UFC Weight Divisions & MMA Rankings

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the world’s No. 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) competition and all of the top-ranked fighters in the promotion face off in a series of different weight divisions.

There is a total of eight UFC weight divisions in the current format for male fighters and four divisions for female competitors. There is a UFC champion for each category and they have to fight to defend that title once they hold it. The Strawweight is women’s only division, and women also fight in the Bantamweight division as well as more recently Flyweight and Featherweight. Men do not fight in the Strawweight division but compete in all eight other categories.

 

 
 

The full UFC weight divisions are:

  • Strawweight
  • Flyweight
  • Bantamweight
  • Featherweight
  • Lightweight
  • Welterweight
  • Middleweight
  • Light Heavyweight
  • Heavyweight

In general Mixed Martial Arts outside of just the UFC there is also a Super Heavyweight class that has no upper weight limit, although this is not part of the UFC competition. Each weight class has a name, minimum weight and upper limit the MMA fighters competing for the championship title must meet. In the non-title UFC fights there is a one-pound leniency within the divisions. There is no such leniency in UFC title fights, which are the most wagered on and viewed bouts.

As well as the official UFC weight classes there are also UFC rankings on Pound-for-Pound. This ranks the best MMA fighters regardless of their weight class. These fighters do not face off directly necessarily, but are ranked via voting.

Active UFC fighters are ranked within each weight-class with the Top 15 UFC fighter rankings determined by a voting panel made of by members of the media. Fighters are able to compete in the rankings of more than one weight division at any given time. The UFC rankings exclude the current and interim champions who hold the top position of their respective weight divisions, but they can be included by vote on the pound-for-pound rankings.

 
Weight Class Minimum Weight Upper Weight Limit
Strawweight None 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st)
Flyweight 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st) 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)
Bantamweight 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st) 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)
Featherweight 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st) 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st)
Lightweight 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st) 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st)
Welterweight 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st) 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st)
Middleweight 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st) 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st) 205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st)
Heavyweight 205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st) 265 lb (120.2 kg; 18.9 st)

Men’s UFC Weight Divisions & Rankings

Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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Jon Jones. Photo: UFC.

  • 1. Jon Jones (25-1-1; 205 lb / 93kg)
  • 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 3. Henry Cejudo (15-2-0; 135 lb / 57 kg)
  • 4. Stipe Miocic (19-3-0; 250lb / 113 kg)
  • 5. Max Holloway (21-4-0; 145 lb / 65kg)
  • 6.  Amanda Nunes (18-4-0; 145 lb (65 kg)
  • 7. Daniel Cormier (21-2-0 1NC; 235 lb / 106 kg)
  • 8. Dustin Poirier (25-6-0, 1NC; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 9. Kamaru Usman (15-1-0; 195 lb / 88kg)
  • 10. Tony Ferguson (25-3-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)

Flyweight Rankings

Current UFC Flyweight Champion:

Henry Cejudo. Photo: UFC.

  • Henry Cejudo

Record (W-L-D): 15-2-0

Weight: 125 lb (56 kg)

Top Flyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Joseph Benavidez (27-5-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 2. Jussier Formiga (23-5-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 3. Alexandre Pantoja (20-3-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 4. Deiveson Figuieredo (15-1-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 5. Sergio Pettis (17-5-0; 125 lb / 56kg)

Bantamweight Rankings

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion:

Henry Cejudo. Photo Credit: UFC.

  • Henry Cejudo

Record (W-L-D): 15-2-0

Weight: 135 lb (65 kg)

Top Bantamweight Contenders:

  • 1. Marlon Moraes (22-6-1; 135 lb / 61kg)
  • 2. Aljamain Sterling (18-3-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 3. Cory Sandhagen (12-1-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 4. Raphael Assuncao (27-6-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 5. Dominick Cruz (22-2-0; 135 lb / 61 kg

Featherweight Rankings

Current UFC Featherweight Champion:

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Max Holloway. Photo: UFC.

  • Max Holloway

Record (W-L-D): 21-4-0

Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)

Top Featherweight Contenders:

  • 1. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 2. Brian Ortega (14-1-0, 1NC; 145 lb / 65kg)
  • 3. Jose Aldo (28-5-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 4.  Frankie Edgar (21-7-1; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 5. Zabit Magomedsharipov (17-1-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)

Lightweight Rankings

Current UFC Lightweight Champion:

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Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo: UFC.

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record (W-L-D): 27-0-0

Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)

Top Lightweight Contenders:

  • 1.  Dustin Poirier (25-5-0, 1NC; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 2. Tony Ferguson (27-3-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 3. Conor McGregor (21-4-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 4. Al Iaquinta (14-4-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 5. Justin Gathje (20-2-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)

Welterweight Rankings

Current UFC Welterweight Champion:

Kamaru Usman. Photo: UFC.

  • Kamaru Usman

Record (W-L-D): 15-1-0

Weight: 170 lb (77 kg)

Top Welterweight Contenders:

  • 1. Tyron Woodley (19-4-1; 170 lb / 77kg)
  • 2. Colby Covington (14-1-0; 170 lb / 77 kg)
  • 3. Jorge Masvidal (34-13-0; 170 lb / 77kg)
  • 4. Leon Edwards (18-3-1; 170 lb / 77kg)
  • 5. Rafael Dos Anjos (28-11-0; 170 lb / 77kg)

Middleweight Rankings

Current UFC Middleweight Champion:

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Robert Whittaker: Photo: UFC.

  • Robert Whittaker

Record (W-L-D): 21-4-0

Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)

Top Middleweight Contenders:

  • 1. Israel Adesanya (17-0-0; 185 lb / 84 kg) INTERIM CHAMP
  • 2. Paulo Costa (13-0-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 3. Yoel Romero (13-4-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 4. Kelvin Gastelum (16-3-0, 1NC; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 5. Jack Hermansson (20-4-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)

Light Heavyweight Rankings

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion:

Jon Jones. Photo: UFC.

  • Jon Jones

Record (W-L-D): 26-1-0, 1NC

Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)

Top Light Heavyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Daniel Cormier (20-2-0, 1NC) 205 lb / 93kg
  • 2. Thiago Santos (13-6-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 3. Anthony Smith (32-14-0; 205 lb / 93kg)
  • 4. Dominick Reyes (11-0-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 5. Alexander Gustafsson (18-6-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)

Heavyweight Rankings

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion:

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Stipe Biocic. Photo: UFC.

  • Stipe Miocic

Record (W-L-D): 19-3-0

Weight: 235lb (106 kg)

Top Heavyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Daniel Cormier (22-1-0; 250lb / 113 kg)
  • 2. Francis Ngannou (14-3-0; 250lb / 113 kg)
  • 3. Junior Dos Santos (21-6-0; 260lb / 118 kg)
  • 4. Curtis Blaydes (10-2-0; 265lb / 120 kg)
  • 5. Derrick Lewis (21-7-0; 260lb / 118 kg)

UFC Women’s Weight Divisions & Rankings

Unlike in the Men’s UFC weight divisions, the female UFC fighters have just four weight class titles they can fight for – the Strawweight, Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions. The Flyweight division was only recently added and now has it’s first champion in Valentina Shevchenko.

Women’s Strawweight Rankings

Current UFC Strawweight Champion:

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Jessica Andrade. Photo: UFC.

  • Zhang Weili

Record (W-L-D): 20-1-0

Weight: 115 lb (52 kg)

Top Strawweight Contenders:

  • 1. Jessica Andrade ( 21-7-0; 115 lb / 52kg)
  • 2. Rose Namajunas ( 9-3-0; 115 lb / 52kg)
  • 3. Tatiana Suarez (9-0-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 4. Nina Ansaroff (10-6-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 5. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)

Women’s Flyweight Rankings

Current UFC Flyweight Champion:

Valentina Shevchenko. Photo: UFC.

  • Valentina Shevchenko

Record (W-L-D): 18-3-0

Weight: 56kg

Top Flyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Jessica Eye (14-7-1NC; 115 lb / 56 kg)
  • 2. Katlyn Chookagian (11-2-0; 125 lb / 56 kg)
  • 3. Liz Carmouche (13-7-0; 125 lb / 56 kg)
  • 4. Jennifer Maia (17-5-0; 125 lb / 56 kg)
  • 5. Joanne Calderwood (13-4-0; 125lb / 56kg)

Women’s Bantamweight Rankings

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion:

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Amanda Nunes. Photo: UFC.

  • Amanda Nunes

Record (W-L-D): 18-4-0

Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)

Top Bantamweight Contenders:

  • 1. Germaine de Randamie (9-3-0; 135lb / 61 kg)
  • 2. Ketlen Vieira (10-0-0; 135 lb  / 61 kg)   
  • 3. Holly Holm (12-5-0; 135 lb / 65kg)
  • 4. Aspen Ladd (8-1-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 5. Raquel Pennington (9-8-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)

Women’s Featherweight Rankings

Current UFC Featherweight Champion:

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Amanda Nunes. Photo: UFC.

  • Amanda Nunes

Record (W-L-D): 18-4-0

Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)

*UFC Rankings Correct as of September 9th, 2019.