The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the current top-ranked 205-pounder in the Light Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings. After having lost to Jon Jones late in 2017, but then having that bout nullified because of a Jones anti-doping violation, Cormier re-established himself as the UFC titleholder by taking out Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 in Boston.
Cormier made UFC history when he defeated heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, laying claim to both belts, which he currently holds.
He is expected to be stripped of the title, however, when Jones steps into the Octagon in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. Jones vs. Gustafsson will crown the new champion.
Jones only recently became eligible to return to competition, so he has not yet re-entered the light heavyweight rankings.
Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport. The divisional rankings put a particular emphasis on recent results, while a fighter’s career, particularly if he or she has fought in multiple weight classes, adds considerable weight to the pound-for-pound ranking.
Fighters who are currently serving a drug-related suspension are not eligible for MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of said suspension.
Though we don’t have a strict timeline for fighters to compete, an athlete’s inactivity can also have an effect upon his or her MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration.
Men’s Light Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings
- Daniel Cormier
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Volkan Oezdemir
- Ryan Bader
- Jan Blachowicz (7)
- Ilir Latifi
- Phil Davis (5)
- Corey Anderson
- Dominick Reyes (NR)
- Jimi Manuwa (9)
*Previous ranking in parentheses