UFC Rankings 2022

Last Modified Jan 5, 2023 16:59 IST

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

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UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022

UFC 276: Volkanovski v Holloway 3
Alexander Volkanovski

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

Win Streak
Weight class
1Alexander Volkanovski25–122 Featherweight
2Islam Makhachev23–111 Lightweight
3Leon Edwards20–3 (1 NC)2 Welterweight
4Kamaru Usman20–20 Welterweight
5Francis Ngannou17–36 Heavyweight
6Israel Adesanya23–20 Middleweight
7Charles Oliveira33–9 (1 NC)0 Lightweight
8Alex Pereira7–17 Middleweight
9Aljamain Sterling22–38 Bantamweight
10JiΕ™Γ­ ProchΓ‘zka29–3–113
Light heavyweight
11Dustin Poirier29–7 (1 NC)1 Lightweight
12Deiveson Figueiredo21–2–11 Flyweight
13Jon Jones26–1 (1 NC)4
Light heavyweight
14Max Holloway23–70 Featherweight
15Brandon Moreno20–6–21 Flyweight

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UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2022

UFC 269 Press Conference
Amanda Nunes

RankFighterRecordWin StreakMWeight classNext fight
1Amanda Nunes22–51 Bantamweight FeatherweightTBD
2Valentina Shevchenko23–39 FlyweightTBD
3Zhang Weili23–32 StrawweightTBD
4Julianna PeΓ±a11–50 BantamweightTBD
5Rose Namajunas11–50 StrawweightTBD
6Carla Esparza19–70 StrawweightTBD
7JΓ©ssica Andrade23–92 Flyweight StrawweightUFC 283 - Lauren Murphy
8Marina Rodriguez16–2–20 StrawweightTBD
9Amanda Lemos13–2–12 StrawweightTBD
10Holly Holm14–60 BantamweightUFC on ESPN 43 - Yana Kunitskaya
11Ketlen Vieira13–22 BantamweightUFC Fight Night 217 - Raquel Pennington
12Taila Santos19–20 FlyweightUFC Fight Night 219 - Erin Blanchfield
13Manon Fiorot10–110 FlyweightTBD
14Katlyn Chookagian18–50 FlyweightTBD
15Yan Xiaonan16–3 (1 NC)1 StrawweightTBD

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UFC Flyweight Rankings 2022

UFC 270: Moreno v Figueiredo
Deiveson Figueiredo

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 MorenoUFC 283 - Brandon Moreno
ICBrandon Moreno20–6–2 1WinUFC 277 - Kai Kara-FranceUFC 283Deiveson Figueiredo
2Alexandre Pantoja25–5 3WinUFC 277 - Alex PerezTBD
3Kai Kara-France24–10 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 277 - Brandon MorenoTBD
4Brandon Royval14–6 2WinUFC 274 - Matt SchnellTBD
5Matheus Nicolau19–2–1 6WinUFC on ESPN 42 - Matt SchnellTBD
6Alex Perez24–7 0LossUFC 277 - Alexandre PantojaUFC on ESPN 43 - Manel Kape
7Amir Albazi16–115WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Alessandro CostaTBD
8Matt Schnell16–7 (1 NC)βˆ’10LossUFC on ESPN 42 - Matheus NicolauTBD
9Manel Kape18–633WinUFC Fight Night - 216 David DvoΕ™Γ‘kUFC on ESPN 43 Alex Perez
10David DvoΕ™Γ‘k20–5βˆ’10LossUFC Fight Night 216 - Manel KapeTBD
11Tim Elliott18–12–1βˆ’11WinUFC 272 - Tagir UlanbekovTBD
12Su Mudaerji14–5βˆ’10LossUFC on ABC 3 - Matt SchnellTBD
13Jeff Molina11–2 10WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Zhalgas ZhumagulovTBD
14Muhammad Mokaev9–0 (1 NC) 4WinUFC 280 - Malcolm GordonTBD
15Tagir Ulanbekov14–2 1WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Nate ManessTBD

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

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

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

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

UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2022

UFC 275 Media Day
Valentina Shevchenko

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion: Valentina Shevchenko [23–3]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CValentina Shevchenko23–3 9 (7 def)WinUFC 275 - Taila SantosTBD
1Manon Fiorot10–1 10WinUFC 280 - Katlyn ChookagianTBD
2Taila Santos19–2 0LossUFC 275 - Valentina ShevchenkoUFC Fight Night 219 - Erin Blanchfield
3Katlyn Chookagian18–5 0LossUFC 280 - Manon FiorotTBD
4Lauren Murphy16–5 1WinUFC on ABC 3 - Miesha TateUFC 283 - JΓ©ssica Andrade
5Alexa Grasso15–3 4WinUFC Fight Night 212 - Viviane AraΓΊjoTBD
6JΓ©ssica Andrade23–9 2WinUFC Fight Night 205 - Amanda LemosUFC 283 - Lauren Murphy
7Viviane AraΓΊjo11–4 0LossUFC Fight Night 212 - Alexa GrassoUFC 285 - Amanda Ribas
8Jennifer Maia20–9–1 1WinUFC Fight Night 215 - Maryna MorozTBD
9Andrea Lee13–6 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Viviane AraΓΊjoUFC on ESPN 43 - Maycee Barber
10Erin Blanchfield10–1 7WinUFC 281 - Molly McCannUFC Fight Night 219 - Taila Santos
11Casey O'Neill9–0 9WinUFC 271 - Roxanne ModafferiTBD
12Maycee Barber11–2 3WinUFC 276 - Jessica EyeUFC on ESPN 43 - Andrea Lee
13Tracy Cortez10–1 10WinUFC 274 - Melissa GattoTBD
14Cynthia Calvillo9–5–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 - Nina NunesTBD
15Amanda Ribas11–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Katlyn ChookagianUFC 285 - Viviane AraΓΊjo

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

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

UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2022

Aljamain Sterling celebrates his title defense at UFC 280

126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

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

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultEventLast fightNext fight
CAljamain Sterling22–3 8 (2 def)WinUFC 280 - T.J. DillashawTBD
1Sean O'Malley16–1 (1 NC) 1WinUFC 280 - Petr YanTBD
2Merab Dvalishvili15–4 8WinUFC 278JosΓ© AldoTBD
3Petr Yan16–4 0LossUFC 280 - Sean O'MalleyTBD
4Marlon Vera20–7–1 4WinUFC on ESPN 41 - Dominick CruzTBD
5Cory Sandhagen15–411WinUFC Fight Night 210 - Song YadongTBD
6Rob Font19–610LossUFC on ESPN 35 - Marlon VeraTBD
7Dominick Cruz24–410LossUFC on ESPN 41 - Marlon VeraTBD
8Song Yadong19–6–1 (1 NC)10LossUFC Fight Night 210 - Cory SandhagenTBD
9Pedro Munhoz19–7 (2 NC)10NCUFC 276 - Sean O'MalleyTBD
10Ricky SimΓ³n20–315WinUFC on ABC 3 - Jack ShoreTBD
11Umar Nurmagomedov15–0115WinUFC on ESPN 38 - Nate ManessUFC Fight Night 217 - Raoni Barcelos
12Chris GutiΓ©rrez19–4–214WinUFC 281Frankie EdgarTBD
13Adrian Yanez16–319WinUFC on ESPN 37 - Tony KelleyTBD
14Jack Shore16–110LossUFC on ABC 3 - Ricky SimΓ³nTBD
15Said Nurmagomedov16–2 3WinUFC on ESPN 39 - Douglas Silva de AndradeUFC Fight Night 216 - Saidyokub Kakhramonov

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

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

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

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

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

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

UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2022

UFC 277: Pena v Nunes 2
Amanda Nunes

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

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAmanda Nunes22–5 1 (0 def)WinUFC 277 - Julianna PeΓ±aTBD
1Julianna PeΓ±a11–5 0LossUFC 277 - Amanda NunesTBD
2Ketlen Vieira13–2 2WinUFC Fight Night 206 - Holly HolmTBD
3Holly Holm14–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 206 - Ketlen VieiraTBD
4Irene Aldana14–6 2WinUFC 279 - Macy ChiassonTBD
5Raquel Pennington14–8 4WinUFC 273 - Aspen LaddTBD
6Yana Kunitskaya14–6 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 264 - Irene AldanaTBD
7Pannie Kianzad16–621WinUFC on ESPN 34 - Lina LΓ€nsbergTBD
8Macy Chiasson8–320LossUFC 279 - Irene AldanaTBD
9Karol Rosa15–420LossUFC on ESPN 33 - Sara McMannUFC 280 - Lina LΓ€nsberg
10Miesha Tate19–910LossUFC on ABC 3 - Lauren MurphyTBD
11Julia Avila9–231WinUFC on ESPN 21 - Julija StoliarenkoTBD
12Lina LΓ€nsberg10–610LossUFC on ESPN 34 - Pannie KianzadUFC 280 - Karol Rosa
13Norma Dumont8–221WinUFC 279 - Danyelle WolfTBD
14Mayra Bueno Silva9–2–1 2WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Stephanie EggerTBD
15Josiane Nunes9–1 8WinUFC Fight Night 202 - Ramona PascualUFC 283 - Zarah Fairn Dos Santos

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

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

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UFC Featherweight Rankings 2022

UFC 276 Weigh-in
Alexander Volkanovski

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)

Current UFC Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski [25–1]

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CAlexander Volkanovski25–1 22 (4 def)WinUFC 276 - Max HollowayUFC 284 - Islam Makhachev
1Max Holloway23–7 0LossUFC 276 - Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
2Yair RodrΓ­guez14–3 (1 NC) 1WinUFC on ABC 3 - Brian OrtegaUFC 284 - Josh Emmett
3Brian Ortega15–3 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Yair RodrΓ­guezTBD
4Arnold Allen19–1 12WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Calvin KattarTBD
5Josh Emmett18–2 5WinUFC on ESPN 37 - Calvin KattarUFC 284 - Yair RodrΓ­guez
6Jung Chan-sung17–7 0LossUFC 273 - Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
7Calvin Kattar23–7 0LossUFC Fight Night 213 - Arnold AllenTBD
8Giga Chikadze14–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 32 - Calvin KattarTBD
9Ilia Topuria13–0 13WinUFC 282 - Bryce MitchellTBD
10Movsar Evloev16–0 16WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Dan IgeTBD
11Bryce Mitchell15–1 0LossUFC 282 - Ilia TopuriaTBD
12Sodiq Yusuff13–2 2WinUFC Fight Night 211 - Don ShainisTBD
13Dan Ige15–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 207 - Movsar EvloevUFC Fight Night 217 - Damon Jackson
14Edson Barboza22–11 0LossUFC 272 - Bryce MitchellTBD
15Alex Caceres20–13 (1 NC) 1WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Julian ErosaTBD

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

UFC Lightweight Rankings 2022

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

Current UFC Lightweight Champion: Islam Makhachev

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)

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

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

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

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

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

UFC Welterweight Rankings 2022

Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards
Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards

156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)

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

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CLeon Edwards20–3 (1 NC) 2 (0 def)WinUFC 278 - Kamaru UsmanTBD
1Kamaru Usman20–2 0LossUFC 278 - Leon EdwardsTBD
2Colby Covington17–3 1WinUFC 272 - Jorge MasvidalTBD
3Khamzat Chimaev12–0 12WinUFC 279 - Kevin HollandTBD
4Belal Muhammad22-314WinUFC 280 - Sean BradyTBD
5Gilbert Burns20–5 -10LossUFC 273 - Khamzat ChimaevTBD
6Stephen Thompson16–6–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 199 - Belal MuhammadUFC on ESPN 42 - Kevin Holland
7Geoff Neal15–4 2WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Vicente LuqueUFC Fight Night 217 - Shavkat Rakhmonov
8Sean Brady15–0 15WinUFC 280 - Belal MuhammadTBD
9Vicente Luque21–9–110LossUFC on ESPN 40 - Geoff NealTBD
10Shavkat Rakhmonov16–0116WinUFC on ESPN 38 - Neil MagnyUFC Fight Night 217 - Geoff Neal
11Jorge Masvidal35–16βˆ’20LossUFC 272 - Colby CovingtonTBD
12Neil Magny26–9 0LossUFC on ESPN 38 - Shavkat RakhmonovUFC Fight Night 214 - Daniel Rodriguez
13Michael Chiesa18–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 198 - Sean BradyTBD
14Michel Pereira28–11 (2 NC) 5WinUFC Fight Night 206 - Santiago PonzinibbioTBD
15Li Jingliang19-8 0LossUFC 279 - Daniel RodriguezTBD

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

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

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

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UFC Middleweight Rankings 2022

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Alex Pereira

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)

Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Alex Pereira

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2022

UFC 275 Weigh-in
JiΕ™Γ­ ProchΓ‘zka

186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Vacant

RankFighterRecordMWin streakResultLast fightNext fight
1JiΕ™Γ­ ProchΓ‘zka29–3–1βˆ’113WinUFC 275 - Glover TeixeiraTBD
2Glover Teixeira33–8βˆ’10LossUFC 275 - JiΕ™Γ­ ProchΓ‘zkaTBD
3Magomed Ankalaev18–1βˆ’19WinUFC 277 - Anthony SmithUFC 282 - Jan BΕ‚achowicz
4Jan BΕ‚achowicz29–9βˆ’11WinUFC on ESPN 36 - Aleksandar RakiΔ‡UFC 282 - Magomed Ankalaev
5Aleksandar RakiΔ‡14–3βˆ’10LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Jan BΕ‚achowiczTBD
6Anthony Smith36–17βˆ’10LossUFC 277 - Magomed AnkalaevUFC Fight Night 222 - Jamahal Hill
7Jamahal Hill11–1 (1 NC)βˆ’13WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Thiago SantosUFC Fight Night 222 - Anthony Smith
8Nikita Krylov29–9βˆ’12WinUFC 280 - Volkan OezdemirUFC Fight Night 220 - Ryan Spann
9Paul Craig16–5–1βˆ’10LossUFC Fight Night 208 - Volkan OezdemirUFC 283 - Johnny Walker
10Volkan Oezdemir18–7βˆ’10LossUFC 280 - Nikita KrylovTBD
11Ryan Spann21–7βˆ’12WinUFC 281 - Dominick ReyesUFC Fight Night 220 - Nikita Krylov
12Johnny Walker19–7βˆ’11WinUFC 279 - Ion CuΘ›elabaUFC 283 - Paul Craig
13Dominick Reyes12–4βˆ’10LossUFC 281 - Ryan SpannTBD
14Jimmy Crute12–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 31 - Jamahal HillUFC 284 - Alonzo Menifield
15Khalil Rountree Jr.11–5 (1 NC)βˆ’23WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Dustin JacobyTBD

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

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

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

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

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

UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2022

UFC 260 Miocic v Ngannou 2:  Weigh-Ins
Francis Ngannou

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 Gane11–1-1WinUFC Fight Night 209 Tai TuivasaTBD
2Stipe Miocic20–4-0LossUFC 260 Francis NgannouTBD
3Sergei Pavlovich16–1-4WinUFC 277 Derrick LewisTBD
4Curtis Blaydes17–3 (1 NC)-3WinUFC Fight Night 208 Tom AspinallTBD
5Tai Tuivasa14-4-0LossUFC Fight Night 209 Ciryl GaneTBD
6Tom Aspinall12–3-0LossUFC Fight Night 208 Curtis BlaydesTBD
7Derrick Lewis26–10 (1 NC)-0LossUFC 277 Sergei PavlovichUFC Fight Night 215 Sergey Spivac
8Alexander Volkov35–10-1WinUFC Fight Night 207 Jairzinho RozenstruikTBD
9Jairzinho Rozenstruik12–4-0LossUFC Fight Night 207 Alexander VolkovUFC 282 Chris Daukaus
10Marcin Tybura23–7 1WinUFC 278 Alexander RomanovTBD
11Chris Daukaus12–5βˆ’10LossUFC on ESPN 33 Curtis BlaydesUFC Fight Night 211 Jairzinho Rozenstruik
12Sergey Spivac15–3-2WinUFC on ESPN 40 Augusto SakaiUFC Fight Night 215 Derrick Lewis
13Alexander Romanov16–1-0LossUFC 278 Marcin TyburaTBD
14Blagoy Ivanov19-4(1 NC)-1WinUFC 274 Marco Rogerio Lima TBD
15Shamil Abdurakhimov20-7+10LossUFC Fight Night 204 Sergei PavlovichUFC 280 Jailton Almeida

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

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

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

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UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2022

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Zhang Weili

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)

Current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion: Zhang Weili

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CZhang Weili23–322 (0 def)WinUFC 281 - Carla EsparzaTBD
1Carla Esparza19–7βˆ’10LossUFC 281 - Zhang WeiliTBD
2Rose Namajunas11–5βˆ’10LossUFC 274 - Carla EsparzaTBD
3Amanda Lemos13–2–1 2WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Marina RodriguezTBD
4JΓ©ssica Andrade23–9 2WinUFC Fight Night 205 - Amanda LemosUFC 283 - Lauren Murphy
5Marina Rodriguez16–2–2 0LossUFC Fight Night 214 - Amanda LemosTBD
6Yan Xiaonan16–3 (1 NC) 1WinUFC Fight Night 211 - Mackenzie DernTBD
7Mackenzie Dern12–3 0LossUFC Fight Night 211 - Yan XiaonanTBD
8Tecia Torres13–6 0LossUFC 273 - Mackenzie DernTBD
9Amanda Ribas11–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Katlyn ChookagianUFC on ESPN 42 - Tracy Cortez
10Virna Jandiroba18–3 1WinUFC on ESPN 36 - Angela HillTBD
11Michelle Waterson18–10 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Amanda LemosTBD
12Angela Hill14–12 1WinUFC on ESPN 41 - Lupita GodinezUFC on ESPN 42 - Emily Ducote
13Luana Pinheiro10–1 8WinUFC Fight Night 198 - Sam HughesTBD
14Emily Ducote12–6 4WinUFC on ABC 3 - Jessica PenneUFC on ESPN 42 - Angela Hill
15Jessica Penne14–6 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Emily DucoteTBD

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

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

UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2022

UFC 269 Weigh-in
Amanda Nunes

136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)

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

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FAQs on UFC Rankings

Q. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?

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

Q. How do rankings work in UFC?

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

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

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

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

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

Q. Who are the current UFC Champions in 2022?

The UFC champions of 2022 are Francis Ngannou (Heavyweight), Jiri Prochazka (Light Heavyweight), Israel Adesanya (Middleweight), Kamaru Usman (Welterweight), Vacant (Lightweight), Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (Bantamweight), Brandon Moreno (Flyweight), Julianna PeΓ±a (Women's Bantamweight) Amanda Nunes (Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Carla Esparza (Women's Strawweight).

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* Last Updated: on January 5, 2023.