UFC rankings are viewed by many fight fans as a listing of the very best fighters in each major division in mixed martial arts. However, which competitors get ranked and where is always a source of much debate. Ringside Intel is here to further the subjective discourse with our rundown of the top fighters in the UFC.

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This space will be your one-stop shop for the top 10 in the UFC rankings, from the men’s flyweight division to the women’s pound-for-pound list. Scroll down and feast your eyes on the latest rankings.

Men’s pound-for-pound UFC rankings

Twelve straight victories are part of why UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is at the top of our current pound-for-pound UFC rankings. However, it is also how dominant he has been, and his back-to-back wins over fellow P4P fighters Charles Oliveira and Alexander Volkanovski that place him head and shoulders above any other fighters in the promotion right now.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Islam Makhachev24-1W-W-W
#2Alexander Volkanovski23-2L-W-W
#3Israel Adesanya24-2W-L-W
#4Jon Jones27-1W-W-W
#5Leon Edwards21-3W-W-W
#6Aljamain Sterling23-3W-W-W
#7Kamaru Usman20-3L-L-W
#8Charles Oliveira33-9L-W-W
#9Brandon Moreno21-6W-W-L
#10Max Holloway24-7W-L-W

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UFC flyweight rankings

While Demetrious Johnson will remain fans’ choice as the best flyweight fighter ever, Mexican star Brandon Moreno has firmly placed himself as the undisputed No. 2 of all time. His series with Deiveson Figueiredo is the best in division history and he got the better of it by going 2-1-1 in the four-fight set. He is back in July to defend his title and place as the flyweight king.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Brandon Moreno21-6-2W-W-W
#2Alexandre Pantoja25-5W-W-W
#3Brandon Royval15-6W-W-W
#4Amir Albazi17-1W-W-W
#5Matheus Nicolau19-4-1L-W-W
#6Kai Kara-France24-11L-L-W
#7Manel Kape18-6W-W-W
#8Matt Schnell16-7L-W-L
#9David Divorak20-5L-L-W
#10Tim Elliott20-12-1W-W-W

UFC bantamweight rankings

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If there was any doubt that Aljamain Sterling was the best bantamweight in the world, he put those to rest at UFC 288. While he didn’t finish former two-division king Henry Cejudo, he defeated him cleanly and defended his belt against a former 135-pound champion for a second straight fight. Now, he gets an even bigger spotlight when he defends his belt against uber-popular striker Sean O’Malley next.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Aljamain Sterling23-3W-W-W
#2Merab Dvalishvili16-4W-W-W
#3Cory Sandhagen15-4W-W-L
#4Marlon Vera20-7-1W-W-W
#5Sean O’Malley16-1-1W-NC-W
#6Rob Font20-6W-L-W
#7Petr Yan16-5L-L-W
#8Yadong Son20-7W-L-W
#9Umar Nurmagomedov16-0W-W-W
#10Ricky Simon20-4L-W-W

UFC featherweight rankings

While Alexander Volkanovski failed in his bid to become a champ-champ, he still remains the best featherweight fighter of all time. Three wins over division legend Max Holloway and outclassing MMA great Jose Aldo will make any resume bulletproof. In his return, he will look to defend his thrown against gifted Mexican striker, and interim champion, Yair Rodriguez.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alexander Volkanovski25-2L-W-W
#2Yair Rodriguez16-3W-W-L
#3Max Holloway24-7W-L-W
#4Arnold Allen19-2L-W-W
#5Brian Ortega15-3L-L-W
#6Josh Emmett18-3L-W-W
#7Chan Sung Jung23-7W-L-W
#8Calvin Kattar23-7L-L-W
#9Ilia Topuria13-0W-W-W
#10Giga Chikadze14-3L-W-W

What are MMA rankings?

MMA rankings are just like rankings for boxers of NFL teams. It is a list of the best fighters in a particular weight class or overall in the sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC lightweight rankings

Islam Makhachev, like his friend and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been a dominant force in the UFC lightweight division. He won 10 straight to land a title fight and now has one of the best back-to-back title defenses in weight class history when he defeated former champ Charles Oliveria and featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski. It is unclear at this time which 155-pound star has what it takes to dethrone the Russian.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Islam Makhachev24-1W-W-W
#2Charles Oliveira33-9L-W-W
#3Dustin Poirier29-7W-L-W
#4Justin Gaethje24-4W-L-W
#5Beniel Dariush22-4-1W-W-W
#6Michael Chandler23-8L-W-L
#7Rafael Fiziev12-2L-W-W
#8Mateusz Gamrot22-2W-L-W
#9Jalin Turner13-6L-W-W
#10Renato Moicano17-5W-L-W

UFC welterweight rankings

Fight fans were shocked when Leon Edwards shocked welterweight legend Kamaru Usman in the final seconds of their rematch in 2022. They figured it was a fluke and the champ got lazy late. Well, he proved it was no miracle in March when he defeated Usman again and landed bragging rights for their trilogy. Like it or not, “Rocky” is the cream of the UFC rankings crop at 170 pounds.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Leon Edwards21-3W-W-W
#2Belal Muhammad26-3W-W-W
#3Kamaru Usman20-3L-L-W
#4Khamzat Chimaev12-0W-W-W
#5Gilbert Burns22-6L-W-W
#6Shavkat Rakhmonov17-0W-W-W
#7Colby Covington17-3W-L-W
#8Stephen Thompson17-6-1W-L-L
#9Vicente Luque21-8-1L-L-W
#10Sean Brady15-1L-W-W

UFC middleweight rankings

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After being on the wrong end of a stunning fifth-round knockout to his career-long boogieman Alex Pereira in 2022, Israel Adesanya scored sweet revenge in April with a destructive second-round knockout of the Brazilian. For a few months he lost his top spot, but “The Last Stylebender” is back at the top of the UFC rankings mountain at middleweight.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Israel Adesanya24-2W-L-W
#2Alex Pereira7-2L-W-W
#3Robert Whittaker25-6W-L-W
#4Jared Cannonier16-6W-L-W-
#5Marvin Vettori19-6-1W-L-W
#6Sean Strickland26-5W-L-L
#7Dricus Du Plessis19-2W-W-W
#8Paulo Costa14-2W-L-L
#9Derek Brunson23-9L-L-W
#10Roman Dolidze12-2L-W-W

UFC light heavyweight rankings

While Jiri Prochazka is not the current light heavyweight champion, after relinquishing the title last year, he is still the scariest fighter in the division. New champ Jamahal Hill can make a case for being the best and is expected to get to prove that against “Denisa” at some point in 2023.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Jiri Prochazka29-3-1W-W-W
#2Jamahal Hill12-1W-W-W
#3Magomed Ankalaev18-1-1D-W-W
#4Jan Blachowicz29-9-1D-W-L
#5Aleksandar Rakic14-3L-W-W
#6Johnny Walker21-7W-W-W
#7Nikita Krylov30-9W-W-W
#8Anthony Smith36-18L-L-W
#9Volkan Oezdemir18-7L-W-L
#10Azamat Murzakanvo13-0W-W-W

UFC heavyweight rankings

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After three years away, MMA GOAT Jon Jones returned from his self-imposed exile at a new weight and is still the elite fighter he has always been. In dispatching former interim champion Ciryl Gane with such ease in March, he proved moving up in weight has not limited his greatness, and he now has the chance to take his fight legacy to new heights as the heavyweight champion.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Jon Jones27-1W-W-W
#2Sergei Pavlovich18-1W-W-W
#3Ciryl Gane11-2L-W-L
#4Curtis Blaydes20-3L-W-W
#5Alexander Volkov36-10W-W-L
#6Tom Aspinall12-3W-W-W
#7Tai Tuivasa14-5L-L-W
#8Sergey Spivak16-3W-W-W
#9Marcin Tybura24-7W-W-L
#10Jairzinho Rozenstruik12-4W-L-L

Women’s UFC pound for pound rankings

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When it comes to the women’s side of the pound-for-pound UFC rankings, two-division queen Amanda Nunes remains the best in the world. While she stumbled in her 2021 bantamweight defense against Julianna Pena, she avenged that defeat in 2022 and will next look to add another defense to her resume in June.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Amanda Nunes22-5W-L-W
#2Alexa Grasso16-3W-W-W
#3Valentina Shevchenko23-4L-W-W
#4Zhang Weili23-3W-W-L
#5Carla Esparza20-7L-W-W
#6Rose Namajunas12-5L-W-W
#7Julianna Pena12-5L-W-W
#8Yan Xiaonan17-3W-W-L
#9Erin Blanchfield11-1W-W-W
#10Jessica Andrade24-11L-L-W

Did Francis Ngannou retire?

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has not retired from MMA. “The Predator” was actually released from his UFC contract after failed negotiations and hit free agency in 2023. After months of testing his value on the market, Ngannou came to terms on an exclusive deal with the rival MMA company the Professional Fighters League.