UFC Rankings 2024

Last Modified Feb 23, 2024 09:41 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 2024


Islam Makhachev with his Lightweight belt at UFC 280 (Photo credits: UFC Twitter @ufc)
Islam Makhachev with his Lightweight belt at UFC 280 (Photo credits: UFC Twitter @ufc)


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).

RankFighterRecordWin StreakMWeight classNext Fight
1Islam Makhachev25–113 Lightweight
2Jon Jones27–1
(1 NC)
5 Heavyweight
3Leon Edwards22–3
(1 NC)
41Welterweight
4Alex Pereira9–221Light heavyweight
UFC 300 Jamahal Hill
5Ilia Topuria15–015NEWFeatherweight
6Charles Oliveira34–9
(1 NC)
1 Lightweight
UFC 300 Arman Tsarukyan
7Alexander Volkanovski26–40−4Featherweight
8Sean O'Malley17–1
(1 NC)
2−1Bantamweight
UFC 299 Marlon Vera
9Dricus du Plessis21–29−1Middleweight
10Alexandre Pantoja27–55−1Flyweight
11Israel Adesanya24–30−1Middleweight
12Tom Aspinall14–32 Heavyweight
13Sean Strickland28–60−2Middleweight
14Max Holloway25–72 Featherweight
UFC 300 Justin Gaethje
15Aljamain Sterling23–40−3Bantamweight
UFC 300 Calvin Kattar


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UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2024


UFC 285: Jones v Gane
UFC 285: Jones v Gane


RankFighterRecordWin StreakMWeight classNext Fight
1Alexa Grasso16–3–10 Flyweight
2Zhang Weili24–33 Strawweight
UFC 300 Yan Xiaonan
3Valentina Shevchenko23–4–10 Flyweight
4Erin Blanchfield12–19 Flyweight
UFC Fight Night 241 Manon Fiorot
5Julianna Peña11–50 Bantamweight
6Manon Fiorot11–111 Flyweight
UFC Fight Night 241 Erin Blanchfield
7Raquel Pennington16–86 Bantamweight
8Rose Namajunas11–60 Flyweight
UFC Fight Night 240 Amanda Ribas
9Tatiana Suarez10–010 Strawweight
10Yan Xiaonan17–3
(1 NC)
2 Strawweight
UFC 300 Zhang Weili
11Jéssica Andrade25–121 Flyweight
Strawweight
UFC 300 Marina Rodriguez
12Amanda Lemos14–3–11 Strawweight
13Ketlen Vieira14–31 Bantamweight
14Irene Aldana15–71 Bantamweight
15Mayra Bueno Silva10–3
(1 NC)
0 Bantamweight

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UFC Flyweight Rankings 2024


UFC 290: Volkanovski v Rodriguez
UFC 290: Volkanovski v Rodriguez


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Flyweight Champion: Alexandre Pantoja [27-5-0]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext Fight
CAlexandre Pantoja27–5 5
(1 def)
WinUFC 296 Brandon RoyvalTBD
1Brandon Moreno21–7–2 0LossUFC 290 Alexandre Pantoja
UFC Fight Night 237 Brandon Royval
2Amir Albazi17–1 6WinUFC on ESPN 46 Kai Kara-FranceTBD
3Brandon Royval15–7 0LossUFC 296 Alexandre Pantoja
UFC Fight Night 237 Brandon Moreno
4Kai Kara-France24–11
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ESPN 46 Amir AlbaziTBD
5Matheus Nicolau19–3–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 44 Brandon RoyvalTBD
6Manel Kape19–6 4WinUFC 293 Felipe dos SantosTBD
7Alex Perez24–7 0LossUFC 277 Alexandre Pantoja
UFC Fight Night 238 Muhammad Mokaev
8Muhammad Mokaev11–0
(1 NC)
6WinUFC 294 Tim Elliott
UFC Fight Night 238 Alex Perez
9Matt Schnell16–7
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ESPN 42 Matheus Nicolau
UFC Fight Night 238 Steve Erceg
10Tim Elliott20–13–1 1WinUFC Fight Night 233 Su MudaerjiTBD
11Tagir Ulanbekov15–2 2WinUFC 296 Cody DurdenTBD
12Steve Erceg11–1 10WinUFC 295 Alessandro Costa
UFC Fight Night 238 Matt Schnell
13Su Mudaerji14–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 233 Tim ElliottTBD
14David Dvořák20–6 0LossUFC 289 Steve ErcegTBD
15Tatsuro Taira15–0 15WinUFC Fight Night 233 Carlos HernandezTBD


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.


The narrative continued to unfold as Brandon Moreno once again captured the undisputed Men's Flyweight Championship from Figueiredo at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 21, 2023.


The championship story took another turn when Brazil's Alexandre Pantoja stepped into the spotlight, defeating Moreno at UFC 290 in Las Vegas, NV, on July 8, 2023. He then defended his title against Brandon Royval at UFC 296 on December 16, 2023.


UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2024


UFC 285: Jones v Gane
UFC 285: Shevchenko vs. Grasso


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion: Alexa Grasso [16-3-1]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAlexa Grasso16–3–1 0
(1 def)
DrawUFC Fight Night 227 Valentina ShevchenkoTBD
1Valentina Shevchenko23–4–1 0DrawUFC Fight Night 227 Alexa GrassoTBD
2Erin Blanchfield12–1 9WinUFC Fight Night 225 Taila Santos
UFC Fight Night 241 Manon Fiorot
3Manon Fiorot11–1 11WinUFC Fight Night 226 Rose Namajunas
UFC Fight Night 241 Erin Blanchfield
4Katlyn Cerminara18–5 0LossUFC 280 Manon Fiorot
UFC 299 Maycee Barber
5Jéssica Andrade25–12 1WinUFC 295 Mackenzie Dern
UFC 300 Marina Rodriguez
6Maycee Barber13–2 5WinUFC on ABC 5 Amanda Ribas
UFC 299 Katlyn Cerminara
7Natália Silva17–5–1 11WinUFC Fight Night 235 Viviane AraújoTBD
8Amanda Ribas13–4 1WinUFC Fight Night 232 Luana Pinheiro
UFC Fight Night 240 Rose Namajunas
9Viviane Araújo12–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 235 Natália SilvaTBD
10Tracy Cortez11–1 11WinUFC Fight Night 227 Jasmine JasudaviciusTBD
11Ariane Lipski17–8 3WinUFC 296 Casey O'Neill
UFC Fight Night 243 Karine Silva
12Karine Silva17–4 8WinUFC 292 Maryna Moroz
UFC Fight Night 243 Ariane Lipski
13Casey O'Neill9–2 0LossUFC 296 Ariane LipskiTBD
14Miranda Maverick13–5 2WinUFC 298 Andrea LeeTBD
15Jasmine Jasudavicius10–3−11WinUFC 297 Priscila CachoeiraTBD

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 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. The Women's Flyweight Championship has been a stronghold for Kyrgyzstan's Valentina Shevchenko, who has exhibited dominance in the division since claiming the title at UFC 231 in Toronto, ON, Canada, on December 8, 2018. Shevchenko's reign has spanned for 1,547 days, making her one of the longest-reigning champions in the UFC.


The championship narrative took an intriguing turn when Mexico's Alexa Grasso emerged as a challenger and secured the title at UFC 285 in Las Vegas, NV, on March 4, 2023. Their closely contested rematch was declared a draw.


UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2024


UFC 292: Sterling v O'Malley
UFC 292: Sterling v O'Malley


126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion: Sean O'Malley [17-1-0 (1NC)]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CSean O'Malley17–1
(1 NC)
2
(0 def)
WinUFC 292 Aljamain Sterling
UFC 299 Marlon Vera
1Merab Dvalishvili17–4110WinUFC 298 Henry CejudoTBD
2Aljamain Sterling23–4−10LossUFC 292 Sean O'Malley
UFC 300 Calvin Kattar
3Cory Sandhagen17–413WinUFC on ESPN 50 Rob FontTBD
4Petr Yan16–510LossUFC Fight Night 221 Merab Dvalishvili
UFC 299 Song Yadong
5Marlon Vera23–8–111WinUFC 292 Pedro Munhoz
UFC 299 Sean O'Malley
6Henry Cejudo16–4−30LossUFC 298 Merab DvalishviliTBD
7Song Yadong21–6–1
(1 NC)
2WinUFC Fight Night 233 Chris Gutiérrez
UFC 299 Petr Yan
8Deiveson Figueiredo22–3–1 1WinUFC on ESPN 52 Rob Font
UFC 300 Cody Garbrandt
9Rob Font20–8 0LossUFC on ESPN 52 Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
10Jonathan Martinez19–4 6WinUFC Fight Night 230 Adrian YanezTBD
11Dominick Cruz24–4 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 Marlon VeraTBD
12Pedro Munhoz20–8
(2 NC)
0LossUFC 292 Marlon Vera
UFC 299 Kyler Phillips
13Umar Nurmagomedov16–0 16WinUFC Fight Night 217 Raoni Barcelos
UFC Fight Night 238 Bekzat Almakhan
14Mario Bautista14–2 6WinUFC Fight Night 234 Ricky SimónTBD
15Ricky Simón20–5 0LossUFC Fight Night 234 Mario BautistaTBD

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.


Sean O'Malley beat Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 to become the new UFC bantamweight champion. He is now scheduled to have his first title defense against Marlon Vera at UFC 299.


UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2024


UFC 297: Pennington v Bueno Silva
UFC 297: Pennington v Bueno Silva


Current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion: Raquel Pennington [16-8-0]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CRaquel Pennington16–8 6WinUFC 297 Mayra Bueno SilvaTBD
1Julianna Peña11–5 0LossUFC 277 Amanda NunesTBD
2Mayra Bueno Silva10–3–1
(1 NC)
0LossUFC 297 Raquel PenningtonTBD
3Ketlen Vieira14–3 1WinUFC Fight Night 224 Pannie KianzadTBD
4Irene Aldana15–7 1WinUFC 296 Karol RosaTBD
5Holly Holm15–6
(1 NC)
0NCUFC on ESPN 49 Mayra Bueno Silva
UFC 300 Kayla Harrison
6Pannie Kianzad16–7 0LossUFC Fight Night 224 Ketlen Vieira
UFC Fight Night 239 Macy Chiasson
7Yana Santos14–8
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ESPN 48 Karol RosaTBD
8Miesha Tate20–9 1WinUFC on ESPN 52 Julia AvilaTBD
9Karol Rosa17–6 0LossUFC 296 Irene AldanaTBD
10Macy Chiasson8–3 0LossUFC 279 Irene Aldana
UFC Fight Night 239 Pannie Kianzad
11Norma Dumont10–2 3WinUFC on ESPN 49 Chelsea Chandler
UFC Fight Night 242 Germaine de Randamie
12Julia Avila9–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 52 Miesha TateTBD
13Josiane Nunes10–1 9WinUFC 283 Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
UFC Fight Night 239 Chelsea Chandler
14Chelsea Chandler5–2 0LossUFC on ESPN 49 Norma Dumont
UFC Fight Night 239 Josiane Nunes
15Melissa Dixon6–0 6WinUFC Fight Night 230 Irina Alekseeva
UFC Fight Night 242 Nora Cornolle


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.


Amanda Nunes, the former Women's Bantamweight Champion, announced her retirement at UFC 289 and vacated her belts.


Mayra Bueno Silva and Raquel Pennington fought for the vacant title at UFC 297, with Pennington winning via a unanimous decision to become the new UFC Women's bantamweight champion.


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UFC Featherweight Rankings 2024


UFC 298: Volkanovski v Topuria
UFC 298: Volkanovski v Topuria


136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)


Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Ilia Topuria [15–0-0]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CIlia Topuria15–0315WinUFC 298 Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
1Alexander Volkanovski26–4−10LossUFC 298 Ilia TopuriaTBD
2Max Holloway25–7−12WinUFC Fight Night 225 Jung Chan-sung
UFC 300 Justin Gaethje
3Yair Rodríguez19–4
(1 NC)
−10LossUFC 290 Alexander Volkanovski
UFC Fight Night 237 Brian Ortega
4Brian Ortega15–3
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ABC 3 Yair Rodríguez
UFC Fight Night 237 Yair Rodríguez
5Movsar Evloev18–0 18WinUFC 297 Arnold AllenTBD
6Arnold Allen19–3 0LossUFC 297 Movsar EvloevTBD
7Josh Emmett19–4 1WinUFC 296 Bryce MitchellTBD
8Calvin Kattar23–7 0LossUFC Fight Night 213 Arnold Allen
UFC 300 Aljamain Sterling
9Giga Chikadze15–3 1WinUFC Fight Night 225 Alex CaceresTBD
10Bryce Mitchell16–2 0LossUFC 296 Josh EmmettTBD
11Edson Barboza24–11 2WinUFC Fight Night 230 Sodiq YusuffTBD
12Dan Ige18–711WinUFC Fight Night 236 Andre FiliTBD
13Sodiq Yusuff13–3−10LossUFC Fight Night 230 Edson Barboza
UFC 300 Diego Lopes
14Lerone Murphy13–0–1 5WinUFC Fight Night 224 Joshua CulibaoTBD
15Alex Caceres21–14
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 225 Giga ChikadzeTBD


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.


Volkanovski still remains champion, defending the belt five more times.


UFC Lightweight Rankings 2024


Islam Makhachev with his Lightweight belt at UFC 280
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Current UFC Lightweight Champion: Islam Makhachev [25-1-0]

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CIslam Makhachev25–1 13
(2 def)
WinUFC 294 Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
1Charles Oliveira34–9
(1 NC)
1WinUFC 289 Beneil Dariush
UFC 300 Arman Tsarukyan
2Justin Gaethje25–4 2WinUFC 291 Dustin Poirier
UFC 300 Max Holloway
3Dustin Poirier29–8
(1 NC)
0LossUFC 291 Justin Gaethje
UFC 299 Benoît Saint Denis
4Arman Tsarukyan21–3 3WinUFC on ESPN 52 Beneil Dariush
UFC 300 Charles Oliveira
5Michael Chandler23–8 0LossUFC 281 Dustin PoirierTBD
6Mateusz Gamrot23–2
(1 NC)
2WinUFC Fight Night 228 Rafael Fiziev
UFC 299 Rafael Dos Anjos
7Beneil Dariush22–6–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 52 Arman TsarukyanTBD
8Rafael Fiziev12–3 0LossUFC Fight Night 228 Mateusz GamrotTBD
9Jalin Turner14–7 1WinUFC on ESPN 52 Bobby GreenTBD
10Dan Hooker23–12 2WinUFC 290 Jalin TurnerTBD
11Rafael dos Anjos32–15 0LossUFC on ESPN 51 Vicente Luque
UFC 299 Mateusz Gamrot
12Benoît Saint Denis13–1
(1 NC)
5WinUFC 295 Matt Frevola
UFC 299 Dustin Poirier
13Renato Moicano18–5–1 2WinUFC Fight Night 235 Drew DoberTBD
14Bobby Green31–15–1
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ESPN 52 Jalin Turner
UFC 300 Jim Miller
15Drew Dober27–13
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 235 Renato MoicanoTBD



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. He defended it twice against Alexander Volkanovski.


UFC Welterweight Rankings 2024


UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3
UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3


156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)

Current UFC Welterweight Champion: Leon Edwards [22-3-0 (1NC)]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CLeon Edwards22–3
(1 NC)
4
(2 def)
WinUFC 296 Colby CovingtonTBD
1Kamaru Usman20–4 0LossUFC 294 Khamzat ChimaevTBD
2Belal Muhammad23–3
(1 NC)
5WinUFC 288 Gilbert BurnsTBD
3Shavkat Rakhmonov18–0 18WinUFC 296 Stephen ThompsonTBD
4Gilbert Burns22–6 0LossUFC 288 Belal Muhammad
UFC 299 Jack Della Maddalena
5Colby Covington17–4 0LossUFC 296 Leon EdwardsTBD
6Ian Machado Garry14–0414WinUFC 298 Geoff NealTBD
7Sean Brady16–1−11WinUFC on ESPN 52 Kelvin GastelumTBD
8Stephen Thompson17–7–1−10LossUFC 296 Shavkat RakhmonovTBD
9Geoff Neal15–6−10LossUFC 298 Ian Machado GarryTBD
10Vicente Luque22–9–1−11WinUFC on ESPN 51 Rafael dos Anjos
UFC Fight Night 241 Joaquin Buckley
11Jack Della Maddalena16–2 16WinUFC Fight Night 227 Kevin Holland
UFC 299 Gilbert Burns
12Neil Magny29–11 1WinUFC 297 Mike MalottTBD
13Kevin Holland25–10
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 227 Jack Della Maddalena
UFC 299 Michael Page
14Michael Chiesa18–7 0LossUFC 291 Kevin HollandTBD
15Rinat Fakhretdinov21–1–1 0DrawUFC Fight Night 231 Elizeu Zaleski dos SantosTBD


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. He defended his belt against Kamaru Usman in their trilogy fight via a unanimous decision.


At UFC 296, Leon Edwards defended his title once again, this time against Colby 'Chaos' Covington, via a unanimous decision.


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UFC Middleweight Rankings 2024


UFC 297: Strickland v Du Plessis
UFC 297: Strickland v Du Plessis


171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)


Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Dricus du Plessis [21-2-0]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CDricus du Plessis21–2 9 (0 def)WinUFC 297 Sean StricklandTBD
1Sean Strickland28–6 0LossUFC 297 Dricus du PlessisTBD
2Israel Adesanya24–3 0LossUFC 293 Sean StricklandTBD
3Robert Whittaker25–7 1WinUFC 298 Paulo CostaTBD
4Jared Cannonier17–6 2WinUFC on ESPN 47 Marvin VettoriTBD
5Marvin Vettori19–7–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 47 Jared Cannonier
UFC Fight Night 242 Brendan Allen
6Brendan Allen23–516WinUFC Fight Night 232 Paul Craig
UFC Fight Night 242 Marvin Vettori
7Paulo Costa14–3−10LossUFC 298 Robert WhittakerTBD
8Nassourdine Imavov13–4
(1 NC)
1WinUFC Fight Night 235 Roman DolidzeTBD
9 (T)Jack Hermansson24–811WinUFC Fight Night 236 Joe PyferTBD
9 (T)Roman Dolidze12–3 0LossUFC Fight Night 235 Nassourdine ImavovTBD
11Khamzat Chimaev13–0 13WinUFC 294 Kamaru UsmanTBD
12Paul Craig17–7–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 232 Brendan Allen
UFC 301 Caio Borralho
13Anthony Hernandez12–2
(1 NC)
25WinUFC 298 Roman KopylovTBD
14Chris Curtis31–10
(1 NC)
−11WinUFC 297 Marc-Andre BarriaultTBD
15Caio Borralho15–1
(1 NC)
−112WinUFC Fight Night 231 Abus Magomedov
UFC 301 Paul Craig


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. Adesanya then defended his title against Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa at UFC 248 and UFC 253, respectively.


At UFC 281, Pereira TKO'd Adesanya to become the new middleweight champion, only to lose Adesanya in their rematch at UFC 287.


Sean Strickland was crowned the new middleweight champion after producing a massive upset by beating Israel Adesanya via a unanimous decision at UFC 293. However, Strickland would lose the title to Dricus du Plessis in his first title defense at UFC 297 via a razor-close split decision.


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UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2024


UFC 295: Prochazka v Pereira
UFC 295: Prochazka v Pereira


186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Alex Pereira [9-2-0]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext Fight
CAlex Pereira9–2 2
(0 def)
WinUFC 295 Jiří Procházka
UFC 300 Jamahal Hill
1Jamahal Hill12–1
(1 NC)
4WinUFC 283 Glover Teixeira
UFC 300 Alex Pereira
2Jiří Procházka29–4–1 0LossUFC 295 Alex Pereira
UFC 300 Aleksandar Rakić
3Magomed Ankalaev18–1–1
(1 NC)
1WinUFC Fight Night 234 Johnny WalkerTBD
4Jan Błachowicz29–10–1 0LossUFC 291 Alex PereiraTBD
5Aleksandar Rakić14–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 Jan Błachowicz
UFC 300 Jiří Procházka
6Nikita Krylov30–9 3WinUFC Fight Night 221 Ryan SpannTBD
7Johnny Walker21–8
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 234 Magomed AnkalaevTBD
8Khalil Rountree Jr.13–5
(1 NC)
5WinUFC Fight Night 233 Anthony SmithTBD
9Volkan Oezdemir19–7 1WinUFC Fight Night 226 Bogdan GuskovTBD
10Anthony Smith37–19 0LossUFC Fight Night 233 Khalil Rountree Jr.TBD
11Ryan Spann21–9 0LossUFC Fight Night 225 Anthony SmithTBD
12Alonzo Menifield15–3–1 2WinUFC 296 Dustin Jacoby
UFC Fight Night 244 Carlos Ulberg
13Azamat Murzakanov13–0 13WinUFC on ESPN 44 Dustin JacobyTBD
14Dominick Reyes12–4 0LossUFC 281 Ryan SpannTBD
15Dustin Jacoby19–8–1 0LossUFC 296 Alonzo MenifieldTBD

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 UFC Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.


After a successful defense against Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 on March 6, 2021, the championship journey took an unexpected turn. Glover Teixeira claimed the throne at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021, only to pass it on to Jiří Procházka at UFC 275 on June 12, 2022. Unfortunately, Procházka's reign was short-lived as he vacated the belt on November 23, 2022, due to a severe shoulder injury.


The championship landscape further unfolded as Jan Błachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev fought to a draw for the vacant title on December 10, 2022, at UFC 282. The belt then changed hands once again as Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 on January 21, 2023. However, Hill's reign was cut short after he vacated the championship on July 14, 2023, following an Achilles tendon rupture.


The most recent chapter in the Light Heavyweight Championship saga began on November 11, 2023, when Brazil's Alex Pereira emerged victorious against Jiří Procházka at UFC 295, becoming the current titleholder.


UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2024


UFC 285: Jones v Gane
UFC 285: Jones v Gane


206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion: Jon Jones [27-1-0 (1NC)]

Current UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion: Tom Aspinall [14-3-0]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CJon Jones27–1
(1 NC)
5
(0 def)
WinUFC 285 Ciryl GaneTBD
ICTom Aspinall14–3 2WinUFC 295 Sergei PavlovichTBD
2Ciryl Gane12–2 1WinUFC Fight Night 226 Serghei SpivacTBD
3Sergei Pavlovich18–2 0LossUFC 295 Tom AspinallTBD
4Stipe Miocic20–4 0LossUFC 260 Francis NgannouTBD
5Curtis Blaydes17–4
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 222 Sergei Pavlovich
UFC 299 Jailton Almeida
6Alexander Volkov37–10 3WinUFC 293 Tai TuivasaTBD
7Jailton Almeida20–2 15WinUFC Fight Night 231 Derrick Lewis
UFC 299 Curtis Blaydes
8Serghei Spivac16–4 0LossUFC Fight Night 226 Ciryl GaneTBD
9Tai Tuivasa14–6 0LossUFC 293 Alexander Volkov
UFC Fight Night 239 Marcin Tybura
10 (T)Derrick Lewis27–12
(1 NC)
0LossUFC Fight Night 231 Jailton AlmeidaTBD
10 (T)Marcin Tybura24–8 0LossUFC Fight Night 224 Tom Aspinall
UFC Fight Night 239 Tai Tuivasa
12Jairzinho Rozenstruik13–5 0LossUFC on ABC 4 Jailton Almeida
UFC Fight Night 238 Shamil Gaziev
13Alexander Romanov17–2 1WinUFC on ESPN 48 Blagoy IvanovTBD
14Marcos Rogério de Lima22–9–111WinUFC 298 Junior TafaTBD
15Rodrigo Nascimento11–1
(1 NC)
−13WinUFC Fight Night 231 Don'Tale MayesTBD


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 became the 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).


Ngannou, who held the championship for an impressive 659 days, solidified his reign by defeating interim champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on January 22, 2022. However, the division took an unexpected turn when France's Ciryl Gane won the interim title by defeating Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 on August 7, 2021. Ngannou's reign came to an end on January 14, 2023, as he was stripped of the title due to a contract dispute, marking a vacant belt in the Heavyweight division.


The championship then transitioned to the hands of Jon 'Bones' Jones, who secured the title by defeating Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 on March 4, 2023. As of now, Jones stands as the incumbent Heavyweight champion, having held the title for 253 days. Adding another layer to the storyline, England's Tom Aspinall recently claimed the interim title by defeating Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295 on November 11, 2023, in New York City.


Read here: What is Francis Ngannou's Net Worth?


UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2024


UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Zhang Weili


106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)

Current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion: Zhang Weili [24-3-0]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CZhang Weili24–3 3
(1 def)
WinUFC 292 Amanda Lemos
UFC 300 Yan Xiaonan
1Yan Xiaonan17–3
(1 NC)
2WinUFC 288 Jéssica Andrade
UFC 300 Zhang Weili
2Tatiana Suarez10–0 10WinUFC on ESPN 50 Jéssica AndradeTBD
3Amanda Lemos14–3–1 1WinUFC 298 Mackenzie DernTBD
4Jéssica Andrade25–12 1WinUFC 295 Mackenzie Dern
UFC 300 Marina Rodriguez
5Virna Jandiroba19–3 2WinUFC 288 Marina Rodriguez
UFC Fight Night 241 Loopy Godinez
6Marina Rodriguez17–3–2 1WinUFC Fight Night 228 Michelle Waterson-Gomez
UFC 300 Jéssica Andrade
7Amanda Ribas13–411WinUFC Fight Night 232 Luana Pinheiro
UFC Fight Night 240 Rose Namajunas
8Mackenzie Dern13–5−10LossUFC 298 Amanda LemosTBD
9Luana Pinheiro11–2 0LossUFC Fight Night 232 Amanda Ribas
UFC Fight Night 245 Angela Hill
10Loopy Godinez12–3 4WinUFC 295 Tabatha Ricci
UFC Fight Night 241 Virna Jandiroba
11Tabatha Ricci9–2 0LossUFC 295 Loopy GodinezTBD
12Angela Hill16–13 1WinUFC Fight Night 231 Denise Gomes
UFC Fight Night 245 Luana Pinheiro
13Karolina Kowalkiewicz16–7 4WinUFC Fight Night 229 Diana Belbiţă
UFC 301 Iasmin Lucindo
14Michelle Waterson-Gomez18–12 0LossUFC Fight Night 228 Marina RodriguezTBD
15Gillian Robertson13–8 1WinUFC 297 Polyana VianaTBD

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. Carla Esparza, hailing from the United States, secured her second reign as the champion at UFC 274 in Phoenix, AZ, on May 7, 2022. Esparza's tenure lasted for 190 days.


The championship shifted once again when China's Zhang Weili claimed the title at UFC 281 in New York City on November 12, 2022. Weili's reign has been marked by resilience and skill, and she has held the championship for over a year and counting.



* Last Updated On February 23, 2024.


FAQs

Q. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?

A. Islam Makhachev is the current #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.

Q. How do rankings work in UFC?

A. 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?

A. 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 2024?

A. The UFC champions of 2024 are Jon Jones(Heavyweight), Tom Aspinall (Interim Heavyweight), Alex Pereira(Light Heavyweight), Dricus du Plessis (Middleweight), Leon Edwards (Welterweight), Islam Makhachev (Lightweight), Ilia Topuria (Featherweight), Sean O'Malley (Bantamweight), Alexandre Pantoja (Flyweight), Raquel Pennington(Women's Bantamweight), Alexa Grasso (Women's Flyweight) and Zhang Weili (Women's Strawweight).