Issue Date: 1/16/2017 (Official Release: #523)

Lightweight (150-161.9 lbs) fighter ranks

The rankings presented are computerized and provided by the FightMatrix ranking system, which utilizes a comprehensive MMA fight database to provide objective rankings. Please note, that these rankings ONLY contain fighters who have had at least one professional fight some time in the 450 days prior to the ranking date.

Ranked Fighters:
1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400 | 401-450 | 451-500 | 501-550 | 551-600 | 601-650

Last Fought InRegion & Country
Next Fight In Age From   To   
Team Affiliation Rank State
Show Undefeated Fighters Only
   
Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Age) Record Points
1
 
IE Conor McGregor  (28) 21-3-0
1180
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
2
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (33) 28-5-0
886
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#1 LW] Conor McGregor
 
3
 
US Tony Ferguson  (32) 22-3-0
797
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
Next Fight: 3/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
4
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (32) 25-9-0
760
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
 
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (30) 18-4-0
553
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Gilbert Melendez
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
6
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (28) 24-0-0
461
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Michael Johnson
Next Fight: 3/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
7
 
US Michael Chandler  (30) 16-3-0
420
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#8 LW] Ben Henderson
 
8
 
US Ben Henderson  (33) 24-7-0
417
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#7 LW] Michael Chandler
 
9
 
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 14-2-0
359
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#25 LW] Rashid Magomedov
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
10
 
US Michael Chiesa  (29) 14-2-0
349
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
11
 
US Justin Gaethje  (28) 17-0-0
340
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#72 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
12
 
US Will Brooks  (30) 18-2-0
317
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#25 WW] Alex Oliveira
 
13
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 21-4-0
304
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#31 LW] Paul Felder
 
14
 
US Michael Johnson  (30) 17-11-0
290
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
 
15
 
US Evan Dunham  (35) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#141 LW] Rick Glenn
Next Fight: 2/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#46 LW] Abel Trujillo
16
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (30) 21-3-0
262
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#57 LW] Jason Saggo
 
17
 
US Jim Miller  (33) 28-8-0
259
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#53 WW] Thiago Alves
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#23 LW] Dustin Poirier
18
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (36) 16-3-1
227
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#29 LW] Adriano Martins
 
19
 
US Kevin Lee  (24) 14-2-0
227
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#70 LW] Magomed Mustafaev
 
20
 
US Diego Sanchez  (35) 27-9-0
227
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#26 LW] Marcin Held
 
21
4
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 27-12-0
224
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#26 LW] Marcin Held
 
22
1
BR Charles Oliveira  (27) 21-7-0
222
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 FW] Ricardo Lamas
 
23
1
US Dustin Poirier  (27) 20-5-0
210
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Michael Johnson
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#17 LW] Jim Miller
24
 
US Brian Foster  (32) 27-9-0
198
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#72 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
25
1
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 19-2-0
189
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
26
3
PL Marcin Held  (24) 22-6-0
179
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
27
 
US Josh Thomson  (38) 22-8-0
175
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#350 LW] Pablo Villaseca
 
28
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-6-0
175
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
29
 
BR Adriano Martins  (34) 28-8-0
173
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#18 LW] Leonardo Santos
 
30
 
US Derek Anderson  (26) 14-2-0
172
Last Fight: 8/26/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#108 WW] Saad Awad
Next Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#47 LW] Derek Campos
31
 
US Paul Felder  (31) 12-3-0
171
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
 
32
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
164
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#149 LW] Shane Campbell
 
33
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
160
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#194 LW] Damir Hadzovic
 
34
 
BR Joao Zeferino  (31) 21-8-0
157
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#62 LW] Jason High
 
35
 
BR Michel Prazeres  (33) 21-2-0
153
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#97 LW] Gilbert Burns
 
36
 
US Nik Lentz  (32) 27-7-2
152
Last Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#320 LW] Michael McBride
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#80 LW] Islam Makhachev
37
1
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (26) 12-0-0
151
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#235 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
 
38
1
RU Murad Machaev  (30) 20-1-0
151
Last Fight: 9/25/2016 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#213 LW] Jack McGann
Next Fight: 1/28/2017 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs [#57 FW] Diego Brandao
39
 
PH Eduard Folayang  (33) 17-5-0
147
Last Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#71 LW] Shinya Aoki
 
40
 
BR Patricky Freire  (30) 16-8-0
145
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#7 LW] Michael Chandler
 
41
16
BR Leandro Silva  (31) 20-5-1
145
Last Fight: 1/13/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#127 LW] Pat Healy
 
42
1
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (27) 9-2-0
143
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#102 LW] Drew Dober
 
43
1
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 14-1-0
142
Last Fight: 10/22/2016 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#124 LW] Oleg Bagov
 
44
1
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (31) 12-2-0
137
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#42 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
 
45
1
UK Stevie Ray  (26) 20-6-0
134
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#52 LW] Ross Pearson
 
46
1
US Abel Trujillo  (33) 14-6-0
132
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#155 LW] Jordan Rinaldi
Next Fight: 2/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#15 LW] Evan Dunham
47
 
US Derek Campos  (28) 17-6-0
130
Last Fight: 9/16/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#215 LW] Djamil Chan
Next Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#30 LW] Derek Anderson
48
 
RU Khusein Khaliev   16-1-0
130
Last Fight: 10/04/2016 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#139 WW] Shamil Zavurov
 
49
3
US Dave Jansen  (37) 20-4-0
129
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#26 LW] Marcin Held
 
50
1
US Adam Piccolotti  (28) 9-0-0
128
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#59 LW] Brandon Girtz
Next Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#115 LW] Brent Primus

Issue Date: 1/16/2017 (Official Release: #523)

Previous Official Release: 1/08/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#80] Musa Khamanaev-, [#202] Nick Newell*, [#264] Martin Nguyen-, [#273] Arman Ospanov*, [#346] Mikhail Odintsov!, [#370] Charles Cheeks III-, [#394] Clay Harvison*, [#464] Dorian Dixon*, [#518] Shokhin Safarov!, [#554] Erlan Tleumbetov*, [#647] Konstantin Chebotar!, [#649] Temirlan Aysadilov!, [#650] Emerik Youmbi!

Drop out symbols: * = Inactive (450d), + = Moved Divisions (Up), - = Moved Divisions (Down), % = Forced, ! = Results/Other

Ranked Fighters:
1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400 | 401-450 | 451-500 | 501-550 | 551-600 | 601-650

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    • oleg says:

      Serg,

      I didn’t see the fight. More importantly, the ranking system doesn’t have an ability to “see” fights. All we have is the official decision, which list this fight as a corner stoppage after round 1.

      Was there some controversy?

    • Serg says:

      absolutely do not agree with such a fall of Oleg Bogov after a fight with Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov … you have seen the fight?

    • John says:

      I haven’t commented in here in a while. It was actually when McGregor fought Diaz and then Diaz was then ranked #5 at Welterweight and now Diaz is #2 Lightweight. How so? McGregor, whom I’m not a fan of is ranked behind Edgar but McGregor is undefeated and Champion at Featherweight while Max Holloway is ranked above Aldo but Aldo is ranked higher than him on the P4P list? They are P4P the same weight. And I’ll be done complaining after this one because I do like your rankings a lot but they just seem a little out of sync at times and questionable. How is Edson Barboza ranked above Tony Ferguson?

    • Vincent says:

      Damien Lapilus isn’t Belgian, he’s French.
      http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Damien-Lapilus-87477

    • oleg says:

      The length of inactivity is what makes the difference. A fighter’s rating decays drastically after 450 days of inactivity; Jones fought very shortly after the 450-day timeline whereas Khabib was out for much longer.

      The other factor is the fighter’s rating before they went inactive. Before Jones went inactive, he was #1 with more than twice the rating points than the next contender: http://www.fightmatrix.com/historical-mma-rankings/generated-historical-rankings/?Issue=102&Division=2&Page=1

      Before Khabib went inactive, he was ranked #4 with not that much point separation between him and #5-#10 ranked fighters: http://www.fightmatrix.com/historical-mma-rankings/generated-historical-rankings/?Issue=99&Division=5&Page=1

      So the length of inactivity, combined with significantly higher rating and separation from the pack pre-inactivity, explains why Jones returned to #1 spot whereas Khabib landed at #9 upon his return.

    • Ryan says:

      Its simple. Khabib beat RDA when he wasn’t the champ. RDA has the belt so he’s #1. But then by your logic, why is Jon Jones ranked higher than DC? While Jones was inactive, DC beat Johnson and Gustafson (2 of the best LHWs). And Jones win over OSP should not play any factor. Just like Khabibs win over Horcher.

    • oleg says:

      You sit out for two years = your ratings points decay, while active fighters gain more rating points and bypass the inactive ones. That’s how the system works. If you don’t think that’s fair and the only facts that matter is that he is undefeated and has a win over the current champ, why do you have him at #2 in your ranking and not #1?


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