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UFC Rankings 2022

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).




RankFighterRecordWin StreakMWeight classNext fight
1Alexander Volkanovski25–122 FeatherweightUFC 284 - Islam Makhachev
2Islam Makhachev23–111 LightweightUFC 284 - Alexander Volkanovski
3 Leon Edwards20–3 (1 NC)2 WelterweightTBD
4Kamaru Usman20–20 WelterweightTBD
5Francis Ngannou17–36 HeavyweightTBD
6Israel Adesanya23–20 MiddleweightTBD
7Charles Oliveira33–9 (1 NC)0 LightweightTBD
8Alex Pereira7-17 Middleweight TBD
9Aljamain Sterling22–38 BantamweightTBD
10Jiří Procházka29–3–113 Light heavyweightUFC 282 - Glover Teixeira
11Dustin Poirier29–7 (1 NC)1 LightweightTBD
12Deiveson Figueiredo21–2–11 FlyweightUFC 283 - Brandon Moreno
13Jon Jones26–1 (1 NC)4 Light heavyweightTBD
14Brandon Moreno20–6–21 FlyweightUFC 283 - Deiveson Figueiredo
15Robert Whittaker24–61 MiddleweightUFC 284 - Paulo Costa





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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 Peña11–50 BantamweightTBD
5Rose Namajunas11–50 StrawweightTBD
6Carla Esparza19–70−1StrawweightTBD
7Jéssica Andrade23–92 Flyweight StrawweightUFC 283 - Lauren Murphy
8Marina Rodriguez16–2–20 StrawweightTBD
9Amanda Lemos13–2–12 StrawweightTBD
10Holly Holm14–60 BantamweightTBD
11Ketlen Vieira13–22−2BantamweightUFC Fight Night 217 Raquel Pennington
12Taila Santos19–201FlyweightTBD
13Katlyn Chookagian18–50−1FlyweightTBD
14Manon Fiorot10–110 FlyweightTBD
15Yan Xiaonan16–3 (1 NC)1−1StrawweightTBD

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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 283 - Deiveson Figueiredo
2Alexandre Pantoja25–5 3WinUFC 277 - Alex PerezTBD
3Kai Kara-France24–10 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 277 - Brandon MorenoUFC 284 - Alex Perez
4Brandon Royval14–6 2WinUFC 274 - Matt SchnellTBD
5Alex Perez24–7 0LossUFC 277 - Alexandre PantojaUFC 284 - Kai Kara-France
6Matheus Nicolau18–2–1 5WinUFC on ESPN 33 - David DvořákUFC on ESPN 42 - Matt Schnell
7Matt Schnell16–6 (1 NC) 1WinUFC on ABC 3 - Su MudaerjiUFC on ESPN 42 - Matheus Nicolau
8Amir Albazi15–114WinUFC 278 - Francisco FigueiredoUFC Fight Night 216 - Alessandro Costa
9David Dvořák20–4−10LossUFC on ESPN 33 - Matheus NicolauUFC Fight Night 216 - Manel Kape
10Tim Elliott18–12–1 1WinUFC 272 - Tagir UlanbekovTBD
11Su Mudaerji14–5 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Matt SchnellTBD
12Manel Kape17–6 2WinUFC on ESPN 31 - Zhalgas ZhumagulovUFC Fight Night 216 - David Dvořák
13Jeff Molina11–2 10WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Zhalgas ZhumagulovUFC Fight Night 217 - Jimmy Flick
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 ShevchenkoTBD
3Katlyn Chookagian18–5 0LossUFC 280 - Manon FiorotTBD
4Lauren Murphy16–5 1WinUFC on ABC 3 - Miesha TateUFC 283 - Jéssica Andrade
5Alexa Grasso15–3 4WinUFC Fight Night 212 - Viviane AraújoTBD
6Jéssica Andrade23–9 2WinUFC Fight Night 205 - Amanda LemosUFC 283 - Lauren Murphy
7Viviane Araújo11–4 0LossUFC Fight Night 212 - Alexa GrassoTBD
8Jennifer Maia19–9–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 33 - Manon FiorotUFC Fight Night 215 - Maryna Moroz
9Andrea Lee13–6 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 -Viviane AraújoTBD
10Erin Blanchfield10–127WinUFC 281 - Molly McCannTBD
11Casey O'Neill9–0−19WinUFC 271 - Roxanne ModafferiTBD
12Maycee Barber11–2−13WinUFC 276 - Jessica EyeTBD
13Tracy Cortez10–1 10WinUFC 274 - Melissa GattoUFC on ESPN 42 -Amanda Ribas
14Cynthia Calvillo9–5–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 -Nina NunesTBD
15Maryna Moroz11–3 3WinUFC 272 - Mariya AgapovaUFC Fight Night 215 - Jennifer Maia


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 StreakResultLast 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 278 - José AldoTBD
3Petr Yan16–4 0LossUFC 280 - Sean O'MalleyTBD
4Marlon Vera20–7–1 4WinUFC on ESPN 41 -Dominick CruzTBD
5T.J. Dillashaw17–5 0LossUFC 280 - Aljamain SterlingTBD
6Cory Sandhagen15–4 1WinUFC Fight Night 210 - Song YadongTBD
7Rob Font19–6 0LossUFC on ESPN 35 -Marlon VeraTBD
8Dominick Cruz24–4 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 -Marlon VeraTBD
9Song Yadong19–6–1 (1 NC)10LossUFC Fight Night 210 - Cory SandhagenTBD
10Pedro Munhoz19–7 (2 NC)−10NCUFC 276 - Sean O'MalleyTBD
11Ricky Simón20–3 5WinUFC on ABC 3 - Jack ShoreTBD
12Umar Nurmagomedov15–0115WinUFC on ESPN 38 - Nate ManessTBD
13Chris Gutiérrez19–4–2 4WinUFC 281 - Frankie EdgarTBD
14Adrian Yanez16–3 9WinUFC on ESPN 37 -Tony KelleyTBD
15Jack Shore16–1 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Ricky SimónTBD


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 PeñaTBD
1Julianna Peña11–5 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 LänsbergTBD
8Macy Chiasson8–320LossUFC 279 - Irene AldanaTBD
9Karol Rosa15–420LossUFC on ESPN 33 - Sara McMannUFC 280 - Lina Länsberg
10Miesha Tate19–910LossUFC on ABC 3 - Lauren MurphyTBD
11Julia Avila9–231WinUFC on ESPN 21 - Julija StoliarenkoTBD
12Lina Länsberg10–610LossUFC 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 HollowayTBD
1Max Holloway23–7 0LossUFC 276 - Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
2Yair Rodríguez14–3 (1 NC) 1WinUFC on ABC 3 - Brian OrtegaTBD
3Brian Ortega15–3 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ABC 3 - Yair RodríguezTBD
4Arnold Allen19–1212WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Calvin KattarTBD
5Josh Emmett18–2−15WinUFC on ESPN 37 - Calvin KattarTBD
6Jung Chan-sung17–710LossUFC 273 - Alexander VolkanovskiTBD
7Calvin Kattar23–7−20LossUFC Fight Night 213 - Arnold AllenTBD
8Giga Chikadze14–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 32 - Calvin KattarTBD
9Bryce Mitchell15–0 15WinUFC 272 - Edson BarbozaUFC 282 - Ilia Topuria
10Movsar Evloev16–0 16WinUFC Fight Night 207 - Dan IgeTBD
11Sodiq Yusuff13–2 2WinUFC Fight Night 211 - Don ShainisTBD
12Dan Ige15–6 0LossUFC Fight Night 207 - Movsar EvloevTBD
13Edson Barboza22–11 0LossUFC 272 - Bryce MitchellTBD
14Ilia Topuria12–0 12WinUFC Fight Night 204 - Jai HerbertUFC 282 - Bryce Mitchell
15Alex Caceres19–13 (1 NC) 0LossUFC Fight Night 203 - Sodiq YusuffUFC Fight Night 216 - Julian Erosa




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
7Rafael dos Anjos31–14 0LossUFC on ESPN 39 - Rafael FizievUFC on ESPN 42 - Bryan Barberena
8Mateusz Gamrot21–2 (1 NC) 0LossUFC 280 - Beneil DariushTBD
9Arman Tsarukyan18–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 38 - Mateusz GamrotUFC Fight Night 216 - Damir Ismagulov
10Jalin Turner13–5 5WinUFC 276 - Brad RiddellTBD
11Dan Hooker22–1211WinUFC 281 - Claudio PuellesTBD
12Damir Ismagulov24–1−119WinUFC on ESPN 37 - Guram KutateladzeUFC Fight Night 216 - Arman Tsarukyan
13Renato Moicano17–5–1 1WinUFC 281 - Brad RiddellTBD
14Conor McGregor22–6−10LossUFC 264 - Dustin PoirierTBD
15Tony Ferguson25–8−10LossUFC 279 - Nate DiazTBD






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
6Geoff Neal15–4 2WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Vicente LuqueUFC Fight Night 217 - Shavkat Rakhmonov
7Stephen Thompson16–6–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 199 - Belal MuhammadUFC on ESPN 42 - Kevin Holland
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 Masvidal35–16−20LossUFC 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
14Daniel Rodriguez17–2 4WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Neil MagnyTBD
15Michel Pereira28–11 (2 NC) 5WinUFC Fight Night 206 - Santiago PonzinibbioTBD



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 Pereira7–147 (0 def)WinUFC 281 - Israel AdesanyaTBD
1Israel Adesanya23–2−10LossUFC 281 - Alex PereiraTBD
2Robert Whittaker24–6−11WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Marvin VettoriUFC 284 - Paulo Costa
3Jared Cannonier15–6−10LossUFC 276 - Israel AdesanyaUFC Fight Night 216 - Sean Strickland
4Marvin Vettori18–6–1−10LossUFC Fight Night 209 - Robert WhittakerTBD
5Derek Brunson23–8 0LossUFC 271 - Jared CannonierUFC on ESPN 42 - Jack Hermansson
6Paulo Costa14–2 1WinUFC 278 - Luke RockholdUFC 284 - Robert Whittaker
7Sean Strickland25–4 0LossUFC 276 - Alex PereiraUFC Fight Night 216 - Jared Cannonier
8Jack Hermansson23–7 1WinUFC Fight Night 208 - Chris CurtisUFC on ESPN 42 - Derek Brunson
9Darren Till18–4–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 191 - Derek BrunsonUFC 282 - Dricus du Plessis
10André Muniz23–4 9WinUFC 276 - Uriah HallTBD
11Kelvin Gastelum16–8 (1 NC) 0LossUFC on ESPN 29 - Jared CannonierUFC Fight Night 217 - Nassourdine Imavov
12Nassourdine Imavov12–3 3WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Joaquin BuckleyUFC Fight Night 217 - Kelvin Gastelum
13Dricus du Plessis17–2 5WinUFC 276 - Brad TavaresUFC 282 - Darren Till
14Chris Curtis29–9 0LossUFC Fight Night 208 - Jack HermanssonUFC 282 - Joaquin Buckley
15Brad Tavares19–7 0LossUFC 276 - Dricus du PlessisUFC 283 - Gregory Rodrigues






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
Jiří Procházka




186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)


Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Jiri Prochazka [29-3-1]



RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CJiří Procházka29–3–1 13 (0 def)WinUFC 275 - Glover TeixeiraUFC 282 - Glover Teixeira
1Glover Teixeira33–8 0LossUFC 275 - Jiří ProcházkaUFC 282 - Jiří Procházka
2Jan Błachowicz29–9 1WinUFC on ESPN 36 - Aleksandar RakićUFC 282 - Magomed Ankalaev
3Magomed Ankalaev18–1 9WinUFC 277 - Anthony SmithUFC 282 - Jan Błachowicz
4Aleksandar Rakić14–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 36 - Jan BłachowiczTBD
5Anthony Smith36–17 0LossUFC 277 - Magomed AnkalaevTBD
6Jamahal Hill11–1 (1 NC) 3WinUFC on ESPN 40 - Thiago SantosTBD
7Nikita Krylov29–912WinUFC 280 - Volkan OezdemirTBD
8Paul Craig16–5–110LossUFC Fight Night 208 - Volkan OezdemirUFC 283 - Johnny Walker
9Volkan Oezdemir18–710LossUFC 280 - Nikita KrylovTBD
10Ryan Spann21–722WinUFC 281 - Dominick ReyesTBD
11Johnny Walker19–7 1WinUFC 279 - Ion CuțelabaUFC 283 - Paul Craig
12Dominick Reyes12–4−50LossUFC 281 - Ryan SpannTBD
13Khalil Rountree Jr.11–5 (1 NC) 3WinUFC Fight Night 213 - Dustin Jacoby TBD
14Jimmy Crute12–3 0LossUFC on ESPN 31 - Jamahal Hill UFC 284 - Alonzo Menifield
15Dustin Jacoby18–6–1 0LossUFC Fight Night 213 - Khalil Rountree Jr.TBD




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
3Curtis Blaydes17–3 (1 NC)-3WinUFC Fight Night 208 Tom AspinallTBD
4Tai Tuivasa14-4-0LossUFC Fight Night 209 Ciryl GaneTBD
5Sergei Pavlovich16–1-4WinUFC 277 Derrick LewisTBD
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 Daukaus12–5−10LossUFC 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).


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




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 Esparza19–7−10LossUFC 281 - Zhang WeiliTBD
2Rose Namajunas11–5−10LossUFC 274 - Carla EsparzaTBD
3Amanda Lemos13–2–1 2WinUFC Fight Night 214 - Marina RodriguezTBD
4Jéssica 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
13Emily Ducote12–6 4WinUFC on ABC 3 - Jessica PenneUFC on ESPN 42 - Angela Hill
14Luana Pinheiro10–1 8WinUFC Fight Night 198 - Sam HughesTBD
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.


Check out: What is Amanda Nunes' Net Worth?


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 Peña (Women's Bantamweight) Amanda Nunes (Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Carla Esparza (Women's Strawweight).


Also Read: In-Depth Info on Every UFC Championship


* Last Updated: on November 30, 2022

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