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Table of Contents
- UFC Fighter Rankings 2021
- UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021
- UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021
- UFC Flyweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Women's Flyweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Women's Bantamweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Featherweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Lightweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Welterweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Heavyweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings 2021
- UFC Women's Featherweight Rankings 2021
UFC Fighter 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.
Pound for pound is a ranking used in combat sports for boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts in order to decide who is the better fighter in relation to their weight (i.e., adjusted to compensate for weight class).
|Rank||Fighter||Weight Class||Win/Loss Record|
|1||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Welterweight (2009-2011). Lightweight (2008-2010, 2012-2020)||29-0|
|2||Jon Jones||Light Heavyweight(2008-2020)||26-1 (1 NC)|
|6||Alexander Volkanovski||Featherweight (2014–present) Lightweight (2014- 2016) Welterweight (2012–2013)||22-1|
|7||Dustin Poirier||Lightweight (2009–2010, 2015–present) Featherweight (2011–2014)||27-6 (1 NC)|
|8||Max Holloway||Featherweight (2012–present) Lightweight (2010–2011, 2019)||22-6|
|12||Robert Whittaker||Welterweight (2009-2014). Middleweight (2014-present).||22-5|
|14||Jan Blachowicz||Light Heavyweight||27-8|
|15||Conor McGregor||Featherweight (2008–2015) Lightweight (2008–2012, 2016–2018, 2021-present) Welterweight (2016, 2020)||22-5|
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UFC Women's Pound-for-Pound Rankings 2021
|Rank||Fighter||Weight Class||Win/Loss Record|
|1||Amanda Nunes||Bantamweight (2011–present), Featherweight (2008–2011, 2018–present)||20-4|
|2||Valentina Shevchenko||Bantamweight (2003–2005, 2010–2017), Flyweight (2006, 2018–present)||20-3|
|5||Jessica Andrade||Bantamweight (135 lbs) (2011–2015) Strawweight (115 lbs) (2016–2020) Flyweight (125 lbs) (2020–present)||21-8|
|6||Joanna Jedrzejczyk||Flyweight (2012–2014, 2018–present), Strawweight (2014–2018, 2019–present)||16-4|
|7||Germaine De Randamie||Featherweight (2011–2012, 2017), Bantamweight (2008–2011, 2013–2016, 2018–present)||10-4|
|8||Holly Holm||Featherweight (2017–2019), Bantamweight (2011–present)||14-5|
|9||Aspen Ladd||Bantamweight (2016–present), Flyweight (2015)||9-1|
|10||Katlyn Chookagian||Bantamweight (2016–2017), Flyweight (2014–2016, 2018–present), Strawweight (2014)||15-4|
|11||Nina Ansaroff||Flyweight (2012), Strawweight (2008–present)||10-6|
|12||Yan Xiaonan||Strawweight||13-1 (1 NC)|
|14||Cynthia Calvillo||Flyweight (2016, 2020-present), Strawweight (2017-2019)||18-5|
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116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo [20-1-1]
|8||Rogerio Bontorin||15-2 (1 NC)|
|8||Kai Kara France||21-9, (1 NC)|
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.
116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
Champion: Valentina Shevchenko [19–3]
|8||Jessica Eye||15-9, 1 NC|
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.
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126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)
Champion: Petr Yan [15-1]
|8||Pedro Munhoz||19-5, 1 NC|
|14||Song Yadong||16-4-1, 1 NC|
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.
Champion: Amanda Nunes [20–4]
|1||Germaine De Randamie||10-4|
|5||Yana Kunitskaya||14-5, 1 NC|
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.
136 to 145 lb(61 to 66 kg)
Champion: Alexander Volkanovski [21–1]
|2||Brian Ortega||15–1 (1 NC)|
|4||Yair Rodriguez||13-2, 1 NC|
|5||Chan Sung Jung||16-6|
|8||Jeremy Stephens||28-18, 1 NC|
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.
146 to 155 lb(66 to 70 kg)
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov [28–0]
|1||Dustin Poirier||27-6, 1 NC|
|3||Charles Oliveira||30-8, 1NC|
|7||Rafael Dos Anjos||30-13|
Prior to UFC 31 in 2001, the Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title. The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was seemingly unified with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez.
The UFC Lightweight Title has been held by the likes of Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez throughout the years. At UFC 205, Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor won the Lightweight Title after defeating Eddie Alvarez via TKO and became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously. At UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the Lightweight Champion after defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision.
Khabib went onto defend the title against Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje and tied the record for the most title defences in the division along with Benson Henderson. He announced his retirement at UFC 254, though the title is yet to be vacated.
156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg)
Champion: Kamaru Usman [18–1]
|15||Robbie Lawler||28-15, 1 NC|
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.
171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)
Champion: Israel Adesanya [20–0]
|8||Kelvin Gastelum||17-6, 1NC|
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.
186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)
Champion: Jan Błachowicz [27–8]
|15||Jamahal Hill||8-0, 1NC.|
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.
206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)
Champion: Stipe Miocic [20–3]
|2||Derrick Lewis||25-7 (1 NC)|
|3||Curtis Blaydes||14-3, 1 NC|
|7||Alistair Overeem||47-19, 1 NC|
|11||Walt Harris||13-9, 1 NC|
|12||Junior Dos Santos||21-9|
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 and remains the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)
Champion: Zhang Weili [21–1]
|3||Yan Xiaonan||13–1 (1 NC)|
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.
136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)
Champion: Amanda Nunes [20–4]
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.
1. Who is the number 1 UFC fighter?
Khabib Nurmagomedov is the current #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the UFC.
2. 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.