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 Volkanovski26-2W-L-W
#3Jon Jones27-1W-W-W
#4Leon Edwards21-3W-W-W
#5Israel Adesanya24-3L-W-L
#6Charles Oliveira34-9W-L-W
#7Kamaru Usman20-3L-L-W
#8Alexandre Pantoja20-5W-W-W
#9Max Holloway24-7W-L-W
#10Sean O’Malley17-1-1W-W-NC

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UFC flyweight rankings

Brazil’s Alexandre Pantoja has had a long hard road to becoming the new UFC flyweight king. He has toiled away inside the division for five years before he was finally able to earn a title fight at UFC 290. In his first chance at being champion, he made good by scoring a second (third unofficial) win over division king Brandon Moreno. He is not just a 125-pound superstar but a pound-for-pound level competitor as well.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alexandre Pantoja26-5W-W-W
#2Brandon Moreno21-7-2l-W-W
#3Brandon Royval15-6W-W-W
#4Amir Albazi17-1W-W-W
#5Matheus Nicolau19-4-1L-W-W
#6Manel Kape19-6W-W-W
#7Kai Kara-France24-11L-L-W
#8Matt Schnell16-7L-W-L
#9Tim Elliott20-12-1W-W-W
#10Muhammad Mokaev10-0W-W-W

UFC bantamweight rankings

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Sean O’Malley has had many doubters during his UFC career but he put that to rest definitively at UFC 292. His second-round technical knockout win over Aljamain Sterling proved he is not just an elite striker but a fighter with a high fight IQ. At just 28 he is the division king and at the top of our latest UFC bantamweight rankings.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Sean O’Malley17-1-1W-W-NC
#2Aljamain Sterling23-4W-W-W
#3Merab Dvalishvili16-4W-W-W
#4Cory Sandhagen16-4W-W-W
#5Marlon Vera21-7-1W-L-W
#6Petr Yan16-5L-L-W
#7Henry Cejudo16-3L-W-W
#8Rob Font20-7L-W-L
#9Yadong Song20-7W-L-W
#10Umar Nurmagomedov16-0W-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 dominantly defended his place at the top of the rankings against interim champion Yair Rodriguez.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alexander Volkanovski26-2L-W-W
#2Max Holloway25-7W-W-L
#3Arnold Allen19-2L-W-W
#4Yair Rodriguez16-4L-W-W
#5Ilia Topuria14-0W-W-W
#6Brian Ortega15-3L-L-W
#7Josh Emmett18-4L-L-W
#8Calvin Kattar23-7L-L-W
#9Giga Chikadze14-3L-W-W
#10Movsar Evloev17-0W-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.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Islam Makhachev24-1W-W-W
#2Charles Oliveira34-9W-L-W
#3Justin Gaethje25-4W-W-L
#4Dustin Poirier29-8W-L-W
#5Beniel Dariush22-5-1W-W-W
#6Michael Chandler23-8L-W-L
#7Rafael Fiziev12-2L-W-W
#8Mateusz Gamrot22-2W-L-W
#9Arman Tsarukyan20-3W-W-L
#10Dan Hooker23-12W-W-L

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
#4Gilbert Burns22-6L-W-W
#5Shavkat Rakhmonov17-0W-W-W
#6Stephen Thompson17-6-1W-L-L
#7Colby Covington17-3W-L-W
#8Khamzat Chimaev12-0W-W-W
#9Vicente Luque21-8-1L-L-W
#10Sean Brady15-1L-W-W

UFC middleweight rankings

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At UFC 293, Sean Strickland stunned the MMA world by beating division legend Israel Adesanya despite being a +440 underdog entering fight night. It was a stunning moment that forever changed opinions about who is the division GOAT and opened up the top of the division to all sorts of possibilities in the months ahead.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Sean Strickland28-5W-W-W
#2Israel Adesanya24-3L-W-L
#3Dricus Du Plessis20-2W-W-W
#4Robert Whittaker25-7L-W-L
#5Jared Cannonier17-6W-W-L
#6Marvin Vettori19-7-1L-W-L
#7Paulo Costa14-2W-L-L
#8Derek Brunson23-9L-L-W
#9Roman Dolidze12-2L-W-W
#10Brendan Allen22-5W-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. Recent champ Jamahal Hill can make a case for being the best but an Achilles injury has sidelined that opportunity and keeps “Denisa” in the top spot ahead of an upcoming vacant title fight.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Jiri Prochazka29-3-1W-W-W
#2Jamahal Hill12-1W-W-W
#3Magomed Ankalaev18-1-1D-W-W
#4Alex Pereira8-2L-W-W
#5Jan Blachowicz29-10-1W-D-W
#6Aleksandar Rakic14-3L-W-W
#7Johnny Walker21-7W-W-W
#8Nikita Krylov30-9W-W-W
#9Anthony Smith36-18L-L-W
#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 Gane12-2W-L-W
#4Tom Aspinall13-3W-L-W
#5Stipe Miocic20-4L-W-W
#6Curtis Blaydes20-3L-W-W
#7Alexander Volkov37-10W-W-W
#8Jailton Almeida19-2W-W-W
#9Sergey Spivak16-4L-W-W
#10Marcin Tybura24-8L-W-W

Women’s UFC pound for pound rankings

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With Amanda Nunes walking away from the sport, the women’s pound-for-pound rankings are now wide open. In the wake of the GOAT’s departure and Valentina Shevchenko’s shocking loss, Chinese superstar Zhang Weili jumped into the top spot. At UFC 292 she showed why she is one of the best female fighters alive with a dominant win as she used a complete attack to beat Amanda Lemos.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Zhang Weili24-3W-W-W
#2Alexa Grasso16-3-1D-W-W
#3Valentina Shevchenko23-4-1D-L-W
#4Carla Esparza20-7L-W-W
#5Erin Blanchfield11-1W-W-W
#6Yan Xiaonan17-3W-W-L
#7Rose Namajunas12-6L-L-W
#8Julianna Pena12-5L-W-W
#9Tatiana Suarez10-0W-W-W
#10Manon Fiorot11-1W-W-W