Issue Date: 4/24/2016 (Official Release: #483)

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
 
BR Rafael dos Anjos  (31) 25-7-0
1164
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#12 WW] Donald Cerrone
 
2
NR
US Nate Diaz  (31) 19-10-0
628
Last Fight: 3/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 FW] Conor McGregor
 
3
1
US Eddie Alvarez  (32) 27-4-0
536
Last Fight: 1/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Anthony Pettis
 
4
 
US Will Brooks  (29) 17-1-0
479
Last Fight: 11/06/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#22 LW] Marcin Held
 
5
11
BR Edson Barboza  (30) 17-4-0
461
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Anthony Pettis
 
6
1
US Tony Ferguson  (32) 20-3-0
442
Last Fight: 12/11/2015 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
7
4
US Anthony Pettis  (29) 18-5-0
420
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 LW] Edson Barboza
 
8
2
US Michael Chiesa  (28) 14-2-0
347
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#17 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
9
2
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-5-0
327
Last Fight: 6/13/2015 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Eddie Alvarez
 
10
2
US Justin Gaethje  (27) 16-0-0
325
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#41 LW] Brian Foster
 
11
2
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (27) 23-0-0
316
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#72 LW] Darrell Horcher
 
12
2
US Al Iaquinta  (28) 13-3-1
298
Last Fight: 4/04/2015 [UFC] vs  [#24 WW] Jorge Masvidal
 
13
2
US Michael Johnson  (29) 16-10-0
266
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#2 LW] Nate Diaz
 
14
2
US Evan Dunham  (34) 17-6-0
255
Last Fight: 12/11/2015 [UFC] vs  [#30 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs [#23 LW] Leonardo Santos
15
2
US Michael Chandler  (30) 14-3-0
254
Last Fight: 11/06/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#63 LW] David Rickels
Next Fight: 5/14/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#18 LW] Josh Thomson
16
2
RU Rashid Magomedov  (31) 19-1-0
251
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#61 LW] Gilbert Burns
Next Fight: 5/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#69 LW] Chris Wade
17
2
US Beneil Dariush  (26) 12-2-0
246
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#8 LW] Michael Chiesa
 
18
1
US Josh Thomson  (37) 22-8-0
232
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#276 LW] Pablo Villaseca
Next Fight: 5/14/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#15 LW] Michael Chandler
19
1
US Dustin Poirier  (27) 19-4-0
229
Last Fight: 1/02/2016 [UFC] vs  [#97 LW] Joseph Duffy
Next Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs [NR] Bobby Green
20
1
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (37) 19-4-0
227
Last Fight: 1/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#43 LW] Ross Pearson
Next Fight: 5/14/2016 [UFC] vs [#64 LW] Yancy Medeiros
21
1
JP Shinya Aoki  (32) 39-6-0
219
Last Fight: 12/28/2015 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs  [NR] Kazushi Sakuraba
 
22
1
PL Marcin Held  (24) 21-4-0
208
Last Fight: 11/06/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#4 LW] Will Brooks
Next Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#33 LW] Dave Jansen
23
1
BR Leonardo Santos  (36) 15-3-1
205
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#36 LW] Kevin Lee
Next Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs [#14 LW] Evan Dunham
24
1
RU Rustam Khabilov  (29) 18-3-0
188
Last Fight: 2/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#53 LW] Norman Parke
 
25
1
BR Adriano Martins  (33) 28-7-0
185
Last Fight: 10/03/2015 [UFC] vs  [#118 LW] Islam Makhachev
 
26
1
US Diego Sanchez  (34) 26-8-0
169
Last Fight: 3/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#54 LW] Jim Miller
Next Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs [#30 LW] Joe Lauzon
27
1
BR Patricky Freire  (30) 16-7-0
169
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#182 LW] Edimilson Souza
 
28
1
US James Krause  (29) 23-7-0
163
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#85 LW] Shane Campbell
Next Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#43 LW] Ross Pearson
29
1
US Brandon Girtz  (31) 14-4-0
163
Last Fight: 11/20/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#49 LW] Derek Campos
 
30
1
US Joe Lauzon  (31) 25-11-0
162
Last Fight: 12/11/2015 [UFC] vs  [#14 LW] Evan Dunham
Next Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs [#26 LW] Diego Sanchez
31
1
BR Gleison Tibau  (32) 32-11-0
161
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#56 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
32
1
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (27) 25-5-0
159
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#157 LW] Damir Hadzovic
 
33
1
US Dave Jansen  (36) 20-3-0
156
Last Fight: 4/10/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#4 LW] Will Brooks
Next Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#22 LW] Marcin Held
34
1
US Nik Lentz  (31) 26-7-2
153
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#60 LW] Danny Castillo
 
35
1
US Joshua Burkman  (35) 28-12-0
150
Last Fight: 2/06/2016 [UFC] vs  [#140 LW] K.J. Noons
Next Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs [#44 LW] Paul Felder
36
15
US Kevin Lee  (23) 12-2-0
150
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#71 LW] Efrain Escudero
 
37
6
US James Vick  (29) 9-0-0
150
Last Fight: 4/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#134 LW] Glaico Franca
 
38
3
BR Luiz Firmino  (34) 19-6-0
149
Last Fight: 1/23/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#153 LW] Caros Fodor
 
39
3
BR Leandro Silva  (30) 19-3-1
148
Last Fight: 11/21/2015 [UFC] vs  [#71 LW] Efrain Escudero
Next Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs [#120 LW] Jason Saggo
40
3
RU Murad Machaev  (29) 18-1-0
146
Last Fight: 2/26/2016 [Battle of Moscow] vs  [#48 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
41
3
US Brian Foster  (32) 25-9-0
145
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#10 LW] Justin Gaethje
 
42
3
RU Magomed Mustafaev  (27) 13-1-0
144
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#123 LW] Joe Proctor
 
43
3
UK Ross Pearson  (31) 19-10-0
142
Last Fight: 3/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#74 LW] Chad Laprise
Next Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#28 LW] James Krause
44
3
US Paul Felder  (30) 11-2-0
142
Last Fight: 1/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#73 LW] Daron Cruickshank
Next Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs [#35 LW] Joshua Burkman
45
3
UK Steven Ray  (26) 19-5-0
140
Last Fight: 10/24/2015 [UFC] vs  [#180 WW] Mickael Lebout
 
46
2
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (31) 12-2-0
136
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#86 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Next Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs [#56 LW] Abel Trujillo
47
2
US Derek Anderson  (26) 13-2-0
133
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#27 LW] Patricky Freire
 
48
2
RU Alexander Sarnavskiy  (27) 32-4-0
131
Last Fight: 2/26/2016 [Battle of Moscow] vs  [#40 LW] Murad Machaev
 
49
2
US Derek Campos  (28) 16-6-0
127
Last Fight: 2/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#68 LW] Melvin Guillard
 
50
2
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (25) 10-0-0
127
Last Fight: 10/31/2015 [KSW] vs  [#294 LW] Marif Piraev
 

Issue Date: 4/24/2016 (Official Release: #483)

Previous Official Release: 4/17/2016

Fighters who have dropped out: [#116] Lenny Wheeler-, [#137] Mickael Lebout+, [#145] Matt Bessette-, [#533] Dan Root!, [#572] Maxim Pashkov!, [#586] Hiroshi Hayashi!, [#587] Joel Thomas!, [#592] Jonny Carson!, [#593] Jose Mariscal!, [#594] Max Bohanan!, [#595] David Putvin!, [#596] Joey Munoz!, [#597] Bruno Padilha!, [#598] Allen Marin!, [#599] Joao Bonfim!, [#600] Henry Lindsay!

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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    • 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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