UFC fighter rankings

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What are UFC rankings?

Each weight class in the UFC is assigned official rankings, with the champions and top 15 contenders listed made available on the UFC’s official website.

The rankings themselves are decided upon by a voting panel, comprised of media members from across the world. Each member of the panel submits their top 15 fighters for each weight class every week, as well as their top 15 pound-for-pound rankings – there are the best 15 male and female fighters across all of UFC, regardless of weight class.

Those lists are then combined to produce the official lists, which are updated every Monday and displayed at

As of October 2022, Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski led the men's pound-for-pound rankings, while Bantamweight and Featherweight champion Amanda Nunes topped the women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Some MMA publications and websites offer their own UFC rankings, although those published by the UFC are considered official.

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UFC weight classes

UFC men's divisions
  • Flyweight: 116-125 pounds

  • Bantamweight: 126-135 pounds

  • Featherweight: 136-145 pounds

  • Lightweight: 146-155 pounds

  • Welterweight: 156-170 pounds

  • Middleweight: 171-185 pounds

  • Light heavyweight: 186-205 pounds

  • Heavyweight: 206-265 pounds

UFC women's divisions
  • Strawweight: 106-115 pounds

  • Flyweight: 116-125 pounds

  • Bantamweight: 126-135 pounds

  • Featherweight: 136-145 pounds*

*Due to a small number of fighters in the division, there are no official rankings for the women’s featherweight division.

Current UFC champions

Men's Flyweight

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

Nationality: Brazilian

Title won at: UFC 270 (January 2022)

Men's Bantamweight

Champion: Aljamain Sterling

Nationality: American

Title won at: UFC 259 (March 2021)

Men's Featherweight

Champion: Alexander Volkanovski

Nationality: Australian

Title won at: UFC 245 (December 2019)


Champion: Islam Makhachev

Nationality: Russian

Title won at: UFC 280 (October 2022)


Champion: Leon Edwards

Nationality: British

Title won at: UFC 278 (August 2022)


Champion: Israel Adesanya

Nationality: Nigerian

Title won at: UFC 243 (October 2019)

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Jiri Prochazka

Nationality: Czech

Title won at: UFC 275 (June 2022)


Champion: Francis Ngannou

Nationality: Cameroonian

Title won at: UFC 260 (March 2021)


Champion: Carla Esparza

Nationality: American

Title won at: UFC 274 (May 2022)

Women's Flyweight

Champion: Valentina Shevchenko

Nationality: Kyrgyzstani

Title won at: UFC 231 (December 2018)

Women's Bantamweight

Champion: Amanda Nunes

Nationality: Brazilian

Title won at: UFC 277 (July 2022)

Women's Featherweight

Champion: Amanda Nunes

Nationality: Brazilian

Title won at: UFC 232 (December 2018)

UFC rankings FAQs

Do the UFC rankings decide who fights for UFC titles?
Can a fighter hold a championship in more than one weight class at the same time?
How do panelists decide on their rankings?

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