Issue Date: 8/28/2016 (Official Release: #502)

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  [#12 LW] Gilbert Melendez
 
4
 
US Will Brooks  (29) 18-1-0
480
Last Fight: 7/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#102 WW] Ross Pearson
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs [#55 WW] Alex Oliveira
5
NR
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 [#10 LW] Michael Chandler
6
1
US Tony Ferguson  (32) 21-3-0
445
Last Fight: 7/13/2016 [UFC] vs  [#236 LW] Lando Vannata
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#2 LW] Rafael dos Anjos
7
 
US Michael Chiesa  (28) 14-2-0
350
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#11 LW] Beneil Dariush
 
8
 
US Justin Gaethje  (27) 16-0-0
327
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#38 LW] Brian Foster
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#94 LW] Ozzy Dugulubgov
9
 
RU Khabib Nurmagomedov  (27) 23-0-0
317
Last Fight: 4/16/2016 [UFC] vs  [#72 LW] Darrell Horcher
 
10
 
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
11
 
US Beneil Dariush  (27) 13-2-0
288
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#53 LW] James Vick
Next Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs [#16 LW] Rashid Magomedov
12
 
US Gilbert Melendez  (34) 22-6-0
285
Last Fight: 7/23/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LW] Edson Barboza
 
13
 
US Dustin Poirier  (27) 20-4-0
277
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#46 LW] Bobby Green
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#14 LW] Michael Johnson
14
 
US Michael Johnson  (30) 16-10-0
264
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#8 WW] Nate Diaz
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#13 LW] Dustin Poirier
15
 
US Evan Dunham  (34) 17-6-0
258
Last Fight: 12/11/2015 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Joe Lauzon
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#48 LW] Abel Trujillo
16
 
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 [#11 LW] Beneil Dariush
17
 
BR Francisco Trinaldo  (38) 20-4-0
247
Last Fight: 5/14/2016 [UFC] vs  [#64 LW] Yancy Medeiros
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#25 LW] Paul Felder
18
 
PL Marcin Held  (24) 22-4-0
243
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#42 LW] Dave Jansen
 
19
1
US Josh Thomson  (37) 22-8-0
219
Last Fight: 12/04/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#292 LW] Pablo Villaseca
 
20
1
RU Rustam Khabilov  (29) 19-3-0
207
Last Fight: 5/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#82 LW] Chris Wade
Next Fight: 9/03/2016 [UFC] vs [#49 LW] Leandro Silva
21
1
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
11
US Jim Miller  (32) 27-8-0
200
Last Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
23
4
US Joe Lauzon  (32) 26-12-0
198
Last Fight: 8/27/2016 [UFC] vs  [#22 LW] Jim Miller
 
24
1
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  [#51 LW] Joshua Burkman
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#17 LW] Francisco Trinaldo
26
1
BR Adriano Martins  (33) 28-7-0
186
Last Fight: 10/03/2015 [UFC] vs  [#125 LW] Islam Makhachev
Next Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs [#21 LW] Leonardo Santos
27
1
JP Shinya Aoki  (33) 39-6-0
184
Last Fight: 12/28/2015 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs  [NR] Kazushi Sakuraba
 
28
18
US Derek Anderson  (26) 14-2-0
173
Last Fight: 8/26/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#58 LW] Saad Awad
 
29
2
US Brandon Girtz  (31) 14-4-0
164
Last Fight: 11/20/2015 [BellatorFC] vs  [#50 LW] Derek Campos
 
30
2
US James Krause  (30) 23-7-0
164
Last Fight: 2/21/2016 [UFC] vs  [#132 LW] Shane Campbell
 
31
2
RU Mairbek Taisumov  (28) 25-5-0
160
Last Fight: 4/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#167 LW] Damir Hadzovic
Next Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs [#33 LW] Nik Lentz
32
2
US Jason High  (34) 20-5-0
154
Last Fight: 6/17/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#97 LW] Mike Ricci
 
33
2
US Nik Lentz  (32) 26-7-2
154
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#109 LW] Danny Castillo
Next Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs [#31 LW] Mairbek Taisumov
34
2
US Diego Sanchez  (34) 26-9-0
151
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#23 LW] Joe Lauzon
 
35
1
BR Luiz Firmino  (34) 19-6-0
150
Last Fight: 1/23/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#144 LW] Caros Fodor
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#38 LW] Brian Foster
36
1
BR Gleison Tibau  (33) 32-11-0
149
Last Fight: 11/07/2015 [UFC] vs  [#48 LW] Abel Trujillo
 
37
1
RU Murad Machaev  (29) 18-1-0
146
Last Fight: 2/26/2016 [Eurasia Fight Nights] vs  [#44 LW] Alexander Sarnavskiy
 
38
1
US Brian Foster  (32) 25-9-0
146
Last Fight: 3/12/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#8 LW] Justin Gaethje
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs [#35 LW] Luiz Firmino
39
1
PL Mateusz Gamrot  (25) 11-0-0
146
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#118 LW] Mansour Barnaoui
 
40
1
RU Magomed Mustafaev  (28) 13-1-0
145
Last Fight: 12/12/2015 [UFC] vs  [#133 LW] Joe Proctor
 
41
1
BR Patricky Freire  (30) 16-8-0
144
Last Fight: 6/24/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#10 LW] Michael Chandler
 
42
1
US Dave Jansen  (37) 20-4-0
143
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#18 LW] Marcin Held
 
43
1
UK Steven Ray  (26) 19-5-0
141
Last Fight: 10/24/2015 [UFC] vs  [#206 WW] Mickael Lebout
Next Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs [#116 LW] Alan Patrick Silva Alves
44
1
RU Alexander Sarnavskiy  (27) 34-4-0
139
Last Fight: 5/24/2016 [Abu Dhabi Warriors] vs  [#256 MW] Jorge Patino
 
45
1
BR Carlos Diego Ferreira  (31) 12-2-0
137
Last Fight: 1/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#65 LW] Olivier Aubin-Mercier
 
46
1
US Bobby Green  (29) 23-7-0
135
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 LW] Dustin Poirier
Next Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs [#51 LW] Joshua Burkman
47
 
CA Jason Saggo  (30) 12-2-0
132
Last Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs  [#49 LW] Leandro Silva
 
48
 
US Abel Trujillo  (32) 14-6-0
132
Last Fight: 5/29/2016 [UFC] vs  [#145 LW] Jordan Rinaldi
Next Fight: 9/17/2016 [UFC] vs [#15 LW] Evan Dunham
49
 
BR Leandro Silva  (30) 19-4-1
131
Last Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs  [#47 LW] Jason Saggo
Next Fight: 9/03/2016 [UFC] vs [#20 LW] Rustam Khabilov
50
 
US Derek Campos  (28) 16-6-0
128
Last Fight: 2/19/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#74 LW] Melvin Guillard
Next Fight: 9/16/2016 [BellatorFC] vs [#207 LW] Djamil Chan

Issue Date: 8/28/2016 (Official Release: #502)

Previous Official Release: 8/21/2016

Fighters who have dropped out: [#6] Anthony Pettis-, [#249] Enrique Barzola-, [#438] Dmitry Bikrev+, [#449] Vincent Latoel-, [#525] Ilyas Omarov*, [#537] Gildasio Ferreira*, [#563] Rodrigo Almeida-, [#598] Joe Elmore+

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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