Issue Date: 9/18/2016 (Official Release: #505)

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
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#6 LW] Tony Ferguson
3
 
BR Edson Barboza  (30) 18-4-0
542
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Gilbert Melendez
 
4
 
US Will Brooks  (29) 18-1-0
480
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#105 WW] Ross Pearson
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs [#56 WW] Alex Oliveira
5
 
US Ben Henderson  (32) 24-6-0
475
Last Fight: 8/26/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#7 FW] Patricio Freire
Next Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#11 LW] Michael Chandler
6
 
US Tony Ferguson  (32) 21-3-0
445
Last Fight: 7/13/2016 [UFC] vs  [#237 LW] Lando Vannata
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
7
7
US Michael Johnson  (30) 17-10-0
358
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#20 LW] Dustin Poirier
 
8
1
US Michael Chiesa  (28) 14-2-0
350
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#12 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
9
1
US Justin Gaethje  (27) 16-0-0
329
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#39 LW] Brian Foster
Next Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#95 LW] Ozzy Dugulubgov
10
1
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (27) 23-0-0
317
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#71 LW] Darrell Horcher
 
11
1
US Michael Chandler  (30) 15-3-0
304
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#41 LW] Patricky Freire
Next Fight: 11/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#5 LW] Ben Henderson
12
1
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 13-2-0
288
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#52 LW] James Vick
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#15 LW] Rashid Magomedov
13
1
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-6-0
281
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Edson Barboza
 
14
1
US Evan Dunham  (34) 18-6-0
269
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#139 LW] Rick Glenn
 
15
1
RU Rashid Magomedov  (32) 19-1-0
253
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#63 LW] Gilbert Burns
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#12 LW] Beneil Dariush
16
1
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 20-4-0
247
Last Fight: 5/14/2016 [UFC] vs  [#72 WW] Yancy Medeiros
 
17
1
PL Marcin Held  (24) 22-4-0
243
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#43 LW] Dave Jansen
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#34 LW] Diego Sanchez
18
1
RU Rustam Khabilov  (29) 20-3-0
234
Last Fight: 9/03/2016 [UFC] vs  [#51 LW] Leandro Silva
 
19
1
US Josh Thomson  (37) 22-8-0
215
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#304 LW] Pablo Villaseca
 
20
7
US Dustin Poirier  (27) 20-5-0
210
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs  [#7 LW] Michael Johnson
 
21
 
BR Leonardo Santos  (36) 15-3-1
206
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#24 LW] Kevin Lee
Next Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#26 LW] Adriano Martins
22
 
US Jim Miller  (33) 27-8-0
200
Last Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs [NR] Thiago Alves
23
 
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 26-12-0
198
Last Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Jim Miller
 
24
 
US Kevin Lee  (24) 13-2-0
191
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#70 LW] Jake Matthews
 
25
 
US Paul Felder  (31) 12-2-0
189
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#49 LW] Joshua Burkman
 
26
 
BR Adriano Martins  (33) 28-7-0
187
Last Fight: 10/03/2015 [UFC] vs  [#75 LW] Islam Makhachev
Next Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#21 LW] Leonardo Santos
27
 
JP Shinya Aoki  (33) 39-6-0
182
Last Fight: 12/28/2015 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs  [NR] Kazushi Sakuraba
Next Fight: 11/11/2016 [One Fighting Championship] vs [#140 WW] Eduard Folayang
28
 
US Derek Anderson  (26) 14-2-0
173
Last Fight: 8/26/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#57 LW] Saad Awad
 
29
 
US Brandon Girtz  (31) 14-4-0
164
Last Fight: 11/20/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#48 LW] Derek Campos
 
30
 
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
164
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#132 LW] Shane Campbell
 
31
 
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
160
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#174 LW] Damir Hadzovic
 
32
 
US Jason High  (34) 20-5-0
154
Last Fight: 6/17/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#97 LW] Mike Ricci
Next Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#101 WW] Joao Zeferino
33
 
US Nik Lentz  (32) 27-7-2
154
Last Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#318 LW] Michael McBride
 
34
 
US Diego Sanchez  (34) 26-9-0
151
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#17 LW] Marcin Held
35
 
BR Luiz Firmino  (34) 19-6-0
150
Last Fight: 1/23/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#146 LW] Caros Fodor
Next Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#39 LW] Brian Foster
36
 
BR Gleison Tibau  (33) 32-11-0
146
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#47 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
37
 
RU Murad Machaev  (29) 18-1-0
146
Last Fight: 2/26/2016 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#81 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
38
 
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (25) 11-0-0
146
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#119 LW] Mansour Barnaoui
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs [#219 LW] Renato Gomes Gabriel
39
 
US Brian Foster  (32) 26-9-0
146
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#9 LW] Justin Gaethje
Next Fight: 10/07/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#35 LW] Luiz Firmino
40
 
RU Magomed Mustafaev  (28) 13-1-0
145
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#134 LW] Joe Proctor
 
41
 
BR Patricky Freire  (30) 16-8-0
144
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#11 LW] Michael Chandler
 
42
1
UK Steven Ray  (26) 19-5-0
141
Last Fight: 10/24/2015 [UFC] vs  [#205 LW] Mickael Lebout
 
43
1
US Dave Jansen  (37) 20-4-0
141
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#17 LW] Marcin Held
 
44
1
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (31) 12-2-0
137
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#64 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
 
45
1
US Bobby Green  (30) 23-7-0
133
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#20 LW] Dustin Poirier
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs [#49 LW] Joshua Burkman
46
1
CA Jason Saggo  (30) 12-2-0
132
Last Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs  [#51 LW] Leandro Silva
 
47
1
US Abel Trujillo  (33) 14-6-0
132
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#147 LW] Jordan Rinaldi
 
48
1
US Derek Campos  (28) 17-6-0
130
Last Fight: 9/16/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#211 LW] Djamil Chan
 
49
1
US Joshua Burkman  (35) 28-13-0
126
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#25 LW] Paul Felder
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs [#45 LW] Bobby Green
50
1
UK Norman Parke  (29) 21-5-1
125
Last Fight: 2/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#18 LW] Rustam Khabilov
 

Issue Date: 9/18/2016 (Official Release: #505)

Previous Official Release: 9/11/2016

Fighters who have dropped out: [#325] Zorobabel Moreira*, [#441] Filipe Jesus-, [#479] Magomed Khamzaev-, [#512] Tiago Alves*, [#535] Mads Burnell-, [#591] Andre Pacheco de Jesus-, [#596] Vinicius Loureiro!, [#597] Matt Frevola!, [#598] Hiroki Nagaoka!, [#599] Thiago Gaia!, [#600] Vitaliy Lut!

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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