UFC Lightweight Rankings 2022: What Are They Currently?

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The Lightweight division in the UFC is easily one of the most hotly contested in the whole company, but what are the current rankings?

Many of the biggest names in the history of MMA have come through the UFC’s 155-pound division, including Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar.

Although not the lightest weight division available, the 155-pound limit usually means that we can see quick action as well as some massive knockouts on fight cards.

Here’s everything you need to know about the UFC Lightweight Rankings in 2022, including the Champion and Top 15 fighters in the division.

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UFC Lightweight Rankings

Here are the current rankings for the UFC Lightweight division as of Monday 30th May 2022:

  • Champion: VACANT
  • 1: Charles Oliveira
  • 2: Dustin Poirier
  • 3: Justin Gaethje
  • 4: Islam Makhachev
  • 5: Michael Chandler
  • 6: Beneil Dariush
  • 7: Rafael Dos Anjos
  • 8: Conor McGregor
  • 9: Tony Ferguson
  • 10: Rafael Fiziev
  • 11: Arman Tsarukyan
  • 12: Mateusz Gamrot
  • 13: Dan Hooker
  • 14: Brad Riddell
  • 15: Diego Ferreira

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Conor McGregor’s next fight will depend on the winner of Charles Oliveira’s clash with Justin Gaethje, according to UFC president Dana White.

Upcoming Lightweight Fights

UPDATE 15th March 2022: Oliveira vs Gaethje for the UFC Lightweight Championship has been confirmed for UFC 274 on Saturday May 7th 2022!

Justin Gaethje appeared to confirm back in January 2022 that he was going to be getting the next shot at current Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira. 

As of writing, this fight has not been officially confirmed, but it does appear as though it is being planned for Saturday May 7th and the UFC 274 card.

UFC Welterweight #1 contender Colby Covington has said that he wants to settle the score with current #2 ranked Lightweight Dustin Poirier.

Speaking to the media ahead of his UFC 272 contest against Jorge Masvidal, Covington laid out the stipulation he wants to get in the octagon with the Diamond.

Covington said: “The last time he was talking to you clickbait merchants, he was saying, ‘Oh, I’m not going to fight Colby in the octagon, where there’s finances on the line. I’m going to fight him in the streets and we’re both going to go to jail.’

“It’s funny. It’s very ironic because he talks about being a family guy, a good guy, but he wants to fight me in the streets and potentially go away from his family.

“Dustin Poirier has all these stipulations to fight me. I just have one stipulation. My one stipulation is he lets the world watch and enjoy themselves.”

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