Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
#7 B.J. Penn's crushing KO win over Matt Hughes at UFC 123 has Penn moving back up to 170lbs to finish out his career. This is the first time since Penn's career began that he hasn't loomed over the lightweight division.
We'll have to wait until UFC 125 to see if #1 Frank Edgar can keep #4 Gray Maynard from taking his belt. Then the winner will have to face the winner of WEC 53's title fight between #14 Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis.
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.