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Top 10 MMA Lightweight Rankings - Islam Makhachev wins

Ranking the best MMA Lightweight fighters in the world such as new UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev, former UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira, and more

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By Fan Rankings | October 30, 2022 - 08:49 PM

Honorable Mention

Jalin Turner

Promotion: UFC

Jalin Turner is an American professional fighter with a record of 13 wins and 5 losses. He is currently on a 5-fight winning streak in the UFC and defeated Brad Riddell in his most recent fight. Though he doesn't make it into our rankings, he deserves an honorable mention.




Damir Ismagulov

Promotion: UFC

Damir Ismagulov also gets an honorable mention, he is a Russian MMA fighter, with a record of 24 wins and 1 loss. He has won all 5 of his fights in the UFC and will be fighting Arman Tsarukiyan in his next fight. Lastly, we also have Gregor Gillespie on our honorable mentions list. He has a record of 14 wins and 1 loss. However, he has been quite inactive recently.




Top 10 MMA Lightweight Rankings

10. Arman Tsarukyan

Promotion: UFC

Arman Tsarukyan is a professional MMA fighter from Russia with a record of 18 wins and 2 losses. 

Tsarukyan is ranked #9 by the UFC, and he has won 5 out of 7 fights in the company. He was on a 5-fight winning streak before his most recent fight, in which he lost to Mateusz Gamrot. 

Tsarukyan is scheduled to fight Damir Ismagulov on December 17th.




9. Mateusz Gamrot

Promotion: UFC

Mateusz Gamrot is a Polish professional boxer, with a record of 21 wins, 2 losses, and 1 no-contest. 

Gamrot has won 4 out of 6 fights in the UFC and has 4 post-fight bonuses. He has impressive wins over Jeremy Stephens, Carlos Diego Ferreira, and Arman Tsarukiyan. 

Last weekend, Gamrot fought Beniel Dariush, however, he lost the fight via unanimous decision. There is no official announcement about his next fight.




8. Rafael dos Anjos

Promotion: UFC

Rafael dos Anjos is a Brazilian fighter, with a record of 31 wins and 14 losses. 

Rafael dos Anjos is the former UFC lightweight champion and has had an impressive career at welterweight as well, challenging for the interim title. 

In his last fight, he fought Rafael Fiziev, however, he lost the fight via Knockout. As of now, there is no announcement about his next fight.




7. Rafael Fiziev

Promotion: UFC

Rafael Fiziev is a professional MMA fighter from Kyrgyzstan. He has a record of 12 wins and 1 loss. 

Fiziev is currently on a 6-fight winning streak, and he has won post-fight bonuses in his past 5 fights. Fiziev is currently ranked #6 in the UFC lightweight rankings.

In his most recent fight, he defeated Rafael Dos Anjos via knockout, and his next fight has not been announced yet.




6. Justin Gaethje

Promotion: UFC

Justin Gaethje is an American fighter with a record of 26 wins and 4 losses.

Gaethje is currently ranked #3 in the UFC rankings and is the former UFC interim lightweight champion. 

Gaethje is a very exciting fighter, and in his most recent fight, he fought Charles Oliveira with the UFC title on the line, however, he lost. There is no announcement about Gaethje’s next fight.




5. Micheal Chandler

Promotion: UFC

Micheal Chandler is an American MMA fighter with a record of 23 wins and 7 losses. He only joined the UFC last year, and before that competed in Bellator. 

He is a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion and also won the Beletor season 4 lightweight tournament. In his most recent fight, Chandler fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 and won via front kick knockout. 

He is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 281 for his next fight.




4. Dustin Poirier

Promotion: UFC

Porier is an American UFC fighter, and he has a record of 28 wins and 7 losses. 

He is the former interim UFC lightweight champion of the world, and has fought for the undisputed title twice, but came short both times. 

In his most recent fight, Poirier fought Charles Oliver at UFC 274 but lost via submission. He is scheduled to fight Micheal Chandler next month at UFC 281.




3. Beneil Dariush

Promotion: UFC

Dariush is an American MMA fighter of Iranian descent and he has a professional MMA record of 22 wins and 4 losses and 1 draw. 

Dariush is currently on an 8 fight winning streak, with 4 post-fight bonuses. He has many impressive wins, including one over former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson.

Last weekend, at UFC 280, Dariush fought Mateusz Gamrot and won the fight via unanimous decision. Dariush got taken down a few times in the first round, but was able to defend takedowns and do damage on the feet as the fight progressed. 

There is no announcement about his next fight yet.




2. Charles Oliveira

Promotion: UFC

Oliveira is a professional MMA fighter from Brazil, and he has a record of 33 wins and 9 losses. 

Oliveira is the former UFC lightweight champion. He also holds the record for most submission wins and most finishes in the UFC. Until last weekend, Oliveira was on an 11-fight winning streak, however, he fought Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title and lost. 

Makhachev was able to suppress Oliveira’s submission attacks and managed to submit Oliveira with a head and arm choke in the second round.




1. Islam Makhachev

Promotion: UFC

Title: UFC Lightweight World Champion

Islam Mackhachev is a Russian fighter, fighting out of Daghestan. He has a record of 23 wins and only 1 loss. 

Makhachev is the current UFC lightweight champion, and he is on an 11-fight winning streak. Though has had difficulty in getting fights against top opponents, perhaps because of his dominant fighting style, he has some solid wins over talented fighters like Arman Tsarukyan, Davi Ramos, and Dan Hooker. 

Last weekend, at UFC 280, he defeated former champion Charles Oliveira via arm triangle in the second round and became the UFC champion. He called out featherweight champion Alexander Volkonvski for his next fight.



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