USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Mauricio Rua 299 UFC 1
2 Lyoto Machida 285 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 275 UFC 3
4 Quinton Jackson 259 UFC 4
5 Anderson Silva 241 UFC 5
6 Forrest Griffin 235 UFC 6
7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 216 UFC 7
8 Muhammed Lawal 207 Strikeforce 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 164 Strikeforce 10
10 Thiago Silva 163 UFC 9
11 Rich Franklin 138 UFC 13
12 Jon Jones 137 UFC 12
13 Randy Couture 129 UFC 14
14 Dan Henderson 129 Strikeforce 11
15 Ryan Bader 105 UFC 17
16 Vitor Belfort 90 UFC 16
17 Renato Sobral 82 Strikeforce 20
18 Keith Jardine 75 UFC 18
19 Brandon Vera 62 UFC 21
20 Matt Hamill 59 UFC 23
21 Chuck Liddell 53 UFC 19
22 Luis Arthur Cane 49 UFC 15
23 Tito Ortiz 46 UFC 22
24 Cyrille Diabate 45 UFC NR
24 Wanderlei Silva 45 UFC 27

Not a lot of movement in MMA's premiere division this month. The biggest fight featured #21 Chuck Liddell losing to #11 Rich Franklin at UFC 115.

This led to a two spot jump for Franklin and an equal drop for Liddell.

Otherwise most of the changes in the rankings this month are more noise than signal. Other than a three spot jump for #17 Renato "Babalu" Sobral after beating Robbie Lawler at last week's Strikeforce: Los Angeles.

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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