UFC Middleweight Division

You're here to discuss the current state of one of the most exciting and competitive weight divisions in the sport of mixed martial arts, the UFC middleweight division.

This division is home to some of the most talented fighters on the planet who put on thrilling and high-level fights that leave fans (like us) on the edge of our seats. Whether you're a casual fan or a die-hard MMA enthusiast, we've got you covered with the latest updates on the top 15 ranked fighters.

Here are the dynamic and ever-changing UFC Middleweight Rankings.

Current Top 15 Rankings:

Middleweight Champion - Dricus Du Plessis

  1. Sean Strickland
  2. Israel Adesanya
  3. Robert Whittaker
  4. Jared Cannonier
  5. Marvin Vettori
  6. Brendan Allen
  7. Nassourdine Imavov
  8. Paulo Costa
  9. Jack Hermansson
  10. Khamzat Chimaev
  11. Roman Dolidze
  12. Caio Borralho
  13. Michael Pereira
  14. Anthony Hernandez
  15. Chris Curtis

Current UFC Middleweight Champion - Dricus Du Plessis

Dricus Du Plessis is a South African professional mixed martial artist. At UFC 297, Du Plessis defeated former Middleweight champion, Sean Strickland.

Du Plessis' split decision victory over Sean Strickland earned him the Championship belt after just 7 professional fights in the UFC. Which Middleweight contender would you want to see Du Plessis face next?

#1 Middleweight Fighter - Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland, the enigmatic American mixed martial artist, has carved out a unique path in the Middleweight division. With his unorthodox style and relentless aggression, Strickland has consistently impressed fans and critics alike.

Strickland won his most recent bout against Paulo Costa by a controversial split decision at UFC 302. Strickland's professional record now sits at 29 wins and 6 losses.

#2 Middleweight Fighter - Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist. Adesanya is considered to be one of the best strikers in MMA history, by many fight fans around the world.

Adesanya's nearly flawless striking style combines precision and agility, along with impeccable footwork. He is known for his incredible striking techniques and has achieved great success with multiple title defenses.

Adesanya's dynamic personality and charisma have also made him a fan favorite in the sport.

#3 Middleweight Fighter - Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker is an Australian professional mixed martial artist. Whittaker competes in the Middleweight division, where he has established himself as a top contender.

Known for his well-rounded skill set, Whittaker possesses a combination of striking, grappling, and endurance that has earned him numerous victories and a UFC championship title.

#4 Middleweight Fighter - Jared Cannonier

Jared Cannonier is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the UFC Middleweight division, where he has earned victories over several notable opponents.

Cannonier is known for competing in (and winning) fights in 3 different weight divisions including Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, and Middleweight. He continues to climb the ranks in the UFC and showcase his skills in the octagon.

#5 Middleweight Fighter - Martin Vettori

Marvin Vettori, a charismatic Italian mixed martial artist, has made a name for himself in the UFC's Middleweight division. Known for his relentless pressure, tenacity, and strong grappling skills, Vettori has consistently delivered exciting fights.

With a fiery personality and an unwavering determination to become the champion, Vettori continues to capture the attention of fans around the world.

#6 Middleweight Fighter - Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen, the American-born mixed martial artist, has made a name for himself in the UFC middleweight division with his well-rounded skill set and impressive record of 23 wins and 5 losses.

Allen's gritty and relentless style has earned him a legion of fans who appreciate his determination to climb the ranks and become a future champion.

#7 Middleweight Fighter - Nassourdine Imavov

Nassourdine Imavov fought Roman Dolidze in February 2024 and won by a majority decision. Imavov fought in the UFC for the first time back in 2020 and has consistently proven that he's here to stay.

"The Sniper" currently has a professional record of 13 wins and 4 losses.

#8 Middleweight Fighter - Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa, the Brazilian powerhouse, has taken the UFC by storm with his explosive striking and chiseled physique. Nicknamed "The Borrachinha", Costa has bulldozed his way through many of the division's top fighters.

His trash-talking and brash persona, combined with his impressive skill set make him a polarizing figure in the sport. Costa lost his latest fight against Sean Strickland at UFC 302 in June 2024.

#9 Middleweight Fighter - Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson, the Swedish submission specialist, has made a notable impact in the UFC Middleweight division. With his exceptional grappling skills and relentless pace, Hermansson has put on thrilling performances against top contenders.

Beyond his fighting abilities, he is also known for his calm and focused mindset, which have both contributed to his professional record of 24 wins and 8 losses.

#10 Middleweight Fighter - Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev aka "Borz", has a currently undefeated professional record of 13 wins and 0 losses. Chimaev has 6 wins by knockout with 8 first round finishes, making him an exciting fighter to watch.

Khamzat's latest victory over Karmaru Usman in October 2023 helped solidify Chimaev's status as a Top 10 Middleweight contender.

Come Back to Check for Updates

Since the UFC promotes fights on a regular basis, this list will change as rankings continue to shift and update, so come back after the next fight card to stay in the loop!