USAT/SBN February 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Mauricio Rua 100 UFC 1
2 Rashad Evans 94 UFC 2
3 Quinton Jackson 90 UFC 3
4 Lyoto Machida 87 UFC 4
5 Jon Jones 87 UFC 7
6 Forrest Griffin 79 UFC 6
7 Ryan Bader 70 UFC 5
8 Thiago Silva 63 UFC 8
9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 58 UFC 9
10 Rafael Cavalcante 50 Strikeforce 11
11 Gegard Mousasi 46 DREAM 10
12 Rich Franklin 41 UFC 11
13 Dan Henderson 40 Strikeforce 14
14 Muhammed Lawal 36 Strikeforce 13
15 Randy Couture 35 UFC 15
16 Phil Davis 30 UFC 16
17 Matt Hamill 27 UFC 17
18 Renato Sobral 22 Strikeforce 19
19 Alexander Gustafsson 20 UFC 20
20 Jason Brilz 16 UFC 21
21 Anderson Silva 16 UFC 18
22 Cyrille Diabate 15 UFC 23
23 Trevor Prangley 13 Strikeforce 22
24 Stephan Bonnar 13 UFC 24
24 Vladimir Matyushenko 13 UFC 25

 

Following his destruction of #7 Ryan Bader, #5 Jon Jones found out that he will be stepping in for his teammate, #2 Rashad Evans, to battle #1 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the title at UFC 128 next month. Evans who had been sitting out waiting for Shogun to return from injury injured himself in training and will be out a couple more months.

#3 Quinton Jackson was set to face #8 Thiago Silva at UFC 130, but will instead take on #17 Matt Hamill. Hamill was previously scheduled to fight #16 Phil Davis who will now get the chance to crack the top 10 if he can defeat #9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24 in March.

#4 Lyoto Machida, his era for the moment at least over, finds himself in a fight of the must win variety against #15 Randy "The Natural" Couture at UFC 129. #20 Jason Brilz will face #24 Vladimir Matyushenko on the same card.

#13 Dan Henderson and #10 Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante will compete for the honor of being called the Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Champion at Strikeforce: Columbus on March 5.

 

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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