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UFC Rankings 2022

The UFC 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 on who they feel are the top fighters as per the UFC by weight class and pound-for-pound.


Table of Contents


  1. UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022
  2. UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022
  3. UFC Flyweight Rankings 2022
  4. UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2022
  5. UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2022
  6. UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2022
  7. UFC Featherweight Rankings 2022
  8. UFC Lightweight Rankings 2022
  9. UFC Welterweight Rankings 2022
  10. UFC Middleweight Rankings 2022
  11. UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2022
  12. UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2022
  13. UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2022
  14. UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2022
  15. FAQs on UFC Rankings


UFC Rankings 2019


UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022


Kamaru Usman Top Ranked in Pound for Pound Rankings


Pound for pound is a ranking division 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).


RankFighterRecordWin StreakMNext Fight
1Kamaru Usman20–119-TBD
2Alexander Volkanovski24–121-UFC 276 Max Holloway
3Israel Adesanya22-12-UFC 276 Jared Cannoiner
4Charles Oliveira33–8 (1 NC)111TBD
5Francis Ngannou17–36−1TBD
6Max Holloway23–62-UFC 276 Alexander Volkanovski
7Dustin Poirier28–7 (1 NC)0-TBD
8Glover Teixeira33–76-UFC 275 Jiří Procházka
9 (T)Jon Jones26–1 (1 NC)4-TBD
9 (T)Aljamain Sterling21–371TBD
11Deiveson Figueiredo21–2–11-TBD
12Stipe Miocic20–40-TBD
13Petr Yan16–30-TBD
14Robert Whittaker23–601TBD
15Brandon Moreno19–6–20−1UFC 277


UFC Women's Pound for Pound Top Fighter


UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022


RankFighterRecordWin StreakMNext Fight
1Valentina Shevchenko22–38-UFC 275 Talia Santos
2Amanda Nunes21–50-TBD
3Julianna Peña11–421TBD
4Rose Namajunas11–50−1TBD
5Zhang Weili21–30-UFC 275 Joanna Jędrzejczyk
6Carla Esparza19–662TBD
7Jéssica Andrade23–92−1TBD
8Holly Holm14–52−1UFC Fight Night 206 Ketlen Vieira
9Marina Rodriguez16–1–24-TBD
10Katlyn Chookagian18–44-TBD
11Yan Xiaonan13–3 (1 NC)0-TBD
12Mackenzie Dern12–211TBD
13Irene Aldana13–61−1TBD
14Lauren Murphy15–50-UFC 276 Miesha Tate
15Raquel Pennington14–84-TBD


See Here: Men's & Women's UFC Weight Classes


UFC Flyweight Rankings 2022


UFC Fight Night: Figueredo v Benavidez 2


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Flyweight Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo [21-2-1]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CDeiveson Figueiredo21–2–1-1 (0 def)WinUFC 270 Brandon MorenoTBD
1Brandon Moreno19–6–2-0LossUFC 270 Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
2Kai Kara-France24–9 (1 NC)-3WinUFC on ESPN 33 Askar AskarovTBD
3Askar Askarov14–1–1-0LossUFC on ESPN 33 Kai Kara-FranceUFC Fight Night 211 Alex Perez
4Alexandre Pantoja24–5-2WinUFC on ESPN 29 Brandon RoyvalTBD
5Alex Perez24–6-0LossUFC 255 Deiveson FigueiredoUFC Fight Night 211 Askar Askarov
6Brandon Royval14–6-2WinUFC 274 Matt SchnellTBD
7Matheus Nicolau18–2–1-5WinUFC on ESPN 33 David DvořákTBD
8Rogério Bontorin16–4 (2 NC)-0LossUFC on ESPN 32 Brandon RoyvalTBD
9Matt Schnell15–5 (1 NC)-0No ContestUFC 262 Rogério BontorinUFC 274 Brandon Royval
10David Dvořák20–4-0LossUFC on ESPN 33 Matheus NicolauTBD
11Tim Elliott18–12–1-1WinUFC 272 Tagir UlanbekovUFC Fight Night 209 Amir Albazi
12Su Mudaerji14–4-3WinUFC on ESPN 20 Zarrukh AdashevTBD
13Amir Albazi14–1-3WinUFC 257 Zhalgas ZhumagulovUFC Fight Night 209 Tim Elliott
14Manel Kape17–6-2WinUFC on ESPN 31 Zhalgas ZhumagulovTBD
15Tagir Ulanbekov13–2-0LossUFC 272 Tim ElliottUFC Fight Night 209 Tyson Nam

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 came to an end 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 on won by the current champion Deiveson Figueiredo who defeated Joseph Benavidez in July 2020.


Deiveson Figueiredo went on to defend 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 successfully reclaimed the Flyweight title after defeating Moreno via unanimous decision.


UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2022


UFC 213: Weigh-ins


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion: Valentina Shevchenko [22–3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast Fight Next Fight
CValentina Shevchenko22–3-8 (6 def)WinUFC 266Lauren MurphyUFC 275Taila Santos
1Katlyn Chookagian17–413WinUFC on ESPN 32Jennifer MaiaUFC on ESPN 36Amanda Ribas
2Lauren Murphy15–510LossUFC 266Valentina ShevchenkoUFC 276Miesha Tate
3Jéssica Andrade23–9−22WinUFC Fight Night 205Amanda LemosTBD
4Taila Santos19–1-4WinUFC Fight Night 198Joanne WoodUFC 275Valentina Shevchenko
5Alexa Grasso14–3-3WinUFC on ESPN 33Joanne WoodTBD
6Manon Fiorot9–1-9WinUFC on ESPN 33Jennifer MaiaTBD
7Jennifer Maia19–9–1-0LossUFC on ESPN 33Manon FiorotTBD
8Viviane Araújo10–3-0LossUFC 266Katlyn ChookagianUFC on ESPN 36Andrea Lee
9Andrea Lee13–5-2WinUFC Fight Night 197Cynthia CalvilloUFC on ESPN 36Viviane Araújo
10Joanne Wood15–8-0LossUFC on ESPN 33Alexa GrassoTBD
11Cynthia Calvillo9–4–1-0LossUFC Fight Night 197Andrea LeeUFC Fight Night 210Nina Nunes
12Jessica Eye15–10 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 264Jennifer MaiaUFC 276Maycee Barber
13Casey O'Neill9–0-9WinUFC 271Roxanne ModafferiTBD
14Maycee Barber10–2-2WinUFC Fight Night 205Montana De La RosaUFC 276Jessica Eye
15Erin Blanchfield8–1-5WinUFC 269Miranda MaverickUFC Fight Night 207JJ Aldrich


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. Montano's withdrawal from UFC 228 due to weight cut issues led to her being stripped of the title in 2018 and 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


UFC 259 Blachowicz v Adesanya: Weigh-Ins


126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion: Aljamain Sterling [21-3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CAljamain Sterling21–3-7 (1 def)WinUFC 273 Petr YanTBD
1Petr Yan16–3-0LossUFC 273 Aljamain SterlingTBD
2T.J. Dillashaw17–4-1WinUFC on ESPN 27 Cory SandhagenTBD
3José Aldo31–7-3WinUFC on ESPN 31 Rob FontTBD
4Cory Sandhagen14–4-0LossUFC 267 Petr YanTBD
5Rob Font19–6-0LossUFC on ESPN 35 Marlon VeraTBD
6Merab Dvalishvili14–4-7WinUFC 266 Marlon MoraesTBD
7Dominick Cruz24–3-2WinUFC 269 Pedro MunhozTBD
8Marlon Vera19–7–1-3WinUFC on ESPN 35 Rob FontTBD
9 (T)Pedro Munhoz19–7 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 269 Dominick CruzTBD
9 (T)Song Yadong19–5–1 (1 NC)-3WinUFC Fight Night 203 Marlon MoraesTBD
11Frankie Edgar24–10–1-0LossUFC 268 Marlon VeraTBD
12Ricky Simón19–3-4WinUFC Fight Night 199 Raphael AssunçãoTBD
13Sean O'Malley15–1-3WinUFC 269 Raulian PaivaTBD
14Marlon Moraes23–10–1-0LossUFC Fight Night 203 Song YadongTBD
15Jack Shore16–0-16WinUFC Fight Night 204 Timur ValievTBD


Prior to 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 different 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 Women's Bantamweight Champion Julianna Pena


Current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion: Julianna Peña [11–4]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CJulianna Peña11–4-2 (0 def)WinUFC 269 Amanda NunesTBD
1Amanda Nunes21–5-0LossUFC 269 Julianna PeñaTBD
2Holly Holm14–5-2WinUFC on ESPN 16 Irene AldanaUFC Fight Night 206 Ketlen Vieira
3Irene Aldana13–6-1WinUFC 264 Yana KunitskayaTBD
4Raquel Pennington14–8-4WinUFC 273 Aspen LaddTBD
5Ketlen Vieira12–2-1WinUFC Fight Night 198 Miesha TateUFC Fight Night 206 Holly Holm
6Yana Kunitskaya14–6 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 264 Irene AldanaTBD
7Aspen Ladd9–3-0LossUFC 273 Raquel PenningtonTBD
8Sara McMann13–6-1WinUFC on ESPN 33 Karol RosaTBD
9Miesha Tate19–8-0LossUFC Fight Night 198 Ketlen VieiraUFC 276 Lauren Murphy
10Pannie Kianzad16–621WinUFC on ESPN 34 Lina LänsbergTBD
11Macy Chiasson8–2-1WinUFC 274 Norma DumontTBD
12Lina Länsberg10–6-10LossUFC on ESPN 34 Pannie KianzadTBD
13Karol Rosa15–4-0LossUFC on ESPN 33 Sara McMannTBD
14Julia Avila9–2-1WinUFC on ESPN 21 Julija StoliarenkoTBD
15Norma Dumont7–2-13LossUFC 274 Macy Chiasson

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 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 the likes of 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


Alex Volkanovski Media Opportunity


136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)


Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski [24–1]


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAlexander Volkanovski24–1-21 (3 def)WinUFC 273 Jung Chan-sungTBD
1Max Holloway23–6-2WinUFC Fight Night 197 Yair RodríguezTBD
2Brian Ortega15–2 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 266 Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
3Yair Rodríguez13–3 (1 NC)-0LossUFC Fight Night 197 Max HollowayTBD
4Calvin Kattar23–511WinUFC on ESPN 32 Giga ChikadzeTBD
5Jung Chan-sung17–7−10LossUFC 273 Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
6Arnold Allen18–1-11WinUFC Fight Night 204 Dan HookerTBD
7Josh Emmett17–2-4WinUFC 269 Dan IgeTBD
8Giga Chikadze14–3-0LossUFC on ESPN 32 Calvin KattarTBD
9Bryce Mitchell15–0-15WinUFC 272 Edson BarbozaTBD
10Dan Ige15–5-0LossUFC 269 Josh EmmettUFC Fight Night 207 Movsar Evloev
11Sodiq Yusuff12–2-1WinUFC Fight Night 203 Alex CaceresTBD
12Edson Barboza22–11-0LossUFC 272 Bryce MitchellTBD
13Movsar Evloev15–0-15WinUFC 263 Hakeem DawoduUFC Fight Night 207 Dan Ige
14Shane Burgos14–3-1WinUFC 268 Billy QuarantilloTBD
15Ilia Topuria12–0-12WinUFC Fight Night 204 Jai HerbertTBD

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 the likes of 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





Current UFC Lightweight Champion: Vacant

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
1 (T)Charles Oliveira33–8 (1 NC)-11 (1 def)WinUFC 274 Justin GaethjeTBD
1 (T)Dustin Poirier28–7 (1 NC)10LossUFC 269 Charles OliveiraTBD
1 (T)Justin Gaethje23–4-0LossUFC 274 Charles OliveiraTBD
3Islam Makhachev22–1-10WinUFC Fight Night 202 Bobby GreenTBD
4Beneil Dariush21–4–1-7WinUFC 262 Tony FergusonTBD
5Michael Chandler23–7-0WinUFC 274 Tony FergusonTBD
6Rafael dos Anjos31–13-2WinUFC 272 Renato MoicanoTBD
7Tony Ferguson25–7-0LossUFC 274 Michael ChandlerTBD
8Gregor Gillespie14–1-1WinUFC on ESPN 24 Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
9Conor McGregor22–6-0LossUFC 264 Dustin PoirierTBD
10Rafael Fiziev11–1-5WinUFC on ESPN 31 Brad RiddellTBD
11Arman Tsarukyan18–2-5WinUFC Fight Night 202 Joel ÁlvarezTBD
12Mateusz Gamrot20–1 (1 NC)-3WinUFC Fight Night 199 Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
13Dan Hooker21–12-0LossUFC Fight Night 204 Arnold AllenTBD
14Brad Riddell10–2-0LossUFC on ESPN 31 Rafael FizievTBD
15Carlos Diego Ferreira17–5-0LossUFC Fight Night 199 Mateusz GamrotTBD

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 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.


Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will face each other for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.


UFC Welterweight Rankings 2022


Kamaru Usman UFC Welterweight Champion


156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)

Current UFC Welterweight Champion: Kamaru Usman [20–1]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CKamaru Usman20–1-19 (5 def)WinUFC 268 Colby CovingtonTBD
1Colby Covington17–3-1WinUFC 272 Jorge MasvidalTBD
2Leon Edwards19–3 (1 NC)-1WinUFC 263 Nate DiazTBD
3Khamzat Chimaev11–0-11WinUFC 273 Gilbert BurnsTBD
4Gilbert Burns20–5-0LossUFC 273 Khamzat ChimaevTBD
5Belal Muhammad21–3 (1 NC)-3WinUFC on ESPN 34 Vicente LuqueTBD
6Vicente Luque21–8–1-0LossUFC on ESPN 34 Belal MuhammadTBD
7Stephen Thompson16–6–1-0LossUFC Fight Night 199 Belal MuhammadTBD
8Jorge Masvidal35–16-0LossUFC 272 Colby CovingtonTBD
9Sean Brady15–0-15WinUFC Fight Night 198 Michael ChiesaTBD
10Neil Magny26–8-2WinUFC on ESPN 33 Max GriffinUFC Fight Night 209 Shavkat Rakhmonov
11Michael Chiesa18–6-0LossUFC Fight Night 198 Sean BradyTBD
12Geoff Neal14–4-1WinUFC 269 Santiago PonzinibbioTBD
13Li Jingliang18–7-0LossUFC 267 Khamzat ChimaevTBD
14Santiago Ponzinibbio28–5-0LossUFC 269 Geoff NealUFC Fight Night 206 Michel Pereira
15Shavkat Rakhmonov15–0-15WinUFC Fight Night 200 Carlston HarrisUFC Fight Night 209 Neil Magny


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.


To date, 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.


Kamaru Usman, who is the current UFC Welterweight Champion, has defended his title against Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 245 and UFC 251, respectively.


In his first title defense of 2021, Usman faced Gilbert Burns and defended his title for the third time by defeating Burns via TKO in the third round at UFC 258.


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UFC Middleweight Rankings 2022


Israel Adesanya - UFC Middleweight Champion


171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)

Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya [22–1]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CIsrael Adesanya22–1-2 (4 def)WinUFC 271 Robert WhittakerTBD
1Robert Whittaker23–6-0LossUFC 271 Israel AdesanyaTBD
2Jared Cannonier15–5-2WinUFC 271 Derek BrunsonTBD
3Marvin Vettori18–5–1-1WinUFC Fight Night 196 Paulo CostaUFC 275 TBA
4 (T)Derek Brunson23–8-0LossUFC 271 Jared CannonierTBD
4 (T)Sean Strickland25–3-6WinUFC Fight Night 200 Jack HermanssonUFC 277 Alex Pereira
4 (T)Paulo Costa13–2-0LossUFC Fight Night 196 Marvin VettoriTBD
7Jack Hermansson22–7-0LossUFC Fight Night 200 Sean StricklandTBD
8Darren Till18–4–1-0LossUFC Fight Night 191 Derek BrunsonTBD
9Uriah Hall17–10-0LossUFC on ESPN 28 Sean StricklandUFC 276 André Muniz
10Kelvin Gastelum16–8 (1 NC)-0LossUFC on ESPN 29 Jared CannonierTBD
11Nassourdine Imavov11–3-2WinUFC 268 Edmen ShahbazyanTBD
12Brad Tavares19–6-2WinUFC 264 Omari AkhmedovUFC 276 Dricus Du Plessis
13André Muniz22–4-8WinUFC 269 Eryk AndersUFC 276 Uriah Hall
14Chris Weidman15–6-0LossUFC 261 Uriah HallTBD
15Edmen Shahbazyan11–3-0LossUFC 268 Nassourdine ImavovTBD


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 and Rich Franklin, 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 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.


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


UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira


186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Glover Teixeira [33–7]









RankFightersRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CGlover Teixeira33–7-6 (0 def)WinUFC 267 Jan BłachowiczUFC 275 Jiří Procházka
1Jan Błachowicz28–9-0LossUFC 267 Glover TeixeiraUFC on ESPN 36 Aleksandar Rakić
2Jiří Procházka28–3–1-12WinUFC on ESPN 23 Dominick ReyesUFC 275 Glover Teixeira
3Aleksandar Rakić14–2-2WinUFC 259 Thiago SantosUFC on ESPN 36 Jan Błachowicz
4Magomed Ankalaev17–1-8WinUFC Fight Night 203 Thiago SantosTBD
5Anthony Smith36–16-3WinUFC Fight Night 192 Ryan SpannTBD
6Thiago Santos22–10-0LossUFC Fight Night 203 Magomed AnkalaevTBD
7Dominick Reyes12–3-0LossUFC on ESPN 23 Jiří ProcházkaTBD
8Paul Craig16–4–1-4WinUFC Fight Night 204 Nikita KrylovTBD
9Volkan Oezdemir17–6-0LossUFC 267 Magomed AnkalaevTBD
10Jamahal Hill10–1 (1 NC)-2WinUFC Fight Night 201 Johnny WalkerTBD
11Nikita Krylov26–9-0LossUFC Fight Night 204 Paul CraigUFC Fight Night 212 Alexander Gustafsson
12Johnny Walker18–7-0LossUFC Fight Night 201 Jamahal HillTBD
13Ryan Spann19–7-0LossUFC Fight Night 192 Anthony SmithUFC on ESPN 36 Ion Cuțelaba
14Jimmy Crute12–3-0LossUFC on ESPN 33 Jamahal HillTBD
15Dustin Jacoby17–5–1-3WinUFC 272 Michał OleksiejczukUFC Fight Night 211 Da Un Jung


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 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, and 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 8 times before being stripped of the title 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 and defended it by 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


Francis Ngannou Heavyweight Champion


206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion: Francis Ngannou [17–3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CFrancis Ngannou17–3-6 (1 def)WinUFC 270 Ciryl GaneTBD
1Ciryl Gane10–1-0LossUFC 270 Francis NgannouTBD
2Stipe Miocic20–4-0LossUFC 260 Francis NgannouTBD
3Tai Tuivasa14–3-5WinUFC 271 Derrick LewisTBD
4Curtis Blaydes16–3 (1 NC)-2WinUFC on ESPN 33 Chris DaukausTBD
5Derrick Lewis26–9 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 271 Tai TuivasaUFC 277 Sergei Pavlovich
6Tom Aspinall12–2-8WinUFC Fight Night 204 Alexander VolkovTBD
7Alexander Volkov34–10-0LossUFC Fight Night 204 Tom AspinallUFC Fight Night 207 Jairzinho Rozenstruik
8Jairzinho Rozenstruik12–3-0LossUFC 266 Curtis BlaydesUFC Fight Night 207 Alexander Volkov
9 (T)Marcin Tybura22–7-0LossUFC 267 Alexander VolkovTBD
9 (T)Chris Daukaus12–5-0LossUFC on ESPN 33 Curtis BlaydesTBD
11Sergei Pavlovich15–1-3WinUFC Fight Night 204 Shamil AbdurakhimovUFC 277 Derrick Lewis
12Shamil Abdurakhimov20–7-0LossUFC Fight Night 204 Sergei PavlovichTBD
13Augusto Sakai15–4–1-0LossUFC 269 Tai TuivasaTBD
14Walt Harris13–10 (1 NC)-0LossUFC Fight Night 189 Marcin TyburaTBD
15Blagoy Ivanov18–4 (1 NC)-0LossUFC on ESPN 9 Augusto SakaiUFC 274 Marcos Rogério de Lima


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 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).


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


UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2022




UFC 274: Oliveira v Gaethje





106 to 115 lb (48 to 52

kg)

Current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion: Carla Esparza [19-6]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext fight
CCarla Esparza19–6-6 (0 def)WinUFC 274 Rose NamajunasTBD
1Rose Namajunas11–5−10LossUFC 274 Carla EsparzaTBD
2Zhang Weili21–3−10LossUFC 268 Rose NamajunasUFC 275 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3Marina Rodriguez16–1–2-4WinUFC 272 Yan XiaonanTBD
4Mackenzie Dern12–2-1WinUFC 273 Tecia TorresTBD
5Jéssica Andrade23–9-2WinUFC Fight Night 205 Amanda LemosTBD
6Yan Xiaonan13–3 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 272 Marina RodriguezTBD
7Nina Nunes10–7-0LossUFC on ABC 2 Mackenzie DernUFC Fight Night 209 Cynthia Calvillo
8Tecia Torres13–6-0LossUFC 273 Mackenzie DernTBD
9Amanda Ribas11–2-1WinUFC 267 Virna JandirobaUFC on ESPN 36 Katlyn Chookagian
10Michelle Waterson18–9-0LossUFC on ESPN 24 Marina RodriguezTBD
11Amanda Lemos11–2–1-0LossUFC Fight Night 205 Jéssica AndradeTBD
12Virna Jandiroba17–3-0LossUFC 267 Amanda RibasUFC on ESPN 36 Angela Hill
13Angela Hill13–11-0LossUFC Fight Night 199 Amanda LemosUFC on ESPN 36 Virna Jandiroba
14Jessica Penne14–5-2WinUFC 265 Karolina KowalkiewiczTBD
15Brianna Fortino7–3-0LossUFC on ESPN 11 Tecia TorresTBD


Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 to win the title but lost it 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 went on to reclaim 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


Amanda Nunes v Germaine de Randamie


136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion: Amanda Nunes [21–5]


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's refusal 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 and became the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion, and the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. 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.


Check out: What is Amanda Nunes' Net Worth?


FAQs on UFC Rankings


Q. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?


Kamaru Usman 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 fighter 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 champions 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 has produced some of the biggest stars in the sport of MMA.


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 Francis Ngannou (Heavyweight), Jan Blachowicz (Light Heavyweight), Israel Adesanya (Middleweight), Kamaru Usman (Welterweight), Charles Oliveira (Lightweight) Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (Bantamweight), Brandon Moreno (Flyweight), Julianna Peña (Women's Bantamweight) Amanda Nunes (Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Rose Namajunas (Women's Strawweight).


Also Read: In-Depth Info on Every UFC Championship


* Last Updated: May 14th, 2022

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