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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 BurnsTBD
3Israel AdesanyaMiddleweight (2012-present) Light Heavyweight (2021)21-1Defeated Marvin VettoriTBD
4Alexander VolkanovskiFeatherweight (2014–present); Lightweight (2014; 2016); Welterweight (2012–2013)22-1Defeated Max HollowayBrian Ortega (UFC 266)
5Francis NgannouHeavyweight16-3Defeated Stipe MiocicTBD
6Dustin PoirierLightweight (2009–2010, 2015–present); Featherweight (2011–2014)28-6, 1NCDefeated Conor McGregorTBD
7Jan BlachowiczLight Heavyweight28-8Defeated Israel AdesanyaGlover Teixeira (UFC 267)
8Stipe MiocicHeavyweight20-4Lost to Francis NgannouTBD
9Max HollowayFeatherweight (2012–present); Lightweight (2010–2011, 2019)22-6Defeated Calvin KattarTBD
10Charles OliveiraLightweight31-8, 1NCDefeated Michael ChandlerTBD
11Brandon MorenoFlyweight19-5-2Defeated Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
12Robert WhittakerWelterweight (2009–2014); Middleweight (2014–present)23-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
13Petr YanBantamweight15-2Disqualified against Aljamain SterlingAljamain Sterling (UFC 267)
14Justin GaethjeLightweight22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD
15Aljamain SterlingBantamweight (2011-Present), Featherweight (2011)20-3Won via disqualification against Petr YanPetr Yan (UFC 267)


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 259Julianna Peña (UFC 265)
2Valentina ShevchenkoBantamweight (2003–2005, 2010–2017), Flyweight (2006, 2018–present)21-3Defeated Jéssica Andrade at UFC 261Lauren Murphy (UFC 266)
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 261Cynthia Calvillo (UFC 266)
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
9Carla EsparzaStrawweight18-6Defeated Yan XiaonanTBS
10Aspen LaddBantamweight (2016–present) Flyweight (2015)9-1Defeated Yana KunitskayaMacy Chiasson (UFC on ESPN 27)
11Katlyn ChookagianStrawweight (2014), Flyweight (2014-2016, 2018-Present), Bantamweight (2016-17).16-4Defeated Cynthia CalvilloViviane Araujo (UFC 262)
12Mackenzie DernStrawweight11-1Defeated Nina AnsaroffMarina Rodriguez (UFC Fight Night 196)
13Lauren MurphyWomen Flyweight15-4Defeated Joanne CalderwoodValentina Shevchenko (UFC 266)
14Yan XiaonanAtomweight Strawweight13-2, 1 NCLost to Carla EsparzaTBD
15Julianna PeñaBantamweight (2009–present) Flyweight (2013)10-4Defeated Sara McMannAmanda Nunes (UFC 265)


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


UFC Flyweight Rankings 2021


UFC 256: Weigh-Ins


116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)

Current UFC Flyweight Champion: Brandon Moreno [19-5-2]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionBrandon Moreno19–5–2Defeated Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
1Deiveson Figueiredo20-2-1Lost to Brandon MorenoTBD
2Askar Askarov14-0-1Defeated Joseph BenavidezTBD
3Alexandre Pantoja23-5Defeated Manel KapeBrandon Royval (UFC on ESPN 29)
4Alex Perez24-6Lost to Deiveson FigueiredoMatt Schnell (UFC Fight Night 191)
5Joseph Benavidez28-8Defeated Askar AskarovTBD
6Brandon Royval12-5Lost to Brandon MorenoAlexandre Pantoja (UFC on ESPN 29)
7Kai Kara France22-9, 1 NCDefeated Rogerio BontorinTBD
8Rogerio Bontorin17-3, 1 NCDefeated Matt SchnellTBD
9Matt Schnell15-6Lost to Rogerio BontorinAlex Perez (UFC Fight Night 191)
10Tim Elliot17-11-1Defeated Jordan EspinosaTBD
11David Dvorak20-3Defeated Juancamilo RonderosTBD
12Matheus Nicolau16-2-1Defeated Manel KapeTBD
13Su Mudaerji14-4Defeated Zarrukh AdashevTBD
14Amir Albazi14-1Defeated Zhalgas ZhumagulovTBD
15Tyson Nam20-12-1Lost to Matt SchnellTBD

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.


Later at UFC 263, Figueiredo lost the title to Moreno.


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 261Lauren Murphy (UFC 266)
1Jéssica Andrade21-9Lost to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 261Cynthia Calvillo (UFC 266)
2Katlyn Chookagian15-4Defeated Cynthia CalvilloTBD
3Lauren Murphy15-4Defeated Joanne CalderwoodValentina Shevchenko (UFC 266)
4Jennifer Maia19-7-1Lost to Valentina ShevchenkoTBD
5Cynthia Calvillo9-2-1Lost to Katlyn ChookagianJéssica Andrade (UFC 266)
6Joanne Calderwood15-6Lost to Lauren MurphyTBD
7Viviane Araujo10-3Lost to Katlyn ChookagianTBD
8Jessica Eye15-10, 1 NCLost to Jennifer MaiaTBD
9Roxanne Modafferi25-18Lost to Viviane AraujoTatiana Suarez (UFC 266)
10Alexa Grasso13-3Defeated Maycee BarberTBD
11Andrea Lee12-5Defeated Antonina ShevchenkoTBD
12Taila Santos17-1Defeated Gillian RobertsonMandy Böhm (UFC Fight Night 192)
13Maycee Barber9-2Defeated Miranda MaverickTBD
14Miranda Maverick9-3Lost to Maycee BarberTBD
15Montana De La Rosa12-6-1Defeated Ariane LipskiTBD


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 YanPetr Yan (UFC 267)
1Petr Yan15-2Lost to Aljamain SterlingAljamain Sterling (UFC 267)
2T.J. Dillashaw17-4Defeated Cory SandhagenTBD
3Cory Sandhagen14-3Defeated Frankie EdgarTBD
4Rob Font19-4Defeated Cody GarbrandtTBD
5Jose Aldo29-7Defeated Marlon VeraPedro Munhoz (UFC 265)
6Cody Garbrandt12-4Defeated Raphael AssunçãoTBD
7Marlon Moraes23-8-1Lost to Rob FontMerab Dvalishvili (UFC 266)
8Frankie Edgar24-9-1Lost to Cory SandhagenTBD
9Pedro Munhoz19-5, 1 NCDefeated Jimmie Riveravs. José Aldo (UFC 265)
10Dominick Cruz23-3Defeated Casey KenneyTBD
11Merab Dvalishvili13–4Defeated Cody StamannMarlon Moraes (UFC 266)
12Raphael Assuncao27-8Lost to Cody GarbrandtTBD
13Jimmie Rivera23-5Lost to Pedro MunhozTBD
14Marlon Vera17-7-1Defeated Davey GrantTBD
15Cody Stamann19-4-1Lost to Merab DvalishviliTBD


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 AndersonJulianna Peña (UFC 265)
1Germaine De Randamie10-4Defeated Julianna PenaTBD
2Holly Holm14-5Defeated Irene AldanaTBD
3Aspen Ladd9-1Defeated Yana KunitskayaTBD
4Irene Aldana13-6Defeated Yana KunitskayaTBD
5Julianna Pena10-4Defeated Sara McMannAmanda Nunes (UFC 265)
6Yana Kunitskaya14-6, 1 NCLost to Irene AldanaTBD
7Ketlen Vieira11-2Lost to Yana KunitskayaSara McMann (UFC Fight Night 191)
8Miesha Tate19-7Defeated Marion ReneauTBD
9Sara McMann12-6Lost to Julianna PenaKetlen Vieira (UFC Fight Night 191)
10Macy Chiasson7-1Defeated Marion ReneauTBD
11Lina Lansberg10-5Lost to Sara McMannTBD
12Pannie Kianzad15-5Defeated Alexis DavisRaquel Pennington (UFC Fight Night 193)
13Julia Avila9-2Defeated Julija StoliarenkoTBD
14Karol Rosa14-3Defeated Joselyne EdwardsBethe Correia (UFC Fight Night 194)
15Alexis Davis20–11Lost to Pannie KianzadTBD

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 lbs (61 to 66 kg)


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


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionAlexander Volkanovski22-1Defeated Max Hollowayvs. Brian Ortega (UFC 266)
1Max Holloway22–6Defeated Calvin KattarTBD
2Brian Ortega15–1 (1 NC)Defeated Chan Sung Jungvs. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC 266)
3Yair Rodriguez13–2 (1 NC)Defeated Jeremy StephensTBD
4Chan Sung Jung16–6Lost to Brian OrtegaTBD
5Calvin Kattar22–5Lost to Max HollowayTBD
6Arnold Allen17–1Defeated Sodiq YusuffTBD
7Josh Emmett16–2Defeated Shane BurgosTBD
8Dan Ige15–3Defeated Gavin TuckerTBD
9Edson Barboza22-9Defeated Shane Burgosvs. Giga Chikadze (UFC Fight Night 192)
10Giga Chikadze13–2Defeated Cub Swansonvs. Edson Barboza (UFC Fight Night 192)
11Sodiq Yusuff11-2Lost to Arnold AllenTBD
12Bryce Mitchell14-0Defeated Andre FiliTBD
13Movsar Evloev15-0Defeated Hakeem DawoduTBD
14Shane Burgos13-3Lost to Edson BarbozaTBD
15Alex Caceres18-12-1Defeated Kevin CroomTBD


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 Lightweight 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 Poirier28-6, 1 NCDefeated Conor McGregorTBD
2Justin Gaethje22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD
3Beneil Dariush21–4–1Defeated Tony FergusonTBD
4Michael Chandler22-6Lost to Charles OliveiraTBD
5Islam Makhachev20-1Defeated Thiago MoisésTBD
6Tony Ferguson25-6Lost to Beneil DariushTBD
7Rafael Dos Anjos30-13Defeated Paul FelderTBD
8Dan Hooker20-10Lost to Michael ChandlerTBD
9Conor McGregor22-6Lost to Dustin PoirierTBD
10Gregor Gillespie14-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
11Kevin Lee18-6Lost to Charles Oliveiravs. Sean Brady (UFC Fight Night 192)
12Carlos Diego Ferreira17-4Lost to Gregor Gillespievs. Grant Dawson (UFC Fight Night 195)
13Brad Riddell10-1Defeated Drew DoberTBD
14Arman Tsarukyan16-2Defeated Matt FrevolaTBD
15Thiago Moises15-5Defeated Alexander HernandezTBD

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 Edwards19-3, 1 NCDefeated Nate DiazTBD
4Stephen Thompson16-4-1Defeated Geoff NealGilbert Burns (UFC 264)
5Michael Chiesa18–4Defeated Neil Magnyvs. Vicente Luque (UFC 265)
5Vicente Luque20-7-1Defeated Tyron Woodleyvs. Michael Chiesa (UFC 265)
7Jorge Masvidal35-15Lost to Kamaru UsmanTBD
8Neil Magny25-8Defeated Geoff NealTBD
9Belal Muhammad19-3, 1 NCDefeated Demian MaiaTBD
10Geoff Neal13-3Lost to Stephen Thompsonvs. Neil Magny (UFC on ESPN 24)
11Demian Maia28-11Lost to Belal MuhammadTBD
12Li Jingliang18–6Defeated Santiago PonzinibbioTBD
13Santiago Ponzinibbio28-4Lost to Li JingliangTBD
14Sean Brady14-0Defeated Jake MathewsKevin Lee (UFC 264)
15Muslim Salikhov18-2Defeated Francisco TrinaldoTBD


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.


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UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021


Israel Adesanya - UFC Middleweight Champion


171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)

Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya [21–1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionIsrael Adesanya21-1Defeated Marvin VettoriTBD
1Robert Whittaker23-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
2Paulo Costa13-1Lost to Israel AdesanyaTBD
3Jared Cannonier13-5Lost to Robert WhittakerKelvin Gastelum (UFC on ESPN 29)
4Marvin Vettori17-5-1Lost to Israel AdesanyaTBD
5Derek Brunson22-7Defeated Kevin HollandDarren Till (UFC Fight Night 191)
6Jack Hermannson22-6Defeated Edmen ShahbazyanTBD
7Darren Till18-3-1Lost to Robert WhittakerDerek Brunson (UFC Fight Night 191)
8Uriah Hall17-9Defeated Chris WeidmanSean Strickland (UFC on ESPN 28)
9Kelvin Gastelum16-7, 1 NCLost to Robert WhittakerJared Cannonier (UFC on ESPN 29)
10Edmen Shahbazyan11-2Lost to Jack HermanssonTBD
11Sean Strickland23-3Defeated Krzysztof JotkoUriah Hall (UFC on ESPN 28)
12Chris Weidman15-6Lost to Uriah HallTBD
13Brad Tavares19-6Defeated Omari AkhmedovTBD
14Kevin Holland21-7Lost to Marvin VettoriKyle Daukaus (UFC Fight Night 195)
15Omari Akhmedov21-6-1Lost to Brad TavaresTBD


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
12Paul Craig15-4-1Defeated Jamahal HillTBD
13Misha Cirkunov15-6Lost to Ryan SpannTBD
14Jimmy Crute12-1Lost to Anthony SmithTBD
15Jamahal Hill8-1, 1NCLost to Paul CraigTBD

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 Blaydesvs. Ciryl Gane (UFC 265)
3Ciryl Gane9-0Defeated Alexander Volkovvs. Derrick Lewis (UFC 265)
4Curtis Blaydes14-3, 1 NCLost to Derrick Lewisvs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (UFC 266)
5Alexander Volkov33-9Lost to Ciryl GaneTBD
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik11-2Defeated Augusto Sakaivs. Curtis Blaydes (UFC 266)
7Shamil Abdurakhimov20–5Lost to Curtis Blaydesvs. Chris Daukaus (UFC on ESPN 27)
8Marcin Tybura13-9, 1 NCDefeated Walt HarrisTBD
9Augusto Sakai15–3–1Lost to Jairzinho RozenstruikTBD
10Chris Daukaus11-3Defeated Aleksei Oleinikvs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (UFC on ESPN 27)
11Blagoy Ivanov18-4, 1 NCLost to Augusto SakaiTBD
12Walt Harris13-10, 1 NCLost to Marcin TyburaTBD
13Tom Aspinall10-2Defeated Andrei ArlovskiTBD
14Sergey Spivak13-2Defeated Aleksei OleinikTBD
15Sergei Pavlovich14-1Defeated Maurice GreeneTBD

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
3Carla Esparza18-6Defeated Yan XiaonanTBD
4Yan Xiaonan13–2 (1 NC)Lost to Carla EsparzaTBD
5Mackenzie Dern11-1Defeated Nina NunesMarina Rodriguez (UFC Fight Night 196)
5Marina Rodriguez14-1-2Defeated Michelle WatersonMackenzie Dern (UFC Fight Night 196)
7Nina Nunes10-7Lost to Mackenzie DernTBD
8Claudia Gadelha18-5Lost to Yan XiaonanTBD
9Michelle Waterson18-9Lost to Marina RodriguezTBD
10Tecia Torres12-5Defeated Sam HughesAngela Hill (UFC 265)
11Amanda Ribas10-2Lost to Marina RodriguezVirna Jandiroba (UFC 267)
12Angela Hill13–9Defeated Ashley YoderTecia Torres (UFC 265)
13Virna Jandiroba17–2Defeated Kanako MurataAmanda Ribas (UFC 267)
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


Amanda Nunes v Germaine de Randamie


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 :- 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), Amanda Nunes (Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Rose Namajunas (Women's Strawweight).


Also Read: In-Depth Info on Every UFC Championship


* Last Updated: July 26th, 2021


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