USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Mauricio Rua 349 UFC 1
2 Rashad Evans 328 UFC 3
3 Quinton Jackson 319 UFC 4
4 Lyoto Machida 314 UFC 2
5 Forrest Griffin 280 UFC 5
6 Ryan Bader 256 UFC 6
7 Jon Jones 224 UFC 7
8 Thiago Silva 214 UFC 10
9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 189 UFC 8
10 Gegard Mousasi 159 DREAM 11
11 Rich Franklin 156 UFC 12
12 Rafael Cavalcante 153 Strikeforce 14
13 Randy Couture 137 UFC 13
14 Anderson Silva 136 UFC 9
15 Muhammed Lawal 122 Strikeforce 15
16 Phil Davis 94 UFC 21
17 Renato Sobral 87 Strikeforce 18
18 Dan Henderson 86 Strikeforce 16
19 Matt Hamill 85 UFC 17
20 Alexander Gustafsson 64 UFC 22
21 Jason Brilz 59 UFC 23
22 Trevor Prangley 50 Shark Fight 26
22 Brandon Vera 50 UFC 19
24 Chuck Liddell 49 UFC 24
25 Cyrille Diabate 48 UFC 27

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#3 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson jumps above #4 Lyoto Machida after taking a split decision victory over the Brazilian at UFC 123. #2 Rashad Evans is the big beneficiary as he moves up while he awaits his title shot against #1 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

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Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points 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. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.
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