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UFC Rankings: Latest Top 10 At Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight And More

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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

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Fourteen 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 in his victories over UFC legends Charles Oliveira, Alexander Volkanovski, and Dustin Poirier that place him head and shoulders above any other fighters in the promotion right now.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Islam Makhachev26-1W-W-W
#2Leon Edwards22-3W-W-W
#3Alexandre Pantoja21-5W-W-W
#4Ilia Topuria15-0W-W-W
#5Alex Pereira10-2W-W-W
#6Alexander Volkanovski26-4L-L-W
#7Sean O’Malley18-1-1W-W-W
#8Israel Adesanya24-3L-W-L
#9Max Holloway26-7W-W-L
#10Charles Oliveira34-9W-L-W

UFC flyweight rankings

Brazil’s Alexandre Pantoja has had a long hard road to becoming the UFC flyweight king. He 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.

Since then he has defended his belt twice and turned away some of the best 125-pounders in the world. There is no clear challenger that will be able to knock “The Cannibal” off his thrown.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alexandre Pantoja28-5W-W-W
#2Brandon Royval16-7W-L-W
#3Amir Albazi17-1W-W-W
#4Brandon Moreno21-8-2L-L-W
#5Manel Kape19-6W-W-W
#6Muhammad Mokaev12-0W-W-W
#7Steve Erceg12-2L-W-W
#8Kai Kara-France24-11L-L-W
#9Tim Elliott20-13-1W-L-W
#10Matheus Nicolau19-5-1L-L-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
#2Merab Dvalishvili17-4W-W-W
#3Aljamain Sterling24-4W-L-W
#4Cory Sandhagen16-4W-W-W
#5Petr Yan17-5W-L-L
#6Marlon Vera21-7-1W-L-W
#7Umar Nurmagomedov17-0L-L-W
#8Yadong Song21-8L-W-W
#9Henry Cejudo16-4L-L-W
#10Deiveson Figueiredo23-3W-W-L

UFC featherweight rankings

After five straight wins to start his UFC career, Ilia Topuria became one of the new rising stars at 145 pounds. Then big wins over Bryce Mitchell and former interim championship challenger Josh Emmett cemented his place as not just an impressive talent but a true world title contender.

In February, he stamped his place in division history when he was able to be the first man to not only hang an L on Alexander Volkanovski at featherweight but also dramatically finish him. At just 27, Topuria is set up to begin a lengthy and dominant title run of his own over the next few years.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Ilia Topuria15-0W-W-W
#2Alexander Volkanovski26-4L-L-W
#3Max Holloway25-7W-W-L
#4Josh Emmett18-4W-L-L
#5Movsar Evloev18-0W-W-W
#6Brian Ortega16-3W-L-L
#7Yair Rodriguez19-5L-L-W
#8Arnold Allen19-3L-L-W
#9Aljamain Sterling23-4W-L-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 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. He has added a second win over the Aussie and submission victory over Dustin Poirier since.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Islam Makhachev26-1W-W-W
#2Arman Tsarukyan22-3W-W-W
#3Charles Oliveira34-10L-W-L
#4Justin Gaethje25-5L-W-W
#5Mateusz Gamrot24-2W-W-W
#6Dustin Poirier30-9L-W-L
#7Beniel Dariush22-6-1L-W-W
#8Michael Chandler23-8L-W-L
#9Rafael Fiziev12-2L-W-W
#10Max Holloway26-7W-W-L

UFC welterweight rankings

Rank	Fighter		Record		Last 3 Results
#1	Leon Edwards		21-3		W-W-W
#2	Belal Muhammad		26-3		W-W-W
#3	Kamaru Usman		20-4		L-L-L
#4	Shavkat Rakhmonov		18-0		W-W-W
#5	Gilbert Burns		22-6		L-W-W
#6	Colby Covington		17-4		L-W-L
#7	Stephen Thompson		17-7-1		L-W-L
#8	Vicente Luque		22-8-1		W-L-L
#9	Sean Brady		16-1		W-L-W
#10	Ian Garry		13-0		W-W-W
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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 Usman20-4L-L-L
#4Shavkat Rakhmonov18-0W-W-W
#5Ian Garry14-0W-W-W
#6Gilbert Burns22-6L-W-W
#7Stephen Thompson17-7-1L-W-L
#8Sean Brady16-1W-L-W
#9Jack Della Maddalena17-2W-W-W
#10Joaquin Buckley19-6W-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.

However, his reign at the top was short-lived as history was made in his first title defense when Dricus Du Plessis defeated him to be the first South African-born fighter to win a UFC championship. With the fall of Adesanya, the division is as wide open as it’s been in years.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Dricus Du Plessis21-2W-W-W
#2Sean Strickland29-6W-L-W
#3Israel Adesanya24-3L-W-L
#4Robert Whittaker26-7W-L-W
#5Brendan Allen24-5W-W-W
#6Nassourdine Imavov14-4W-W-NC
#7Jared Cannonier17-7L-W-W
#8Marvin Vettori19-7-1L-W-L
#9Paulo Costa14-4L-L-W
#10Jack Hermansson24-8W-L-W

UFC light heavyweight rankings

In a short amount of time, Alex Pereira stamped his place as one of the best middleweight MMA fighters on the planet. His knockout win over former champion Israel Adesanya forever stamped his spot in division lore and he likely would have been first in line to get a chance to again beat new champion Sean Strickland. However, he switched divisions and rapidly rose to the top at light heavyweight.

At UFC 295, he proved any doubters left wrong when he scored a destructive second-round finish over former champion Jiri Prochazka. Not only is he the ninth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two divisions, but he is by far the fastest to ever achieve the legendary feat as he did it in just seven fights.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alex Pereira10-2W-W-W
#2Jiri Prochazka30-4-1W-L-W
#3Magomed Ankalaev19-1-1W-D-W
#4Jamahal Hill12-2L-W-W
#5Jan Blachowicz29-10-1W-D-W
#6Nikita Krylov30-9W-W-W
#7Khalil Rountree13-5W-W-W
#8Aleksandar Rakic14-4L-L-W
#9Azamat Murzakanvo13-0W-W-W
#10Carlos Ulberg10-1W-W-W

UFC heavyweight rankings

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Englishman Tom Aspinall is the best heavyweight in the UFC. While the current title he holds is an interim belt, with all due respect to lineal champion Jon Jones, Aspinall has beaten many of the best fighters in the division for the last three years instead of a great win in one fight.

His lone defeat in the company came after he tore knee ligaments against Curtis Blaydes, otherwise, he has met little resistance during eight bouts in the Octagon and he stamped his place as the best in the class with a destructive championship win over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295.

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Tom Aspinall14-3W-W-L
#2Jon Jones27-1W-W-W
#3Ciryl Gane12-2W-L-W
#4Sergei Pavlovich18-2L-W-W
#5Curtis Blaydes201-3W-L-W
#6Alexander Volkov37-10W-W-W
#7Jailton Almeida20-3L-W-W
#8Marcin Tybura25-8W-L-W
#9Sergey Spivak16-4L-W-W
#10Derrick Lewis28-12W-L-W

Women’s UFC pound for pound rankings

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Apr 13, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Zhang Weili (red gloves) fights Yan Xiaonan (blue gloves) during UFC 300 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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 Weili25-3W-W-W
#2Alexa Grasso16-3-1D-W-W
#3Valentina Shevchenko23-4-1D-L-W
#4Manon Fiorot12-1W-W-W
#5Yan Xiaonan17-4L-W-W
#6Rose Namajunas13-6W-L-L
#7Erin Blanchfield11-2L-W-W
#8Julianna Pena12-5L-W-W
#9Tatiana Suarez10-0W-W-W
#10Raquel Pennington15-8W-W-W

Where is Islam Makhachev ranked?

UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is ranked in two categories in our current UFC rankings and the Russian star lands in the top spot for both. Makhachev is No. 1 in our latest lightweight and pound-for-pound rankings.

Who is the best pound for pound MMA history?

Deciding who is the greatest MMA fighter ever is very subjective. But if one had to be chosen, either light heavyweight great Jon Jones, welterweight legend Georges St. Pierre, and flyweight icon Demetrious Johnson would be the likely choices for many fight fans.

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