|9||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||55||UFC||9|
|22||Trevor Prangley||15||Shark Fight||22|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
Fans will have to wait until March to see #1 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua defend his belt against #2 Rashad Evans at UFC 128. Shogun is nursing another of his many serious knee injuries.
#5 Forrest Griffin gets #11 Rich Franklin at UFC 126 in February in a battle of former champs and two of the last relevant stars of the first TUF era.
#6 Ryan Bader and #7 Jon Jones will meet on that same card in a fight that could determine the future of the division.
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.