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Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings

We saw a huge shake up at Featherweight to close out 2017

I have continually been attempting to construct the perfect set of MMA rankings for years now and the goal has always remained the same: to find the very best and most accurate rankings possible by comparing with the UFC’s official rankings also while looking at the best in the world overall. Everyone will always have some different opinions which is why feedback is ALWAYS welcome to help better improve and find the most agreeable and accurate rankings we can together as MMA fans. I update them monthly. Enjoy!




+ (C) = champion & title fight

+ UFCO = UFC Official Ranking

+ Fighters who have yet to fight in a new division stay ranked in their old division until the fight in new division happens.

+ Fighters will be eliminated from the rankings once given their suspensions for failed drug tests or due to inactivity.

+ The UFC’s official rankings are not included into the divisional changes.

+ The women’s Featherweight division is only a top 5 because of the UFC’s lack of official rankings/fighters.


Click here for: Previous rankings


Heavyweight (207-265 lbs.):
– After cementing himself as the clear #1 contender with his massive knockout over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, Francis Ngannou now finds himself set up for one of the most highly anticipated Heavyweight fights of all time. Ngannou will challenge the UFC champion, Stipe Miocic at UFC 220.

Overall Changes: Minakov & Velasquez swap
Upcoming fights:
Lewis vs Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126
(C)Miocic vs Ngannou at UFC 220
Hunt vs Blaydes at UFC 221
Struve vs Andrei Arlovski(UFCO #12) at UFC 222



Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.):
– The best 205er from the UK recently announced his next fight will be in a return home to London. Jimi Manuwa will take on Jan Blachowicz in a rematch at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17.

Changes: None
Upcoming fights:
Saint Preux vs Latifi at UFC on Fox 27
(C)Cormier vs Oezdemir at UFC 220
HW – Bader vs King Mo at TBA
Manuwa vs Jan Blachowicz(UFCO #12) at UFC Fight Night 127



Middleweight (185 lbs.):
– Now that Georges St-Pierre has vacated his title, Robert Whittaker has been promoted to the undisputed UFC champion. For his first title defense, it will be a hometown affair when he looks to defend for the first time against former champion, Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:
Jacare vs Brunson at UFC on Fox 27
Romero vs Branch at UFC on Fox 28
(C)Whittaker vs Rockhold at UFC 221
LHW – (C)Tomasz Narkun vs Khalidov at KSW 42



Welterweight (170 lbs.):
– Rafael Dos Anjos came up from Lightweight and has stamped his print on the division. After dominating the former UFC champion, Robbie Lawler for five rounds, RDA is poised for a clash with Tyron Woodley at some point.

Overall Changes: Dos Anjos(previously #7) & Lawler(prev. #3)

UFC Changes: Dos Anjos(prev. #6)

Upcoming fights:
Usman vs Emil Meek(NR) at UFC Fight Night 124
(C)Lima vs MacDonald at Bellator 192



Lightweight (155 lbs.):
– Pure dominance. That’s just one of the descriptions you could give the performance from Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 219 when he took on Edson Barboza. Khabib beat Barboza from bell to bell on route to a unanimous decision victory that included multiple 10-8 round scorecards from the judges.

Overall & UFC Changes: Khabib & Ferguson swap

Upcoming fights:
Trinaldo vs James Vick(UFCO #15) at UFC Fight Night 126



Featherweight(145 lbs):
– Josh Emmett and Brian Ortega both earned huge victories in their December fights against perennial top 5 fighters in Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson. Ortega defeated Swanson by way of second round submission in UFC Fight Night 123’s main event while Emmett knocked out Lamas in the very first round at UFC on Fox 26.

Overall & UFC Changes: Ortega(prev. #6)

Overall Changes: Pitbull(prev. #10) exits, Emmett enters

UFC Changes: Moicano(prev. #10 exits, Emmett enters

Upcoming fights:
Elkins vs Michael Johnson(LW UFCO #10) at UFC Fight Night 124
Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi(UFCO #13) at UFC Fight Night 124
Bermudez vs Andre Fili(NR) at UFC on Fox 27



Bantamweight (135 lbs.):
– The former UFC Flyweight title challenger, Kyoji Horiguchi continues to show why the UFC should have never let him leave. Horiguchi has been fighting for Rizin and on New Years Eve he won their Bantamweight Grand Prix which means he won three fights in the span of two days. All three of which came by ways of finish(two KOs and one sub).

Overall Changes: Dantas(prev. #10) exits, Horiguchi enters

Overall & UFC Changes: Lineker & Moraes swap

Upcoming fights:
Dodson vs Pedro Munhoz(UFCO #11) at UFC Fight Night 125
Almeida vs Rob Font(UFCO #14) at UFC 220
(C)Fernandes vs (C)Martin Nguyen at TBA



Flyweight (125lbs.):
– Tim Elliott went through a lot leading up to his most recent fight, from opponent changes to losing a coach. Despite all this, Elliott came out and put on a flawless performance against Mark De La Rosa at UFC 219 and wound up defeating him by second-round anaconda choke.

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:
Formiga vs Nguyen at UFC 221
Borg vs Moreno at UFC Fight Night 126



Women’s Featherweight:
– Cris Cyborg continued her dominance at UFC 219 when she defended her UFC crown for the first time when she took on Holly Holm. This win marked Cyborg’s first decision win since 2008. Now the only question is…who’s next?

UFC Changes: Holm enters

Upcoming fights:
BW – Evinger vs Marion Reneau(BW UFCO #10) at UFC Fight Night 126



Women’s Bantamweight:
– News broke recently as each fighter announced on their social media pages that they would be fighting each other next. Invicta FC Bantamweight champion, Yana Kunitskaya will make her UFC debut at UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando, Florida when she takes on Sara McMann.

UFC Changes: Davis (prev. #10), Kunitskaya enters

Upcoming fights:
Fly – Shevchenko vs Priscilla Cachoeira(NR) at UFC Fight Night 125
Evinger vs Marion Reneau(BW UFCO #10) at UFC Fight Night 126
Vieira vs Zingano at UFC 222
McMann vs Kunitskaya at UFC on Fox 28



Women’s Flyweight:

– After her impressive “somewhat” come from behind victory over Milana Dudieva at Invicta FC 26, Vanessa Porto is looking to get right back into action as she’s expected to take on Mariana Morais at Invicta FC 27.

UFC Changes: De La Rosa (prev. #10) exits, Davis enters

Upcoming fights:
Faria vs Jessica Eye(NR) at UFC Fight Night 124
Jessy Jess vs Paige VanZant(SW UFCO #11) at UFC Fight Night 124
Borella vs Katlyn Chookagian(BW UFCO #11) at UFC on Fox 27
Porto vs Mariana Morais at Invicta FC 27



Strawweight (115lbs.):
– Rumors were swirling for a brief period that new UFC champion, Rose Namajunas first title defense would come in a trilogy bout with Tecia Torres at UFC 221. Those rumors turned out false as we know now that Torres will be taking on the powerhouse, Jessica Andrade at UFC on Fox 28.

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:
Souza vs Jessica Aguilar(NR) at UFC Fight Night 126
Andrade vs Torres at UFC on Fox 28


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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in rankings, the women's fight scene, lists and feature pieces. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for along with FanSided and is a former contributor to Sherdog. He is a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars as well.