As MMA continues to gain popularity around the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to cement its place as the premier Mixed Martial Arts organisation in the world.

With a total of 12 weight classes (eight male and four female) the best martial artists in the world are ranked in the hope of working their way up the ladder and earning a match for the title.

Incredibly, just four fighters have managed to hold multiple weight titles at the same time, but as more and more fighters decide to change weight classes, expect to see that number increase in the future.

UFC Flyweight rankings – 125lbs / 56kg

Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo

Rankings:

  1. Joseph Benavidez
  2. Brandon Moreno
  3. Askar Askarov
  4. Alex Perez
  5. Alexandre Pantoja

Remarkably, in the seven years since its inception, the UFC has had just three flyweight champions. Widely regarded as one of the best mixed martial artists of all time, Demetrius ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson held the title for 2,142 days until he lost a split decision to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227. Cejudo then held the belt until late 2019, when he vacated to focus on defending his bantamweight crown. Deiveson Figueiredo then saw off Joseph Benavidez in July on Fight Island to add his name to this exclusive list.

UFC Bantamweight rankings – 135lbs / 61kg

Champion: Petr Yan

Rankings:

  1. Marlon Moraes
  2. Aljimain Sterling
  3. Cody Garbrandt
  4. Cory Sandhagen
  5. Frankie Edgar

Another belt that until recently had been held by Henry ‘Triple-C’ Cejudo, who vacated the belt and announced his retirement in February 2020. Russian Petr Yan would claim the belt at UFC 251, defeating former featherweight king Jose Aldo via stoppage to become Russia’s second ever UFC champion.

UFC Featherweight rankings – 145lbs / 65kg

Champion: Alexander Volkanovski

Rankings:

  1. Max Holloway
  2. Brian Ortega
  3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  4. Chan Sung Jung
  5. Yair Rodriguez

Alexander Volkanovski shocked the world at UFC 245 when he dethroned featherweight champion Max Holloway in Las Vegas. Holloway had held the belt for a little under 1,000 days and is often touted as the greatest featherweight of his generation. Volkanovski would then defend the belt at UFC 251, with a controversial split-decision victory over Holloway.

UFC Lightweight rankings – 155lbs / 70kg

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Rankings:

  1. Justin Gaethje (Interim)
  2. Dustin Poirier
  3. Tony Ferguson
  4. Dan Hooker
  5. Conor McGregor

Despite being one of the most competitive weight classes in the UFC, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has now held the belt since April 2018. Justin Gaethje defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to set up a future bout with Khabib to determine the undisputed champion and they will now meet at UFC 254 in October.

UFC Welterweight rankings – 170lbs / 77kg

Champion: Kamaru Usman

Rankings:

  1. Colby Covington
  2. Gilbert Burns
  3. Leon Edwards
  4. Jorge Masvidal
  5. Stephen Thompson

After dominating the division for several years, it came as a surprise to many that long-time champion Tyron Woodley would drop his belt to the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman in March 2019. Usman has since defended the belt twice, most recently beating Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal at UFC 251.

UFC Middleweight rankings – 185lbs / 84kg

Champion: Israel Adesanya

Rankings:

  1. Robert Whittaker
  2. Paulo Costa
  3. Jared Cannonier
  4. Jack Hermansson
  5. Yoel Romero

After winning the title in October 2019, Israel Adesanya looks set to dominate the middleweight rankings for some years to come. Having knocked out former champion Robert Whittaker last year, returning Brazilian Paulo Costa is set to be the next man to try and beat the ‘last stylebender’ when they meet at UFC 253 on September 27.

UFC Light Heavyweight rankings – 205lbs / 93kg

Champion: Currently vacant

Rankings:

  1. Dominick Reyes
  2. Thiago Santos
  3. Jan Blachowicz
  4. Glover Teixeira
  5. Aleksandar Rakic

It’s nigh on impossible to talk about the UFC’s light heavyweight division without mentioning Jon Jones. The two-time champion defended the belt a total of 11 times and will undoubtedly retire as the greatest light heavyweight of all-time, though he vacated the title in August as he looks to move up to heavyweight. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will now meet at UFC 253 to crown a new champion.

UFC Heavyweight rankings– 235lbs / 106kg

Champion: Stipe Miocic

Rankings:

  1. Francis Ngannou
  2. Curtis Blaydes
  3. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  4. Derrick Lewis
  5. Alistair Overeem

Champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier have battled for years over the heavyweight title belt. Miocic would lose the belt to Cormier back in July 2018, before regaining it from ‘DC’ at UFC 241. Their storied rivalry ended at UFC 252 in August, when Miocic claimed another victory in what looks to have been Cormier’s final UFC bout.

UFC Women’s Strawweight rankings– 115lbs / 52kg

Champion: Weili Zhang

Rankings:

  1. Rose Namajunas
  2. Jessica Andrade
  3. Tatiana Suarez
  4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  5. Nina Ansaroff

Weili Zhang has become a dominant force in the strawweight rankings, beating Jessica Andrade to win the belt in August 2019. She has since defended the belt against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and looks set to defend her belt against former champion Rose Namajunas in the near future.

UFC Women’s Flyweight rankings – 125lbs / 56kg

Champion: Valentina Shevchenko

Rankings:

  1. Katlyn Chookagian
  2. Cynthia Calvillo
  3. Jennifer Maia
  4. Lauren Murphy
  5. Jessica Eye

Valentina Shevchenko has well and truly begun her dominance of the women’s flyweight division. The Krygyzstan fighter has already defended her belt three times since becoming champion in December 2018, including her most recent win at UFC 247 against number one ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian.

UFC Women’s Bantamweight rankings – 135lbs / 61kg

Champion: Amanda Nunes

Rankings:

  1. Germaine De Randamie
  2. Holly Holm
  3. Aspen Ladd
  4. Julianna Peña
  5. Racquel Pennington

As undoubtedly the greatest female fighter in UFC history, Amanda Nunes currently holds both the bantamweight and featherweight championships. Having already defended the bantamweight belt against three of the top five ranked fighters, she’ll be looking for a new challenge at some point in the near future.

UFC Women’s Featherweight rankings – 145lbs / 65kg

Champion: Amanda Nunes

Although there are not many female fighters who fight at featherweight, Amanda Nunes holds the title, defeating Cris Cyborg to win the belt, and recently defended it against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250.

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