Issue Date: 4/23/2017 (Official Release: #537)

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
1181
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
2
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (33) 28-5-0
887
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#1 LW] Conor McGregor
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs [#16 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
701
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
Next Fight: 6/17/2017 [UFC] vs [#26 WW] Tarec Saffiedine
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (31) 19-4-0
654
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
6
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (28) 24-0-0
461
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#15 LW] Michael Johnson
 
7
 
US Michael Chandler  (30) 16-3-0
420
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#8 LW] Ben Henderson
Next Fight: 6/24/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#120 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 Kevin Lee  (24) 15-2-0
347
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
Next Fight: 6/25/2017 [UFC] vs [#10 LW] Michael Chiesa
10
 
US Michael Chiesa  (29) 14-2-0
342
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Beneil Dariush
Next Fight: 6/25/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 LW] Kevin Lee
11
 
US Justin Gaethje  (28) 17-0-0
338
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#74 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
12
 
BR Charles Oliveira  (27) 22-7-0
325
Last Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Will Brooks
 
13
 
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 14-3-0
316
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
14
NR
US Al Iaquinta  (29) 14-3-1
313
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#27 LW] Diego Sanchez
 
15
1
US Michael Johnson  (30) 17-11-0
291
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
 
16
1
US Dustin Poirier  (28) 21-5-0
271
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#19 LW] Jim Miller
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
17
1
US Evan Dunham  (35) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#38 FW] Rick Glenn
 
18
1
RU Rustam Khabilov  (30) 21-3-0
262
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#62 LW] Jason Saggo
 
19
1
US Jim Miller  (33) 28-9-0
228
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#16 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
20
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (37) 16-3-1
227
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#34 LW] Adriano Martins
 
21
2
US Will Brooks  (30) 18-3-0
226
Last Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Charles Oliveira
 
22
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 21-5-0
226
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Kevin Lee
 
23
1
BR Patricky Freire  (31) 17-8-0
212
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#44 LW] Josh Thomson
Next Fight: 7/14/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#31 LW] Derek Campos
24
25
UK Stevie Ray  (27) 21-6-0
197
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
25
 
US Brian Foster  (33) 27-9-0
197
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#74 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
26
 
RU Marat Gafurov  (32) 15-0-0
192
Last Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#104 LW] Narantungalag Jadambaa
 
27
6
US Diego Sanchez  (35) 27-10-0
192
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Al Iaquinta
 
28
5
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 27-13-0
191
Last Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#24 LW] Stevie Ray
 
29
2
BR Michel Prazeres  (33) 22-2-0
186
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#81 LW] Joshua Burkman
 
30
2
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 20-2-0
183
Last Fight: 4/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#64 LW] Bobby Green
 
31
2
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 [#23 LW] Patricky Freire
32
2
PL Marcin Held  (25) 22-6-0
179
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 5/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#213 LW] Damir Hadzovic
33
2
US Paul Felder  (31) 13-3-0
178
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#165 LW] Alessandro Ricci
 
34
2
BR Adriano Martins  (34) 28-8-0
173
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#20 LW] Leonardo Santos
 
35
2
US James Vick  (30) 10-1-0
168
Last Fight: 2/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#76 LW] Abel Trujillo
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs [#178 LW] Marco Polo Reyes
36
2
US Gilbert Melendez  (35) 22-6-0
163
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
37
1
BR Joao Zeferino  (31) 21-8-0
157
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#67 LW] Jason High
 
38
3
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
156
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#213 LW] Damir Hadzovic
Next Fight: 5/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#105 LW] Joaquim Silva
39
2
RU Khusein Khaliev  (28) 17-1-0
156
Last Fight: 4/01/2017 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#94 LW] Valmir Lazaro
 
40
2
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (26) 12-0-0
152
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#352 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
Next Fight: 5/27/2017 [KSW] vs [#56 LW] Norman Parke
41
2
RU Islam Makhachev  (25) 14-1-0
151
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#60 LW] Nik Lentz
 
42
2
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
148
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#145 LW] Shane Campbell
 
43
1
RU Eduard Vartanyan  (25) 16-3-0
147
Last Fight: 4/15/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#97 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
44
3
US Josh Thomson  (38) 22-9-0
147
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#23 LW] Patricky Freire
 
45
2
RU Akhmed Aliev  (27) 15-4-0
147
Last Fight: 2/23/2017 [Fight Nights Global] vs  [#58 LW] Efrain Escudero
 
46
2
BR Leandro Silva  (31) 20-5-1
144
Last Fight: 1/13/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#131 LW] Pat Healy
 
47
2
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (28) 9-2-0
143
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#101 LW] Drew Dober
 
48
2
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 14-1-0
142
Last Fight: 10/22/2016 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#100 WW] Ali Bagov
Next Fight: 5/20/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs [#80 LW] Andrei Koshkin
49
2
BR Diego Brandao  (29) 21-11-0
142
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [Fight Nights Global] vs  [#73 LW] Murad Machaev
 
50
2
US Derek Anderson  (27) 14-3-0
142
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#31 LW] Derek Campos
Next Fight: 5/19/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#43 WW] Michael Page

Issue Date: 4/23/2017 (Official Release: #537)

Previous Official Release: 4/16/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#71] Bryan Barberena+, [#78] Ryan Quinn+, [#110] Saad Awad+, [#182] Jorge Antonio Cezario de Oliveira+, [#455] Yoichi Fukumoto!, [#458] Murat Tlyarukov!, [#513] Jakub Kowalewicz-, [#520] Niko Novelli!, [#539] Anas Siraj Mounir*, [#560] Jason Williams*, [#597] Alim Cherkesov-, [#649] Ben Wall!

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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