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UFC flyweight rankings: David Divorak falls from top 10 after surprise UFC 289 loss

RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Brandon Moreno21-6-2W-W-W
#2Alexandre Pantoja25-5W-W-W
#3Brandon Royval15-6W-W-W
#4Amir Albazi17-1W-W-W
#5Matheus Nicolau19-4-1L-W-W
#6Kai Kara-France24-11L-L-W
#7Manel Kape18-6W-W-W
#8Matt Schnell16-7L-W-L
#9Tim Elliott20-12-1W-W-W
#10Muhammad Mokaev10-0W-W-W

The UFC flyweight rankings are a showcase of the very best fighters in the 125-pound divisions. While the weight class may often not get the respect it deserves, it has always featured some of the most well-rounded and fastest MMA fighters on the planet.

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With that in mind, here is the official Sportsnaut top-10 for the organization’s flyweight divisions.

10. Muhammad Mokaev (10-0)

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Muhammad Mokaev’s run in the UFC has been short, but it has been very impressive. He has won four straight to keep his record unbeaten after 10 pro fights and three of his victories in the Octagon have been submissions. He is the big winner in David Divorak’s surprise loss at UFC 289, but there are still some questions about his schedule thus far and he will need a win over a ranked foe soon to maintain his spot in our UFC flyweight rankings top 10 long-term.

  • Next fight: TBD

9. Tim Elliott (20-12-1)

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After losing three straight a few years ago, Tim Elliott has won four of his last five, including a victory at UFC Vegas 74 in June. While he may never compete for a world title again, Elliott remains an elite-level litmus test for flyweights looking to break into the top 10 of the division.

  • Next Fight: TBD

8. Matt Schnell (16-7)

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While Matt Schnell has been a consistent part of the rankings for a couple of years, staying near the top has proven difficult as he has flipped between wins and losses over the last few years. He has lost two of his last three and needs a win in his next fight or risk quickly falling out of the UFC flyweight rankings.

  • Next Fight: TBD

7. Manel Kape (18-6)

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After a rough start to his UFC career, where he lost consecutive fights to elite talent, Manel Kape has gone on a tear over his last three. Scoring highlight reel finishes in two of those bouts and he has quickly climbed up our UFC flyweight rankings. He has had difficulty in securing a fight in 2023 after two high-profile opponents dropped out of scheduled matchups this spring. It has stagnated his rise and title hopes for this year.

  • Next Fight: TBD

6. Kai Kara-France (24-11)

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After years of toiling away inside the division, New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France finally got a chance at UFC gold last year. Unfortunately, he had the bad luck of facing the best flyweight of this generation, Brandon Moreno.

In June, he got his first UFC main event slot against one of the hottest fighters in the division, Amir Albazi. Unfortunately, despite some who thought he won, he came up in five round matchup and suffered a second straight defeat.

  • Next Fight: TBD

5. Matheus Nicolau (19-4-1)

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Brazil’s Matheus Nicolau seemed en route to a UFC flyweight title shot after winning his first four inside the Octagon. Unfortunately for him, that was all derailed in April by a first-round TKO loss to Brandon Royval. With the top of the division so stacked, Nicolau may need to win a couple of fights to regain the contender status he recently lost.

  • Next Fight: TBD

4. Amir Albazi (17-1)

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Amir Albazi is one of the hottest fighters in the 125-pound division. He has won four straight since joining the UFC, with three of them being finishes. Including his most recent win, an outstanding knockout victory over Alessandro Costa.

He has long hyped himself as one of the best in the world, and he got his chance to prove it against a former interim title challenger in June. Although some question the win, he still got his hand raised against Kai Kara-France in June and scored by far the biggest victory of his career.

  • Next Fight: TBD

3. Brandon Royval (15-6)

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After a pair of frustrating losses to the current champion and the No. 1 contender, Brandon Royval has been on fire over the last year. “Raw Dawg” has won three straight, with the last two being definitive finishes over other fighters in the UFC flyweight rankings. After some big bumps in the road, Royval may be one win away from finally securing a long-sought-after title opportunity.

  • Next Fight: TBD

2. Alexandre Pantoja (25-5)

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Few fighters have been better at flyweight over the last four years than Brazilian Alexandre Pantoja. “The Cannibal” has fought the best of the best that the division has had to offer over the last five years. He was worthy of a title fight last year, but will finally get in in 2023. And he has an excellent chance to win since he is the one man to beat champion Brandon Moreno twice (once in an exhibition bout). Few challengers will be as confident.

  • Next Fight: vs. Brandon Moreno at UFC 290 on July 8

1. Brandon Moreno (21-6-2)

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No flyweight on the planet has been better than Brandon Moreno over the last four years. He has defeated all comers, and his lone loss was a razor-thin defeat to flyweight beast Deiveson Figueiredo. He has conquered all his career failings and greatest rivals, except one.

On July 8, he will finally get a chance at revenge on the only man to hang two Ls on him, Alexandre Pantoja. If he can avenge those defeats, it is hard not to place Moreno as the undisputed second-greatest 125-pounder of all time behind Demetrious Johnson.