UFC Rankings 2023

Last Modified Feb 16, 2023 11:28 GMT

The UFC rankings were introduced in February 2013 and are generated by a voting panel made up of several media members. To rank these fighters, the media members are asked to vote on who they feel are the top fighters per the UFC by weight class and pound-for-pound.

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UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022

UFC 276: Volkanovski v Holloway 3
Alexander Volkanovski

Pound for pound is a ranking division used in combat sports for boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts to decide who is the better fighter in relation to their weight (i.e., adjusted to compensate for weight class).

Win Streak
Weight class
1Alexander Volkanovski25–20 Featherweight
2Islam Makhachev24–112 Lightweight
3Leon Edwards20–3 (1 NC)2 Welterweight
4Kamaru Usman20–20 Welterweight
5Israel Adesanya23–20 Middleweight
6Alex Pereira7–17 Middleweight
7Aljamain Sterling22–38 Bantamweight
8Charles Oliveira33–9 (1 NC)0 Lightweight
9Brandon Moreno21–6–22 Flyweight
10Jon Jones26–1 (1 NC)4December 31, 1899Heavyweight
11Ji?í Procházka29–3–113?1
Light heavyweight
12Dustin Poirier29–7 (1 NC)1 Lightweight
13Jamahal Hill12–1 (1 NC)4
Light heavyweight
14Robert Whittaker24–61 Middleweight
15Max Holloway23–70 Featherweight

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UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022

UFC 269 Press Conference
Amanda Nunes

RankFighterRecordWin StreakMWeight class
Next fight
1Amanda Nunes22–51 Bantamweight Featherweight
2Valentina Shevchenko23–39 FlyweightUFC 285 - Alexa Grasso
3Zhang Weili23–32 Strawweight
4Julianna Pe?a11–50 Bantamweight
5Rose Namajunas11–50 Strawweight
6Carla Esparza19–70 Strawweight
7Jéssica Andrade24–93 Flyweight Strawweight
8Marina Rodriguez16–2–20 Strawweight
9 (T)Amanda Lemos13–2–12 Strawweight
9 (T)Taila Santos19–20December 31, 1899FlyweightUFC Fight Night 219 - Erin Blanchfield
11Manon Fiorot10–110December 31, 1899Flyweight
12Holly Holm14–60?1BantamweightUFC on ESPN 43 - Yana Kunitskaya
13Raquel Pennington15–85 Bantamweight
14Katlyn Chookagian18–50 Flyweight
15Ketlen Vieira13–30 Bantamweight

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UFC Flyweight Rankings 2022

UFC Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Flyweight Champion: Brandon Moreno

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CBrandon Moreno21–6–212 (0 def)WinUFC 283 - Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
1Deiveson Figueiredo21–3–1?10LossUFC 283 - Brandon MorenoTBD
2Alexandre Pantoja25–5 3WinUFC 277 - Alex PerezTBD
3Kai Kara-France24–10 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 277 - Brandon MorenoTBD
4Brandon Royval14–6 2WinUFC 274 - Matt SchnellTBD
5Matheus Nicolau19–2–1 6WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Matt SchnellTBD
6Alex Perez24–7 0LossUFC 277 - Alexandre PantojaUFC on ESPN 43 - Manel Kape
7Amir Albazi16–1 5WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Alessandro CostaTBD
8Matt Schnell16–7 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ESPN 42 - Matheus NicolauTBD
9Manel Kape18–6 3WinUFC Fight Night 216 - David Dvo?ákUFC on ESPN 43 - Alex Perez
10David Dvo?ák20–5 0LossUFC Fight Night 216 - Manel KapeTBD
11Tim Elliott18–12–1 1WinUFC 272 - Tagir UlanbekovTBD
12Muhammad Mokaev9–0 (1 NC)14WinUFC 280 - Malcolm GordonUFC 286 - Jafel Filho
13Su Mudaerji14–5?10LossUFC on ABC 3 - Matt SchnellTBD
14Tagir Ulanbekov14–211WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Nate ManessTBD
15Tyson Nam21–12–1 1WinUFC on ESPN 41 - Ode' OsbourneUFC Fight Night 221 - Bruno Gustavo da Silva

Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez in 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the finale of a 4-man tournament for the inaugural UFC Flyweight Title. The 6-year run as the Flyweight Champion ended for Johnson after Henry Cejudo defeated him via split decision at UFC 227.

Cejudo went on to vacate the title in December 2019, which was later won by the current champion Deiveson Figueiredo who defeated Joseph Benavidez in July 2020.

Deiveson Figueiredo defended his title in 2020 against Alex Perez and Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 and UFC 256, respectively.

At UFC 263 Figueiredo lost the title to Moreno. However, at their UFC 270 rematch, Figueiredo reclaimed the Flyweight title after defeating Moreno via unanimous decision.

UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2022

UFC 275 Media Day
Valentina Shevchenko

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion: Valentina Shevchenko 摆23–3闭

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CValentina Shevchenko23–3 9 (7 def)WinUFC 275 - Taila SantosUFC 285 - Alexa Grasso
1Manon Fiorot10–1 10WinUFC 280 - Katlyn ChookagianTBD
2Taila Santos19–2 0LossUFC 275 - Valentina ShevchenkoUFC Fight Night 219 - Erin Blanchfield
3Jéssica Andrade24–933WinUFC 283 - Lauren MurphyTBD
4Katlyn Chookagian18–5?10LossUFC 280 - Manon FiorotTBD
5Alexa Grasso15–3?14WinUFC Fight Night 212 - Viviane AraújoUFC 285 - Valentina Shevchenko
6Lauren Murphy16–6?20LossUFC 283 - Jéssica AndradeTBD
7Viviane Araújo11–4 0LossUFC Fight Night 212 - Alexa GrassoUFC 285 - Amanda Ribas
8Jennifer Maia20–9–1 1WinUFC Fight Night 215 - Maryna MorozUFC 286 - Casey O'Neill
9Andrea Lee13–6 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Viviane AraújoUFC on ESPN 43 - Maycee Barber
10Erin Blanchfield10–1 7WinUFC 281 - Molly McCannUFC Fight Night 219 - Taila Santos
11Casey O'Neill9–0 9WinUFC 271 - Roxanne ModafferiUFC 286 - Jennifer Maia
12Maycee Barber11–2 3WinUFC 276 - Jessica EyeUFC on ESPN 43 - Andrea Lee
13Tracy Cortez10–1 10WinUFC 274 - Melissa GattoTBD
14Cynthia Calvillo9–5–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 - Nina NunesUFC 287 - Lupita Godinez
15Amanda Ribas11–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Katlyn ChookagianUFC 285 - Viviane Araújo

The inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Title fight was contested in December in Las Vegas, Nevada, at The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale. The inaugural title fight was between two fighters who appeared on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Nicco.

Montano defeated Roxanne Modafferi to win become the inaugural champion. Montano's withdrawal from UFC 228 due to weight-cut issues led to her being stripped of the title in 2018. Thus Valentina Shevchenko won the vacant title after defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231. Shevchenko has since defended her title four times, with a title reign of 732 days and counting.

UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2022

Aljamain Sterling celebrates his title defense at UFC 280

126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion: Aljamain Sterling [22-3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext fight
CAljamain Sterling22–3 8 (2 def)WinUFC 280 - T.J. DillashawTBD
1Sean O'Malley16–1 (1 NC) 1WinUFC 280 - Petr YanTBD
2Petr Yan16–4 0LossUFC 280 - Sean O'MalleyUFC Fight Night 221 - Merab Dvalishvili
3Merab Dvalishvili15–4 8WinUFC 278 - José AldoUFC Fight Night 221 - Petr Yan
4Marlon Vera20–7–1 4WinUFC on ESPN 41 - Dominick CruzUFC Fight Night 219 - Cory Sandhagen
5Cory Sandhagen15–4 1WinUFC Fight Night 210 - Song YadongUFC Fight Night 219 - Marlon Vera
6Rob Font19–6 0LossUFC on ESPN 35 - Marlon VeraUFC 287 - Adrian Yanez
7Dominick Cruz24–4 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 - Marlon VeraTBD
8Song Yadong19–6–1 (1 NC) 0LossUFC Fight Night 210 - Cory SandhagenUFC Fight Night 223 - Ricky Simón
9Pedro Munhoz19–7 (2 NC) 0NCUFC 276 - Sean O'MalleyUFC Fight Night 222 - Chris Gutiérrez
10Ricky Simón20–3 5WinUFC on ABC 3 - Jack ShoreUFC Fight Night 223 - Song Yadong
11Umar Nurmagomedov16–0 16WinUFC Fight Night 217 - Raoni BarcelosTBD
12Chris Gutiérrez19–4–2 4WinUFC 281 - Frankie EdgarUFC Fight Night 222 - Pedro Munhoz
13Adrian Yanez16–3 9WinUFC on ESPN 37 - Tony KelleyUFC 287 - Rob Font
14Said Nurmagomedov17–2 4WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Saidyokub KakhramonovUFC Fight Night 221 - Jonathan Martinez
15Jack Shore16–1 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Ricky SimónUFC 286 - Makwan Amirkhani

Before the UFC-WEC merger, Dominick Cruz was the WEC Bantamweight Champion. At WEC 53, Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen to retain the WEC Bantamweight Championship and was simultaneously awarded the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Championship.

At UFC 173, T.J. Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship. At UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz, Dominick Cruz became the first-ever two-time Bantamweight Champion. At UFC 207, Cruz lost the title to Cody Garbrandt, who eventually lost it to Dillashaw, making the latter a two-time division champion.

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Due to a failed drug test, Dillashaw vacated his title in March 2019. After winning the vacant title at UFC 238 and defending it at UFC 249, Cejudo became the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes (Flyweight and Bantamweight) simultaneously and the second to defend titles in two other weight divisions.

Petr Yan defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 251 and became the current UFC Bantamweight Champion.

In his first title defense, Yan faced #1 ranked Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6, 2021, and lost the title by disqualification due to an intentional illegal knee landed by him in the fourth round to Sterling.

Sterling couldn't continue the fight any further due to a concussion, and the doctor recommended stopping the fight, thus making him the new UFC Bantamweight champion. This is the first-ever title change caused by disqualification in UFC history.

UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2022

UFC 277: Pena v Nunes 2
Amanda Nunes

Current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion: Amanda Nunes [22-5]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAmanda Nunes22–5 1 (0 def)WinUFC 277 - Julianna Pe?aTBD
1Julianna Pe?a11–5 0LossUFC 277 - Amanda NunesTBD
2Ketlen Vieira13–2 2WinUFC Fight Night 206 - Holly HolmTBD
3Holly Holm14–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 206 - Ketlen VieiraTBD
4Irene Aldana14–6 2WinUFC 279 - Macy ChiassonTBD
5Raquel Pennington14–8 4WinUFC 273 - Aspen LaddTBD
6Yana Kunitskaya14–6 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 264 - Irene AldanaTBD
7Pannie Kianzad16–621WinUFC on ESPN 34 - Lina L?nsbergTBD
8Macy Chiasson8–320LossUFC 279 - Irene AldanaTBD
9Karol Rosa15–420LossUFC 280 - Lina L?nsbergTBD
10Miesha Tate19–910LossUFC on ABC 3 - Lauren MurphyTBD
11Julia Avila9–231WinUFC on ESPN 21 - Julija StoliarenkoTBD
12Lina L?nsberg10–610LossUFC 280 - Karol RosaTBD
13Norma Dumont8–221WinUFC 279 - Danyelle WolfTBD
14Mayra Bueno Silva9–2–1 2WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Stephanie EggerTBD
15Josiane Nunes9–1 8WinUFC 283 - Zarah Fairn Dos SantosTBD

Before its folding and absorption by the UFC, Ronda Rousey was the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. Rousey was eventually awarded the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on December 6, 2012, at the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-event press conference.

After a reign of 1,074 days, Rousey lost the Bantamweight Championship to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Holm lost the title to Miesha Tate, who was defeated by the current champion Amanda Nunes for the title, at UFC 196. Nunes has defended her title against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington, Holly Holm, and Germaine De Randamie. Nunes has been the incumbent title holder for 1,614 days and counting, a record in UFC Women's Championship history.

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UFC Featherweight Rankings 2022

UFC 276 Weigh-in
Alexander Volkanovski

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski 摆25–1闭

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAlexander Volkanovski25–2 0 (4 def)LossUFC 284 - Islam MakhachevTBD
ICYair Rodríguez15–3 (1 NC)12WinUFC 284 - Josh EmmettTBD
2Max Holloway23–7?10LossUFC 276 - Alexander VolkanovskiUFC Fight Night 222 - Arnold Allen
3Brian Ortega15–3 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Yair RodríguezTBD
4Arnold Allen19–1 12WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Calvin KattarUFC Fight Night 222 - Max Holloway
5Josh Emmett18–3 0LossUFC 284 - Yair RodríguezTBD
6Jung Chan-sung17–7 0LossUFC 273 - Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
7Calvin Kattar23–7 0LossUFC Fight Night 213 - Arnold AllenTBD
8Giga Chikadze14–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 32 - Calvin KattarTBD
9Ilia Topuria13–0 13WinUFC 282 - Bryce MitchellTBD
10Movsar Evloev16–0 16WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Dan IgeTBD
11Bryce Mitchell15–1 0LossUFC 282 - Ilia TopuriaUFC 288 - Jonathan Pearce
12Sodiq Yusuff13–2 2WinUFC Fight Night 211 - Don ShainisTBD
13Dan Ige16–6 1WinUFC Fight Night 217 - Damon JacksonTBD
14Edson Barboza22–11 0LossUFC 272 - Bryce MitchellUFC Fight Night 222 - Billy Quarantillo
15Alex Caceres20–13 (1 NC) 1WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Julian ErosaUFC on ESPN 43 - Nate Landwehr

At UFC 194, Conor McGregor won the Undisputed Featherweight Championship after beating Jose Aldo within 13 seconds. At UFC 212, Max Holloway won the Undisputed Featherweight Championship from Aldo. Holloway, who defended his title against Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, and Frankie Edgar, lost his title to Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski is the current UFC Featherweight Champion and defended his title against Holloway via split decision in a rematch at UFC 251.

UFC Lightweight Rankings 2022

Islam Makhachev with his Lightweight belt at UFC 280
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RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext Fight
CIslam Makhachev23–1 11 (0 def)WinUFC 280 - Charles OliveiraUFC 284 - Alexander Volkanovski
1Charles Oliveira33–9 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 280 - Islam MakhachevTBD
2Dustin Poirier29–7 (1 NC) 1WinUFC 281 - Michael ChandlerTBD
3Justin Gaethje23–4 0LossUFC 274 - Charles OliveiraTBD
4Beneil Dariush22–4–1 8WinUFC 280 - Mateusz GamrotTBD
5Michael Chandler23–8 0LossUFC 281 - Dustin PoirierTBD
6Rafael Fiziev12–1 6WinUFC on ESPN 39 - Rafael dos AnjosTBD
7Mateusz Gamrot21–2 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 280 - Beneil DariushTBD
8Rafael dos Anjos32–14 1WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Bryan BarberenaTBD
9Arman Tsarukyan19–3 1WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Damir IsmagulovTBD
10Jalin Turner13–5 5WinUFC 276 - Brad RiddellTBD
11Dan Hooker22–12 1WinUFC 281 - Claudio PuellesTBD
12Damir Ismagulov24–2 0LossUFC Fight Night 216 - Arman TsarukyanTBD
13Renato Moicano17–5–1 1WinUFC 281 - Brad RiddellTBD
14Drew Dober26–11 (1 NC) 3WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Bobby GreenTBD
15Grant Dawson19–1–1?12WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Mark MadsenTBD

Current UFC Lightweight Champion: Islam Makhachev

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)

Before UFC 31 in 2001, the Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title. The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was seemingly unified with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez.

The UFC Lightweight Title has been held by the likes of B.J.Penn, Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez throughout the years. At UFC 205, Conor McGregor won the UFC Lightweight Championship after defeating Eddie Alvarez and became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions (Featherweight and Lightweight) simultaneously.

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After McGregor was stripped of the title due to inactivity, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the UFC Lightweight Champion after beating Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. At UFC 236, Dustin Poirier became the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship by beating Max Holloway. At UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier via submission to unify the UFC Lightweight Championship.

Justin Gaethje won the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 249 by defeating Tony Ferguson but lost the championship unification bout against Khabib at UFC 254. Khabib Nurmagomedov has vacated the UFC Lightweight Championship after officially announcing his retirement.

Islam Makhachev became the new lightweight champion after defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 280.

UFC Welterweight Rankings 2022

Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards
Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards

156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)

Current UFC Welterweight Champion: Leon Edwards [20–3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CLeon Edwards20–3 (1 NC) 2 (0 def)WinUFC 278 - Kamaru UsmanUFC 286 - Kamaru Usman
1Kamaru Usman20–2 0LossUFC 278 - Leon EdwardsUFC 286 - Leon Edwards
2Colby Covington17–3 1WinUFC 272 - Jorge MasvidalTBD
3Khamzat Chimaev12–0 12WinUFC 279 - Kevin HollandTBD
4Belal Muhammad22–3 (1 NC) 4WinUFC 280 - Sean BradyTBD
5Gilbert Burns21–5 1WinUFC 283 - Neil MagnyUFC 287 - Jorge Masvidal
6Stephen Thompson17–6–1 1WinUFC on ESPN 42- Kevin HollandTBD
7Geoff Neal15–4 2WinUFC on ESPN 40- Vicente LuqueUFC 285 - Shavkat Rakhmonov
8Sean Brady15–1 0LossUFC 280 - Belal MuhammadTBD
9Vicente Luque21–9–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 40 - Geoff NealTBD
10Shavkat Rakhmonov16–0 16WinUFC on ESPN 38 - Neil MagnyUFC 285 - Geoff Neal
11Jorge Masvidal35–16 0LossUFC 272 - Colby CovingtonUFC 287 - Gilbert Burns
12Neil Magny27–1010LossUFC 283 - Gilbert BurnsTBD
13Michael Chiesa18–6?10LossUFC Fight Night 198 - Sean BradyUFC 287 - Li Jingliang
14Jack Della Maddalena14–2 14WinUFC 284 - Randy BrownTBD
15Michel Pereira28–11 (2 NC)?15WinUFC Fight Night 206 - Santiago PonzinibbioTBD

The UFC Welterweight Title is considered one of the most prestigious titles in the UFC. The inaugural Welterweight Champion was crowned at UFC Brazil in 1998 when Pat Miletich won the belt. Throughout the years, the likes of Carlos Newton, Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Georges-St Pierre, Matt Serra, Johny Hendricks, and Robbie Lawler have all held the Welterweight Championship.

GSP and Matt Hughes are the only two-time Welterweight Champions in UFC history. At UFC 201, Tyron Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler to win the Welterweight Championship. Woodley, who defended the title against Stephen Thompson(twice), Demian Maia, and Darren Till, was defeated by Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 via unanimous decision.

Leon Edwards is the current UFC Welterweight Champion after defeating Kamaru Usman at UFC 278.

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UFC Middleweight Rankings 2022

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Alex Pereira

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)

Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Alex Pereira

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAlex Pereira7–1 7 (0 def)WinUFC 281 - Israel AdesanyaTBD
1Israel Adesanya23–2 0LossUFC 281 - Alex PereiraTBD
2Robert Whittaker24–6 1WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Marvin VettoriTBD
3Jared Cannonier16–6 1WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Sean StricklandTBD
4Marvin Vettori18–6–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 209 - Robert WhittakerUFC 286 - Roman Dolidze
5Derek Brunson23–8 0LossUFC 271 - Jared CannonierUFC 285 - Dricus du Plessis
6Paulo Costa14–2 1WinUFC 278 - Luke RockholdTBD
7Sean Strickland25–5 0LossUFC Fight Night 216 - Jared CannonierTBD
8Roman Dolidze12–1 4WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Jack HermanssonUFC 286 - Marvin Vettori
9Jack Hermansson23–8 0LossUFC on ESPN 42 - Roman DolidzeTBD
10Dricus du Plessis18–2 6WinUFC 282 - Darren TillUFC 285 - Derek Brunson
11André Muniz23–4 9WinUFC 276 - Uriah HallUFC Fight Night 220 - Brendan Allen
12Nassourdine Imavov12–3 3WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Joaquin BuckleyUFC Fight Night 217 - Kelvin Gastelum
13Kelvin Gastelum16–8 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ESPN 29 - Jared CannonierUFC Fight Night 217 - Nassourdine Imavov
14Chris Curtis30–9 1WinUFC 282 - Joaquin BuckleyTBD
15Darren Till18–5–1 0LossUFC 282 - Dricus du PlessisTBD

On March 1, 2008, the Pride World Welterweight Championship was unified with the UFC Middleweight Title on March 1, 2008, when Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82.

Dave Menne and Rich Franklin have held the Middleweight Title, and at UFC 64, Anderson Silva won the title. Silva defended his title against the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Yushin Okami while holding onto the belt for a total of 2,457 days, a record for the longest title reign in UFC history.

At UFC 162, Chris Weidman defeated Silva to win the Middleweight Title. Weidman's reign ended when Luke Rockhold beat him at UFC 194. At UFC 199, Michael Bisping won the Middleweight Title and eventually lost it to the returning GSP at UFC 217.

As GSP vacated the title due to complications with ulcerative colitis, on December 7, 2017, Robert Whittaker was promoted as the Middleweight Champion, having won the Interim Title at UFC 213.

At UFC 243, the interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker to win the undisputed UFC Middleweight Championship. The current champion, Adesanya, defended his title against Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa at UFC 248 and UFC 253, respectively.

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UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2022

Jamahal Hill

186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Jamahal Hill

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CJamahal Hill12–1 (1 NC)74 (0 def)WinUFC 283 - Glover TeixeiraTBD
1Ji?í Procházka29–3–1 13WinUFC 275 - Glover TeixeiraTBD
2Magomed Ankalaev18–1–110DrawUFC 282 - Jan B?achowiczTBD
3Jan B?achowicz29–9–110DrawUFC 282 - Magomed AnkalaevTBD
4Aleksandar Raki?14–310LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Jan B?achowiczTBD
5Anthony Smith36–1710LossUFC 277 - Magomed AnkalaevTBD
6Nikita Krylov29–922WinUFC 280 - Volkan OezdemirUFC Fight Night 220 - Ryan Spann
7Johnny Walker20–752WinUFC 283 - Paul CraigTBD
8Volkan Oezdemir18–720LossUFC 280 - Nikita KrylovTBD
8Ryan Spann21–722WinUFC 281 - Dominick ReyesUFC Fight Night 220 - Nikita Krylov
10Paul Craig16–6–1?10LossUFC 283 - Johnny WalkerTBD
11Dominick Reyes12–420LossUFC 281 - Ryan SpannTBD
12Jimmy Crute12–320LossUFC on ESPN 31 - Jamahal HillUFC 284 - Alonzo Menifield
13Khalil Rountree Jr.11–5 (1 NC)23WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Dustin JacobyTBD
14Dustin Jacoby18–6–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 213 - Khalil Rountree Jr.UFC Fight Night 222 - Azamat Murzakanov
15Azamat Murzakanov12–0 12WinUFC on ESPN 41 - Devin ClarkUFC Fight Night 222 - Dustin Jacoby

The Light Heavyweight Title was known as the Middleweight Title before UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). In 2007, the Pride World Middleweight Championship was unified with the UFC Light Heavyweight Title when Quinton Jackson defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 75.

The UFC Light Heavyweight Title has been held by the likes of Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Forest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, and Mauricio Rua.

At UFC 128, Jon Jones won the Light Heavyweight Title for the first time in his career after defeating Mauricio Rua. Jones held the title for 1501 days and defended it eight times before being stripped of it due to a hit-and-run issue. Daniel Cormier won the vacant belt by beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

Cormier, who became the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously and is the first to defend them in two divisions, vacated his Light Heavyweight Championship 174 days after winning the heavyweight title. Jon Jones won the vacant belt for the second time in his career after defeating Alexander Gustafsson. He defended it with Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, and Dominick Reyes before vacating it to move up to the Heavyweight division.

Jan Blachowicz became the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.

UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2022

206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion: Vacant

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
1Ciryl Gane11–1 1WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Tai TuivasaUFC 285 - Jon Jones
2Stipe Miocic20–4 0LossUFC 260 - Francis NgannouTBD
3Sergei Pavlovich17–1 5WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Tai TuivasaTBD
4Curtis Blaydes17–3 (1 NC) 3WinUFC Fight Night 208 - Tom AspinallTBD
5Tai Tuivasa14–5 0LossUFC on ESPN 42 - Sergei PavlovichTBD
6Tom Aspinall12–3 0LossUFC Fight Night 208 - Curtis BlaydesTBD
7Sergey Spivak16–313WinUFC Fight Night 218 - Derrick LewisTBD
8Alexander Volkov35–10?11WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Jairzinho RozenstruikUFC Fight Night 221 - Alexander Romanov
9Jairzinho Rozenstruik13–4 1WinUFC 282 - Chris DaukausTBD
10Marcin Tybura24–712WinUFC Fight Night 218 - Blagoy IvanovTBD
11Derrick Lewis26–11 (1 NC)?10LossUFC Fight Night 218 - Sergey SpivakTBD
12Chris Daukaus12–6 0LossUFC 282 - Jairzinho RozenstruikTBD
13Alexander Romanov16–1 0LossUFC 278 - Marcin TyburaUFC Fight Night 221 - Alexander Volkov
14Jailton Almeida18–2 13WinUFC 283 - Shamil AbdurakhimovTBD
15Blagoy Ivanov19–5 (1 NC) 0LossUFC Fight Night 218 - Marcin TyburaTBD

In 1997, the UFC Super fight Championship was unified with the UFC Tournament Championship to determine the UFC Heavyweight Champion, as Mark Coleman defeated Dan Severn at UFC 12. Notable names such as Randy Couture, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Andre Arlovski, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Fabricio Werdum have all won the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Randy Couture won the UFC Heavyweight Championship thrice in his career, while Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez, and Stipe Miocic have won the title twice.

Stipe Miocic won the title at UFC 198 by defeating Fabricio Werdum via a KO and went on to defend his title thrice, a record in UFC Heavyweight history, before being defeated by Daniel Cormier at UFC 226. In their rematch at UFC 241, Stipe won the title for the second time after defeating Cormier by a TKO. In their trilogy fight, Miocic defended his title against Cormier at UFC 252.

Francis Ngannou is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion after he knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. Ngannou is the third African-born champion in the UFC after Kamaru Usman (Welterweight) and Israel Adesanya (Middleweight).

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UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2022

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Zhang Weili

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)

Current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion: Zhang Weili

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CZhang Weili23–3 2 (0 def)WinUFC 281 - Carla EsparzaTBD
1Carla Esparza19–7 0LossUFC 281 - Zhang WeiliTBD
2Rose Namajunas11–5 0LossUFC 274 - Carla EsparzaTBD
3Amanda Lemos13–2–1 2WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Marina RodriguezTBD
4Marina Rodriguez16–2–210LossUFC Fight Night 214 - Amanda LemosTBD
5Yan Xiaonan16–3 (1 NC)11WinUFC Fight Night 211 - Mackenzie DernTBD
6Jéssica Andrade24–9?23WinUFC 283 - Lauren MurphyTBD
7Mackenzie Dern12–3 0LossUFC Fight Night 211 - Yan XiaonanTBD
8Tecia Torres13–6 0LossUFC 273 - Mackenzie DernTBD
9Amanda Ribas11–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Katlyn ChookagianUFC 285 - Viviane Araújo
10Virna Jandiroba18–3 1WinUFC on ESPN 36 - Angela HillTBD
11Michelle Waterson18–10 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Amanda LemosUFC 287 - Luana Pinheiro
12Angela Hill15–12 2WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Emily DucoteTBD
13Luana Pinheiro10–1 8WinUFC Fight Night 198 - Sam HughesUFC 287 - Michelle Waterson
14Emily Ducote12–7 0LossUFC on ESPN 42 - Angela HillTBD
15Polyana Viana13–5 1WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Jinh Yu FreyTBD

Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 to win the title but lost to Zhang Weili at UFC Fight Night: Shenzhen, China. Weili went on to face Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first title defense and won via split decision at UFC 248. At UFC 261, Rose Namajunas reclaimed the strawweight title for the second time.

Namajunas defended her title against Weili during their rematch at UFC 268. In her second title defense, Namajunas lost the strawweight title to Carla Esparza at UFC 274. After seven years, Carla Esparza has begun her second reign as the UFC Women's Strawweight Champion.

UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2022

UFC 269 Weigh-in
Amanda Nunes

136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion: Amanda Nunes 摆21–5闭

RankingsChampionWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
NoneAmanda Nunes21-5Defeated Megan AndersonTBD

The inaugural title was won by Germaine De Randamie, who defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision, on February 11, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, at UFC 208.

After De Randamie refused to defend the title against Cris Cyborg, she was stripped of it, and Cyborg went on to win the vacant title by defeating Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. Amanda Nunes defeated Cyborg via KO for the title at UFC 232. She became the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion and the third fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two weight classes. She defended her title against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 and became the first and only fighter in UFC history to defend two titles while actively holding them. Amanda Nunes remains the current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion.

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FAQs on UFC Rankings

Q. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?

Alexander Volkanovski is the current #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.

Q. How do rankings work in UFC?

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight class and pound-for-pound. A soldier is only eligible to be voted on if they are inactive status in the UFC.

A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight class. However, the winners can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

Q. Who are the top UFC fighters of all time?

UFC started almost 28 years ago and produced some of MMA's biggest stars.

Georges St. Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, Henry Cejudo, BJ Penn, and Frank Shamrock, in no particular order, are considered to be some of the top UFC fighters of all time.

Q. Who are the current UFC Champions in 2022?

The UFC champions of 2022 are Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight), Alex Pereira (Middleweight), Leon Edwards (Welterweight), Islam Makhachev(Lightweight), Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (Bantamweight), Brandon Moreno (Flyweight), Amanda Nunes (Women's Bantamweight) Amanda Nunes (Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Zhang Weili (Women's Strawweight).

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* Last Updated: on February 16, 2023.