Fronted by Kid Nate. Thanks for the awesome work Richard!
This month, I bring you the first (and, until we find more rankings, only) BloodyElbow Flyweight Meta-Rankings. I could only find four sets of rankings and two of them didn't even list an entire top 10. If you're interested in continuing to follow Flyweight rankings, I'd like to recommend Fight Matrix.
This ranking is dominated by Shooto. Seven of the top 10 and 18 of the top 25 most recently fought for Shooto.
This list is all I know about the flyweight division. I may have seen some of these guys fight, but if so I retain no memory of it. If any of you know anything about these guys, please enlighten the rest of us.
NOTE: The Meta-Rankings are not the subjective opinion of the BloodyElbow team or myself, but rather a compilation of the rankings of over twenty leading MMA web sites. It is our opinion that these are the most informative MMA rankings anywhere.
Based on the premise that opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink. instead of putting up our own subjective fighter rankings, we compile and average the rankings of every source we could find online.
The goal is to show how the MMA community rates the fighters, not to bore you with our opinions.
Be sure and look at the points, they're a much more telling number than the ranking. There's clearly a huge gulf between the top 9 fighters and those that follow.
A total of 50 fighters were ranked in the top 25 by one source or another, for reasons of sanity I only track the top 25 (26 due to a tie) most highly rated fighters.
25 points are awarded for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. Fuller explanation below.
The normalization scheme as explained by JCS of FightMatrix is here:
The "normalization number" (new name) would be:
(Total Fighters Found in Any List minus 10)
Every fighter found somewhere else, but on a Top 10 list would be assigned this number.
The "normalization" number would not apply to a fighter not found on a Top 25 list. They would simply get 0.
So the process would be:
Do all of the Top 25 lists first, #1 = 25, #2 = 24…. #24 = 2, #25 = 1
Do all of the Top 10 lists, same scoring structure.. stops at #10 = 16
Figure out that normalization variable.
Fill in the normalization variable to all fighters not found in the Top 10 lists, but found elsewhere.
Do your totals and rank.