Issue Date: 1/15/2018 (Official Release: #577)

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  (29) 21-3-0
1057
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
2
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (34) 29-5-0
940
Last Fight: 12/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Justin Gaethje
 
3
 
US Tony Ferguson  (33) 23-3-0
930
Last Fight: 10/07/2017 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Kevin Lee
Next Fight: 4/07/2018 [UFC] vs [#4 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
4
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (29) 25-0-0
757
Last Fight: 12/30/2017 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
Next Fight: 4/07/2018 [UFC] vs [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (31) 19-5-0
518
Last Fight: 12/30/2017 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
 
6
 
US Dustin Poirier  (28) 22-5-0
444
Last Fight: 11/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#11 LW] Anthony Pettis
 
7
 
US Kevin Lee  (25) 16-3-0
404
Last Fight: 10/07/2017 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
 
8
 
BR Patricky Freire  (31) 18-8-0
370
Last Fight: 9/23/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#12 LW] Ben Henderson
 
9
 
US Justin Gaethje  (29) 18-1-0
370
Last Fight: 12/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
10
 
US Paul Felder  (32) 15-3-0
368
Last Fight: 12/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#20 LW] Charles Oliveira
 
11
 
US Anthony Pettis  (30) 20-7-0
365
Last Fight: 11/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#6 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
12
 
US Ben Henderson  (34) 24-8-0
359
Last Fight: 9/23/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#8 LW] Patricky Freire
 
13
 
US Brent Primus  (32) 8-0-0
339
Last Fight: 6/24/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#18 LW] Michael Chandler
 
14
 
US Beneil Dariush  (28) 14-3-1
317
Last Fight: 10/07/2017 [UFC] vs  [#16 LW] Evan Dunham
 
15
 
US Al Iaquinta  (30) 14-3-1
314
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#89 WW] Diego Sanchez
 
16
 
US Evan Dunham  (36) 18-6-1
283
Last Fight: 10/07/2017 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
17
1
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (39) 22-5-0
280
Last Fight: 10/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#25 LW] Jim Miller
Next Fight: 2/18/2018 [UFC] vs [#21 LW] James Vick
18
1
US Michael Chandler  (31) 16-4-0
279
Last Fight: 6/24/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#13 LW] Brent Primus
Next Fight: 1/20/2018 [BellatorFC] vs [#41 LW] Goiti Yamauchi
19
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (31) 22-3-0
276
Last Fight: 9/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#64 LW] Desmond Green
 
20
 
BR Charles Oliveira  (28) 22-8-0
273
Last Fight: 12/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#10 LW] Paul Felder
 
21
1
US James Vick  (30) 12-1-0
214
Last Fight: 11/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#73 LW] Joseph Duffy
Next Fight: 2/18/2018 [UFC] vs [#17 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
22
1
US Michael Chiesa  (30) 14-3-0
210
Last Fight: 6/25/2017 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Kevin Lee
 
23
1
RU Akhmed Aliev  (28) 16-4-0
206
Last Fight: 9/04/2017 [Fight Nights Global] vs  [#69 LW] Diego Brandao
 
24
1
US Derek Campos  (29) 19-6-0
204
Last Fight: 7/14/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#89 LW] Brandon Girtz
 
25
1
US Jim Miller  (34) 28-11-0
196
Last Fight: 10/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#17 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
 
26
1
US Clay Guida  (36) 34-17-0
193
Last Fight: 11/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#47 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
27
1
BR Michel Prazeres  (36) 23-2-0
187
Last Fight: 9/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#183 LW] Mads Burnell
Next Fight: 2/03/2018 [UFC] vs [#64 LW] Desmond Green
28
1
US Nik Lentz  (33) 28-8-2
185
Last Fight: 11/18/2017 [UFC] vs  [#43 LW] Will Brooks
 
29
1
RU Rashid Magomedov  (33) 20-2-0
184
Last Fight: 4/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#66 LW] Bobby Green
 
30
1
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (27) 13-0-0
183
Last Fight: 10/22/2017 [KSW] vs  [#79 LW] Norman Parke
 
31
1
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (29) 26-5-0
174
Last Fight: 9/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#133 LW] Felipe Silva
 
32
1
DK Damir Hadzovic  (31) 11-3-0
172
Last Fight: 5/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#42 LW] Marcin Held
Next Fight: 2/03/2018 [UFC] vs [NR] Alan Patrick Silva Alves
33
1
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 15-1-0
172
Last Fight: 12/23/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#37 LW] Eduard Vartanyan
 
34
6
US James Krause  (31) 25-7-0
161
Last Fight: 1/14/2018 [UFC] vs  [#135 LW] Alex White
 
35
 
RU Khusein Khaliev  (29) 17-1-0
159
Last Fight: 4/01/2017 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#130 LW] Valmir Lazaro
 
36
 
NZ Dan Hooker  (27) 15-7-0
156
Last Fight: 12/30/2017 [UFC] vs  [#118 LW] Marc Diakiese
 
37
 
RU Eduard Vartanyan  (26) 17-4-0
156
Last Fight: 12/23/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#33 LW] Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov
 
38
 
UK Stevie Ray  (27) 21-7-0
156
Last Fight: 7/16/2017 [UFC] vs  [#10 LW] Paul Felder
 
39
 
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (28) 10-2-0
155
Last Fight: 9/16/2017 [UFC] vs  [#61 LW] Tony Martin
Next Fight: 2/24/2018 [UFC] vs [#62 LW] Gilbert Burns
40
1
RU Islam Makhachev  (26) 14-1-0
153
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Nik Lentz
Next Fight: 1/20/2018 [UFC] vs [NR] Gleison Tibau
41
1
BR Goiti Yamauchi  (25) 22-3-0
153
Last Fight: 9/23/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#106 LW] Adam Piccolotti
Next Fight: 1/20/2018 [BellatorFC] vs [#18 LW] Michael Chandler
42
2
PL Marcin Held  (25) 23-7-0
147
Last Fight: 10/21/2017 [UFC] vs  [#521 LW] Nasrat Haqparast
 
43
 
US Will Brooks  (31) 18-4-0
147
Last Fight: 11/18/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Nik Lentz
 
44
1
SE David Teymur  (28) 7-1-0
146
Last Fight: 12/02/2017 [UFC] vs  [#111 LW] Drakkar Klose
 
45
1
CA Kajan Johnson  (33) 22-11-1
142
Last Fight: 9/09/2017 [UFC] vs  [#63 LW] Adriano Martins
 
46
1
US Joshua Aveles  (29) 26-11-2
133
Last Fight: 7/22/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#50 LW] Leandro Silva
 
47
1
US Joe Lauzon  (33) 27-14-0
133
Last Fight: 11/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#26 LW] Clay Guida
 
48
1
US Derek Anderson  (27) 14-3-0
130
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#24 LW] Derek Campos
 
49
1
US David Rickels  (29) 19-4-0
129
Last Fight: 12/01/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#106 LW] Adam Piccolotti
 
50
1
BR Leandro Silva  (32) 21-6-1
128
Last Fight: 10/21/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#213 LW] Islam Makoev
Next Fight: 2/16/2018 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs [#51 LW] Ali Bagov

Issue Date: 1/15/2018 (Official Release: #577)

Previous Official Release: 1/06/2018

Fighters who have dropped out: [#21] Michael Johnson-, [#121] Pat Healy%, [#157] Martin Svensson*, [#176] Edmilson de Jose Barros+, [#363] Adam Aliev+, [#466] Robin Van Roosmalen!, [#508] Isaac Tisdell*, [#562] Marcos Cornejo*

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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    • […] Novaes (Twitter: @jonatasnovaes) enters the MFC having won five of his last six fights and is coming off the first knockout of his career – a 51-second destruction of Drew Fickett back in June. That victory boosted Novaes to 75th in the world rankings compiled by Fight Matrix (http://www.fightmatrix.com/mma-ranks/lightweight/2/). […]

    • giulio morgante says:

      Hi, I’m Giulio Morgante a Davide Ferretti’s team Coach in south Italy. I have some Pro Fighters in my team : Francesco Controversa 77kg pro record 6-4 italian pro champion; Massimiliano Sammarco 84kg pro record 5-1 , Andrea Controversa 66kg pro record 7-2-2 and Antonino Carticiano 77kg pro record 3-1…. How I can send you theyr records to be included in your ranking?

    • 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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