UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

The UFC’s flyweight division is a weight class that has seen its fair share of ups and downs since its creation in 2012. However, the division has recently gained a lot of attention and has become a featured attraction in the UFC. The division is known for its fast-paced and technical fights, with fighters weighing at the 125-pound limit. Demetrious Johnson was the dominant force in the division for many years, setting a record for consecutive title defenses until he was traded to One Championship for former UFC welterweight Ben Askren.

Currently, the flyweight championship is held by Alexandre Pantoja, who became the UFC flyweight champion after defeating Brandon Moreno for a third time at UFC 290. With a mix of established veterans and up-and-coming prospects, the men’s flyweight division promises to deliver exciting fights for fans of mixed martial arts.

UFC Flyweight Division Top 25 Rankings

The UFC’s men’s flyweight division is considered to be the best in the world. That’s because the UFC has the deepest talent pool in the world. This is due to the UFC’s global reach and its ability to attract the best fighters from all over the world. If we take a look at all the best flyweight fighters in the world the vast majority of them fight for the UFC. Let’s take a look at the top 25 men’s flyweight fighters in the UFC.

Rank Fighter Country Overall Record UFC Record Last 5 Fights
1 Alexandre Pantoja (Champion) Brazil 26-5 10-3 4-1
2 Brandon Moreno Mexico 21-7-2 9-4-2 3-2
3 Amir Albazi Iraq 17-1 5-0 5-0
4 Brandon Royval United States 15-6 5-2 3-2
5 Kai Kara-France New Zealand 24-11 7-4 3-2
6 Matheus Nicolau Brazil 19-3-1 7-2 4-1
7 Alex Perez United States 24-7 6-3 3-2
8 Matt Schnell United States 16-8 6-6 2-3
9 Tim Elliott United States 19-12-1 8-10 4-1
10 Manel Kape Angola 18-6 3-2 3-2
11 Muhammad Mokaev Russia 9-0 4-0 5-0
12 Sumudaerji China 16-5 3-2 3-2
13 Tagir Ulanbekov Russia 14-2 3-1 4-1
14 Steve Erceg Australia 10-1 1-0 5-0
15 Cody Durden United States 16-4-1 5-2-1 4-1
16 Allan Nascimento Brazil 20-6 2-1 3-2
17 David Dvorak Russia 20-6 3-3 2-3
18 Bruno Silva Brazil 13-5-2 3-2 3-2
19 Azat Maksum Tajikistan 17-0 1-0 5-0
20 Asu Almabaev Tajikistan 18-2 1-0 5-0
21 Jake Hadley England 10-2 2-2 3-2
22 Jeff Molina United States 11-2 3-0 5-0
23 Tyson Nam United States 21-14-1 3-5 2-3
24 Carlos Hernandez United States 9-2 2-1 4-1
25 Malcolm Gordon Canada 14-7 2-4 2-3

Top 10 Flyweight UFC Fighters

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

 

The UFC’s Flyweight division is one of the most stacked divisions that the UFC has to offer. These fighters bring a ton of excitement each and every time they step inside the octagon. Let’s take a look at the top 10 fighters in the UFC Men’s Flyweight division.

  1. Alexandre Pantoja — Flyweight Champion
  2. Brandon Moreno
  3. Amir Albazi
  4. Brandon Royval
  5. Kai Kara-France
  6. Matheus Nicolau
  7. Alex Perez
  8. Matt Schnell
  9. Tim Elliott
  10. Manel Kape

(C) Alexandre Pantoja, Flyweight Champion, Brazil — 26-5 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Alexandre Pantoja fought and clawed his way up the flyweight rankings after getting signed off The Ultimate Fighter Season 24. After winning three straight fights, he finally got his long-awaited title shot where he beat the former champion Brandon Moreno for a third time via split decision at UFC 290 to capture flyweight gold and is now the king of the flyweight division.

2. Brandon Moreno, Mexico — 21-7-2 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Brandon Moreno faced a ton of adversity during his time as a UFC flyweight contender. After starting his UFC career 3-2, Moreno was cut from the promotion as they were going through the transition phase with the division. After his release, he captured the LFA flyweight championship and then got the call back to the UFC where he went on his run to the title. He was able to defeat Deiveson Figueiredo to win the title, only to lose it to him, and then recapture it to be a two-time flyweight champion before losing his title in a hard-fought battle against Alexandre Pantoja.

3. Amir Albazi, Iraq — 17-1 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Amir Albazi came into his UFC debut winning 12 of his 13 professional fights and he hasn’t looked back. He has won all five of his fights inside the octagon and most recently defeated former title challenger Kai Kara-France in a very close and controversial split decision. This puts him at the top of the division and could be contending for the title very soon.

4. Brandon Royval, United States — 15-6 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Brandon Royval is one of the most exciting contenders in the flyweight division. He is extremely unorthodox and dangerous everywhere the fight takes place with 13 of his 15 wins coming inside the distance. Royval came into his UFC debut as the LFA flyweight champion and has gone 5-2 in the biggest promotion most recently defeating top contender Matheus Nicolau by first-round knockout at UFC Kansas City. He is sure to be on the shortlist of potential suitors to face off against newly crowned champ Alexandre Pantoja.

5. Kai Kara-France, New Zealand — 24-11 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Kai Kara-France had his shot at The Ultimate Fighter season 24 but ultimately wasn’t signed after losing to Alexandre Pantoja in their semifinal matchup. He rattled off a 5-1 record before getting the call to make his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 142. He has now amassed a 7-4 UFC record and also challenged for the interim flyweight championship. He is now coming off consecutive losses for the first time in his UFC career but is just one big win away from a potential title shot.

6. Matheus Nicolau, Brazil — 19-3-1 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Matheus Nicolau was part of that UFC flyweight purge many years ago. He went 3-1 with the promotion before getting released but then he rattled off two wins in a row to get the callback to the big show. Since getting a second chance in the UFC he has made the most of his going 4-1 with his lone loss coming to surging contender Brandon Royval. The sky is the limit for Nicolau as long as he is able to get back on track and make his way back up the flyweight rankings.

7. Alex Perez, United States — 24-7 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Alex Perez is a product of Dana White’s Contender Series where secured a first-round anaconda choke to obtain his UFC contract. He then rattled off a 6-1 UFC record en route to a short-notice title shot against Deiveson Figueiredo which was short-lived as he was finished via Guillotine choke in just 1:57. He has only fought once since that title loss back in 2020 with nine fight cancelations in between. His most recent fight was a loss against current champion Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 277 and now sits 6-3 in the biggest MMA promotion.

8. Matt Schnell, United States — 16-8 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Matt Schnell got his fame on the MTV series ‘Caged’ before he got his shot to fight on The Ultimate Fighter season 24. He was then signed to the UFC after his stint on the show but dropped each of his fight two fights but with his back against the wall he shined and won four straight fights with one of those wins being a bonus winning performance. Since that 4-2 start to his UFC career, Schnell is just 2-4 over his next six fights most recently getting knocked out by Matheus Nicolau at UFC Orlando.

9. Tim Elliott, United States — 19-12-1 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Tim Elliott’s first stint in the UFC didn’t work out as he was released after a 2-4 start but after rattling off three-straight victories to become the Titan FC flyweight champion and get his chance on The Ultimate Fighter season 24 where he won the show and got an immediate title shot against Demetrious Johnson who he lost a unanimous decision against. Since then he’s been a mainstay in the UFC flyweight rankings with a 6-6 record in his second stint with the UFC and is 4-1 in his last five fights coming off back-to-back victories.

10. Manel Kape, Angola — 18-6 Overall Record

UFC Flyweight Rankings 2023: Champion, Contenders, & Top Prospects

Manel Kape came into his UFC debut with a ton of hype surrounding him as the RIZIN Fighting Federation Bantamweight Champion. He stumbled out of the gate dropping each of his first two fights in closely contested fights against two of the top fighters in the division, the now-champion Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau. Since those two losses, Kape has won three fights in a row with two of those coming back emphatic first-round knockouts. He is on the verge of a potential title shot in the future with just one or two more big wins on his resume.

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