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The Current Best MMA Light Heavyweights | 205 lbs.

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Who are the world's top light heavyweights?

For many hardcore fans the light heavyweight division is MMA's best. The fighters combine tremendous power and agility, and the competition at the top is unyielding and fierce. Here are the best at 205. Create YOUR own ranking today.

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  1. 1

    Jon "Bones" Jones mmaweekly.com
    Jon Jones
    "Bones"
    20-1-0
  2. 2

    Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson mmaweekly.com
    Alexander Gustafsson
    "The Mauler"
    16-2-0
  3. 3

    Daniel "DC" Cormier mmaweekly.com
    Daniel Cormier
    "DC"
    15-0-0
  4. 4

    "Sugar" Rashad Evans mmaweekly.com
    Rashad Evans
    "Sugar"
    19-3-1
  5. 5

    Anthony "Rumble" Johnson mmaweekly.com
    Anthony Johnson
    "Rumble"
    18-4-0
  6. 6

    Glover Teixeira mmaweekly.com
  7. 7

    Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis mmaweekly.com
    Phil Davis
    "Mr. Wonderful"
    12-2-0, 1 NC
  8. 8

    Dan "Hendo" Henderson mmaweekly.com
    Dan Henderson
    "Hendo"
    30-12-0
  9. 9

    Ryan "Darth" Bader mmaweekly.com
    Ryan Bader
    "Darth"
    17-4-0
  10. 10

    Mauricio "Shogun" Rua mmaweekly.com
    Mauricio Rua
    "Shogun"
    22-9-0

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  1. Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira | 21-6-0
  2. Ovince "OSP" St. Preux | 16-5-0
  3. Jimi "Poster Boy" Manuwa | 14-1-0
  4. Emanuel "The Hardcore Kid" Newton | 23-7-1
  5. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson | 35-11-0
  6. Rafael "Feijão" Cavalcante | 12-5-0, 1 NC
  7. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal | 12-4-0, 1 NC
  8. Ryan "The Big Deal" Jimmo | 19-4-0
  9. Attila "Pumukli" Vegh | 29-5-2
  10. Ilir "The Sledgehammer" Latifi | 9-3-0, 1 NC

  11. Thiago Silva | 16-3-0, 2 NC
  12. Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh | 14-8-0
  13. Gian Villante | 12-5-0
  14. Patrick "Durkin" Cummins | 6-1-0
  15. "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva | 35-12-1, 1 NC
  16. Igor "The Duke" Pokrajac | 25-11-0, 1 NC
  17. Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes | 10-7-0, 1 NC
  18. Mikhail Zayats | 22-8-0
  19. Robert Drysdale | 7-0-0
  20. Joey "Mexicutioner" Beltran | 15-10-0, 1 NC

  21. Nikita "The Al Capone" Krylov | 17-4-0
  22. Mike "MAK" Kyle | 20-11-1, 2 NC
  23. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz | 17-11-1
  24. Jason "The Hitman" Brilz | 22-5-1
  25. Hans Stringer | 22-5-3
  26. Liam McGeary | 8-0-0
  27. Tyrone "King of the Ring" Spong | 2-0-0
  28. Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko | 27-8-0
  29. "Książę Cieszyński" Jan Błachowicz | 17-3-0
  30. Christian "Tonton" M'Pumbu | 18-6-1

  31. Jacob "The Psycho" Noe | 12-3-0, 1 NC
  32. Francimar "Bodão" Barroso | 16-4-0
  33. Matt "The Hammer" Hamill | 11-5-0
  34. "Crossface" Kelly Anundson | 9-2-0
  35. Goran "Ghost" Reljic | 13-4-0
  36. Sean "The Real OC" O'Connell | 15-6-0
  37. Kyle "Kingsbu" Kingsbury | 11-6-0, 1 NC
  38. Linton "The Swarm" Vassell | 14-3-0, 1 NC
  39. Cyrille "The Snake" Diabate | 19-10-1
  40. Cody Donovan | 8-5-0

  41. Chael Sonnen | 28-14-1
  42. Luiz "Banha" Cané | 14-5-0, 1 NC
  43. Trevor Prangley | 32-10-1
  44. Aaron Rosa | 17-6-0
  45. Roger "The Hulk" Hollett | 13-5-0
  46. Wagner "Caldeirão" Prado | 9-2-0, 1 NC
  47. Houston "The Assassin" Alexander | 16-10-0, 2 NC
  48. Jason Jones | 20-10-0
  49. Corey "Big Ceezo" Anderson | 3-0-0
  50. Viktor Nemkov | 20-5-0

  51. Myron Dennis | 10-2-0
  52. Rodney "Sho Nuff the Master" Wallace | 21-9-1
  53. Philipe Lins "Monstro" | 9-1-0
  54. Tom DeBlass | 9-2-0
  55. Egidijus Valavicius | 27-11-0
  56. Virgil "RezDog" Zwicker | 12-4-0
  57. Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello | 33-16-0
  58. Maxim "Maximus" Grishin | 17-6-0
  59. Stephan Puetz | 10-1-0
  60. Carlos "Cachorrão" Eduardo | 11-4-0

  61. Josh "The Sandman" Stansbury | 5-2-0
  62. Clifford "Big Cat" Starks | 9-2-0
  63. Raphael "Noodle" Davis | 13-3-0
  64. Steve "The Boss" Bossé | 10-1-0
  65. Abdul-Kerim Edilov | 12-4-0
  66. Dan "Dragon" Spohn | 8-4-0
  67. "The Beast From The East" Pat Walsh | 5-1-0
  68. Tomasz "Żyrafa" Narkun | 9-1-0
  69. "The Polish Experiment" Krzysztof Soszynski | 26-12-1
  70. Ricardo Romero | 11-3-0

  71. Nick Penner | 11-3-0
  72. Tim Carpenter | 9-2-0
  73. Joachim Christensen | 10-3-0
  74. Luis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda | 12-1-0
  75. Antony "Wild Thing" Rea | 26-14-0
  76. Marcus "Caveman" Vanttinen | 24-5-0
  77. Matt "Gutter" Van Buren | 6-3-0
  78. Razak "Razor" Al-Hassan | 12-4-0
  79. Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli | 14-8-0
  80. "The African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou | 15-12-0

  81. Ednaldo "Lula" Oliveira | 13-2-1, 1 NC
  82. Dwayne "D-Bomb" Lewis | 15-9-0
  83. Matej Batinic | 14-1-0
  84. Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz | 8-3-0
  85. "Crazy" Mike Mucitelli | 6-1-0, 1 NC
  86. Keith Berish | 5-1-0
  87. Chris Dempsey | 10-2-0
  88. Misha Cirkunov | 7-1-0
  89. Volkan "Cousin" Oezdemir | 10-1-0
  90. Lucio "Spartan" Linhares | 19-8-0

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Tapology Consensus Rankings

As community members update their rankings, the consensus list will react in real-time. For Top Light Heavies - 205 lbs., the 100 most-recently updated member lists will be included.

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