|1. B.J. Penn||97||UFC||1|
|2. Shinya Aoki||95
|3. Kenny Florian||83
|4. Eddie Alvarez||82
|5. Joachim Hansen||81
|6. Sean Sherk||79
|7. Gesias Cavalcante||79
|8. Josh Thomson||64
|9. Satoru Kitaoka||60
|10. Tatsuya Kawajiri||51
|11. Takanori Gomi||35
|12. Mitsuhiro Ishida||26
|13. Jamie Varner||25
|14. Tyson Griffin||25||UFC
|15. Gray Maynard||25||UFC||13|
|16. Eiji Mitsuoka||24||WVR||25|
|17. Caol Uno||22||DREAM||17|
|18. Jim Miller||22||UFC||23|
|19. Roger Huerta||20||UFC
|20. Clay Guida||20||UFC||31|
|21. Frank Edgar||19||UFC||16|
|22. Spencer Fisher||18||UFC||27|
|22. Gilbert Melendez||18
|24. Joe Stevenson||18
|25. Vitor Ribeiro||16
Commentary by Kid Nate: Lightweight is is really the last division left where the UFC has not established a clear dominance over the divsion. Sure UFC champ #1 B.J. Penn is (almost) universally acknowledged to be the best 155lber in the game today, but only two other UFC fighters even make the top 10 -- #3 Kenny Florian and #6 Sean Sherk. Florian is certainly enjoying a surge in the rankings. I credit his demolition of #24 (former #15) Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 and his status as the next to challenge for Penn's title.
Sherk will have to get past the very tough #21 Frank Edgar at UFC 98 and possibly welterweight turned lightweight Diego Sanchez (should Sanchez beat Stevenson this weekend) to get another title shot.
Meanwhile, in a typical move for a Japanese promoter, #2 Shinya Aoki will next be fighting at 170lbs in the DREAM welterweight tournament. Rather than facing any of the top lightweights in DREAM, he'll be next seen against welterweight journeyman John Alessio. Ugh.
His rival from the wonderful DREAM 2008 lightweight GP, #4 Eddie Alvarez has signed with Bellator and will be next seen on ESPN's spanish language channel. Tournament winner #5 Joachim Hansen is fighting over his contract with the owners of DREAM after missing his match with #7 Gesias Cavalcante on New Years Eve due to a last minute concussion.
Meanwhile #8 Josh Thomson will be fighting on Strikeforce's first Showtime card on April 11. Unfortunately it won't be against EliteXC champ K.J. Noons. It seems Noons would rather focus on boxing. Good luck K.J. At least #12 Mitsuhiro Ishida and #22 Gilbert Melendez both seem likely to fight each other on that same card in a great #1 contender match for the Strikeforce belt.
NOTE: The Meta-Rankings are not the subjective opinion of the BloodyElbow team, 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 percentage of possible 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 40 fighters were ranked in the top 25 by one source or another. For reasons of sanity I only track the top 25 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. Each site consulted awards a total of 325 points. Fuller explanation below.
Rankings were compiled from the following 15 sites: Cage Potato, Fight Matrix, Fight Magazine, Five Ounces of Pain, Inside MMA, MMA 4 Real, MMMA Fighting, MMMA on Tap, MMA Playground, MMA Rocks, MMA Weekly, MMA ELO, SSherdog, TAGG Radio, Total MMA, WAMMA.
The normalization scheme as explained by JCS of FightMatrix is here: