|3||Junior dos Santos||89||UFC||5|
|9||Fedor Emelianenko||67||M-1 Global / Strikeforce||3|
|10||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||64||UFC||9|
|18||Pedro Rizzo||23||Impact Fighting Championship||18|
Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament kicked off with two dominant wins by lower ranked fighters. #3 Fedor Emelianenko fell to #10 Antonio Silva and #17 Andrei Arlovski was put to sleep by 29th ranked Sergei Kharitonov. The losses dropped Fedor to 9th and Arlovski out of the top 25 altogether.
#4 Fabricio Werdum will rematch #7 Alistair Overeem on April 9 at a to-be-determined location. That card will also feature #11 Josh Barnett vs. #13 Brett Rogers assuming Strikeforce is able to find a commission willing to let the Babyfaced Assassin compete in their state.This might be more up in the air than I thought.
#8 Frank Mir is set to face #12 Roy Nelson at UFC 130 in Las Vegas.
#2 Brock Lesnar and #3 Junior dos Santos are expected to headline UFC 131 following completion of their stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 13. #5 Shane Carwin is also rumored to be on that card against a to be announced opponent.
#14 Brendan Schaub will take on #20 Mirko "Cro Co" Filipovic at UFC 128 on March 19.
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.