One of the UFC's Most Competitive Divisions

The UFC Lightweight division has become one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC. In the past few years there has been a massive influx of talent and explosive fighters.

The current UFC lightweight rankings are always changing. Up-and-coming fighters and long-time veterans fight their way up the rankings, while others fall down after time. 

This list is intended to reflect the lightweight rankings based on each of the top 15 fighter’s records. Underneath each of the top 10 fighter's names, you will see a brief overview of the fighter, including who they recently fought against and their win/loss record in those bouts.

Top 15 UFC Lightweight Fighters

Current Champion - Islam Makhachev

  1. Charles Oliveira
  2. Justin Gaethje
  3. Dustin Porier
  4. Arman Tsarukyan
  5. Michael Chandler
  6. Mateusz Gamrot
  7. Beneil Dariush
  8. Rafael Fiziev
  9. Dan Hooker
  10. Jalin Turner
  11. Rafael Dos Anjos
  12. Benoit Saint Denis
  13. Renato Moicano
  14. Bobby Green
  15. Drew Dober

Reigning Lightweight Champion - Islam Makhachev

Lightweight Champion, Islam Makhachev, remains the current UFC lightweight champion, having defended the title at UFC 294 in a dynamic first-round head kick KO victory over Alexander Volkanovski.

With this win, Makhachev secured his title as the lightweight champion. His professional record stands at an impressive 24-1, with victories coming by KO and submission.

#1 Lightweight Fighter - Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira is the current #1 ranked UFC lightweight and a former lightweight interim champion. He has a professional record of 34-9 with impressive victories coming by submission and KO. Known for his excellent grappling and striking skills, Oliveira is set to challenge for the undisputed lightweight championship in the near future.

#2 Lightweight Fighter - Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje is currently ranked as the #2 lightweight in the UFC. Known for his aggressive fighting style and powerful striking, Gaethje has amassed an impressive professional record of 26-4.

He defeated Dustin Poirier in July 2023 and was awarded the Performance of the Night for his victory. Gaethje has notable wins against other top contenders in the division and is a formidable challenger for the lightweight title.

#3 Lightweight Fighter - Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier is currently the #3 ranked UFC lightweight fighter with a professional record of 29 wins and 8 losses He has notable victories over fighters such as Dan Hooker, Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, and Conor McGregor.

Poirier's most recent victory over Michael Chandler took place at UFC 281 in November 2022. Known for his striking power and well-rounded skills, Poirier has been praised for his heart and ability to come back from adversity on multiple occasions.

His rank as #3 in the lightweight division cements his status as a top-tier fighter in the sport, with many experts and fellow fighters predicting he will continue to be a major force in the division for years to come.

#4 Lightweight Fighter - Arman Tsarukyan

Arman Tsarukyan is currently the #4 ranked lightweight fighter in the UFC. With a professional record of 21 wins and 3 losses, he has notable victories over Beneil Dariush and Joaquim Silva.

Known for his well-rounded skills and strong grappling abilities, Tsarukyan is a promising young fighter with a bright future in the division.

#5 Lightweight Fighter - Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler is currently the #5 ranked lightweight fighter in the UFC. With a professional record of 23 wins and 8 losses, Chandler has notable victories over fighters like Dan Hooker and Eddie Alvarez.

Known for his explosive striking and wrestling skills, Chandler has proven himself to be a strong contender in the division. His ranking solidifies his status as one of the top fighters in the lightweight division.

#6 Lightweight Fighter - Mateusz Gamrot

Mateusz Gamrot is currently the #6 ranked lightweight fighter in the UFC. With a professional record of 23 wins and 2 losses, Gamrot has showcased his skills with victories over Jeremy Stephens and Rafael Fiziev.

Known for his well-rounded fighting style and strong grappling abilities, Gamrot is a rising contender in the highly competitive lightweight division.

#7 Lightweight Fighter - Beneil Dariush

Beneil Dariush is currently ranked as the #4 lightweight fighter in the UFC with a professional record of 22 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw. He has won notable victories over top contenders like Tony Ferguson, Carlos Diego Ferreira, and Drakkar Klose, among others.

Known for his strong grappling skills and heavy hands, Dariush is a formidable opponent for anyone in the lightweight division.

#8 Lightweight Fighter - Rafael Fiziev

Rafael Fiziev is currently ranked as the #7 lightweight fighter in the UFC. He boasts a professional record of 12 wins with just three losses.

Fiziev is known for his explosive striking skills and has secured victories over notable opponents, including Bobby Green and Rafael dos Anjos. As a rising talent in the division, Fiziev shows great promise for future success.

#9 Lightweight Fighter - Dan Hooker

Dan Hooker is a New Zealand professional mixed martial artist currently ranked as the #9 lightweight fighter in the UFC. With a professional record of 23 wins and 12 losses, Hooker has faced tough competition in the division.

Known for his versatility and striking abilities, he has notable victories over Paul Felder and Claudio Puelles.

#10 Lightweight Fighter - Jalin Turner

Born in San Bernardino, California, Jalin Turner has made a name for himself in the UFC with his tenacious fighting style and effective offensive strategy. Standing at 6’3” with an impressive reach of 77 inches, Jalin uses his tall frame to his advantage.

His Round 1 KO victory win against fellow Lightweight Bobby Green during UFC 295 earned him a top 10 spot in the rankings. Jalin possesses a well-rounded fighting style that includes knockout power, technical striking, and opportunistic submission skills.

Turner continually proves himself as a serious contender in the division, and his future in UFC appears bright.

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