Issue Date: 7/17/2016 (Official Release: #496)

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

Last Fought InRegion & Country
Next Fight In Age From   To   
Team Affiliation Rank State
Show Undefeated Fighters Only
   
Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Age) Record Points
1
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (32) 28-4-0
1102
Last Fight: 7/07/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
 
2
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (31) 25-8-0
878
Last Fight: 7/07/2016 [UFC] vs  [#1 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
3
 
US Nate Diaz  (31) 19-10-0
631
Last Fight: 3/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 FW] Conor McGregor
Next Fight: 8/20/2016 [UFC] vs [#2 FW] Conor McGregor
4
 
US Will Brooks  (29) 18-1-0
480
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#43 LW] Ross Pearson
 
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (30) 17-4-0
465
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Anthony Pettis
Next Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs [#11 LW] Gilbert Melendez
6
 
US Tony Ferguson  (32) 21-3-0
445
Last Fight: 7/13/2016 [UFC] vs  [#235 LW] Landon Vannata
 
7
 
US Anthony Pettis  (29) 18-5-0
400
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
Next Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs [#7 FW] Charles Oliveira
8
 
US Michael Chiesa  (28) 14-2-0
349
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
9
 
US Justin Gaethje  (27) 16-0-0
327
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#39 LW] Brian Foster
 
10
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (27) 23-0-0
317
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#72 LW] Darrell Horcher
 
11
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-5-0
310
Last Fight: 6/13/2015 [UFC] vs  [#1 LW] Eddie Alvarez
Next Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
12
 
US Michael Chandler  (30) 15-3-0
304
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#42 LW] Patricky Freire
 
13
 
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 13-2-0
288
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#55 LW] James Vick
 
14
 
US Dustin Poirier  (27) 20-4-0
277
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#45 LW] Bobby Green
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#15 LW] Michael Johnson
15
 
US Michael Johnson  (30) 16-10-0
267
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Nate Diaz
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#14 LW] Dustin Poirier
16
 
US Evan Dunham  (34) 17-6-0
258
Last Fight: 12/11/2015 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#50 LW] Abel Trujillo
17
 
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 19-1-0
252
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#62 LW] Gilbert Burns
 
18
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (37) 20-4-0
247
Last Fight: 5/14/2016 [UFC] vs  [#63 LW] Yancy Medeiros
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#25 LW] Paul Felder
19
 
PL Marcin Held  (24) 22-4-0
243
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#37 LW] Dave Jansen
 
20
 
US Josh Thomson  (37) 22-8-0
225
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#284 LW] Pablo Villaseca
 
21
 
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 26-11-0
224
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#34 LW] Diego Sanchez
Next Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs [#35 LW] Jim Miller
22
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (29) 19-3-0
207
Last Fight: 5/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#80 LW] Chris Wade
Next Fight: 9/03/2016 [UFC] vs [#119 LW] Reza Madadi
23
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (36) 15-3-1
206
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#24 LW] Kevin Lee
 
24
 
US Kevin Lee  (23) 13-2-0
191
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#71 LW] Jake Matthews
 
25
1
US Paul Felder  (31) 12-2-0
189
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#53 LW] Joshua Burkman
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#18 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
26
1
JP Shinya Aoki  (33) 39-6-0
189
Last Fight: 12/28/2015 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs  [NR] Kazushi Sakuraba
 
27
 
BR Adriano Martins  (33) 28-7-0
186
Last Fight: 10/03/2015 [UFC] vs  [#122 LW] Islam Makhachev
 
28
 
US Brandon Girtz  (31) 14-4-0
164
Last Fight: 11/20/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#52 LW] Derek Campos
 
29
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
164
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#118 LW] Shane Campbell
 
30
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (27) 25-5-0
160
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#169 LW] Damir Hadzovic
Next Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs [#32 LW] Nik Lentz
31
 
US Jason High  (34) 20-5-0
154
Last Fight: 6/17/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#98 LW] Mike Ricci
 
32
 
US Nik Lentz  (31) 26-7-2
154
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#100 LW] Danny Castillo
Next Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs [#30 LW] Mairbek Taisumov
33
 
BR Gleison Tibau  (33) 32-11-0
153
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#50 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
34
 
US Diego Sanchez  (34) 26-9-0
151
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
35
 
US Jim Miller  (32) 26-8-0
151
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#97 LW] Takanori Gomi
Next Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs [#21 LW] Joe Lauzon
36
 
BR Luiz Firmino  (34) 19-6-0
150
Last Fight: 1/23/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#171 LW] Caros Fodor
 
37
 
US Dave Jansen  (36) 20-4-0
147
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#19 LW] Marcin Held
 
38
 
RU Murad Machaev  (29) 18-1-0
146
Last Fight: 2/26/2016 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#46 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
39
 
US Brian Foster  (32) 25-9-0
146
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#9 LW] Justin Gaethje
 
40
 
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (25) 11-0-0
146
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#116 LW] Mansour Barnaoui
 
41
 
RU Magomed Mustafaev  (27) 13-1-0
145
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#130 LW] Joe Proctor
 
42
 
BR Patricky Freire  (30) 16-8-0
144
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#12 LW] Michael Chandler
 
43
 
UK Ross Pearson  (31) 19-11-0
143
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Will Brooks
Next Fight: 7/30/2016 [UFC] vs [#25 WW] Jorge Masvidal
44
 
UK Steven Ray  (26) 19-5-0
141
Last Fight: 10/24/2015 [UFC] vs  [#192 WW] Mickael Lebout
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#117 LW] Alan Patrick Silva Alves
45
 
US Bobby Green  (29) 23-7-0
139
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
46
 
RU Alexander Sarnavskiy  (27) 34-4-0
139
Last Fight: 5/24/2016 [Abu Dhabi Warriors] vs  [#214 LW] Jorge Patino
 
47
 
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (31) 12-2-0
136
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#65 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
 
48
 
US Derek Anderson  (26) 13-2-0
133
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#42 LW] Patricky Freire
 
49
 
CA Jason Saggo  (30) 12-2-0
132
Last Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs  [#51 LW] Leandro Silva
 
50
 
US Abel Trujillo  (32) 14-6-0
132
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#144 LW] Jordan Rinaldi
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#16 LW] Evan Dunham

Issue Date: 7/17/2016 (Official Release: #496)

Previous Official Release: 7/10/2016

Fighters who have dropped out: [#98] Jason Witt+, [#347] Marat Balayev-, [#400] Nobumitsu Osawa*, [#451] Rodolfo Rubio Perez-, [#593] Adam Boussif!, [#594] Joe Elmore!, [#595] Vinicius Loureiro!, [#596] Rakhman Makhadzhiev!, [#597] Francisco Isata!, [#598] Tiago Batista Costa!, [#599] David Jordan!, [#600] Duane van Helvoirt!

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

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    • 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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