11/18 MMA Lightweight Division Rankings Top 25 *Updated 12/30*


Ben Henderson claimed the UFC lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Saturday night.

1. Ben Henderson (18-2, 6-0 UFC) 

2. Frankie Edgar (14-3-1, 9-3-1 UFC) *Next Fight: Jose Aldo @ FW

3. Gilbert Melendez (20-2, 11-1 Strikeforce) 

4. Gray Maynard (11-1-1, 8-1-1 UFC) 

5. Anthony Pettis (15-2, 2-1 UFC) *Next Fight: Donald Cerrone #8

6. Nate Diaz (16-8, 11-6 UFC) 

7. Jim Miller (22-4, 11-3 UFC)

8. Donald Cerrone (19-4, 6-1 UFC) *Next Fight: Anthony Pettis #6

9. Michael Chandler (10-0, 7-0 BFC) *Next Fight: Rick Hawn #NR

10. Eddie Alvarez (24-3, 8-1 BFC) 

11. Shinya Aoki (30-6, 14-2-1 DREAM) *Next Fight: Antonio McKee #NR

12. Clay Guida (29-13, 9-7 UFC) *Next Fight: Hatsu Hioki @ FW

13. Joe Lauzon (22-8, 9-5 UFC) 

14. Josh Thomson (19-5, 10-3 Strikeforce) 

15. T.J. Grant (19-5, 6-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Matt Wiman #23

16. Khabib Nurmagomedov (17-0, 2-0 UFC) *Next Fight: Thiago Tavares #NR

17. Gleison Tibau (27-8, 11-6 UFC) *Next Fight: Evan Dunham #22

18. Rafael Dos Anjos (18-6, 7-4 UFC)

19. Jamie Varner (21-7-1, 7-5-1 UFC)

20. Melvin Guillard (30-12-2, 11-8 UFC) 

21. Evan Dunham (13-3, 7-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Gleison Tibau #17 

22. Takanori Gomi (34-8, 3-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Diego Sanchez

23. Matt Wiman (15-6, 9-4 UFC) *Next Fight: T.J Grant #15

24. Pat Healy (28-16, 6-1 Strikeforce) 

25. Rick Hawn (14-1, 6-1 BFC) *Next Fight:  Michael Chandler #9                                                                                                                                                

*NR = Not Ranked*

*Removed for Inactivity: Sean Sherk (33-4-1, 8-4 UFC)*

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