Issue Date: 2/20/2017 (Official Release: #528)

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
 
3
 
US Tony Ferguson  (33) 22-3-0
798
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#4 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
Next Fight: 3/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#6 LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov
4
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (32) 25-9-0
761
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
 
5
 
BR Edson Barboza  (31) 18-4-0
554
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#31 LW] Gilbert Melendez
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
6
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (28) 24-0-0
461
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Michael Johnson
Next Fight: 3/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#3 LW] Tony Ferguson
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 Beneil Dariush  (27) 14-2-0
360
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#26 LW] Rashid Magomedov
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
10
 
US Michael Chiesa  (29) 14-2-0
350
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
11
 
US Justin Gaethje  (28) 17-0-0
340
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#70 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
12
 
US Will Brooks  (30) 18-2-0
310
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#25 WW] Alex Oliveira
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#23 LW] Charles Oliveira
13
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 21-4-0
304
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#29 LW] Paul Felder
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#20 LW] Kevin Lee
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
 
16
 
US Evan Dunham  (35) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#36 FW] Rick Glenn
 
17
 
RU Rustam Khabilov  (30) 21-3-0
263
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#56 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  [#30 LW] Adriano Martins
 
20
 
US Kevin Lee  (24) 14-2-0
227
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#68 LW] Magomed Mustafaev
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#13 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
21
 
US Diego Sanchez  (35) 27-9-0
227
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Marcin Held
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [NR] Al Iaquinta
22
 
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 27-12-0
224
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#28 LW] Marcin Held
 
23
 
BR Charles Oliveira  (27) 21-7-0
218
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 FW] Ricardo Lamas
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#12 LW] Will Brooks
24
16
BR Patricky Freire  (31) 17-8-0
212
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#39 LW] Josh Thomson
 
25
1
US Brian Foster  (32) 27-9-0
198
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#70 LW] Luiz Firmino
 
26
1
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 19-2-0
185
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#9 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
27
1
US Derek Campos  (28) 18-6-0
181
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#45 LW] Derek Anderson
 
28
1
PL Marcin Held  (25) 22-6-0
179
Last Fight: 1/15/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
29
1
US Paul Felder  (31) 13-3-0
178
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#163 LW] Alessandro Ricci
 
30
2
BR Adriano Martins  (34) 28-8-0
173
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#19 LW] Leonardo Santos
 
31
2
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-6-0
171
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
32
 
US James Vick  (29) 10-1-0
168
Last Fight: 2/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#77 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
33
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
162
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#143 LW] Shane Campbell
 
34
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
160
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#198 LW] Damir Hadzovic
 
35
 
BR Joao Zeferino  (31) 21-8-0
157
Last Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#61 LW] Jason High
 
36
 
BR Michel Prazeres  (33) 21-2-0
153
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#101 LW] Gilbert Burns
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#94 WW] Joshua Burkman
37
 
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (26) 12-0-0
151
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#230 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
 
38
 
RU Islam Makhachev  (25) 14-1-0
151
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#54 LW] Nik Lentz
 
39
8
US Josh Thomson  (38) 22-9-0
151
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#24 LW] Patricky Freire
 
40
1
PH Eduard Folayang  (33) 17-5-0
147
Last Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#71 LW] Shinya Aoki
 
41
 
BR Leandro Silva  (31) 20-5-1
145
Last Fight: 1/13/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#128 LW] Pat Healy
 
42
 
CA Olivier Aubin-Mercier  (27) 9-2-0
143
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#102 LW] Drew Dober
 
43
 
BR Diego Brandao  (29) 21-11-0
142
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#73 LW] Murad Machaev
 
44
 
RU Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov  (28) 14-1-0
142
Last Fight: 10/22/2016 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs  [#123 LW] Oleg Bagov
 
45
 
US Derek Anderson  (27) 14-3-0
142
Last Fight: 1/21/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#27 LW] Derek Campos
Next Fight: 5/19/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#43 WW] Michael Page
46
 
UK Stevie Ray  (26) 20-6-0
134
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#51 LW] Ross Pearson
 
47
 
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (32) 12-2-0
131
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#42 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
 
48
 
RU Khusein Khaliev   16-1-0
130
Last Fight: 10/04/2016 [Akhmat MMA] vs  [#118 LW] Shamil Zavurov
 
49
 
US Adam Piccolotti  (28) 9-0-0
128
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#60 LW] Brandon Girtz
 
50
 
US Dave Jansen  (37) 20-4-0
126
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#28 LW] Marcin Held
 

Issue Date: 2/20/2017 (Official Release: #528)

Previous Official Release: 2/12/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#129] Islam Mamedov*, [#139] Jared Gordon-, [#370] Larue Burley*, [#458] Erick Gonzalez!, [#462] Brad Wheeler+, [#471] Lucas Gwaltney*, [#519] Stephen Regman+, [#532] Aleksi Nurminen*, [#563] Leonardo Laiola*, [#564] Daisuke Hoshino!, [#604] Warren Kee+, [#618] Sung Hwa Han!, [#649] Lamberd Akhiadov-

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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