Issue Date: 12/21/2014 (Official Release: #407)

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 Anthony Pettis  (27) 18-2-0
800
Last Fight: 12/06/2014 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Gilbert Melendez
 
2
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (30) 23-7-0
623
Last Fight: 12/13/2014 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Nate Diaz
 
3
 
US Donald Cerrone  (31) 25-6-0
488
Last Fight: 9/27/2014 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Eddie Alvarez
Next Fight: 1/03/2015 [UFC] vs [#8 LW] Myles Jury
4
 
US Ben Henderson  (31) 21-4-0
448
Last Fight: 8/23/2014 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
Next Fight: 1/18/2015 [UFC] vs [#9 LW] Eddie Alvarez
5
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (26) 22-0-0
418
Last Fight: 4/19/2014 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
 
6
 
US Will Brooks  (28) 15-1-0
402
Last Fight: 11/15/2014 [BellatorFC] vs  [#15 LW] Michael Chandler
 
7
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (32) 22-4-0
378
Last Fight: 12/06/2014 [UFC] vs  [#1 LW] Anthony Pettis
 
8
 
US Myles Jury  (26) 15-0-0
305
Last Fight: 9/20/2014 [UFC] vs  [#42 LW] Takanori Gomi
Next Fight: 1/03/2015 [UFC] vs [#3 LW] Donald Cerrone
9
 
US Eddie Alvarez  (30) 25-4-0
304
Last Fight: 9/27/2014 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Donald Cerrone
Next Fight: 1/18/2015 [UFC] vs [#4 LW] Ben Henderson
10
 
BR Edson Barboza  (28) 15-2-0
291
Last Fight: 11/22/2014 [UFC] vs  [#16 LW] Bobby Green
 
11
1
US Josh Thomson  (36) 20-7-0
281
Last Fight: 7/26/2014 [UFC] vs  [#16 LW] Bobby Green
 
12
1
US Nate Diaz  (29) 17-10-0
281
Last Fight: 12/13/2014 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
 
13
 
US Michael Johnson  (28) 15-8-0
269
Last Fight: 3/08/2014 [UFC] vs  [#31 LW] Melvin Guillard
 
14
 
US Jorge Masvidal  (30) 28-8-0
262
Last Fight: 9/27/2014 [UFC] vs  [#57 LW] James Krause
 
15
 
US Michael Chandler  (28) 12-3-0
242
Last Fight: 11/15/2014 [BellatorFC] vs  [#6 LW] Will Brooks
 
16
 
US Bobby Green  (28) 23-6-0
230
Last Fight: 11/22/2014 [UFC] vs  [#10 LW] Edson Barboza
 
17
9
RU Rashid Magomedov  (30) 18-1-0
223
Last Fight: 12/20/2014 [UFC] vs  [#72 LW] Elias Silverio
 
18
1
US Justin Gaethje  (26) 13-0-0
222
Last Fight: 11/15/2014 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#31 LW] Melvin Guillard
 
19
1
US Joe Lauzon  (30) 24-9-0
220
Last Fight: 9/05/2014 [UFC] vs  [#41 LW] Michael Chiesa
Next Fight: 1/31/2015 [UFC] vs [#21 LW] Al Iaquinta
20
1
US Tony Ferguson  (30) 17-3-0
218
Last Fight: 12/06/2014 [UFC] vs  [#56 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
21
1
US Al Iaquinta  (27) 11-3-1
217
Last Fight: 11/07/2014 [UFC] vs  [#34 LW] Ross Pearson
Next Fight: 1/31/2015 [UFC] vs [#19 LW] Joe Lauzon
22
1
US Diego Sanchez  (32) 25-7-0
210
Last Fight: 6/07/2014 [UFC] vs  [#34 LW] Ross Pearson
 
23
1
JP Shinya Aoki  (31) 36-6-0
196
Last Fight: 8/29/2014 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#159 LW] Kamal Shalorus
Next Fight: 12/31/2014 [Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye] vs [#264 LW] Yuki Yamamoto
24
1
RU Rustam Khabilov  (28) 17-2-0
193
Last Fight: 6/07/2014 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Ben Henderson
Next Fight: 2/22/2015 [UFC] vs [#58 LW] Adriano Martins
25
1
US Dave Jansen  (35) 20-2-0
191
Last Fight: 10/24/2014 [BellatorFC] vs  [#30 LW] Rick Hawn
 
26
1
BR Gleison Tibau  (31) 31-10-0
191
Last Fight: 9/13/2014 [UFC] vs  [#46 LW] Piotr Hallmann
Next Fight: 1/18/2015 [UFC] vs [#54 LW] Norman Parke
27
 
PL Marcin Held  (22) 20-3-0
185
Last Fight: 9/26/2014 [BellatorFC] vs  [#50 LW] Patricky Freire
 
28
 
US Jim Miller  (31) 24-5-0
176
Last Fight: 7/16/2014 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Donald Cerrone
 
29
 
RU Alexander Sarnavskiy  (25) 30-2-0
175
Last Fight: 11/08/2014 [Union of Veterans of Sport] vs  [NR] Artak Nazaryan
 
30
 
US Rick Hawn  (38) 19-4-0
167
Last Fight: 12/19/2014 [Titan Fighting] vs  [#252 LW] Carlo Prater
 
31
 
US Melvin Guillard  (31) 32-14-2
167
Last Fight: 11/15/2014 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#18 LW] Justin Gaethje
 
32
 
US Beneil Dariush  (25) 9-1-0
167
Last Fight: 10/25/2014 [UFC] vs  [#40 LW] Carlos Diego Ferreira
 
33
 
BR Luiz Firmino  (32) 18-6-0
166
Last Fight: 6/21/2014 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#128 LW] Tyson Griffin
 
34
 
UK Ross Pearson  (30) 16-8-0
164
Last Fight: 11/07/2014 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Al Iaquinta
 
35
 
US Danny Castillo  (35) 17-7-0
153
Last Fight: 8/30/2014 [UFC] vs  [#20 LW] Tony Ferguson
Next Fight: 1/03/2015 [UFC] vs [#124 LW] Paul Felder
36
 
US Matt Wiman  (31) 16-7-0
145
Last Fight: 11/22/2014 [UFC] vs  [#106 LW] Isaac Vallie-Flagg
 
37
 
CA Mitch Clarke  (29) 11-2-0
143
Last Fight: 5/24/2014 [UFC] vs  [#21 LW] Al Iaquinta
 
38
 
PE Luis Palomino  (34) 23-9-0
143
Last Fight: 8/09/2014 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#98 WW] Lewis Gonzalez
 
39
 
JP Koji Ando  (29) 11-3-2
142
Last Fight: 11/07/2014 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#371 LW] Zorobabel Moreira
 
40
 
US Carlos Diego Ferreira  (29) 11-1-0
141
Last Fight: 10/25/2014 [UFC] vs  [#32 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
41
 
US Michael Chiesa  (27) 11-2-0
139
Last Fight: 9/05/2014 [UFC] vs  [#19 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
42
 
JP Takanori Gomi  (36) 35-10-0
139
Last Fight: 9/20/2014 [UFC] vs  [#8 LW] Myles Jury
 
43
 
US Gray Maynard  (35) 11-4-1
136
Last Fight: 8/16/2014 [UFC] vs  [#34 LW] Ross Pearson
 
44
 
BR Michel Richard Cunha dos Prazeres   18-1-0
136
Last Fight: 3/23/2014 [UFC] vs  [#73 LW] Mairbek Taisumov
 
45
 
RU Musa Khamanaev  (27) 15-3-0
135
Last Fight: 10/04/2014 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#202 LW] Eric Reynolds
 
46
 
PL Piotr Hallmann  (27) 15-3-0
134
Last Fight: 9/13/2014 [UFC] vs  [#26 LW] Gleison Tibau
 
47
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (34) 13-3-1
133
Last Fight: 9/13/2014 [UFC] vs  [#88 LW] Efrain Escudero
 
48
1
BR Gilbert Burns  (28) 9-0-0
128
Last Fight: 10/25/2014 [UFC] vs  [#105 LW] Christos Giagos
 
49
1
BR Alan Patrick Silva Alves  (31) 12-0-0
127
Last Fight: 2/01/2014 [UFC] vs  [#85 LW] John Makdessi
 
50
1
BR Patricky Freire  (28) 13-6-0
126
Last Fight: 9/26/2014 [BellatorFC] vs  [#27 LW] Marcin Held
 

Issue Date: 12/21/2014 (Official Release: #407)

Previous Official Release: 12/14/2014

Fighters who have dropped out: [#321] Ruben Crawford*, [#331] Aaron Neveu-, [#413] Daniel Swain-, [#520] Michael Ahn!, [#528] Daniil Voevodin!, [#554] Antanas Jazbutis-, [#585] Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady-, [#594] Leonardo Zecchi!, [#596] Aldric Cassata!, [#597] Ozzy Avalos!, [#599] Matt Fiordirosa!, [#600] Jesse Zeugin!

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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    • Tomato says:

      Gaethje’s last fight is still listed as Newell? Seems off since other fights on the WSOF card have been included in this ratings release.

    • jcs says:

      The win was more than enough to leapfrog Khabib.

    • John N. says:

      Wow. Dos Anjos all the way to 2? Figured he’d go to 4 being that he just lost to Khabib 4 months ago who hasn’t lost since.

    • oleg says:

      I don’t think that winning 4 rounds and getting sumbitted in the fifth is anything like losing a split decision…

      The scores in a fight that was finished are not relevant.

    • jcs says:

      That’s the obvious solve, but how many % of bouts that end in a late-round KO/TKO would we have that info for?

    • Metcalf says:

      Personally, I would do it based upon judges and media scoring.

      For instance, Sonnen winning all 4 rounds on every medi outlet and judges score cards but getting submiited in the 5th.

      Khabilov won Rd 1 on everyone’s scorecards, but it was split the next two.

      Only about Half the media outlets had scored the fight for Khabilov ahd it been a 3 rounder…so I’m not sure if you would add points for thta. However, if it were like Sonnen/Silva 1 where its unanimously all for one guy and then the other guy pulls off a come from behind victory then you could treat it like a split decision almost.

    • jcs says:

      How do you objectively and consistently, register a TKO loss as being “close”?

    • IcyB says:

      Rustam really should go up, and Diego should not move. Your system gives points for quality performances right? Like having a close fight with a much higher ranked opponent. Considering Benson has only lost once (to the champion) since joining the UFC, and Rustam was, well, appropriately ranked at #18…I think the fact that it was such a close fight should give him points. He got finished yes, but if that were a 3 rounder, then he may have possibly won.

      I’m pretty sure you guys do give points based on quality performances.

      In the case of Diego, he won, so he gets some points…but it really has to be the least amount of points possible.

    • oleg says:

      Recommended daily Allowance?

      Rafael dos Anjos?

    • efagundes says:

      What is RdA?


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