These rankings are inspired by the lineal titles in which the only way to win the title is to beat the current title holder.
If a lower ranked fighter beats a higher ranked fighter, they move one spot above them. If the higher ranked fighter wins, the rankings remain unchanged.
If a fight results in a draw, the lower ranked fighter is moved up to the spot immediately below the higher ranked fighter.
These rankings are not weight class specific and therefore it is effectively impossible to reach the top of the rankings without competing at heavyweight in the UFC.
To prevent people retiring as the top ranked fighter and therefore never being replaced, fighters are excluded from the rankings if they have not fought in 18 months. If they return to competition however, they regain their positition in the rankings from before they took time off.
For more information on lineal championships, you can read the Wikipedia page on the topic.
Please be aware that these ratings are calculated pound-for-pound, not per weight class. Fighters who recently switched weight class have ratings based primarily on having competed in their previous class and are not adjusted to their new class.
|#||Name||Record||Promotion||Gender||Last Fight||Weight Class|
|1 ▲+1||Stipe Miocic||24-3||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||17 Aug 2019||265|
|2 ▼-1||Daniel Cormier DC||22-2 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||17 Aug 2019||265|
|3 ■||Francis N'Gannou The Predator||14-3||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||29 Jun 2019||265|
|4 ■||Junior dos Santos Cigano||21-6||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||29 Jun 2019||265|
|5 ■||Derrick Lewis The Black Beast||22-7 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||09 Mar 2019||265|
|6 ■||Curtis Blaydes Razor||13-2 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||23 Mar 2019||265|
|7 ■||Alistair Overeem The Demolition Man||45-17 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Apr 2019||265|
|8 ■||Alexander Volkov Drago||30-7||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||06 Oct 2018||265|
|9 ■||Fabrício Werdum Vai Cavalo||23-8||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||17 Mar 2018||265|
|10 ■||Cain Velasquez||14-3||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||17 Feb 2019||265|
|11 ■||Shamil Abdurakhimov Abrek||20-4||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Apr 2019||265|
|12 ■||Marcin Tybura Tybur||17-5||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Apr 2019||265|
|13 ■||Blagoy Ivanov Baga||18-2 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||08 Jun 2019||265|
|14 ■||Tai Tuivasa Bam Bam||8-2||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||08 Jun 2019||265|
|15 ■||Walt Harris The Big Ticket||15-7||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Jul 2019||265|
|16 ■||Augusto Sakai||13-1-1||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||27 Apr 2019||265|
|17 ■||Andrei Arlovski The Pitbull||28-19 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Jul 2019||265|
|18 ■||Alexey Oleinik The Boa Constrictor||58-13-1||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||20 Jul 2019||265|
|19 ■||Justin Willis Big Pretty||9-3||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||23 Mar 2019||265|
|20 ■||Mark Hunt Super Samoan||13-14-1 (1)||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||01 Dec 2018||265|
|21 ■||Ryan Bader Darth||30-5||Bellator MMA||Male||26 Jan 2019||265|
|22 ■||Fedor Emelianenko The Last Emperor||40-6 (1)||Bellator MMA||Male||26 Jan 2019||265|
|23 ■||Javy Ayala Eye Candy||11-7||Bellator MMA||Male||14 Dec 2018||265|
|24 ■||Frank Mir||18-13||Bellator MMA||Male||14 Dec 2018||265|
|25 ■||Stefan Struve Skyscraper||26-10||Ultimate Fighting Championship||Male||23 Feb 2019||265|