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UFC Fighter Rankings 2020


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


  1. UFC Fighter Rankings 2020
  2. UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2020
  3. UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2020
  4. UFC Flyweight Rankings 2020
  5. UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2020
  6. UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2020
  7. UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2020
  8. UFC Featherweight Rankings 2020
  9. UFC Lightweight Rankings 2020
  10. UFC Welterweight Rankings 2020
  11. UFC Middleweight Rankings 2020
  12. UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2020
  13. UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2020
  14. UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2020
  15. UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2020
  16. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?
  17. How do rankings work in UFC?
  18. Where is MMA most popular?
  19. What does pound for pound mean in UFC?
  20. Who is the most famous UFC fighter?
  21. Who is the best ever UFC fighter?
  22. Who is the best woman UFC fighter?


UFC Rankings 2019



UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2020


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


RankingsPlayerWeight ClassesWin/Loss Record
1Jon JonesLight Heavyweight26–1
2Khabib NurmagomedovWelterweight (2009–2011), Lightweight (2008–2010, 2012–present)28–0
3Stipe MiocicHeavyweight19–3
4Israel AdesanyaMiddleweight19–0
5Daniel CormierHeavyweight (2009–2014, 2018–present), Light Heavyweight (2014–2018)22–2
6Kamaru UsmanWelterweight16–1
7Alexander VolkanovskiWelterweight (2012–2013), Lightweight (2014, 2016), Featherweight (2014–present)21–1
8Conor McGregorWelterweight (2016, 2020–present), Lightweight (2008–2012, 2016–present), Featherweight (2008–2015)22–4
9Dustin PoirierLightweight (2009–2010, 2015–present), Featherweight (2011–2014)25–6
10Max HollowayLightweight (2010–2011, 2019), Featherweight (2012–present)21–5
11Justin GaethjeLightweight22–2
12Tony FergusonWelterweight (2008–2011), Lightweight (2011–present)25–4
13Robert WhittakerWelterweight (2009–2014), Middleweight (2014–present)20–5
14Francis NgannouHeavyweight15-3
15Dominick ReyesLight Heavyweight12–1


UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2020


RankingsPlayerWeight ClassesWin/Loss Record
1Amanda NunesBantamweight (2011–present), Featherweight (2008–2011, 2018–present)20–4
2Weili ZhangStrawweight-
3Valentina ShevchenkoBantamweight (2003–2005, 2010–2017), Flyweight (2006, 2018–present)19–3
4Jessica AndradeBantamweight (2011–2015), Strawweight (2016–present)20–7
5Joanna JedrzejczykFlyweight (2012–2014, 2018–present), Strawweight (2014–2018, 2019–present)16–4
6Rose NamajunasStrawweight8–4
7Tatiana SuarezStrawweight8–0
8Holly HolmFeatherweight (2017–2019), Bantamweight (2011–present)13–5
9Germaine De RandamieFeatherweight (2011–2012, 2017), Bantamweight (2008–2011, 2013–2016, 2018–present)9–4
10Aspen LaddBantamweight (2016–present), Flyweight (2015)9–1
11Katlyn ChookagianBantamweight (2016–2017), Flyweight (2014–2016, 2018–present), Strawweight (2014)13–3
12Claudia GadelhaFlyweight (2013), Strawweight (2010–present)17–4
13Julianna PeñaBantamweight (2009–present), Flyweight (2013)9–3
14Cynthia Calvillo‎Strawweight8–1–1
15Nina AnsaroffFlyweight (2012), Strawweight (2008–present)10–6


UFC Flyweight Rankings 2020


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.


Champion: Vacant


UFC Flyweight Champion


What are the UFC Flyweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Deiveson Figueiredo18–1
2Joseph Benavidez28–6
3Brandon Moreno17–5–1
4Alexandre Pantoja22–4
5Alex Perez24–5
6Jussier Formiga23–7
7Askar Askarov11–0–1
8Kai Kara-France21–8 (1)
9Rogério Bontorin16–2 (1)
10Matt Schnell14–5
11Brandon Royval11-4
12Tim Elliott15–10–1
13Jordan Espinosa14–7 (1)
14Raulian Paiva19–3
15David Dvořák18–3


UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2020


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, as Nicco Montano defeated Roxanne Modafferi to win become the inaugural champion.


UFC Women's Flyweight Champion


What are the UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings? Check below:


Champion: Valentina Shevchenko [19–3]

 

RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Katlyn Chookagian14–3
2Cynthia Calvillo9-1-1
3Joanne Calderwood14–4
4Lauren Murphy12–4
5Jessica Eye15–7 (1)
6Jennifer Maia17–6–1
7Roxanne Modafferi24–16
8Viviane Araujo8–2
9Andrea Lee11–4
10Maycee Barber8–1
11Alexis Davis19–10
12Montana De La Rosa11–5
13Antonina Shevchenko8–2
14Ji Yeon Kim9–2–2
15Molly McCann10–2


UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2020


Prior to 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.


Champion: Vacant



What are the UFC Bantamweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Marlon Moraes23–6–1
2Aljamain Sterling18–3
3Petr Yan14–1
4Cody Garbrandt 12–3
5Cory Sandhagen12–2
6José Aldo28–6
7Pedro Munhoz18–4 (1)
8Raphael Assuncao27–8
9Jimmie Rivera22–4
10Cody Stamann18–2–1
11Rob Font17–4
12Dominick Cruz22–3
13John Dodson22–11
14Sean O'Malley12-0
15Song Yadong16–4–1 (1)


UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2020


Prior to 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 would eventually lose the title to Meisha Tate, who was beaten by Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 for the title. Nunes has held the title for a total of 1,110 days (and counting).


Champion: Amanda Nunes [19–4]


UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion


What are the UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Germaine de Randamie9–4
2Holly Holm13–5
3Aspen Ladd9–1
4Julianna Peña9–3
5Raquel Pennington10–8
6Irene Aldana12–5
7Ketlen Vieira10–1
8Yana Kunitskaya12–5 (1)
9Sara McMann12–5
10Marion Reneau9–5–1
11Lina Länsberg10–5
12Macy Chiasson6–1
13Bethe Correia11–4–1
14Sijara Eubanks4–4
15Julia Avila8–1


UFC Featherweight Rankings 2020


Prior to the UFC-WEC merger, José Aldo was the WEC Featherweight Champion. Aldo was awarded the inaugural UFC Featherweight Championship on November 20, 2010, at UFC 123 in a ceremony prior to the event.


At UFC 194, Conor McGregor won the Undisputed Featherweight Championship after beating Jose Aldo within 13 seconds. At UFC 206, Max Holloway won the Featherweight Championship from Aldo.


Champion: Alexander Volkanovski [21–1]


Max Holloway v Alexander Volkanovski


What are the UFC Featherweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Max Holloway21–5
2Zabit Magomedsharipov18–1
3Brian Ortega14–1 (1)
4Chan Sung Jung16–5
5Yair Rodríguez13–2 (1)
6Calvin Kattar21–4
7Josh Emmett15-2
8Frankie Edgar23–8–1
9Josh Emmett15–2
10Jeremy Stephens28–18 (1)
11Dan Ige14–2
12José Aldo28-6
13Arnold Allen 16–1
14José Aldo28–6
15Ryan Hall8–1
14 Shane Burgos13–1
15Sodiq Yusuff11-1


UFC Lightweight Rankings 2020


Prior to 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 Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez throughout the years. At UFC 205, Conor McGregor won the Lightweight Title. At UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the Lightweight Title after beating Al Iaquinta.


Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov [28–0]


UFC Lightweight Champion


What are the UFC Lightweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1(IC) Justin Gaethje22–2
2Dustin Poirier25-6
3Tony Ferguson25–4
4Conor McGregor22–4
5Dan Hooker20–8
6Charles Oliveira29-8 (1)
7Paul Felder17–5
8Diego Ferreira17-2
9Kevin Lee18–6
10Al Iaquinta14–6-1
11Islam Makhachev18-1
12Gregor Gillespie13–1
13Donald Cerrone36–15 (1)
14Drew Dober23–9 (1)
15Beneil Dariush18–4–1


UFC Welterweight Rankings 2020


The UFC Welterweight Title is considered as 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 Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Georges-St Pierre, Matt Serra, Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, and Robbie Lawler have all held the Welterweight Championship.


Till date, GSP and Matt Hughes are the only two-time UFC Welterweight Champion in history.


At UFC 201, Tyron Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler to win the Welterweight Championship.


Champion: Kamaru Usman [16–1]


UFC Welterweight Champion


What are the UFC Welterweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Gilbert Burns19–3
2Colby Covington15–2
3Jorge Masvidal35–13
4Leon Edwards18-3
4Tyron Woodley19-5-1
6Stephen Thompson15-4-1
7Demian Maia28–10
8Michael Chiesa17–4
9Rafael Dos Anjos29–13
10Nate Diaz20–12
11Geoff Neal13–2
12Vicente Luque18–7–1
13Robbie Lawler28–14 (1)
14Anthony Pettis23–10
15Neil Magny23–8


UFC Middleweight Rankings 2020


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.


The Middleweight Title has been held by the likes of Dave Menne, Rich Franklin, and at UFC 64, Anderson Silva won the title. Silva went on to hold the belt for a total of 2,457 days. At UFC 162, Chris Weidman defeated Silva to win the Middleweight Title. Weidman's reign came to an end when he was beaten by Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.


At UFC 199, Michael Bisping won the Middleweight Title and eventually lost it to the returning GSP at UFC 217. On December 7, 2017, Robert Whittaker was promoted as the Middleweight Champion, having won the Interim Title at UFC 213.


At UFC 236, Israel Adesanya won the Interim Middleweight Championship by defeating Kelvin Gastelum.


Champion: Israel Adesanya [19–0]


UFC 236 Holloway v Poirier 2


What are the UFC Middleweight Rankings? Check below


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Robert Whittaker20–5
2Paulo Costa13–0
3Jared Cannonier13–4
4Yoel Romero13–5
5Darren Till18–2–1
6Jack Hermansson20–5
7Kelvin Gastelum15–5 (1)
8Derek Brunson20–7
9Edmen Shahbazyan11–0
10Uriah Hall15–9
11Omari Akhmedov20–4–1
12Brad Tavares17–6
13Ian Heinisch13–3
14Marvin Vettori15–4-1
15Antônio Carlos Júnior10–4 (1)


UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2020


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


The UFC Light Heavyweight Title has been held by the likes of Frank Shemrock, 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. However, after being stripped off the title, Daniel Cormier won the belt by beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.


Champion: Jon Jones [26–1]


UFC Light Heavyweight Champion


What are the UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings? Check below:


RankFighterRecord
1Dominick Reyes12–1
2Thiago Santos21–7
3Jan Błachowicz26–8
4Corey Anderson13–5
5Glover Teixeira31–7
6Anthony Smith32–15
7Volkan Oezdemir17–4
8Alexander Gustafsson18–6
9Aleksandar Rakić12–2
10Nikita Krylov26–7
11Johnny Walker17–5
12Misha Cirkunov15–5
13Ryan Spann18–5
14Magomed Ankalaev14–1
15Maurício Rua26–11–1


UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2020


In 1997, the UFC Superfight 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 Wedrum have all won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.


Champion: Stipe Miocic [19–3]



What are the UFC Heavyweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Daniel Cormier22–2 (1)
2Francis Ngannou15–3
3Curtis Blaydes13–2
4Derrick Lewis23–7 (1)
5Junior dos Santos21–7
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik10–1
7Alistair Overeem46–18 (1)
8Alexander Volkov31–7
9Walt Harris13–8 (1)
10Augusto Sakai14–1–1
11Aleksei Oleinik58–13–1
12Shamil Abdurakhimov20–5
13Sergei Pavlovich14–1
14Fabrício Werdum23–9–1
15Blagoy Ivanov18–3 (1)


UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2020


The inaugural UFC Strawweight Champion was Carla Esparza, who defeated Rose Namajunas in 2014 in the tournament finale for The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned. At UFC 185, Joanna Jedrzejczyk won the Strawweight Championship and held the title for a total of 966 days.


Champion: Zhang Weili [21–1]



What are the UFC Strawweight Rankings? Check below:


RankingsFighterWin/Loss Record
1Jessica Andrade20–7
2Rose Namajunas8–4
3Tatiana Suarez8–0
4Joanna Jedrzejczyk16–4
5Nina Ansaroff10–6
6Claudia Gadelha18–4
7Carla Esparza15–6
8Michelle Waterson17–7
9Marina Rodriguez12–0–2
10Yan Xiaonan12–1 (1)
11Tecia Torres10–5
12Alexa Grasso11–3
13Felice Herrig14–8
14Angela Hill12-8-0
15Amanda Ribas9–1


UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2020


Champion: Amanda Nunes [19–4]


No rankings available for UFC Women's Featherweight division.


Last Updated: 5th July, 2020


People also ask


Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?


Jon Jones is the current #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the UFC.


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 fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active 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 champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.


Where is MMA most popular?


With leading MMA promotions like the UFC and Bellator based in the United States of America, the country is the powerhouse of global MMA. With the rapid growth of UFC, fans of combat sports in the country have started to shift allegiances from sports like boxing and wrestling to MMA. With the massive following bringing in ridiculous amounts of money, the infrastructure for MMA in the US has increased by leaps and bounds, giving rise to a host of new talent, present and future champions belonging from the country. Fighters from other countries move to the states for the infrastructure it has to offer.


What does pound for pound mean in UFC?


In the world of Mixed Martial Arts, ‘Pound for pound’ is a ranking used to determine who the best fighters in an MMA promotion / organization are spanning across all weight divisions. Since fighters belonging to different weight classes do not compete against each other, the criteria for adjudging the best fighters is based on factors such as quality of opposition they faced, popularity, and determining who would win if the best ranked fighters fought against each other in the same weight class depending on their style of fighting. 


Who is the most famous UFC fighter?


Irish Superstar Conor McGregor is regarded as the most famous Mixed Martial Artist of all time. McGregor is often credited for single-handedly bringing UFC on the map. McGregor is a two division world champion in two promotions – Cage Warriors and UFC and is also known for famously transitioning from MMA to Boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman is currently ranked 21st among the world's highest-paid athletes as per Forbes.


Who is the best ever UFC fighter?


Canadian fighter George St. Pierre is considered by many as the best fighter to have stepped inside the Octagon. He has been a two division world champion in the UFC. George is one of the best-rounded fighters in the game and he has always been quick to learn and shut down his opponent’s game. GSP is famous for his perfectly timed take-downs and willingness to always train with and learn from the best fighters in the game. He has beaten the biggest names in the organization time and time again over a career spanning 15 years.


Who is the best woman UFC fighter?


Cris Cyborg is the only female mixed martial artist to become a champion across three major mixed martial arts promotions – UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. Cyborg is in a league of her own, with an unbelievable professional MMA record of 21 wins and just 2 losses in her decade long career. With credentials like this, Cyborg can easily be regarded as the best female UFC fighter of all time.

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