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UFC Rankings 2021

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.


Table of Contents


  1. UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021
  2. UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021
  3. UFC Flyweight Rankings 2021
  4. UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2021
  5. UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2021
  6. UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2021
  7. UFC Featherweight Rankings 2021
  8. UFC Lightweight Rankings 2021
  9. UFC Welterweight Rankings 2021
  10. UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021
  11. UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2021
  12. UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2021
  13. UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2021
  14. UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2021
  15. FAQs


UFC Rankings 2019


UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021


UFC 247 Jones v Reyes


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).


RankFighterWeight ClassWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
1Jon JonesLight Heavyweight (2008-2020), Heavyweight (Present)26-1, 1NCDefeated Dominick ReyesTBD
2Kamaru UsmanWelterweight19-1Defeated Gilbert BurnsJorge Masvidal (UFC 261-for the UFC Welterweight Championship)
3Alexander VolkanovskiFeatherweight (2014–present); Lightweight (2014; 2016); Welterweight (2012–2013)22-1Defeated Max HollowayTBD
4Israel AdesanyaMiddleweight (2012-present) Light Heavyweight (2021)20-1Lost to Jan BlachowiczTBD
5Francis NgannouHeavyweight16-3Defeated Stipe MiocicTBD
6Dustin PoirierLightweight (2009–2010, 2015–present); Featherweight (2011–2014)27-6, 1NCDefeated Conor McGregorConor McGregor (UFC 264)
7Stipe MiocicHeavyweight20-4Lost to Francis NgannouTBD
8Jan BlachowiczLight Heavyweight28-8Defeated Israel AdesanyaTBD
9Max HollowayFeatherweight (2012–present); Lightweight (2010–2011, 2019)22-6Defeated Calvin KattarTBD
10Deiveson FigueiredoFlyweight20-1-1.Draw against Brandon MorenoBrandon Moreno (UFC 263 - for the UFC Flyweight Championship)
11Robert WhittakerWelterweight (2009–2014); Middleweight (2014–present)23-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
12 (T)Justin GaethjeLightweight22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD
12 (T)Petr YanBantamweight15-2Disqualified against Aljamain SterlingTBD
14Aljamain SterlingBantamweight (2011-Present), Featherweight (2011)20-3Won via disqualification against Petr YanTBD
15Conor McGregorFeatherweight (2008-2015), Lightweight (2008-2012, 2016-2018, 2021- present), Welterweight (2016, 2020)22-5Lost to Dustin PoirierDustin Poirier (UFC 264)

Also Read: What is Conor McGregor's Net Worth in 2021?


UFC 259 Press Conference


UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021


RankFighterWeight ClassWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
1Amanda NunesBantamweight (2011–present), Featherweight (2008–2011, 2018–present)21-4Defeated Megan Anderson at UFC 259TBD
2Valentina ShevchenkoBantamweight (2003–2005, 2010–2017), Flyweight (2006, 2018–present)21-3Defeated Jéssica Andrade at UFC 261TBD
3Rose NamajunasStrawweight10-4Defeated Weili Zhang at UFC 261TBD
4Weili ZhangStrawweight21-2Lost to Rose NamajunasTBD
5Joanna JedrzejczykFlyweight (2012–2014, 2018–present) Strawweight (2014–2018, 2019–present)16-4Lost to Weili Zhang at UFC 248TBD
6Jessica AndradeBantamweight (2011–2015) Flyweight (2020–present) Strawweight (2016–2020)21-9Lost to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 261TBD
7Germaine De RandamieBantamweight (2008-2011, 2013-16, 2018-Present), Featherweight ( 2011-12, 2017)10-4Defeated Julianna Pena at UFC Fight Island 4TBD
8Holly HolmBantamweight (2011-2016, 2017, 2019), Featherweight (2017-2018)14-5Defeated Irene AldanaTBD
9Aspen LaddFlyweight (2015), Bantamweight (2016-present)9-1Defeated Yana KunitskayaTBD
10Katlyn ChookagianStrawweight (2014), Flyweight (2014-2016, 2018-Present), Bantamweight (2016-17).15-4Defeated Cynthia CalvilloViviane Araujo (UFC 262)
11Yan XiaonanAtomweight Strawweight13-1, 1 NCDefeated Claudia GadelhaCarla Esparza (UFC Fight Night 188)
12Mackenzie DernStrawweight11-1Defeated Nina AnsaroffTBD
13Carla EsparzaStrawweight17-6Defeated Marina RodriguezUFC Vegas 27
14Cláudia GadelhaFlyweight (2012) Strawweight (2008–present)18-5Lost to Yan XiaonanTBD
15Nina NunesFlyweight (2013) Strawweight (2010-Present)10-7Lost to Mackenzie DernTBD


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


UFC Flyweight Rankings 2021


UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo v Benavidez 2 Weigh-in


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Flyweight Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo [20-1-1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionDeiveson Figueiredo20-1-1.Drew against Brandon MorenoBrandon Moreno (UFC 263 for the UFC Flyweight Championship)
1Brandon Moreno18–5–2.Drew against Deiveson FigueiredoDeiveson Figueiredo (UFC 263 for the UFC Flyweight Championship)
2Askar Askarov13-0-1.Defeated Joseph BenavidezTBD
3Alexandre Pantoja23-5Defeated Manel KapeTBD
4Alex Perez24-6Lost to Deiveson FigueiredoMatt Schnell ( UFC 262)
5Joseph Benavidez28-8Defeated Askar AskarovTBD
6Brandon Royval12-5Lost to Brandon MorenoTBD
7Kai Kara France22-9, 1 NCDefeated Rogerio BontorinTBD
8Matt Schnell15-5Defeated Tyson NamAlex Perez (UFC 262)
9Rogerio Bontorin16-3, 1 NCLost to Kai Kara-FranceTBD
10Tim Elliot17-11-1Defeated Jordan EspinosaSu Mudaerji (UFC Fight Night 191)
11David Dvorak19-3Defeated Jordan EspinosaRaulian Paiva (UFC Fight Night 188)
12Raulian Paiva20-3Defeated Zhalgas ZhumagulovDavid Dvorak (UFC Fight Night 188)
13Su Mudaerji14-4Defeated Zarrukh AdashevTim Elliot (UFC Fight Night 193)
14Matheus Nicolau16-2-1Defeated Manel KapeTBD
15Amir Albazi14-1Defeated Zhalgas ZhumagulovTBD

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 onto 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 onto defend his title in 2020 against Alex Perez and Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 and UFC 256 respectively.


While he submitted Perez with a guillotine choke to defend the title, his match with Moreno ended in a majority draw which led to Figueiredo still being the champion.


UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2021


UFC 213: Weigh-ins


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion: Valentina Shevchenko [21–3]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionValentina Shevchenko21-3Defeated Jéssica Andrade at UFC 261TBD
1Jéssica Andrade21-8Lost to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 261TBD
2Katlyn Chookagian15-4Defeated Cynthia CalvilloViviane Araujo (UFC 262)
3Lauren Murphy14-4Defeated Liliya ShakirovaJoanne Calderwood (UFC 263)
4Jennifer Maia18-7-1Lost to Valentina ShevchenkoJessica Eye (UFC 264)
5Cynthia Calvillo9-2-1Lost to Katlyn ChookagianJennifer Maia (UFC 264)
6Joanne Calderwood15-5Defeated Jessica EyeLauren Murphy (UFC 263)
7Viviane Araujo10-2Defeated Roxanne ModafferiKatlyn Chookagian (UFC 262)
8Jessica Eye15-9, 1 NCLost to Joanne CalderwoodTBD
9Roxanne Modafferi25-18Lost to Viviane AraujoTBD
10Alexa Grasso13-3Defeated Maycee BarberTBD
11Andrea Lee11-5Lost to Roxanne ModafferiAntonina Shevchenko (UFC 262)
12Antonina Shevchenko9-2Defeated Ariane LipskiAndrea Lee (UFC 262)
13Taila Santos17-1Defeated Gillian RobertsonTBD
14Maycee Barber8-2Lost to Alexa GrassoMiranda Maverick (UFC Fight Night 193)
15Miranda Maverick9-2Defeated Gillian RobertsonMaycee Barber (UFC Fight Night 193)


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.


Also Read: Complete List of UFC Fighters


UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2021


UFC 259 Blachowicz v Adesanya: Weigh-Ins


126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion: Aljamain Sterling [20-3]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionAljamain Sterling20-3Defeated Petr YanTBD
1Petr Yan15-2Lost to Aljamain SterlingTBD
2Cory Sandhagen14-2Defeated Frankie EdgarT.J. Dillashaw (UFC on ESPN 24)
3Rob Font18-4Defeated Marlon MoraesCody Garbrandt (UFC Fight Night 188)
4Cody Garbrandt12-3Defeated Raphael AssunçãoRob Font (UFC Fight Night 188)
5Jose Aldo29-7Defeated Marlon VeraTBD
6Marlon Moraes23-8-1Lost to Rob FontTBD
7Frankie Edgar24-9-1Lost to Cory SandhagenTBD
8Pedro Munhoz19-5, 1 NCDefeated Jimmie RiveraTBD
9Dominick Cruz23-3Defeated Casey KenneyTBD
10Merab Dvalishvili13–4Defeated Cody StamannTBD
11Raphael Assuncao27-8Lost to Cody GarbrandtTBD
12Jimmie Rivera23-5Lost to Pedro MunhozTBD
13Cody Stamann18–3–1Lost to Jimmie RiveraMerab Dvalishvili (UFC on ESPN 23)
14Kyler Phillips9-1Defeated Song YadongTBD
15Marlon Vera16–7-1Lost to José AldoTBD


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.


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 defence, 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 concussion and the doctor recommended to stop the fight thus making him the new UFC Bantamweight champion. This is the first ever title change caused by a disqualification in UFC history.


UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2021


UFC 239 Nunes v Holm


Current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion: Amanda Nunes [21–4]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast Fight.Next Fight
ChampionAmanda Nunes21-4Defeated Megan AndersonTBD
1Germaine De Randamie10-4Defeated Julianna PenaTBD
2Holly Holm14-5Defeated Irene AldanaTBD
3Aspen Ladd9-1Defeated Yana KunitskayaTBD
4Irene Aldana12-6Lost to Holly HolmTBD
5Yana Kunitskaya14-5, 1 NCDefeated Ketlen VieiraTBD
6Julianna Pena10-4Defeated Sara McmannTBD
7Ketlen Vieira11-2Lost to Yana KunitskayaTBD
8Sara McMann12-6Lost to Julianna PenaTBD
9Macy Chiasson7-1Defeated Marion ReneauTBD
10Lina Lansberg10-5Lost to Sara McMannTBD
11Pannie Kianzad14-5Defeated Sijara EubanksTBD
12Marion Reneau9-7-1Lost to Macy ChiassonMiesha Tate (UFC Fight Night 192)
13Sijara Eubanks6-6Lost to Pannie KianzadKarol Rosa (UFC 263)
14Karol Rosa14-3Defeated Joselyne EdwardsSijara Eubanks (UFC 263)
15Julia Avila8-2Lost to Sijara EubanksTBD


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, Holy 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 2021


Alex Volkanovski Media Opportunity


136 to 145 lb(61 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski [22–1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionAlexander Volkanovski22-1Defeated Max HollowayTBD
1Max Holloway22–6Defeated Calvin KattarTBD
2Brian Ortega15–1 (1 NC)Defeated Chan Sung JungTBD
3Yair Rodriguez13–2 (1 NC)Defeated Jeremy StephensTBD
4Chan Sung Jung16–6Lost to Brian OrtegaTBD
5Calvin Kattar22–5Lost to Max HollowayDan Ige (UFC Fight Night 190)
6Josh Emmett15–2Defeated Shane BurgosTBD
7Arnold Allen17–1Defeated Sodiq YusuffTBD
8Dan Ige15–3Defeated Gavin TuckerTBD
9Shane Burgos13–2Lost to Josh EmmettChan Sung Jung (UFC Fight Night 190)
10Giga Chikadze13–2Defeated Cub SwansonTBD
11Sodiq Yusuff11-2Lost to Arnold AllenTBD
12Bryce Mitchell14-0Defeated Andre FiliTBD
13Edson Barboza21-9Defeated Makwan AmirkhaniShane Burgos (UFC 262)
14Movsar Evloev14-0Defeated Nik LentzHakeem Dawodu (UFC 263)
15Hakeem Dawodu12–1-1Defeated Zubaira TukhugovMovsar Evloev (UFC 263)


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 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 2021


UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira


Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Charles Oliveira [31–8, 1 NC]


146 to 155 lb(66 to 70 kg)


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionCharles Oliveira31-8, 1NCDefeated Michael ChandlerTBD
1Dustin Poirier27-6, 1 NCDefeated Conor McGregorConor McGregor (UFC 264)
2Justin Gaethje22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD
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4Michael Chandler22-5Defeated Dan HookerCharles Oliveira (UFC 262- for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
5Tony Ferguson25-5Lost to Charles OliveiraBeneil Dariush (UFC 262)
6Conor McGregor22-5Lost to Dustin PoirierDustin Poirier (UFC 264)
7Rafael Dos Anjos30-13Defeated Paul FelderTBD
8Dan Hooker20-10Lost to Michael ChandlerTBD
9Beneil Dariush20-4-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTony Ferguson (UFC 262)
10Paul Felder17-6Lost to Rafael dos AnjosTBD
10Islam Makhachev19-1Defeated Drew DoberTBD
12Gregor Gillespie14-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
13Kevin Lee18-6Lost to Charles OliveiraTBD
14Carlos Diego Ferreira17-4Lost to Gregor GillespieTBD
15Drew Dober23-10, 1 NCLost to Islam MakhachevBrad Riddell (UFC 263)

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. 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 2021


Kamaru Usman UFC Welterweight Champion


156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)

Current UFC Welterweight Champion: Kamaru Usman [19–1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionKamaru Usman19-1Defeated Jorge MasvidalTBD
1Colby Covington16-2Defeated Tyron WoodleyTBD
2Gilbert Burns19-4Lost to Kamaru UsmanTBD
3Leon Edwards18-3, 1 NCNo Contest w. Belal MuhammadNate Diaz (UFC 262)
4Stephen Thompson16-4-1Defeated Geoff NealGilbert Burns (UFC 264)
5Jorge Masvidal35-15Lost to Kamaru UsmanTBD
6Vicente Luque20–7–1Defeated Tyron WoodleyTBD
6Michael Chiesa18–4Defeated Neil MagnyTBD
8Demian Maia28-10Lost to Gilbert Burnsvs. Belal Muhammad (UFC 263)
9Neil Magny24-8Lost to Michael ChiesaGeoff Neal (UFC on ESPN 24)
10Geoff Neal13-3Lost to Stephen Thompsonvs. Neil Magny (UFC on ESPN 24)
11Li Jingliang18–6Defeated Santiago PonzinibbioTBD
12Belal Muhammad18–3 (1 NC)No Contest w. Leon Edwardsvs. Demian Maia (UFC 263)
13Sean Brady14–0Defeated Jake MatthewsTBD
14Robbie Lawler28–15 (1 NC)Lost to Neil MagnyTBD
15Khamzat Chimaev9-0Defeated Gerald MeerschaertTBD


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 Carlos Newton, Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Georges-St Pierre, Matt Serra, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler have all held the Welterweight Championship.


Till 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 defence 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.


Also Read: What is Kamaru Usman's Net Worth?


UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021


Israel Adesanya - UFC Middleweight Champion


171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)

Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya [20–1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionIsrael Adesanya20-1Lost to Jan BłachowiczMarvin Vettori (UFC 263)
1Robert Whittaker23–5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
2Paulo Costa13–1Lost to Israel AdesanyaTBD
3Marvin Vettori17–4–1Defeated Kevin HollandTBD
4Jared Cannonier13–5Lost to Robert WhittakerTBD
5Derek Brunson22–7Defeated Kevin HollandTBD
6Darren Till18–3–1Lost to Robert WhittakerTBD
7Jack Hermansson21-6Lost to Marvin VettoriEdmen Shahbazyan (UFC 262)
8Uriah Hall17-9Defeated Chris WeidmanTBD
9Kelvin Gastelum16-7 (1 NC)Lost to Robert WhittakerTBD
10Edmen Shahbazyan11-1Lost to Derek BrunsonJack Hermansson (UFC 262)
11Chris Weidman15-6Lost to Uriah HallTBD
12Sean Strickland23-3Defeated Krzysztof JotkoTBD
13Kevin Holland21-7Lost to Marvin VettoriTBD
14Omari Akhmedov21-5-1Defeated Tom BreeseBrad Tavares (UFC 264)
15Brad Tavares18-6Defeated Antônio Carlos JúniorOmari Akhmedov (UFC 264)


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 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 coltis, 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.


UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2021


UFC 259 Press Conference


186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Jan Błachowicz [28–8]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionJan Blachowicz28-8Defeated Israel AdesanyaTBD
1Glover Teixeira32–7Defeated Thiago SantosTBD
2Jiří Procházka28-3-1Defeated Dominick ReyesTBD
3Aleksandar Rakić14–2Defeated Thiago SantosTBD
4Thiago Santos21-9Lost to Aleksandar RakićTBD
5Dominick Reyes12-3Lost to Jiří ProcházkaTBD
6Anthony Smith35–16Defeated Jimmy CruteTBD
7Magomed Ankalaev15–1Defeated Nikita KrylovTBD
8Volkan Oezdemir17-5Lost to Jiří ProcházkaTBD
9Nikita Krylov26–8Lost to Magomed AnkalaevTBD
10Johnny Walker18–5Defeated Ryan SpannTBD
11Ryan Spann19-6Defeated Misha CirkunovTBD
12Misha Cirkunov15-6Lost to Ryan SpannTBD
13Jimmy Crute12-1Lost to Anthony SmithTBD
14Paul Craig14–4–1Defeated Maurício RuaJamahal Hill (UFC 263)
15Jamahal Hill8-0, 1NCDefeated Ovince Saint PreuxPaul Craig (UFC 263)


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 after defeating Mauricio Rua. Jones held the title for 1501 days and defended it 8 times before being stripped off 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 Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes before vacating it to move upto the Heavyweight division.


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


UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2021


Francis Ngannou Heavyweight Champion


206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion: Francis Ngannou [16–3]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionFrancis Ngannou16-3Defeated Stipe MiocicTBD
1Stipe Miocic20-4Lost to Francis NgannouTBD
2Derrick Lewis25-7 (1 NC)Defeated Curtis BlaydesTBD
3Ciryl Gane8-0Defeated Jairzinho RozenstruikAlexander Volkov (UFC Fight Night 191)
4Curtis Blaydes14-3, 1 NCLost to Derrick LewisTBD
5Alexander Volkov33-8Defeated Alistair OvereemCiryl Gane (UFC Fight Night 191)
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik11-2Lost to Ciryl GaneTBD
7Shamil Abdurakhimov20–5Lost to Curtis BlaydesAugusto Sakai (UFC on ESPN 23)
8Walt Harris13-9, 1 NCLost to Alexander VolkovMarcin Tybura (UFC Fight Night 189)
9Augusto Sakai15–2–1Lost to Alistair OvereemShamil Abdurakhimov (UFC on ESPN 23)
10Chris Daukaus11-3Defeated Aleksei OleinikTBD
11Blagoy Ivanov18-4, 1 NCLost to Augusto SakaiTBD
11Marcin Tybura21-6Defeated Greg HardyWalt Harris (UFC Fight Night 189)
13Tom Aspinall10-2Defeated Andrei ArlovskiTBD
14Sergei Pavlovich14-1Defeated Maurice GreeneTBD
15Aleksei Oleinik59-15-1Lost to Chris DaukausTBD

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. 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 onto 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 Africa born champion in the UFC after Kamaru Usman (Welterweight) and Israel Adesanya (Middleweight).


UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2021


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106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)

Current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion: Rose Namajunas [10-4]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionRose Namajunas10-4Defeated Zhang WeiliTBD
1Zhang Weili21-2Lost to Rose NamajunasTBD
2Joanna Jędrzejczyk16–4Lost to Zhang WeiliTBD
3Yan Xiaonan13–1 (1 NC)Defeated Cláudia GadelhaCarla Esparza (UFC Fight Night 188)
4Carla Esparza17–6Defeated Marina RodriguezYan Xiaonan (UFC Fight Night 188)
5Mackenzie Dern11-1Defeated Nina NunesTBD
6Marina Rodriguez13-1-2Defeated Amanda RibasTBD
7Nina Nunes10-7Lost to Mackenzie DernTBD
8Claudia Gadelha18-5Lost to Yan XiaonanTBD
9Michelle Waterson18-8Defeated Angela HillTBD
10Tecia Torres12-5Defeated Sam HughesTBD
11Amanda Ribas10-2Lost to Marina RodriguezNina Ansaroff (UFC Vegas 23)
12Angela Hill13–9Defeated Ashley YoderTBD
13Virna Jandiroba16–2Lost to Mackenzie DernKanako Murata (UFC Fight Night 190)
14Amanda Lemos9-1-1Defeated Lívia Renata SouzaTBD
15Felice Herrig14–9Lost to Virna JandirobaTBD


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 before losing it to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.


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 onto face Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first title defence and won via split decision at UFC 248. Zhang Weili remains the current UFC Strawweight Champion.


UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2021


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136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion: Amanda Nunes [21–4]


RankingsChampionWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
NoneAmanda Nunes21-4Defeated Megan AndersonTBD


The inaugural title was won by Germaine De Randamie, who defeated Holy 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 onto 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.


FAQs


Q. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?


Jon Jones 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 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.


Q. Who are the top 10 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 the top 10 UFC fighters till date.


Q. Who are the current UFC Champions in 2021?


The UFC champions of 2021 are :- Stipe Miocic (Heavyweight), Jan Blachowicz (Light Heavyweight), Israel Adesanya (Middleweight), Kamaru Usman (Welterweight), Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (Bantamweight), Deiveson Figueiredo (Flyweight), Amanda Nunes (Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Zhang Weili (Women's Strawweight).


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