Issue Date: 3/26/2017 (Official Release: #533)

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 [#15 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
715
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
 
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (31) 19-4-0
654
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
6
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (28) 24-0-0
461
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Michael Johnson
 
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 Michael Chiesa  (29) 14-2-0
350
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
10
 
US Kevin Lee  (24) 15-2-0
347
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
 
11
 
US Justin Gaethje  (28) 17-0-0
339
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#70 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
12
 
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 14-3-0
316
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
13
 
US Will Brooks  (30) 18-2-0
302
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#11 WW] Alex Oliveira
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#23 LW] Charles Oliveira
14
 
US Michael Johnson  (30) 17-11-0
291
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
 
15
 
US Dustin Poirier  (28) 21-5-0
272
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#18 LW] Jim Miller
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs [#2 LW] Eddie Alvarez
16
 
US Evan Dunham  (35) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#33 FW] Rick Glenn
 
17
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (30) 21-3-0
262
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#59 LW] Jason Saggo
 
18
 
US Jim Miller  (33) 28-9-0
228
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#15 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
19
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (37) 16-3-1
227
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#32 LW] Adriano Martins
 
20
 
US Diego Sanchez  (35) 27-9-0
227
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#30 LW] Marcin Held
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [NR] Al Iaquinta
21
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 21-5-0
226
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#10 LW] Kevin Lee
 
22
 
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 27-12-0
224
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#30 LW] Marcin Held
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [#47 LW] Stevie Ray
23
 
BR Charles Oliveira  (27) 21-7-0
213
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 FW] Ricardo Lamas
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#13 LW] Will Brooks
24
 
BR Patricky Freire  (31) 17-8-0
212
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#40 LW] Josh Thomson
 
25
 
US Brian Foster  (32) 27-9-0
197
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#70 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
26
 
RU Marat Gafurov  (32) 15-0-0
192
Last Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#105 LW] Narantungalag Jadambaa
 
27
 
BR Michel Prazeres  (33) 22-2-0
186
Last Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#79 LW] Joshua Burkman
 
28
 
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 19-2-0
182
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
29
 
US Derek Campos  (28) 18-6-0
181
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#46 LW] Derek Anderson
 
30
 
PL Marcin Held  (25) 22-6-0
179
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
31
 
US Paul Felder  (31) 13-3-0
178
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#158 LW] Alessandro Ricci
 
32
 
BR Adriano Martins  (34) 28-8-0
173
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#19 LW] Leonardo Santos
 
33
 
US James Vick  (30) 10-1-0
168
Last Fight: 2/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#75 LW] Abel Trujillo
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [UFC] vs [#172 LW] Marco Polo Reyes
34
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-6-0
166
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
35
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
161
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#197 LW] Damir Hadzovic
Next Fight: 5/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#106 LW] Joaquim Silva
36
 
BR Joao Zeferino  (31) 21-8-0
157
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#63 LW] Jason High
 
37
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
154
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#139 LW] Shane Campbell
 
38
 
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (26) 12-0-0
151
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#230 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
 
39
 
RU Islam Makhachev  (25) 14-1-0
151
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#57 LW] Nik Lentz
 
40
 
US Josh Thomson  (38) 22-9-0
148
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#24 LW] Patricky Freire
 
41
 
RU Akhmed Aliev  (27) 15-4-0
147
Last Fight: 2/23/2017 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#76 LW] Efrain Escudero
 
42
 
BR Leandro Silva  (31) 20-5-1
144
Last Fight: 1/13/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#124 LW] Pat Healy
 
43
 
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (28) 9-2-0
143
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#101 LW] Drew Dober
 
44
 
BR Diego Brandao  (29) 21-11-0
142
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#71 LW] Murad Machaev
 
45
 
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 14-1-0
142
Last Fight: 10/22/2016 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#100 WW] Ali Bagov
 
46
 
US Derek Anderson  (27) 14-3-0
142
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#29 LW] Derek Campos
Next Fight: 5/19/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#43 WW] Michael Page
47
 
UK Stevie Ray  (27) 20-6-0
135
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#51 LW] Ross Pearson
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [#22 LW] Joe Lauzon
48
 
IE Joseph Duffy  (29) 16-2-0
132
Last Fight: 3/18/2017 [UFC] vs  [#131 LW] Reza Madadi
 
49
 
RU Khusein Khaliev   16-1-0
130
Last Fight: 10/04/2016 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#116 LW] Shamil Zavurov
 
50
 
US Adam Piccolotti  (28) 9-0-0
129
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#163 WW] Brandon Girtz
 

Issue Date: 3/26/2017 (Official Release: #533)

Previous Official Release: 3/19/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#109] Jesse Ronson+, [#189] Glaico Franca+, [#258] Anthony Avila-, [#283] Mickael Lebout+, [#464] Rafael Bueno!, [#484] Mehdi Dakaev+, [#487] Estevan Payan+, [#514] Daniel Salas!, [#643] Baz Mohammad Mubariz+, [#645] Kennet Mattsson!, [#647] Joey Munoz!, [#648] Tsuneo Kimura!

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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