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411’s MMA Lightweight Rankings: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone, More

July 23, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Khabib Nurmagomedov

411’s Official MMA Rankings

Lightweight Division (155 lbs)


1) Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Michael Johnson – Win via submission (kimura) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Darrell Horcher – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans – April 16, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Dustin Poirier – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019



2) Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (24-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Win via decision (unanimous) – TUF Finale – November 5, 2016

– vs. Lando Vanatta – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2016

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC TUF 22 Finale – December 11, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Dustin Poirier (25-5, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 14, 2018

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (rib injury) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

Comment: When Dustin Poirier made his WEC debut, in the opening fight of the prelims, he suffered the first loss of his pro career. He moved down to featherweight months later and reeled off several wins including a submission over 21-year-old Max Holloway. Poirier went on to lose two of his next three fights (including one of the best fights of the decade in his loss to the Korean Zombie). Yet, he bounced back to secure three consecutive wins once again. This led him to the UFC 178 fight with Conor McGregor, a first round loss. AGAIN, Poirier turned the road block into a four-fight win streak, returning to lightweight after years as a featherweight. Unfortunately for him, he was knocked out by Michael Johnson. You should know the pattern by now, Poirier turned that loss into his current streak that is 5 wins and a no contest, including a second win over Max Holloway seven years after the first win.

Now, Poirier is preparing to change his career history when he challenges undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. If Poirier is able to become the new champion, it would be one of the best stories in the sport in recent memory.



4) “Notorious” Conor McGregor (21-4)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: July 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Nate Diaz – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 196 – March 5, 2016

– vs. Jose Aldo – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Justin Gaethje (20-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– 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

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 14, 2018

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Michael Johnson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC TUF Finale – July 7, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019



6) “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC)

Height: 6′

Birthday: March 29, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

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

– vs. Mike Perry – Win via submission (armor) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

– vs. Leon Edwards – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 23, 2018

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Justin Gaethje – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

Comment: Cerrone/Gaethje was announced over the last week and it instantly becomes perhaps the most anticipated fight on the schedule.



7) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (29-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Benson Henderson – Loss via TKO (leg injury) – Bellator 160 – August 26, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Bellator’s two-division champion is looking ahead to the start of October’s featherweight grand prix. Patricio will participate in the tourney and defend his 145-pound title beginning in the first round. As for his lightweight title, he does not intend to give it up while his brother is busy in Asia later this year.




8) Al Iaquinta (14-5-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: April 30, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

– vs. Kevin Lee – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Diego Sanchez – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 22, 2017

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas – April 4, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (21-8)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

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

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

– vs. Derek Campos – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 194 – February 16, 2018

– vs. Benson Henderson – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 183 – September 23, 2017

– vs. Josh Thomson – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 172 – February 18, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Patricky will return to action in Japan this October where he’ll be one of the participants in Rizin’s lightweight grand prix. Tournament qualifiers are set to start at Rizin 17 this weekend.



10) Gregor Gillespie (13-0)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 18, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jason Gonzalez – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 16, 2017

– vs. Andrew Holbrook – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Michael Chandler (19-5)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: April 24, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Brandon Girtz – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – Bellator 197 – April 13, 2018

– vs. Goiti Yamauchi – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 192 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Brent Primus – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage due to injury) – Bellator 189 – June 24, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Edson Barboza (20-7)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN 2 – March 30, 2019

– vs. Dan Hooker – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Kevin Lee – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 219 – December 30, 2017

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 11, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Paul Felder – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019



13) Eddie Alvarez (29-7, 1 NC)

Birthday: November 11, 1984

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Conor McGregor – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Eduard Folayang – ONE Championship – August 2, 2019



14) Alexander “The Great” Hernandez (11-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: October 1, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Francisco Trinaldo – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 19, 2019

– vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Derrick Adkins – Win via TKO (strikes) – LFA 27 – November 10, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 4, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Mairbek Taisumov – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019