Crute
28Tyson Pedro9-35-3W-Harry Hunsucker (TKO)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
LMauricio Rua (TKO)
Mingyang Zhang
29Philipe Lins15-51-2W-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Tanner Boser (KO)
L-Andrei Arlovski (DEC)
30Marcin Prachnio15-62-4L-Philipe Lins (DEC)
W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
William Knight
31Mauricio Rua27-13-111-11-1L-Ovince St.Preux (DEC)
L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
Ihor Potieria
32Tafon Nchukwi6-32-3L-Carlos Ulberg (TKO)
L-Azamat Murzakanov (KO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
Jamal Pogues
33Alexander Gustafsson18-810-8L-Nikita Krylov (KO)
L-Fabricio Werdum (SUB)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
34Ihor Potieria19-30-1L-Nicolae Negumereanu (TKO)
W-Lukasz Sudolski (TKO)
W-Giorgi Khubejashvili (SUB)
Mauricio Rua
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)
Ed Herman26-1513-11L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Aleksa Camur6-21-2L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Justin Ledet (DEC)
Jamal Pogues9-30-0W-Paulo Renato (DEC)
W-Tim Hiley (DEC)
L-Alex Polizzi (SUB)
Tafon Nchukwi
Mingyang Zhang16-60-0W-George Tokkos (KO)
W-Changsheng Huo (TKO)
W-Caibao Zhang (TKO)
Tyson Pedro
UFC Rankings FAQ
* These rankings are not official, nor do they reflect any affiliation with, sponsorship, or endorsement by the UFC. The rankings generated by the UFC can be found here.
UFC Rankings are comprised of all fighters currently signed to the UFC. RankingMMA has been publishing UFC 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 their popularity or hype. 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 our 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 UFC Rankings
= 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 unless the fighter states different.
= Suspension. Should a fighter be suspended for performance enhancing substances or fighter conduct, they will be removed from the rankings.
= Info Needed. A fighter has signed or re-signed with the UFC, but have yet to officially fight in the UFC.

46 Comments on this post.
  • Pat newberg
    2 November 2022 at 6:52 AM
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    Misha Cirkunov after his latest of many losses has finally been released by the UFC

  • German Valdez
    6 October 2022 at 1:59 PM
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    Potieria should be ranked 34th not 35th, right?

  • Pelu ladar
    31 August 2022 at 10:48 PM
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    Harry hunsucker was cut yesterday

  • Preston Khakel
    18 August 2022 at 8:20 AM
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    Reyes gotta get pulled from the rankings

  • Perry m
    7 August 2022 at 4:44 PM
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    Dominick Reyes has surpassed 15 months of inactivity and thus needs to be removed from rankings

  • Theonte Persons
    27 July 2022 at 8:36 AM
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    Hello mi familia – Shamil Gamzatov was released today.

  • Ty DiVekkio
    5 July 2022 at 8:28 AM
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    Almeida’s last fight was at HW and his next fight is at HW…so why is he still ranked in light heavyweight? Seems like it’s a drastic contradiction to how you’ve always ranked guys. You should maybe just rank Jorge Masvidal in lightweight since he fought there in 2011 once.

  • Nito Connors
    16 May 2022 at 7:48 AM
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    Ike Villanueva was released last week in the blood bath

    • D.C. Ross
      4 June 2022 at 4:25 PM
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      Thank you, updated!

  • TerrY hill
    24 February 2022 at 10:25 AM
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    Time to pull Shogun from the rankings as it’s surpassed 15 months since his last fight.

  • 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.

      • Wade reeve
        26 June 2022 at 3:50 PM
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        Jailton Almeida with back to back wins at heavyweight yet he’s listed in the 205s? How’s that make sense?

  • 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

        • Ozzie
          20 December 2021 at 6:06 AM
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          I’m interested in (real) opinions on Paul Craig? I feel he’s overlooked a little, to choke out 2 not 1 but 2 Dagestani’s is no mean feat!! I feel he should be higher in rank but when you look above him, where does he fit

  • 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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