Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
UFC LW champion #1 Frankie Edgar is the most disrespected ruler of any weight class. He's a serious betting underdog to #3 Gray Maynard and Chuck Liddell's retirement completely dominated today's UFC 125 press conference.
Strikeforce champ #2 Gilbert Melendez sat out Dynamite!! 2010 where he had an invitation to rematch #4 Shinya Aoki. Nor will Melendez be fighting Bellator champ #5 Eddie Alvarez. Promotional issues precluded both fights. He's recently been calling out welterweight Paul Daley. I would not be surprised if Melendez doesn't re-sign with Strikeforce.
It's interesting to note that lightweight is the one division where 3/5 of the top five are not UFC fighters.
#8 B.J. Penn's seemingly permanent move to welterweight has him plummeting at 155lbs.
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.