UFC/Pride Lightweight Champions with least-to-most Top 10 ranked wins at Lightweight.

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  1. acannxr Black Belt

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    The Flyweight version is here.
    The Bantamweight version is here.
    The Featherweight version is here.
    The Welterweight version is here.
    The Middleweight version is here.

    The Light Heavyweight version is here.
    The Heavyweight version is here.
    Champions with most wins in each division here.

    Rankings are based on FightMatrix.

    Conor McGregor
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    McGregor's resume:

    #1 Eddie Alvarez

    McGregor has 1 top ten win.

    Sean Sherk
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    Sherk's resume:

    #10 Hermes Franca
    #9 Tyson Griffin

    Sherk has 2 top ten wins.

    Anthony Pettis
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    Pettis' resume:

    #8 Donald Cerrone
    #1 Benson Henderson
    #3 Gilbert Melendez

    Pettis has 3 top ten wins.

    Jens Pulver
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    Pulver's resume:

    #4 Phil Johns
    #1 Caol Uno
    #3 Dennis Hallman
    #3 B.J. Penn

    Pulver has 4 top ten wins.

    Frankie Edgar
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    Edgar's resume:

    #6 Sean Sherk
    #1 BJ Penn
    #2 BJ Penn
    #2 Gray Maynard

    Edgar has 4 top ten wins.

    Rafael dos Anjos
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    dos Anjos' resume:

    #2 Benson Henderson
    #7 Nate Diaz
    #1 Anthony Pettis
    #2 Donald Cerrone

    dos Anjos has 4 top ten wins.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov
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    Nurmagomedov's resume:

    #6 Rafael dos Anjos
    #7 Michael Johnson
    #4 Edson Barboza
    #5 Conor McGregor
    #1 Dustin Poirier
    #2 Justin Gaethje

    Nurmagomedov has 6 top ten wins.

    B.J. Penn
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    Penn's resume:

    #2 Caol Uno
    #5 Matt Serra
    #6 Takanori Gomi
    #8 Joe Stevenson
    #4 Sean Sherk
    #4 Kenny Florian
    #2 Diego Sanchez

    Penn has 7 top ten wins.

    Eddie Alvarez
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    Alvarez' resume:

    #9 Tatsuya Kawajiri
    #5 Shinya Aoki
    #4 Michael Chandler
    #6 Gilbert Melendez
    #2 Anthony Pettis
    #1 Rafael dos Anjos
    #9 Justin Gaethje

    Alvarez has 7 top ten wins.

    Benson Henderson
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    Henderson's resume:

    #7 Jim Miller
    #6 Clay Guida
    #1 Frankie Edgar
    #2 Frankie Edgar
    #4 Nate Diaz
    #2 Gilbert Melendez
    #8 Josh Thomson

    Henderson has 7 top ten wins.

    Takanori Gomi
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    Gomi's resume:

    #5 Rumina Sato
    #5 Dokonjonosuke Mishima
    #7 Ralph Gracie
    #2 Jens Pulver
    #3 Tatsuya Kawajiri
    #2 Hayato Sakurai
    #3 Marcus Aurelio
    #2 Mitsuhiro Ishida

    Gomi has 8 top ten wins.
     
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  2. VinceArch I am all of me.

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    I could've sworn Hermes Franca was in the top 10 when Frankie beat him? I could be wrong though.
     
  3. Grapplefest Black Belt

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    You forgot #10 Pat Healy for Khabib, would push him to the 2nd most top 10 wins on the list

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  4. NoBiasJustMMA Steel Belt

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    I'm pretty sure Henderson was ranked top 10 both times he lost to Pettis.
     
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  5. NoBiasJustMMA Steel Belt

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    RDA just beat 7th ranked Felder, he needs to be updated.
     
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  6. G10 Orange Belt

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    Thanks for breaking this down! I didn't start following the sport closely til 2013, so it's nice to learn more about the fighters who made their names before then.
     
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  7. SaigeVanZant Red Belt

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    Gomis wins are weak
     
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  8. kflo Titanium Belt

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    It’s interesting how mma fans focus a lot of energy on this when the concept in boxing which has been around forever barely exists.
     
  9. thewilks Blue Belt

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    Fantastic work. Was trying to explain to a friend who has only seen Eddie fight Conor that Eddie is actually in top 5 ever.
     
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  10. NoBiasJustMMA Steel Belt

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    Cerrone was top 10 both times he lost to RDA. RDA has 6 top 10 wins not 4.
     
  11. Daelh Yellow Belt

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    Pat Healy was ranked #10 when Khabib fought him and RDA just beat #7 Paul Felder.
     
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    Your knowledge and opinion on MMA history is weak
     
  13. sampuncher Black Belt

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    They aren't weak but for me context is key, the UFC didn't even have a LW division when Gomi racked up most of those wins so the LW's actively fighting were only in pride or at WW etc, where there was a lot less people fighting at LW back then, that's the reason most of those guys were ranked so high at the time to an extent.
     
  14. NoBiasJustMMA Steel Belt

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    You could also say that all the best LWs in the world were in Pride because UFC didn't have a LW division.
     
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    Healy was ranked #10 when Khabib fought him

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    Some of those ranks are questionable btw. How was Chandler #4 when Alvarez fought him?
     
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    And Gomis probably the weakest one, maybe next to Jens
     
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  17. sampuncher Black Belt

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    Yeah but thats kinda my point, there was t that many LWs in the world so obviously any of them that were fighting would be deemed some of the best LWs in the world and therefore would get higher rankings.

    Theres some great wins in there but Gomi is top of that list but has one of the weaker resumes compared to others on the list still, hes top purely because of the infancy of the sport when he was fighting.
     
  18. Coconutwater Brown Belt

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    I didn’t know Ralph was ranked #7. That fight was in Pride but trust the TS.
     
  19. stinkynecklace Blue Belt

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    Was Dunham really not ranked when Sherk beat him? I remember him being on a tear before that fight.
    Ferg has got to be up there for ranked wins as well.
     
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  20. acannxr Black Belt

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    I didn't use the UFC rankings at all. What exactly would I do in the case of fights that occurred before February 2013? What would I do for fights that took place outside of the UFC? I had to rely on FightMatrix since it was consistent across both time and organizations.

    Interim Champion =/= Champion.
     
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