See Who Rules the MMA Landscape
At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad of subjective rankings that have become skewed, in many instances, by fighter popularity. In an effort to address this issue FIGHT! Magazine brings you its computerized rankings system.
Why does there seem to be an emphasis on the heavier weight classes? Heavier eight classes have higher point totals primarily for two reasons; 1) the heavier weight class fighters dominated early MMA bouts due to open weight classes and the grand prix formats, 2) Fighter earn point premiums when fights end through stoppage (TKO, KO, or Submission). Heavier weight class fight generally do not “go the distance” as often as lighter weight classes. Furthermore, the lightest weight classes (Feather, Bantam, etc.) aren’t as established and do not have the history of the heavier weight classes. For example, just because Urijah Faber does not have the same point total as a Fedor Emelianenko or an Anderson Silva, it does not mean he is any less dominant in his weight class.
Why are Featherweight, Bantamweight, and Flyweight combined into one Under 145 ranking? Because there are only 10-pound gaps between the weight classes, there is a lot of movement between them. It is common for a fighter to fight one fight at Bantam and the next at Feather. This may change in the future, but only after these lighter classes become more established.
How long before an inactive fighter is dropped from the rankings? If a fighter goes 18 months without a qualifying fight, he will be dropped from the rankings.
How does FIGHT! determine which fights qualify for the rankings? As its sole discretion, FIGHT! qualifies fights from national and international organizations that are deemed to have both the incentive and reputation for signing top level fighters to their fight cards.
What other qualifications are there for a fighter to be ranked? A fighter must have at least three qualifying fights to be ranked. Furthermore, if a fighter is suspended from fighting, he will be ineligible for the ranking until re-instated. A fighter is ranked in a particular weight class once he has had either three qualifying fights or it has been reasonably determined that he has made a move to that weight class.
What if I disagree with the rankings? Feel free to debate our rankings on our forum.Readers Choiceview full readers choice rankings »Heavyweight (265)
- 1. Fedor Emelianenko
- 2. Cain Velasquez
- 3. Brock Lesnar
- 4. Shane Carwin
- 5. Alistair Overeem
- 6.231view full heavyweight rankings »Light Heavyweight (205)
- 1. Mauricio Rua
- 2. Lyoto Machida
- 3. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- 4. Rashad Evans
- 5. Muhammed Lawal
- 5.909view full light heavyweight rankings »Middleweight (185)
- 1. Chael Sonnen
- 2. Anderson Silva
- 3. Jake Shields
- 4. Vitor Belfort
- 5. Nate Marquardt
- 5.724view full middleweight rankings »Welterweight (170)
- 1. Georges St-Pierre
- 2. Josh Koscheck
- 3. Thiago Alves
- 4. Nick Diaz
- 5. Dan Hardy
- 5.617view full welterweight rankings »Lightweight (155)
- 1. Frankie Edgar
- 2. Gilbert Melendez
- 3. George Sotiropoulos
- 4. Benson Henderson
- 5. BJ Penn
- 5.511view full lightweight rankings »Featherweight (145)
- 1. Bibiano Fernandes
- 2. Jose Aldo
- 3. Michihiro Omigawa
- 4. Masanori Kanehara
- 5. Manny Gamburyan
- 4.705view full featherweight rankings »Bantamweight (135)view full bantamweight rankings »
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