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
1Glover Teixeira33-716-5WJan Blachowicz (SUB)
WThiago Santos (SUB)
W-Anthony Smith (TKO)
Jiri Prochazka
2Jan Blachowicz28-911-6L-Glover Teixeira (SUB)
W-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Dominick Reyes (TKO)
Aleksandar Rakic
3Jiri Prochazka28-3-12-0W-Dominick Reyes (KO)
W-Volkan Oezdemir (KO)
W-C.B. Dollaway (KO)
Glover Teixeira
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)
Jan Blachowicz
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)
Magomed Ankalaev
8Paulo Henrique Costa13-25-2L-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (TKO)
W-Yoel Romero (DEC)
9Magomed Ankalaev14-17-1W-Volkan Oezdemir (DEC)
W-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
W-Ion Cutelaba (KO)
Thiago Santos
10Volkan Oezdemir17-65-5L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
L-Jiri Prochazka (KO)
W-Aleksandar Rakic (DEC)
11Nikita Krylov27-88-6L-Magomed Ankalaev (DEC)
W-Johnny Walker (DEC)
L-Glover Teixeira (DEC)
12Johnny Walker18-64-3L-Thiago Santos (DEC)
W-Ryan Spann (KO)
L-Nikita Krylov (DEC)
Jamahal Hill
13Paul Craig15-4-17-4-1W-Jamahal Hill (SUB)
W-Mauricio Rua (TKO)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (SUB)
14Jamahal Hill10-14-1W-Jim Crute (KO)
L-Paul Craig (SUB)
W-Ovince St.Preux (TKO)
Johnny Walker
15Ryan Spann19-75-2L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Misha Cirkunov (TKO)
L-Johnny Walker (KO)
Ion Cutelaba
16Jim Crute12-34-3L-Jamahal Hill (KO)
L-Anthony Smith (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (KO)
17Dustin Jacoby16-5-14-2-1W-John Allan (DEC)
W-Darren Stewart (TKO)
D-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
Michal Oleksiejczuk
18Ion Cutelaba16-6-15-5-1W-Devin Clark (DEC)
D-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
L-Magomed Ankalaev (KO)
Ryan Spann
19Michal Oleksiejczuk16-44-2W-Shamil Gamzatov (TKO)
W-Modestas Bukauskas (DEC)
L-Jim Crute (SUB)
Dustin Jacoby
20Da Un Jung15-2-14-0-1W-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-William Knight (DEC)
D-Sam Alvey (DEC)
21Devin Clark12-66-6L-Ion Cutelaba (DEC)
L-Anthony Smith (SUB)
W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
22William Knight11-23-1W-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Fabio Cherant (KO)
L-Da Un Jung (DEC)
23Alonzo Menifield11-34-3L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Ed Herman (DEC)
W-Fabio Cherant (SUB)
24Mauricio Rua27-12-111-10-1L-Paul Craig (TKO)
W-Antonio Nogueira (DEC)
D-Paul Craig (DEC)
25Ed Herman26-1513-11L-Alonzo Menifield (DEC)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Maxim Grishin
26Marcin Prachnio15-52-3W-Isaac Villanueva (KO)
W-Khalil Rountree (DEC)
L-Mike Rodriguez (KO)
27Shamil Gamzatov14-11-1L-Michal Oleksiejczuk (TKO)
W-Klidson Abreu (DEC)
W-Rex Harris (DEC)
28Khalil Rountree9-55-5W-Modestas Bukauskas (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (DEC)
L-Ion Cutelaba (TKO)
Karl Roberson
29Kennedy Nzechukwu9-23-2L-Da Un Jung (TKO)
W-Danilo Marques (TKO)
W-Carlos Ulberg (KO)
30Maxim Grishin31-9-21-2L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Gadzhimurad Antigulov (TKO)
L-Marcin Tybura (DEC)
Ed Herman
31Danilo Marques11-32-1L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO)
W-Mike Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Khadis Ibragimov (DEC)
Jailton Almeida
32Tafon Nchukwi6-12-1W-Mike Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Jun Yong Park (DEC)
W-Jamie Pickett (DEC)
Azamat Murzakanov
33Nicolae Negumereanu11-12-1W-Isaac Villanueva (TKO)
W-Aleksa Camur (DEC)
L-Saparbek Safarov (DEC)
Ihor Potieria
34Aleksa Camur6-21-2L-Nicolae Negumereanu (DEC)
L-William Knight (DEC)
W-Justin Ledet (DEC)
35Fabio Cherant7-30-2L-William Knight (KO)
L-Alonzo Menifield (SUB)
W-Myron Dennis (DEC)
Carlos Ulberg
36Isaac Villanueva17-131-4L-Nicolae Negumereanu (TKO)
L-Marcin Prachnio (KO)
W-Vinicius Moreira (KO)
37Carlos Ulberg3-10-1L-Kennedy Nzechukwu (KO)
W-Bruno Oliveira (KO)
W-John Fraser (DEC)
Fabio Cherant
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)
Tyson Pedro7-33-3LMauricio Rua (TKO)
L-Ovince St.Preux (SUB)
W-Saparbek Safarov (SUB)
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)
Tafon Nchukwi
Jorge Gonzalez16-50-0W-Marcos Rodriguez (SUB)
L-Nasrudin Nasrudinov (TKO)
W-Luke Barnatt (KO)
Ihor Potieria19-20-0W-Lukasz Sudolski (TKO)
W-Giorgi Khubejashvili (SUB)
W-Giorgi Lobzhanidze (TKO)
Nicolae Negumereanu
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- Most recent performance
- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
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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.

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32 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

        • 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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