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

The UFC’s welterweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC. The fighters are incredibly skilled and the fights are always close and exciting. The division is currently led by the current No. 4 Pound-for-Pound fighter in the UFC, Leon Edwards. Edwards has been dominant since coming into his UFC debut with a 13-2 record in the UFC with 10 of those wins coming by finish. He is a sensational striker who has gotten better after each and every fight. Even after dropping two of his first four fights in the UFC, he has won 11 straight defeating the long-reigning champion Kamaru Usman not once but twice making him the best welterweight fighter in the UFC right now.

The welterweight division also features top contenders such as former champion Kamaru Usman, and former interim champion Colby Covington. The division has seen some of the most exciting fights in UFC history. With a mix of established veterans and rising stars, the welterweight division promises to deliver exciting fights and produce future champions.

UFC Welterweight Division Top 25 Rankings

The UFC’s welterweight 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 welterweight fighters in the world the vast majority of them fight for the UFC. Let’s take a look at the top 25 welterweight fighters in the UFC.

Rank Fighter Country Overall Record UFC Record Last 5 Fights
1 Leon Edwards (Champion) England 21-3-0, 1 NC  13-2 4-0, 1 NC
2 Kamaru Usman Nigeria 20-4 15-3 2-3
3 Belal Muhammad United States 25-4 14-3-0, 1 NC 5-0
4 Colby Covington United States 29-8-0, 1 NC 12-3 3-2
5 Gilbert Burns Brazil 22-5-1 15-6 3-2
6 Shavkat Rakhmonov Kazakhstan 17-0 5-0 5-0
7 Stephen Thompson United States 17-6-1 12-6-1 3-2
8 Geoff Neal United States 15-5 7-3 2-3
9 Sean Brady United States 15-1 5-1 4-1
10 Vicente Luque Brazil 22-9-1 15-5 3-2
11 Ian Machado Garry Ireland 13-0 6-0 5-0
12 Jack Della Maddalena Australia 16-2 6-0 5-0
13 Kevin Holland United States 25-10-0, 1 NC 12-7-0, 1 NC 2-3
14 Neil Magny United States 28-11 21-10 2-3
15 Michael Chiesa United States 16-7 11-7 2-3
16 Randy Brown Jamaica 17-5 11-5 4-1
17 Rafael Dos Anjos Brazil 32-15 21-13 3-2
18 Gunnar Nelson Iceland 19-5-1 10-5 3-2
19 Daniel Rodriguez United States 17-4 7-3 3-2
20 Khaos Williams United States 14-3 5-2 3-2
21 Jeremiah Wells United States 12-3-1 4-1 4-1
22 Carlston Harris Guyana 19-5 4-1 4-1
23 Nicolas Dalby Denmark 22-4-1, 2 NC 6-3-1, 1 NC 4-1
24 Michael Morales Ecuador 15-0 3-0 5-0
25 Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos Brazil 24-7 10-3 3-2

Top 10 Welterweight UFC Fighters

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

The UFC Men’s Welterweight 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 Welterweight division. ”

(C) Leon Edwards — Welterweight Champion

  1. Kamaru Usman
  2. Belal Muhammad
  3. Colby Covington
  4. Gilbert Burns
  5. Shavkat Rakhmonov
  6. Stephen Thompson
  7. Geoff Neal
  8. Sean Brady
  9. Vicente Luque
  10. Ian Machado Garry

10. Ian Machado Garry, Ireland — 13-0 Overall Record

Ian Garry stands in the octagon.

Ian Machado Garry is an Irish professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the UFC. Prior to signing with the UFC, Garry was a Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion. As of August 2023, he is ranked #11 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Garry has a professional MMA record of 13-0-0, with seven wins by KO, one by submission, and the rest by decision. He has had four first-round finishes and holds a March 2023 KO win over UFC veteran Kenan Song Rodriguez. In his UFC career, Garry has won all three of his fights, including a first-round knockout over Daniel Rodriguez and a unanimous decision win over Neil Magny

9. Vicente Luque, Brazil— 23-12 Overall Record

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

Vicente Luque is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He has a professional MMA record of 22-9-1, with 11 wins by KO, 8 by submission, and the rest by decision. Luque has been ranked as high as #5 in the UFC welterweight rankings. He is known for his aggressive fighting style and has won several performance bonuses throughout his UFC career. Luque has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Rafael Dos Anjos, Tyron Woodley, and Michael Chiesa. In his most recent fight, Luque defeated Dos Anjos by unanimous decision.

8. Sean Brady, United States— 15-1 Overall Record

Sean Brady Career Earnings

Sean Brady is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He has a professional MMA record of 15-1-0, with three first-round finishes, four wins by submission, and eight by decision. Brady is known for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and has won several grappling tournaments. In his UFC career, Brady has won four of his five fights, including a submission win over Jake Matthews and a unanimous decision win over Michael Chiesa. His only loss came against Belal Muhammad via strikes in the second round of their fight at UFC 280.

7. Geoff Neal, United States— 15-5 Overall Record

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

Geoff Neal is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He has a professional MMA record of 15-5-0, with nine wins by KO, two by submission, and the rest by decision. Neal is known for his striking skills and has won several performance bonuses throughout his UFC career. He has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Stephen Thompson, Vicente Luque, and Neil Magny. In his most recent win, Neal defeated Luque by KO/TKO in the third round. Neal has also fought in the Contender Series and has a win over Belal Muhammad.

6. Stephen Thompson, United States — 17-6-1 Overall Record

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

Stephen Thompson is an American professional mixed martial artist and former professional kickboxer who currently competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished strikers in the UFC and has a professional MMA record of 17-6-1, with seven wins by KO, two by submission, and the rest by decision. Thompson has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Tyron Woodley, Jorge Masvidal, and Gilbert Burns. He has also been ranked as high as #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings. In his most recent fight, Thompson beat Kevin Holland by KO/TKO in the fourth round.

5. Shavkat Rakhmonov, Kazakhstan— 17-0 Overall Record

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

Shavkat Rakhmonov is a Kazakh professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is known for his well-rounded skills where he is able to defeat his opponents both on the feet and on the mat. Rakhmonov has a professional MMA record of 17-0-0, with eight wins by KO, nine by submission, and none by decision. He has finished all of his wins, with nine of them coming in the first round. Rakhmonov has fought some tough opponents in the UFC, including Geoff Neal, Michel Prazeres, and Alex Oliveira, and has won all of his fights in the UFC. In his most recent fight, Rakhmonov submitted Neal via rear-naked choke in the third round.

4. Gilbert Burns, Brazil — 22-6 Overall Record

Gilbert Burns points on top of the octagon.

Gilbert Burns is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is a 3rd degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and is known for his grappling skills. Burns has a professional MMA record of 22-6-0, with six wins by KO, nine by submission, and the rest by decision. He has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Kamaru Usman, Stephen Thompson, and Tyron Woodley. Burns has also been ranked as high as #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings. In his most recent fight, Burns lost to Belal Muhammad by unanimous decision.

3. Colby Covington, United States — 17-3 Overall Record

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

Colby Covington is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is known for his wrestling skills and has a professional MMA record of 17-3-0, with two wins by KO, six by submission, and the rest by decision. Covington is a former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion and has been ranked as high as #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings. He has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal, and Rafael dos Anjos. Covington is also known for his controversial statements and has been involved in several feuds with other fighters. In his most recent fight, Covington beat former training partner and friend Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision in their fight at UFC 272.

2. Belal Muhammad, United States— 23-3-0, 1 NC Overall Record

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Jan 3/22

Belal Muhammad is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He has a professional MMA record of 23-3-0, with five wins by KO, one by submission, and the rest by decision. Muhammad is known for his toughness and has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Stephen Thompson, Vicente Luque, and Demian Maia. He has also been ranked as high as #2 in the UFC welterweight rankings. In his most recent fight, Muhammad defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision. Muhammad credits his mindset for his success in the sport and has been vocal about his Muslim faith.

1. Kamaru Usman, Nigeria — 20-4 Overall Record

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

Kamaru Usman is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is a former NCAA Division II wrestler and is known for his wrestling skills. Usman has a professional MMA record of 20-4-0, with nine wins by KO, one by submission, and the rest by decision. He is the former UFC Welterweight Champion and has been ranked as high as #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Usman has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Gilbert Burns. In his most recent fight, Usman was defeated by Khamzat Chimaev as he took the fight on day’s notice in his middleweight debut at UFC 294.

(C) Leon Edwards, Welterweight Champion, Russia — 21-3-0, 1 NC Overall Record

Leon Edwards KO Kamaru Usman

Leon Edwards is an English professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. He is the current UFC Welterweight Champion and has a professional MMA record of 21-3-0 1 NC, with seven wins by KO, three by submission, and the rest by decision. Edwards has been fighting professionally since 2011 and has fought for BAMMA, where he was the BAMMA Welterweight Champion. He has fought some of the top fighters in the division, including Kamaru Usman, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Nate Diaz. Edwards is known for his striking skills and has won several performance bonuses throughout his UFC career. In his most recent fight, Edwards defeated Usman by majority decision in their trilogy fight at UFC 286.

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