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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
1Kamaru UsmanWelterweight19-1Defeated Gilbert BurnsColby Covington (UFC 268)
2Jon JonesLight Heavyweight (2008-2020)26-1, 1NCDefeated Dominick ReyesTBD
3Alexander VolkanovskiFeatherweight23-1Defeated Brian OrtegaTBD
4Israel AdesanyaMiddleweight 21-1Defeated Marvin VettoriTBD
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)
14 (T)Ciryl GaneHeavyweight10-0Defeated Derrick LewisTBD
14 (T)Justin GaethjeLightweight22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovTBD


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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 269)
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 261Weili Zhang (UFC 268)
4Weili ZhangStrawweight21-2Lost to Rose NamajunasRose Namajunas (UFC 268)
5 (T)Jessica AndradeFlyweight (2020–present) Strawweight (2016–2020)22-9Defeated Cynthia CalvilloTBD
5 (T)Joanna JedrzejczykStrawweight16-4Lost to Weili Zhang at UFC 248TBD
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 AldanaNorma Dumont (UFC Fight Night 195)
9Carla EsparzaStrawweight18-6Defeated Yan XiaonanTBS
10Katlyn ChookagianFlyweight16-4Defeated Viviane AraújoJennifer Maia (UFC Fight Night 200)
11Marina RodriguezStrawweight15-1-2Defeated Mackenzie DernTBD
12Yan XiaonanStrawweight13–2 (1 NC)Lost to Carla EsparzaTBD
13Julianna PeñaBantamweight10-4Defeated Sara McMannAmanda Nunes (UFC 269)
14Aspen LaddFeatherweight (2021) Bantamweight (2016–2019)9-2Lost to Norma DumontTBD
15Lauren MurphyFlyweight15-5Lost to Valentina ShevchenkoTBD


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 FigueiredoDeiveson Figueiredo (UFC 270)
1Deiveson Figueiredo20-2-1Lost to Brandon MorenoBrandon Moreno (UFC 270)
2Askar Askarov14-0-1Defeated Joseph BenavidezTBD
3Alexandre Pantoja24-5Defeated Brandon RoyvalTBD
4Alex Perez24-6Lost to Deiveson FigueiredoMatt Schnell (UFC Fight Night 191)
5Brandon Royval12-5Lost to Brandon MorenoRogério Bontorin (UFC Fight Night 201)
6Kai Kara France22-9, 1 NCDefeated Rogerio BontorinCody Garbrandt (UFC 269)
7Rogerio Bontorin17-3, 1 NCDefeated Matt SchnellTBD
8Matheus Nicolau17-2-1Defeated Tim ElliottTBD
9Matt Schnell15-6Lost to Rogerio BontorinAlex Perez (UFC 269)
10David Dvorak20-3Defeated Juancamilo RonderosTBD
11Tim Elliot17-12-1Lost to Matheus NicolauTBD
12Su Mudaerji14-4Defeated Zarrukh AdashevTBD
13Amir Albazi14-1Defeated Zhalgas ZhumagulovTBD
14Tyson Nam20-12-1Lost to Matt SchnellTBD
15Tagir Ulanbekov13-1Defeated Bruno Gustavo da SilvaAllan Nascimento (UFC 267)

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 Shevchenko22-3Defeated Lauren MurphyTBD
1Jéssica Andrade21-9Defeated Cynthia CalvilloTBD
2Katlyn Chookagian15-4Defeated Viviane AraújoJennifer Maia (UFC Fight Night 200)
3Lauren Murphy15-4Lost to Valentina ShevchenkoTBD
4Jennifer Maia19-7-1Defeated Jessica EyeKatlyn Chookagian (UFC Fight Night 200)
5Cynthia Calvillo9-3-1Lost to Jéssica AndradeTBD
6Joanne Calderwood15-6Lost to Lauren MurphyTaila Santos (UFC Fight Night 198)
7Viviane Araujo10-3Lost to Katlyn ChookagianAlexa Grasso (UFC 270)
8Jessica Eye15-10, 1 NCLost to Jennifer MaiaAndrea Lee (UFC Fight Night 197)
9Taila Santos18–1Defeated Roxanne ModafferiJoanne Calderwood (UFC Fight Night 198)
10Alexa Grasso13-3Defeated Maycee BarberViviane Araújo (UFC 270)
11Roxanne Modafferi25-19Lost to Taila SantosTBD
12Andrea Lee12-5Defeated Antonina ShevchenkoJessica Eye (UFC Fight Night 197)
13Maycee Barber9-2Defeated Miranda MaverickErin Blanchfield (UFC 269)
14Manon Fiorot8-1Defeated Mayra Bueno SilvaTBD
15Casey O'Neill8-0Defeated Antonina ShevchenkoTBD


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


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


Also Read: Complete List of UFC Fighters


UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2021


UFC 259 Blachowicz v Adesanya: Weigh-Ins


126 to 135 lb(57 to 61 kg)

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


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionAljamain Sterling20-3Defeated Petr YanTBD
1Petr Yan15-2Lost to Aljamain SterlingCory Sandhagen (UFC 267)
2T.J. Dillashaw17-4Defeated Cory SandhagenTBD
3Cory Sandhagen14-3Lost to T.J. DillashawPetr Yan (UFC 267)
4Rob Font19-4Defeated Cody GarbrandtJosé Aldo (UFC Fight Night 199)
5José Aldo30-7Defeated Pedro MunhozRob Font (UFC Fight Night 199)
6Merab Dvalishvili14-4Defeated Marlon MoraesTBD
7Cody Garbrandt12-4Defeated Raphael AssunçãoKai Kara-France (UFC Fight Night 199)
8Frankie Edgar24-9-1Lost to Cory SandhagenMarlon Vera (UFC 268)
9Pedro Munhoz19-6, 1 NCLost to José AldoTBD
10Marlon Moraes23-9-1Lost to Merab DvalishviliTBD
11Dominick Cruz23-3Defeated Casey KenneyTBD
12Raphael Assuncao27-8Lost to Cody GarbrandtRicky Simón (UFC Fight Night 200)
13Marlon Vera17-7-1Defeated Davey GrantFrankie Edgar (UFC 268)
14Cody Stamann19-4-1Lost to Merab DvalishviliTBD
15Raulian Paiva21-3Defeated Kyler PhillipsTBD


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 269)
1Germaine De Randamie10-4Defeated Julianna PenaTBD
2Holly Holm14-5Defeated Irene AldanaTBD
3Irene Aldana13-6Defeated Yana KunitskayaTBD
4Julianna Peña10–4Defeated Sara McMannAmanda Nunes (UFC 269)
5Aspen Ladd9-2Lost to Norma DumontTBD
5Julianna Pena10-4Defeated Sara McMannAmanda Nunes (UFC 269)
6Yana Kunitskaya14-6, 1 NCLost to Irene AldanaTBD
7Ketlen Vieira11-2Lost to Yana KunitskayaMiesha Tate (UFC Fight Night 195)
8Miesha Tate19-7Defeated Marion ReneauKetlen Vieira (UFC Fight Night 195)
9Raquel Pennington12-8Defeated Pannie KianzadJulia Avila (UFC Fight Night 200)
10Sara McMann12-6Lost to Julianna PenaTBD
11Macy Chiasson7-1Defeated Marion ReneauTBD
12Lina Lansberg10-5Lost to Sara McMannTBD
13Pannie Kianzad15-6Lost to Raquel PenningtonTBD
14Karol Rosa15-3Defeated Bethe CorreiaTBD
15Julia Avila15-5Defeated Alexis DavisRaquel Pennington (UFC Fight Night 199)

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 KattarYair Rodríguez (UFC Fight Night 197)
2Brian Ortega15–1 (1 NC)Defeated Chan Sung Jungvs. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC 266)
3Yair Rodriguez13–2 (1 NC)Defeated Jeremy StephensMax Holloway (UFC Fight Night 197)
4Chan Sung Jung16–6Lost to Brian OrtegaTBD
5Calvin Kattar22–5Lost to Max HollowayTBD
6Arnold Allen17–1Defeated Sodiq YusuffTBD
7Josh Emmett16–2Defeated Shane BurgosTBD
8Giga Chikadze14-2Defeated Edson BarbozaTBD
9Dan Ige15–4Lost to Chan Sung JungTBD
10Edson Barboza22-10Lost to Giga ChikadzeTBD
11Sodiq Yusuff11-2Lost to Arnold AllenTBD
12Bryce Mitchell14-0Defeated Andre FiliTBD
13Movsar Evloev15-0Defeated Hakeem DawoduTBD
14Shane Burgos13-3Lost to Edson BarbozaTBD
15Ilia Topuria11-0Defeated Ryan HallTBD


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 ChandlerDustin Poirier (UFC 269)
1Dustin Poirier28-6, 1 NCDefeated Conor McGregorCharles Oliveira (UFC 269)
2Justin Gaethje22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovMichael Chandler (UFC 268)
3Beneil Dariush21–4–1Defeated Tony FergusonTBD
4Michael Chandler22-6Lost to Charles OliveiraJustin Gaethje (UFC 268)
5Islam Makhachev20-1Defeated Thiago MoisésTBD
6Dan Hooker21-10Defeated Nasrat HaqparastTBD
6Tony Ferguson25-6Lost to Beneil DariushTBD
8Rafael Dos Anjos30-13Defeated Paul FelderTBD
9Conor McGregor22-6Lost to Dustin PoirierTBD
10Gregor Gillespie14-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
11Carlos Diego Ferreira17-4Lost to Gregor GillespieTBD
12Brad Riddell10-1Defeated Drew DoberRafael Fiziev (UFC Fight Night 199)
13Arman Tsarukyan17-2Defeated Christos GiagosTBD
14Rafael Fiziev10-1Defeated Bobby GreenBrad Riddell (UFC Fight Night 199)
15Thiago Moisés15-5Lost to Islam MakhachevTBD

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 MasvidalColby Covington (UFC 268)
1Colby Covington16-2Defeated Tyron WoodleyKamaru Usman (UFC 268)
2Gilbert Burns19-4Lost to Kamaru UsmanTBD
3Leon Edwards19-3, 1 NCDefeated Nate DiazJorge Masvidal (UFC 269)
4Vicente Luque21-7-1Defeated Michael ChiesaTBD
5Stephen Thompson16-4-1Lost to Gilbert BurnsTBD
6 (T)Jorge Masvidal35-15Lost to Kamaru UsmanLeon Edwards (UFC 269)
6 (T)Michael Chiesa18–5Lost to Vicente LuqueSean Brady (UFC Fight Night 198)
8Neil Magny25-8Defeated Geoff NealTBD
9Belal Muhammad19-3, 1 NCDefeated Demian MaiaTBD
10Geoff Neal13-4Lost to Neil MagnySantiago Ponzinibbio (UFC 269)
11Li Jingliang18–6Defeated Santiago PonzinibbioKhamzat Chimaev (UFC 267)
12Santiago Ponzinibbio28-4Defeated Miguel BaezaGeoff Neal (UFC 269)
13Sean Brady14-0Defeated Jake MathewsMichael Chiesa (UFC Fight Night 198)
14Daniel Rodriguez16-2Defeated Kevin LeeTBD
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 AdesanyaMarvin Vettori (UFC Fight Night 196)
3Jared Cannonier14-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
4Derek Brunson23–7Defeated Darren TillTBD
5Marvin Vettori17-5-1Lost to Israel AdesanyaTBD
6Jack Hermannson22-6Defeated Edmen ShahbazyanTBD
7Sean Strickland24-3Defeated Uriah HallLuke Rockhold (UFC 268)
8Darren Till18-4-1Lost to Derek BrunsonTBD
9Uriah Hall17-10Lost to Sean StricklandTBD
10Kelvin Gastelum16-8, 1 NCLost to Jared CannonierTBD
11Edmen Shahbazyan11-2Lost to Jack HermanssonNassourdine Imavov (UFC 268)
12Chris Weidman15-6Lost to Uriah HallTBD
13Brad Tavares19-6Defeated Omari AkhmedovTBD
14Kevin Holland21-7Lost to Marvin VettoriKyle Daukaus (UFC Fight Night 195)
15André Muniz21-4Defeated Ronaldo SouzaDricus Du Plessis (UFC 269)


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 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 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 AdesanyaGlover Teixeira (UFC 267)
1Glover Teixeira32–7Defeated Thiago SantosJan Błachowicz (UFC 267)
2Jiří Procházka28-3-1Defeated Dominick ReyesTBD
3Aleksandar Rakić14–2Defeated Thiago SantosTBD
4Anthony Smith36-16Defeated Ryan SpannTBD
5Thiago Santos21-9Lost to Aleksandar RakićJohnny Walker (UFC Fight Night 193)
6Dominick Reyes12-3Lost to Jiří ProcházkaTBD
7Magomed Ankalaev15–1Defeated Nikita KrylovVolkan Oezdemir (UFC 267)
8Volkan Oezdemir17-5Lost to Jiří ProcházkaMagomed Ankalaev (UFC 267)
9Nikita Krylov26–8Lost to Magomed AnkalaevTBD
10Johnny Walker18–5Defeated Ryan SpannThiago Santos (UFC Fight Night 193)
11Ryan Spann19-6Defeated Misha CirkunovTBD
12Paul Craig15-4-1Defeated Jamahal HillTBD
13Misha Cirkunov15-6Lost to Ryan SpannKrzysztof Jotko (UFC Fight Night 193)
14Jimmy Crute12-1Lost to Anthony SmithJamahal Hill (UFC Fight Night 199)
15Jamahal Hill8-1, 1NCLost to Paul CraigJimmy Crute (UFC Fight Night 199)

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 MiocicCiryl Gane (UFC 270)
Interim ChampionCiryl Gane10-0Defeated Derrick LewisFrancis Ngannou (UFC 270)
2Stipe Miocic20-4Lost to Francis NgannouTBD
3Derrick Lewis25-8 (1 NC)Lost to Ciryl GaneChris Daukaus (UFC Fight Night 199)
4Curtis Blaydes14-3, 1 NCDefeated Jairzinho RozenstruikTBD
5Alexander Volkov33-9Lost to Ciryl GaneMarcin Tybura (UFC 267)
6Jairzinho Rozenstruik11-2Lost to Curtis BlaydesTBD
7Chris Daukaus12-3Defeated Shamil AbdurakhimovDerrick Lewis (UFC Fight Night 199)
8 (T)Shamil Abdurakhimov20-6Lost to Chris DaukausTBD
8 (T)Marcin Tybura22-6Defeated Walt HarrisAlexander Volkov (UFC 267)
10Augusto Sakai15–3–1Lost to Jairzinho RozenstruikTai Tuivasa (UFC Fight Night 198)
11Tom Aspinall11–2Defeated Sergey SpivakTBD
12Blagoy Ivanov18-4, 1 NCLost to Augusto SakaiTBD
13Walt Harris13-10, 1 NCLost to Marcin TyburaTBD
14Sergei Pavlovich14-1Defeated Maurice GreeneTanner Boser (UFC on ESPN 31)
15Sergey Spivak13-3Lost to Tom AspinallTBD

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).


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


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 WeiliZhang Weili (UFC 268)
1Zhang Weili21-2Lost to Rose NamajunasRose Namajunas (UFC 268)
2Joanna Jędrzejczyk16–4Lost to Zhang WeiliTBD
3Carla Esparza18-6Defeated Yan XiaonanTBD
4Marina Rodriguez15-1-2Defeated Mackenzie DernTBD
5Yan Xiaonan13–2 (1 NC)Lost to Carla EsparzaTBD
6Mackenzie Dern11-2Lost to Marina RodriguezTBD
7Nina Nunes10-7Lost to Mackenzie DernAmanda Lemos (UFC Fight Night 200)
8Claudia Gadelha18-5Lost to Yan XiaonanTBD
9Tecia Torres13-5Defeated Angela HillTBD
10Michelle Waterson18-9Lost to Marina RodriguezTBD
11Amanda Ribas10-2Lost to Marina RodriguezVirna Jandiroba (UFC 267)
12Amanda Lemos10-1-1Defeated Montserrat RuizNina Nunes (UFC Fight Night 199)
12Virna Jandiroba17-2Defeated Kanako MurataAmanda Ribas (UFC 267)
14Angela Hill13-10Lost to Tecia TorresTBD
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.


Check out: What is Amanda Nunes' Net Worth?


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: October 18th, 2021

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