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411’s Lightweight MMA Rankings: Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, More

May 19, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Lightweight Division (155 lbs)


1) Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Conor McGregor – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 257 – January 24, 2021

– vs. Dan Hooker – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 27, 2020

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Max Holloway – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Conor McGregor – UFC 264 – July 10, 2021



2) Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: October 17, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Michael Chandler – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Tony Ferguson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 256 – December 12, 2020

– vs. Kevin Lee – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – March 14, 2020

– vs. Jared Gordon – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 16, 2019

– vs. Nik Lentz – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 18, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: To become a UFC champion for the first time in your 30s is not a rare occurrence (Francis Ngannou most recently and Tyron Woodley before him immediately come to mind – Oliveira is younger than them when they become champions). However, what Oliveira has accomplished is the feat of having the most UFC fights before becoming champion – 27 before this weekend. He has not lost since 2017 and now has a nine fight win streak and of those fights, all but one were finishes.

Is there a rightful criticism since he technically didn’t beat the champion to earn the title? Fight’s cannot control what champions do and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement shouldn’t cast a light on the new champion. Oliveira finished Michael Chandler almost 20 seconds into round two in Houston and for the first time since 2017, there is a second Brazilian in addition to Amanda Nunes to be the existing UFC champion.

It would stand to reason that Oliveira’s first contender will be the winner between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor taking place in July. Outside of that person, Beneil Dariush is the only other top UFC lightweight coming off of a win.



3) Justin Gaethje (22-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 253 – September 19, 2020

– vs. Tony Ferguson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2010

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN 2 – March 30, 2019

– vs. James Vick – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – August 25, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (32-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 255 – April 2, 2021

– vs. Pedro Carvalho – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 252 – November 12, 2020

– vs. Juan Archuleta – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 228 – September 28, 2019

– vs. Michael Chandler – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 209 – November 15, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




5) Michael Chandler (22-6)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: April 24, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Dan Hooker – Win via KO (punches) – UFC 257 – January 24, 2021

– vs. Benson Henderson – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 243 – August 7, 2020

– vs. Sidney Outlaw – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 237 – December 29, 2019

– vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Friere – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Beneil Dariush (21-4-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: May 6, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tony Ferguson – Win via decision (unaniumous) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Diego Ferreira – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021

– vs. Scott Holzman – Win via KO (spinning backfist) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Drakkar Klose – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

– vs. Frank Camacho – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – October 26, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) “Notorious” Conor McGregor (23-5)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: July 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 257 – January 24, 2021

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 246 – January 18, 2020

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via submission (neck crank) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Nate Diaz – Win via decision (split) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Dustin Poirier – UFC 264 – July 10, 2021



8) Dan Hooker (20-10)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: February 13, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Michael Chandler – Loss via KO (punches) – UFC 257 – January 24, 2021

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 27, 2020

– vs. Paul Felder – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2020

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 243 – October 6, 2019

– vs. James Vick – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Islam Makhachev (19-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 27, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Drew Dober – Win via submission (Arm Triangle choke) – UFC 259 – March 6, 2021

– vs. Davi Ramos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Arman Tsarukyan – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 20, 2019

– vs. Kajan Johnson – Win via submission (armor) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Gleison Tibau – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Thiago Moises – UFC Fight Night – July 17, 2021




10) Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (25-6)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 256 – December 12, 2020

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2010

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (injury) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Kevin Lee (18-6)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: September 4, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – March 14, 2020

– vs. Gregor Gillespie – Win via KO (head kick) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Loss via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – May 18, 2019

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Gregor Gillespie (14-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 18, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Diego Ferreira – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – May 8, 2021

– vs. Kevin Lee – Loss via KO (head kick) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Yancy Medeiros – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 19, 2019

– vs. Vinc Pichel – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – June 1, 2018

– vs. Jordan Rinaldi – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – January 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Diego Ferreira (17-4)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Gregor Gillespie – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – May 8, 2021

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 246 – January 18, 2020

– vs. Mairbek Taisumov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Rustam Khabilov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Arman Tsarukyan (16-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: October 11, 1996

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Matt Frevola – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 257 – January 23, 2021

– vs. Davi Ramos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – July 18, 2020

– vs. Oliveir Aubin-Mercier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 240 – July 27, 2019

– vs. Islam Makhachev – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 20, 2019

– vs. Felipe Olivieri – Win via KO (head kick) – S-70 League – August 22, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Francisco Trinaldo (26-7)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: August 24, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jai Herbert – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – July 25, 2020

– vs. John Makdessi – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 14, 2020

– vs. Bobby Green – Win via decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night – November 16, 2019

– vs. Alexander Hernandez – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Evan Dunham – Win via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – September 22, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Muslum Salikhov – UFC Fight Night – June 5, 2021