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

January 26, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Lightweight Division (155 lbs)


1) Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Win via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 253 – September 19, 2020

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Conor McGregor – Win via submission (neck crank) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 219 – December 30, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: It seemed like all of last week, Khabib’s presence (or lack thereof) was a cloud over the UFC. Company president Dana White continued teasing Khabib’s return, especially with the idea of a rematch with Conor McGregor. With the latter’s defeat in the main event at UFC 257, it seems like the reigning champion is no closer to changing his mind and returning. If he remains retired, look for the UFC to formally vacate the lightweight championship so they may move forward later this year.




2) 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:

– Unknown

Comment: Poirier turned 32-years-old last week and earned arguably the biggest win of his career (only the win over Max Holloway in 2019 can compare) when he finished Conor McGregor in the second round at UFC 257. Poirier destroyed McGregor’s leg with brutal kicks, then stopped him with a series of combinations. If Khabib Nurmagomedov remains retired, we’re looking at a new title fight involving Poirier and almost certainly Michael Chandler.



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

Height: 5’10

Birthday: October 17, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tony Feguson – 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:

– Unknown



5) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Daniel Straus – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 178 – April 21, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Pedro Carvalho – Bellator 252 – November 12, 2020




6) 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:

– Unknown

Comment: Regardless of what happens from this point on, Michael Chandler’s UFC debut goes up there with some of the best. Rampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem, etc. Chandler continued his active streak having won his final two Bellator fights by first round knockouts. Against Dan Hooker Saturday, Chandler finished him in 150 seconds. There should be nothing standing in the way of Chandler getting a shot at the UFC lightweight championship.



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:

– Unknown



8) 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:

– Unknown



9) Diego Ferreira (17-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jared Gordon – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 18, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Beneil Dariush – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021



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) Beneil Dariush (19-4-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: May 6, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Thiago Moises – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Beneil Dariush – UFC Fight Night – February 6, 2021



13) Islam Makhachev (18-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 27, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Nik Lentz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Drew Dober – UFC 259 – March 6, 2021



14) 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



15) 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