Issue Date: 5/21/2017 (Official Release: #541)

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
1182
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
2
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (33) 28-5-0
887
Last Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs  [#17 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
3
 
US Tony Ferguson  (33) 22-3-0
798
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
 
4
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (32) 25-9-0
687
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
Next Fight: 6/17/2017 [UFC] vs [#27 WW] Tarec Saffiedine
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (31) 19-4-0
654
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
6
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (28) 24-0-0
462
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#16 LW] Michael Johnson
 
7
 
US Michael Chandler  (31) 16-3-0
420
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#8 LW] Ben Henderson
Next Fight: 6/24/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#119 LW] Brent Primus
8
 
US Ben Henderson  (33) 24-7-0
417
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#7 LW] Michael Chandler
 
9
 
US Anthony Pettis  (30) 19-6-0
402
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 FW] Max Holloway
Next Fight: 7/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#20 LW] Jim Miller
10
 
US Kevin Lee  (24) 15-2-0
348
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
Next Fight: 6/25/2017 [UFC] vs [#12 LW] Michael Chiesa
11
 
US Justin Gaethje  (28) 17-0-0
338
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#77 LW] Luiz Firmino
Next Fight: 7/07/2017 [UFC] vs [#16 LW] Michael Johnson
12
 
US Michael Chiesa  (29) 14-2-0
327
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Beneil Dariush
Next Fight: 6/25/2017 [UFC] vs [#10 LW] Kevin Lee
13
 
BR Charles Oliveira  (27) 22-7-0
325
Last Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Will Brooks
 
14
 
US Beneil Dariush  (28) 14-3-0
316
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
15
 
US Al Iaquinta  (30) 14-3-1
313
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Diego Sanchez
 
16
 
US Michael Johnson  (30) 17-11-0
291
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
Next Fight: 7/07/2017 [UFC] vs [#11 LW] Justin Gaethje
17
 
US Dustin Poirier  (28) 21-5-0
271
Last Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
18
 
US Evan Dunham  (35) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#38 FW] Rick Glenn
 
19
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (30) 21-3-0
262
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#61 LW] Jason Saggo
 
20
 
US Jim Miller  (33) 28-9-0
228
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#17 LW] Dustin Poirier
Next Fight: 7/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 LW] Anthony Pettis
21
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (37) 16-3-1
227
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#36 LW] Adriano Martins
 
22
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 21-5-0
226
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#10 LW] Kevin Lee
 
23
 
US Will Brooks  (30) 18-3-0
222
Last Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Charles Oliveira
 
24
 
BR Patricky Freire  (31) 17-8-0
212
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#46 LW] Josh Thomson
Next Fight: 7/14/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#32 LW] Derek Campos
25
 
UK Stevie Ray  (27) 21-6-0
198
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#29 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 7/16/2017 [UFC] vs [#34 LW] Paul Felder
26
 
US Brian Foster  (33) 27-9-0
197
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#77 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
27
 
RU Marat Gafurov  (32) 15-0-0
192
Last Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#101 LW] Narantungalag Jadambaa
 
28
 
US Diego Sanchez  (35) 27-10-0
192
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#15 LW] Al Iaquinta
 
29
 
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 27-13-0
191
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#25 LW] Stevie Ray
 
30
 
BR Michel Prazeres  (33) 22-2-0
186
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#85 LW] Joshua Burkman
 
31
 
RU Rashid Magomedov  (33) 20-2-0
183
Last Fight: 4/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#63 LW] Bobby Green
 
32
 
US Derek Campos  (29) 18-6-0
181
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#50 LW] Derek Anderson
Next Fight: 7/14/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#24 LW] Patricky Freire
33
 
PL Marcin Held  (25) 22-6-0
179
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#29 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 5/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#232 LW] Damir Hadzovic
34
 
US Paul Felder  (32) 13-3-0
178
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#166 LW] Alessandro Ricci
Next Fight: 7/16/2017 [UFC] vs [#25 LW] Stevie Ray
35
 
US James Vick  (30) 11-1-0
174
Last Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs  [#179 LW] Marco Polo Reyes
 
36
 
BR Adriano Martins  (34) 28-8-0
173
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Leonardo Santos
 
37
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (35) 22-6-0
160
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
38
 
BR Joao Zeferino  (31) 21-8-0
157
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#66 LW] Jason High
 
39
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
156
Last Fight: 1/25/2017 [UFC (TUF)] vs  [#456 LW] Jonathan Nunez
 
40
 
RU Khusein Khaliev  (28) 17-1-0
156
Last Fight: 4/01/2017 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#94 LW] Valmir Lazaro
 
41
 
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (26) 12-0-0
151
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#356 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
Next Fight: 5/27/2017 [KSW] vs [#57 LW] Norman Parke
42
 
RU Islam Makhachev  (25) 14-1-0
151
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#59 LW] Nik Lentz
 
43
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
149
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#232 LW] Damir Hadzovic
 
44
 
RU Eduard Vartanyan  (25) 16-3-0
147
Last Fight: 4/15/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#92 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
45
 
RU Akhmed Aliev  (27) 15-4-0
147
Last Fight: 2/23/2017 [Fight Nights Global] vs  [#56 LW] Efrain Escudero
 
46
 
US Josh Thomson  (38) 22-9-0
145
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#24 LW] Patricky Freire
 
47
 
BR Leandro Silva  (31) 20-5-1
144
Last Fight: 1/13/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#132 LW] Pat Healy
 
48
 
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (28) 9-2-0
143
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#99 LW] Drew Dober
 
49
 
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 14-1-0
142
Last Fight: 10/22/2016 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#99 WW] Ali Bagov
 
50
1
US Derek Anderson  (27) 14-3-0
142
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#32 LW] Derek Campos
 

Issue Date: 5/21/2017 (Official Release: #541)

Previous Official Release: 5/14/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#50] Diego Brandao-, [#159] Nate Jennerman-, [#241] Adrian Diaz-, [#306] Yohei Sakamoto-, [#314] Marcos Vinicius Schmitz-, [#411] James Bishop!, [#442] Bobby Lee!, [#481] Robert Turnquest+, [#521] Sergey Faley!, [#527] Christos Plasaris!, [#541] Felipe Rego-, [#565] Vaso Bakocevic!, [#566] Ermek Tlauov-, [#648] Adam Cook!, [#649] Mikael Nyyssonen!

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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