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411’s Lightweight MMA Rankings: Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, More

March 24, 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 – TBD

Comment: With the UFC officially moving on from now-former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov due to retirement, Dustin Poirier by default is now the best lightweight in the world. Due to timing and the existing plan to have a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor, Poirier will not factor into the next title fight.



2) 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

Comment: Gaethje was expecting to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 262 but he later found out Charles Oliveira was getting that opportunity instead.



3) Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: October 17, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. David Teymur – Win via submission (anaconda choke) – UFC Fight Night – February 2, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Michael Chandler – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

Comment: Oliveira made his pro MMA debut in 2008, his UFC debut in 2010. 27 UFC fights later, the Brazilian will have his first chance to become a UFC champion in May against Michael Chandler. He has an eight fight win streak and you can say out of any possible lightweight contender, is most deserving of this turn of events.



4) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (31-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Daniel Weichel – Win via decision (split) – Bellator MMA – July 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Bellator 225 – April 2, 2021

Comment: While Pitbull’s former rival Michael Chandler has since moved to the UFC and is now in a title fight; Bellators best lightweight of all-time is readying to defend his featherweight crown, too. Ten days away, Freire will fight Emmanuel Sanchez in the opening round of the new Featherweight Grand Prix in what will also be a title fight.




5) Michael Chandler (22-5)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: April 24, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Brent Primus – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 212 – December 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Charles Oliveira – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021



6) “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 – TBD



7) Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (25-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Kevin Lee – Win via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 216 – October 7, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Beneil Dariush – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021



8) Beneil Dariush (20-4-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: May 6, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Drew Dober – Win via submission (armbar) – UFC Fight Night – March 9, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Tony Ferguson – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021



9) Diego Ferreira (17-3)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Kyle Nelson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) 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



11) Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (23-9)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA & Rizin FF

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tofig Musayev – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Rizin FF 20 – December 31, 2019

– vs. Luiz Gustavo – Win via TKO (strikes & soccer kick) – Rizin FF 20 – December 31, 2019

– vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – Win via KO (flying knee) – Rizin FF 19 – October 12, 2019

– vs. Ryan Scope – Win via decision (split) – Bellator Newcastle – February 9, 2019

– vs. Roger Huerta – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 205 – September 21, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




12) 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:

– Unknown



13) 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




14) Eddie Alvarez (30-7, 1 NC)

Birthday: November 11, 1984

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Eduard Folayang – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – ONE Championship – August 2, 2019

– vs. Timofey Nastyukhin – Loss via TKO (strikes) – ONE Championship – March 31, 2019

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Dustin Poirier – No Contest (illegal strikes) – UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos – May 13, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Iuri Lapicus – ONE Championship – April 7, 2021



15) 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